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April 23, 2014

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YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner

The winner for YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults was announced at Midwinter! The winner: The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb. From my review: “In 1960, a group of Israeli spies and operatives captured the Nazi fugitive, Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann had been in [...]

Books on Film: The Longest Comic Strip Ever

Books on Film: The Longest Comic Strip Ever

Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce was on the Today show recently to, you know, just collect a Guinness plaque for assembling the world’s longest comic strip. I say assembled because he had some help – kids from around the country. Tune in, if for no other reason than to hear him utter the following genius [...]

Fan-built Windblade storms the Transformers Universe

Fan-built Windblade storms the Transformers Universe

This week, a new Transformer is joining the IDW comics universe as well as the Hasbro toy line. Windblade is a character that was created by fans on the Hasbro website, the first Fan-Built-Bot and created a bit of stir because of her gender. That’s right, Windblade is female, and she is joining the predominately [...]

Fusenews: Not seething with envy. It’s more of a percolation process.

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“So what’s the talk of the town these days? Well the relative brouhaha came about at the end of last week when ReedPOP announced a panel of ‘the world’s biggest children’s authors’ in the field.” Happy National Library Week.

The Problem with Stories about Amnesia (Solved by Robert Glancy and Jason Bourne)

The Problem with Stories about Amnesia (Solved by Robert Glancy and Jason Bourne)

Anyone who cares about narrative, movies, or both should be reading Matt Bird’s Cockeyed Caravan blog. He spends most of his time there deconstructing the narrative structure of Hollywood movies and explaining how and why movies do (and don’t) work. But while he only discusses movies (and usually big-budget Hollywood ones at that), his insights [...]

2014 Eisner nominations include categories for kids

2014 Eisner nominations include categories for kids

Yesterday, Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The nominees – chosen by judges Kathy Bottarini, William H. Foster, Christian Lipski, Lee Oeth, Jenny Robb, and James Romberger – cover a wide range of genres and interests, including three categories focused particularly on children and teens. Best Publication for Early [...]

Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Salon – Podcasting Children’s Books

Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Salon – Podcasting Children’s Books

I’m so pleased with this next Salon that I’m fit to burst.  Somehow I managed to wrangle THREE of our best children’s literary podcasters into one place at one time.  If I were a person prone to the term “squee” I would apply it here, now. New York Public Library is pleased to announce our [...]

Flashback: April 2012

Flashback: April 2012

A look back at what I reviewed in April 2012:  Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown. From my review: “Jennie Lovell’s loved ones left to fight in the Civil War: her twin brother, Tobias; her fiance and cousin, Will Pritchett; and her other cousin, Quinn, Will’s brother. She knew the moment Toby died: could feel it. [...]

Review: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

Review: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

The Riverman (The Riverman Trilogy, Volume 1) By Aaron Starmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374363093 $15.99 Grades 6-9 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler books | Your Library Interestingness is underrated (it also barely feels like a real word, but let’s not let that get in the way here). Sometimes, in [...]

Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Here’s a look at the third volume in Viz/Perfect Square’s adaptation of the Ben 10 Omniverse animated series. Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox, sets Ben and Rook up against someone from their past “whose very existence could mean the end of the world as we know it.” The story, written by Joel Enos and drawn [...]

Review of the Day: Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

Boys of Blur By N.D. Wilson Random House Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-449-81673-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 8th. I like a kid’s book with ambition. It’s all well and good to write one about magic candy shops or goofy uncles or simpering unicorns or what have you. The world is big and [...]

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcements, and I want to make sure that others do not! SLJ just announced two new awards that are ripe pickings for so many of you! 1. School Librarian of the Year! You know who you are. I urge you to nominate yourself.

ALA Most Freqently Challenged Books 2013

ALA Most Freqently Challenged Books 2013

It was Bookshelves of Doom who alerted me to the just-released list of the most challenged books of 2013. Here are the top five: 1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence 2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, [...]

Where the Dystopian Craze meets Literary Fiction

Where the Dystopian Craze meets Literary Fiction

Adult Books for Teens examines the latest by Chang-Rae Lee: On Such a Full Sea.

Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 As an athlete, Charlie Brown may be best known for never being able to connect with the football that Lucy always snatches away from him mid-kick, but football was of only one of the sports he was doomed to fail at. He didn’t have much [...]

Children’s Literature Online at a Glance: A Look Back at Friends Long Gone

Children’s Literature Online at a Glance: A Look Back at Friends Long Gone

So I was listening to an episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour the other day.  If you happen to unfamiliar with the show it’s just your basic pop culture based podcast where they dissect the trends and news of the day so you don’t have to.  In a recent episode called ‘Captain America’ And The [...]

Let’s Have a Book Drive!

Let’s Have a Book Drive!

Here’s the scenario: Something has happened. A library (public or school) is destroyed or damaged, by fire, flood, wind, locust. “I know,” says a well-meaning person. “Let’s have a book drive!” And the books are gathered and sent to the library, so the kids have something. And the people who sent the books — whether [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

Gravity By Jason Chin Roaring Brook Pres (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437173 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores April 29, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Pet peeve time. Often when people talk about low-level nonfiction, they don’t mean really low. Sorry K-1 crowd. Although the field is getting better all the [...]

Don’t miss Google’s new site info card! (and more from Mary Ellen Bates’ search refresh

At the recent CIL Conference in DC, I attended librarian/consultant Mary Ellen Bates’ Super Searcher Tips session and I came away with a number of juicy new strategies. Super Searcher Tips – Computers in Libraries from Mary Ellen Bates I’ll start with the most important of these discoveries for the K12 gang. Google’s new site [...]

Books on Film: Claymation Wild Things

Books on Film: Claymation Wild Things

Have you ever searched “Where the Wild Things Are” on YouTube? All kinds of unusual stuff. This one stuck with me – a claymation version of the children’s classic. Be sure to stick around for the wild rumpus.