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February 11, 2016

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Nonfiction Monday: Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler by Kate Klimo

Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler By Kate Klimo Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher Random House Books ISBN: 9781101935514 $12.99 Grades K-2 Out January 26, 2016 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are plenty of picture book biographies out there. And plenty that fall in the chapter zone (of which the […]

Sunday Reflections: Reflections on Making While Sitting in My Teen MakerSpace

Reflections on Making while sitting in my MakerSpace// Having a Teen MakerSpace has changed some of how I interact with teens in my library. In addition to having a traditional program, I now have a space and a way to interact with my teens on a more come as you are informal way. I know […]

More Yarn! Gary D. Schmidt: Orbiting Jupiter Unravelled (Part 2)

Last week I shared the first part of our interview with Gary D. Schmidt talking about Orbiting Jupiter. This week we have the conclusion. Hear Gary talk about: his interpretation of the Orbiting Jupiter cover. his love of the typewriter. why Anita Silvey yelled at him. his admiration for the writing bravery of Kate DiCamillo. Giveaway […]

Video Sunday: I Have Felt It

Are you aware of the Cozy Classics board book series? How about the felted board book versions of the original Star Wars movies? The other night I had dinner with Cozy Classics creator Holman Wang and we talked about his process. Turns out, the felted characters are needle felted entirely. A lawyer by trade, Holman […]

A next chapter: Editions at Play

In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices, not surprisingly, an October 2015 Pew study found a sizable decline in e-book reader ownership. It’s possible that digital may not be the best container for all physical books. And it’s pretty clear that print and e-readers are not the perfect containers for emerging forms […]

Preview: ‘Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #266

Here’s a treat to start out a snowy Saturday: A preview of three stories from Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266: The lead story, about Archie and his dog Vegas; a winter snow tale; and a classic from the early years of Archie, illustrated by Bill Vigoda (brother of the late actor Abe Vigoda). Here’s the […]

Friday Finds – February 5, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Wrestling with A Birthday Cake for George Washington as a Mother and a Librarian Depression and Obsession: The Pressure of Teen Athletes, by Mia Siegert Middle School Monday – Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Lawson Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin Video Games Weekly: […]

MakerSpace: The Making of a Manual

In the February 2016 issue of School Library Journal, I share in an article titled Small Tech, Big Impact my journey in creating a small Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio. In addition to creating the space itself, I was equally excited to organize and put together […]

This Week’s Comics: Monkeying Around with Deadpool

This week’s list is trade-rific with so many great titles getting collected. Action Lab Entertainment releases the third Hero Cats of Stellar City volume, collecting The Crow King Saga. BOOM! Studios has volume 3 of Lumberjanes ready to be picked up, and DC Comics releases the very funny Bizarro miniseries in one volume. The List:  […]

2016 Judge: Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls. She wrote her first novel, “The Two Orphans,” in fourth grade. The story followed two orphan-BFFs who are adopted by separate families and forced to live apart. Eventually one of their houses burns down and they get to live together […]

4 Things I Noticed About the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2015

Yesterday Publishers Weekly released their lists of the bestselling children books of 2015. Here’s what I noticed… 1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School topped the fiction list by a mile. Second place, John Green’s Paper Towns, trailed by a mere … 500,000 copies. Yes, #1 beat #2 by a number that almost matched the total […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA January and February 2016

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. Right now my list of 2016 titles stands at 86 with known pub dates and many more with unknown, as of now, dates. I’m sure it will grow as the year goes on. Need more suggestions to […]

Links: Marissa Meyer to Write Graphic Novel

Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles YA novels, has a two-volume graphic novel, Wires and Nerve, in the works, to be illustrated by Douglas Holgate: Set after the events of the “Lunar Chronicles,” it will feature many of the same characters, including Iko the android, as well as: Cinder, the teen cyborg who has […]

Evy’s First Impressions

What prompts a teen to pick up one book instead of another? Evy dug through Heather’s big old box-o-books and picked four to take home. What did she pick and why? This TLT Teen Advisory Board member is an avid YouTube fan, so she decided to tell you in a video. Thanks Evy! Books discussed: […]

2016 Judge: Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of three adult novels—The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose—as well as the young adult novels Revolution and A Northern Light, winner of Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award. Her most […]

Walking and Talking with . . . M.T. Anderson!

There were many fine and fantastic works of nonfiction for older children and teens in 2015.  One such book won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award while another won an Honor.  Now those two authors chat about the process of creating narrative nonfiction.  We’ve featured a fair number of Walking and Talking chats […]

Library Litter

Ugh! Litterbug! How many times do I have to say not to litter the library with date due slips from Caldecott Medal winning books? Caldecott Medal winner date due slip litter is the worst. Backstory: In the 90s our school library automated their checkout system (I wasn’t here for that). You know the drill – […]

TPiB: Book Planters

I am not a crafty person. At all.  I’m unable to draw a straight line or measure correctly and have little to no patience for not catching on to something quickly. So when we ended up with all this extra dirt at the library (don’t ask), and my supervisor said hey, want to make some […]

HB NB February

—Elissa and Katie are ransacking the archives to honor Black History Month with an article every day about African American books, authors, and illustrators. Up today, Yolanda Hare’s call for more books about “more black teens living mundane middle-class lives.” –On February 23rd, I’ll be moderating a panel discussion about the ALA awards and children’s […]

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Video Games Weekly: Lego Marvel Avengers

Lego Marvel’s Avengers is the newest installment in the Lego video games franchise, but it’s the second Lego game taking place in the Marvel Universe. What’s interesting is Lego tends to release their games around the same time the accompanying movie comes out (like Jurassic World), and it’s a bad sign that game is coming […]