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July 2, 2015

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Friday Finds – June 26, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: I Have No Words The big dress code round up post Middle Grade Monday – Loot by Jude Watson and the Heist Genre What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Summer The Title’s the Thing: A guest post on GODLESS by Pete Hautman for #FSYALit (guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien) #SVYALit: […]

Book Review Blast: EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME, DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE, THE WALLS AROUND US and DELICATE MONSTERS

Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott Publisher’s Book Description: Fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school. Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her […]

This Week’s Comics: Dragon Puncher in Space

Beat the heat with some cool books from this week’s new releases. Get in the camping spirit with Archie Comics and their release of Archie’s Campfire Stories. Make a wish with Image Comics as they finish the mini series Penny Dora and the Wishing Box, or escape to the skies on the back of a […]

Of Ponies and Princesses: An Interview with Kate Beaton

Well, I’m just about as pleased as I can be.  For years I’ve adored and promoted and generally yammered endlessly about webcomic artist Kate Beaton and her Hark, A Vagrant strips.  Whether it was her Nancy Drew covers or her psychedelic take on The Secret Garden (to say nothing of her history strips) she’s one […]

Book Review: THIS BOOK IS GAY by James Dawson

I always love when a book has a cover or title that just screams PICK ME UP OFF THE SHELF! While we all know better than to (just) judge a book by its cover, a recent conversation with my teenage friends in YA book club was a good reminder that when browsing packed bookstore or […]

Font smashing (or pairing): it’s a thing too

I don’t know exactly how or when it happened, but I’ve become fussy about fonts.  And I find the proliferation of free fonts both satisfying and confounding. It goes like this.  I shop a font, usually through the options in Canva, Picmonkey and the frenzy of open source selections that pop up under More fonts […]

Maker Bookshelf, the next step in our Maker journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

A few weeks ago, I announced that we were organizing a Maker Collection of materials that we will circulate at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. It is one of three things we are doing to better incorporate the Maker movement into our library. This is the process we went through to […]

Off to ALA Annual 2015

Today I’m making my way to San Fransisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m planning to post a recap when I get back, but until then, I’ll be sharing the trip via Instagram and Twitter.

Morning Notes: 10 Minute Edition

TRUTH WINS The Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals, the UK equivalent to the Caldecott and Newbery, were recently announced. Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill won Greenaway, and Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman took the Carnegie – both true stories. I managed to review the Greenaway winner. Sometimes it pays to be a Shack-o-phile. Click here for […]

Links: New Writer for Lumberjanes

Noelle Stevenson has left the creative team of Lumberjanes, and Kat Leyh (Supercakes) is taking her place as of issue #18. Stevenson is also the creator of Nimona and is writing Runaways for Marvel. Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, the creative team behind Tiny Titans and Itty Bitty Hellboy, are expanding their Aw Yeah Comics […]

#SVYALit: Male Survivors Google Hangout with authors Eric Devine, Barry Lyga and Carl Deuker

Today at Noon Eastern we will be hosting the #SVYALit Google Hangout/Panel Discussion on Male Survivors and Sexual Violence. The discussion will be moderated by author Eric Devine and will feature author Barry Lyga (Boy Toy) and Carl Deuker (Swagger). You can watch live or come back after 1 PM Eastern to watch the archived […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Summer Prediction Edition

The Summer Prediction edition of my Caldecott/Newbery ponderings is always a tricky beast.  If the spring edition is looking primarily at books coming out in the spring, summer, and early fall, then the summer edition is looking at almost the entire year. However, at this point I’m still relying more on buzz than the considered […]

The Title’s the Thing: A guest post on GODLESS by Pete Hautman for #FSYALit (guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien)

I recently read this sentence in an article discussing Pete Hautman latest novel, Eden West. However, this was commenting on his National Book Award winning novel, Godless: Although there isn’t much he’d change if he could write that book over, Hautman does say that he would probably change the name, admitting that even winning the […]

Preview: Invader Zim #1

The news broke in February that Oni Press would be publishing an Invader Zim comic, with a creative team that includes Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez and several veterans of the animated cartoon, which ran from 2001 to 2006 on Nickelodeon. The comic will be rated 13+, and the first issue will be out in […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Summer

Every other month I’ll be doing a roundup of new and forthcoming YA books (and sometimes some non-YA books) featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. I’ll try to include as many titles as possible. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my radar for an upcoming list? Leave […]

Review: Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon

Dory and the Real True Friend By Abby Hanlon Dial (Penguin) ISBN: 9780525428664 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out July 7, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Why review a particular book? I was asked this recently and my answer was pretty simple: I like to review books I’m excited about. […]

Middle Grade Monday – Loot by Jude Watson and the Heist Genre

March McQuin has spent his life with his jewel thief father, Alfie. Moving from place to place in preparation for the next big heist, March knows more about lock picking and getaway plans than he does about fractions. In fact, now that he’s twelve, Alfie has included him in the plans. But when the latest […]

Links: The Return of Miles Morales

Marvel is bringing Miles Morales back as Spider-Man in the main continuity of the series; previously, Morales wore the Spidey-suit in the alternate universe of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Brian Bendis, who created the original Miles, is back as the writer of this series. At the Barnes & Noble blog, I rounded up some Attack on […]

The big dress code round up post

It’s the season for prom, graduation, and hot afternoons stuck in the classroom. Which means it’s also dress code enforcement time in a lot of schools. Dress codes and being reprimanded for dress code violations are nothing new. In his forthcoming book Teenage Rebels, author and social movement scholar Dawson Barrett points out dress code […]

Gallery: These 2015 Picture Book Have Secrets

A picture book with a creative case cover is like a person who wears bold socks (note: my sock drawer is filled to the brim with a single color: dark gray. I am the Steve Jobs of socks), it’s a rarely seen detail, but delightful when discovered. Previously… Gallery: These 2013 Picture Books Have Secrets […]