April 27, 2017

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Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ # 25

Time for some retro-riffic Saturday morning cartoon fun with this week’s preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #25: The generation gap turns into a generation gasp when the aging hipsters of Karma Corners get locked up by the ghosts of their ancestors, who are fed up with the hijinks of their meddling kids! Even with the help […]

This Week’s Comics: Gravity Making Waves

The girls have the power in this week’s list of new releases. Archie Comics continues their reboot of Josie and the Pussycats with issue #6 sending the girls to Antarctica. Boom Studios completes their Kaboom! series Mega Princess with issue #5, and IDW Publishing releases the second trade of the new Powerpuff Girls. The List: […]

JSTOR Text Analyzer

JSTOR Labs recently announced Text Analyzer.  If you have access to the JSTOR database, you’ll want share this new search strategy with your students and faculty. Upload or drag a document–an article, a Google document, a paper you are writing, a PDF or even an image–into what JSTOR is calling its magic box, and Text Analyzer will analyze it to […]

Friday Finds: April 21, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Empty Bellies, Starving Hearts – What happens when teens see compassion die App Review: Enlight What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2017 #SJYALit: Rape Culture–Twenty-five years ago and today, a guest post by Clara Kensie Rethinking How We Think about Cheerleaders You Don’t Have to Use the Internet & […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#51)

  Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Utter nonsense. There were maybe 2 truly funny parts; the rest ridiculous, pointless, NONSENSE. Some of it was so entirely stupid that I have to wonder if the translation was correct. There was no plot, just–again–NONSENSE. Click here […]

Review of the Day: My Valley by Charles Ponti

My Valley By Charles Ponti Translated by Alyson Waters Elsewhere Editions (an imprint of Archipelago Books) $24.00 ISBN: 978-0914671626 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I’ve written a lot about the state of translated children’s books in America lately. It is what it is. Generally speaking, Americans can be a bit cagey when it comes to […]

Throwback Thursday: Jennifer and Matthew Holm Interview Each Other

Travis: It was the summer of 2015 and we were all set up to record an interview with Jennifer Holm for the final episode of the first season of The Yarn (we weren’t sure if we would continue past that first season at the time). We did the interview and we were set. We thought. […]

Please come to Boston in the fall

If you are at TLA, stop by the Horn Book booth and promise us your unborn children give us your email address to enter a pretty fabulous raffle we have going for attendees. The winner will get airfare, two nights hotel, and free admission to the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards ceremony and Horn Book […]

Review: ‘Disney Beauty and The Beast’

Disney Beauty and The Beast: The Beast’s Tale and Disney Beauty and The Beast: Belle’s Tale Writer: Mallory Reaves Artists: Studio Dice Tokyopop; $10.99 All Ages I was initially pretty perplexed as to why Disney was bothering to make live-action remakes of some of its classic animated films, particularly those like The Jungle Book and […]

#SJYALit: Breaking Taboos, Telling Secrets, a conversation between Isabel Quintero and Elana K. Arnold

Introduction In the introduction to Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, Kelly Jensen writes, “What unites feminists is the belief that every person–regardless of gender, class, education, race, sexuality, or ability–deserves equality.” This intersection between multiple social justice movements characterizes what we call Third Wave feminism, a term coined in the 1990s, and […]

#SJYALit: Good Girls Don’t Wear That! a guest post by Kim Baccellia

As a child I remember my church leaders sharing stories of how girls had a responsibility to dress and act appropriately or else they’d cause boys to have indecent thoughts. This is true in some fundamental conservative groups. If those boys acted on these impulses, the blame was placed on the girl. Not the boy. […]

Morning Notes: Architecturally Interesting Edition

WHEN I SAY SUMMER . . . In Good Choice news, The Collaborative Summer Library Program has chosen Kwame Alexander as the 2017 Summer Reading Champion. I plan to show this video to students before the school year is finished: STAY GOLDEN Usually I don’t hawk merch around here, but Kohls is featuring Little Golden […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Spring 2017 Edition

Not a terribly long list today, I’ll confess, but want to know a little secret?  Come close. I’m buying a house. Yep!  After living in nothing but apartments (and currently renting a home that doubles as both a mystery house and a hospice for yellow jackets) I’m finally being a great big grown-up and owning […]

You Don’t Have to Use the Internet & Other Absurd Things Politicians Say in 2017

Internet privacy is under attack with the current administration. This means that the things you say and do online can no longer be considered private in the same ways we thought of them a few weeks ago. Congress has ruled that Internet providers can sale your information in an effort to make more money. You, […]

Rethinking How We Think about Cheerleaders

My 8-year-old keeps saying she wants to be a cheerleader, something The Mr. keeps routinely saying no to. And when he says no, you can hear it –  there is an edge of disgust to his voice. The truth is, we have a lot of animosity towards cheerleaders, thanks in no small part to the […]

Review: ‘Anonymous Noise’

Anonymous Noise, Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Ryoko Fukuyama Viz; $9.99 Rated T for Teen Nino Arisugawa has a great voice—and lousy luck with friends. As a child, she shared her love of singing with her next door neighbor Momo…until he suddenly disappeared, his family having skipped town without even giving her a chance to say goodbye. […]

2017 Books from Sibert Winners

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at 2017 books from winners of the . . . Caldecott Newbery Geisel Pura Belpre Coretta Scott King Printz Today I conclude the series with books from past Robert F. Sibert award winners and honorees. I stuck with books by past winners that might be eligible for […]

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. HyperDocs are perfect opportunities to grow teacher librarian/ classroom teacher partnerships. A true extension of what TLs do or should be doing in a hyperlinked information landscape, HyperDocs are all about curation and collaboration,  instruction based on engaged inquiry, as well as our mission to […]

#SJYALit: Rape Culture–Twenty-five years ago and today, a guest post by Clara Kensie

1992. My senior year in college. It’s Friday night, and I go with some of my sorority sisters to a local restaurant for burgers and cheese fries before we start our round of fraternity parties. There are a couple of pool tables in the bar area, so we play a game while we wait to […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2017

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of […]