December 15, 2017

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TPiB: Rick Riordan “Gods and Heroes” Party by Michelle Biwer

One thing is for sure, the popularity of Rick Riordan’s multiple middle grade series based in various mythologies is only increasing. After the hit Percy Jackson series (Greek myth) that started it all, Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus (Roman myth) and Magnus Chase books (Norse myth) became NYT bestselling hits with tweens and librarians alike. I […]

We’re Making a List, Checking it Twice…

A list of lists, in fact! Because we’re almost halfway through December, which means that only Booklist’s year-end list is still to come. So today we’re checking in on Horn Book’s Fanfare and the Kirkus Best Teen Books list, which both dropped about two weeks ago, and as a bonus glancing at the NYT teen section AND […]

We’re Making a List, Checking it Twice…

A list of lists, in fact! Because we’re almost halfway through December, which means that only Booklist’s year-end list is still to come. So today we’re checking in on Horn Book’s Fanfare and the Kirkus Best Teen Books list, which both dropped about two weeks ago, and as a bonus glancing at the NYT teen section AND […]

We’re Making a List, Checking it Twice…

A list of lists, in fact! Because we’re almost halfway through December, which means that only Booklist’s year-end list is still to come. So today we’re checking in on Horn Book’s Fanfare and the Kirkus Best Teen Books list, which both dropped about two weeks ago, and as a bonus glancing at the NYT teen section AND […]

Exclusive: Dark Horse to Release New Edition of ‘House of Night’

Back in 2012, Dark Horse published House of Night: Legacy, a graphic novel written by P.C. and Kristin Cast, set in the same world as their House of Night prose novels. The story takes place after the first volume, and it consists of the characters telling stories about vampyres (that’s how they spell it) taking […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Eleven – 2017 Bilingual Children’s Books

I wish I had kept better statistics over the course of my children’s librarian career. Maybe if I had I could give you a sense of whether or not the number of bilingual children’s books published in 2017 was higher or lower than normal. As it currently stands, I’m just pleased to see these books […]

Coming Soon: Top 20 Books of 2017

Beginning tomorrow, John Schumacher and I are teaming up to count down our 20 favorite books of the year. See you soon.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “You know, I like the Fuse 8 n’ Kate podcast, but would it kill them to occasionally do terrible French accents for long periods of time?” then have I got a show for you!! This week Kate’s sick, but we plod onward and upward. In the course of things […]

Sunday Reflections: Why I Like Being a Cybils Judge and You Should Consider It

Today a box of books has shown up at my doorstep and I have another group of books I have to read sometime before December 20th(ish). All in all, between the beginning of October and the end of December I will have read over 130 YA speculative fiction titles. This is Cybils time. The Cybils […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2017 Math Picture Books

It’s almost unfair that I’m not including math for older readers on today’s list, but for that I think you’ll be best suited turning to the awesome Mathical Awards, given out each year. The Mathical Book Prize (given by a committee of math teachers, working mathematicians, and the occasional librarian like me) celebrates math in […]

Preview: ‘Scooby Doo, Where Are You?’ #88

This weekend’s preview is an early look at Scooby Doo, Where Are You? #88: Mystery for sale! When Fred decides to trade the Mystery Machine in for a new ride, the gang heads to Earnest Eddie’s Emporium of used cars. But the scary Slimmer Man that haunts the lot will do anything to make sure […]

Preview: ‘Scooby Doo, Where Are You?’ #88

This weekend’s preview is an early look at Scooby Doo, Where Are You? #88: Mystery for sale! When Fred decides to trade the Mystery Machine in for a new ride, the gang heads to Earnest Eddie’s Emporium of used cars. But the scary Slimmer Man that haunts the lot will do anything to make sure […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Nine – 2017 Picture Book Reprints

Reprints! I may as well call this the zombie list for all that they’re celebrated, but celebrated they should be. I am always truly delighted when a picture book rises from the out-of-print dead to engage and delight young readers once more. Steadily throughout the year I’ve kept track of some of the brighter stars […]

Friday Finds: December 8, 2017

This Week at TLT A List of New YA Book Release Links for 2018 Take 5: Five Things I’ve Made with My Silhouette Cameo and Why I Recommend it for a MakerSpace Amanda’s favorites of 2017 Collecting Comics: December 2017 Edition, by Ally Watkins #SJYALit: Because Their Stories Matter, a guest post by Danielle Ellison […]

This Week’s Comics: Jet Dimensions

This week’s new releases doesn’t need a jump start to get the fun going! BOOM! Studios starts a new series based on a Nickelodeon property, Rocko’s Modern Life #1. DC Comics releases a new volume of Batman and Robin Adventures, set in the Batman: The Animated Series universe, while IDW Publishing continues their adaptation of […]

The 2017 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide

Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in a few bucks to support them. I “adapted” this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should also […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Eight – 2017 CaldeNotts

They can’t win a darn thing, and that’s the truth. Sorta. Each year picture books are considered and assessed by the Caldecott committee to determine which titles are the “most distinguished” contributions to the field of children’s literature. And every year truly beautiful contenders will fall by the wayside, winning nothing. Why? Because when the […]

Disastrous Journey, but the Book’s Sure Good

BOUND BY ICE  by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace has a lot of qualities that I look for in narrative nonfiction.  It’s a highly absorbing survival story with lots of suspense.  The historical figures have distinct and engaging personalities.  And it’s a piece of history that most readers won’t know about already.  With a compelling true […]

Library of Congress introduces three new apps (and a reminder of some older goodies)

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Library of Congress announced the launch of three new apps for Web and mobile, developed by educational organizations that were supported by an LOC grant for app development. The new interactive applications focus on citizenship, civic engagement, and exploration with primary sources. Lee Ann Potter, director of Educational Outreach […]

Review: ‘A Polar Bear in Love’ Vol. 1

A Polar Bear in Love Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Koromo Yen Press; $15 The world is simple. Every living thing sustains itself by eating another living thing that is weaker than itself. Polar bears, for example, eat seals. That’s a harsh reality, particularly for the seals that get eaten, but then, that’s just how nature works. […]