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December 19, 2014

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Everything must change

Everything must change

I was in New York last week to catch up with publishers, Rockefeller Center, and theater. We saw two musicals, Side Show and On the Town (thumbs up for both) and the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (possibly the least rememberable title since Rebecca Stead’s […]

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It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye, a reflection on library life at a branch library

By the time I graduated high school, I had attended 9 different schools in 3 different states. My college career involved taking classes on 5 different campuses, again in 3 different states. So you think I would be good at saying goodbye, but the truth is I suck at it. It’s hard. And I keep […]

Social Justice and Inequality

Social Justice and Inequality

Two passionate nonfiction books top our week. Just Mercy is a memoir by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer and activist, which focuses on his work as a co-founder of the Equal Justice Initiative–”a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal […]

12 Blogs of 2014: Rich in Color

12 Blogs of 2014: Rich in Color

Did I mention that choosing just three blogs to share has been agonizing? There are just so many awesome blogs out there and I want to tell you about all of them! I hope you’re adding all of the blogs we’re featuring to whatever blog reader you use and following the blogs and their creators […]

What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this winter

What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this winter

Every other month I’ll be doing a roundup of new and forthcoming LGBTQIA+ YA books (and sometimes some non-YA books). 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 […]

Links: Archie to Get a New Look

Links: Archie to Get a New Look

Archie is getting a new look for his 75th birthday: The flagship Archie comic will be reset with a new Number 1 issue and a new creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. “I found Archie to be dusty, irrelevant and watered-down,” said CEO Jon Goldwater, while Waid remarked, “Over the years, some of […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 20-16

Top 20 Books of 2014: 20-16

Around this time of the year, John Schumacher and I get all reflective. While it would be cool if we shined brightly when you pointed a flashlight at us, I don’t mean that kind of reflective. I mean we looked back on the year in children’s literature. We reflected with a purpose: over the next […]

Off the radar?

Off the radar?

We’ll continue over the next few weeks to review books from our shortlist and talk about the Newbery process as we ramp up to our Mock Newberies on January 11th (Oakland) and 15th (San Diego), but I wanted to take a moment to address Rosanne’s recent comment about whether we’ve noticed small/indie press Newbery contenders […]

Middle Grade Monday – The Fight for Diversity

Middle Grade Monday – The Fight for Diversity

I struggle with finding books for my little friend Aaron. My good friends qualified as foster parents a few years ago and were given care of one of the sweetest, most delightfully loving babies I have ever had the opportunity to know. As time went on and it became apparent that Aaron’s family was not […]

12 Blogs of 2014: DiversifYA

12 Blogs of 2014: DiversifYA

Choosing just three blogs to feature for our 12 Blogs of 2014 was hard. I may have sent Karen, Robin, and Heather about 15 emails constantly changing which blogs I was calling dibs on. I hope you’re adding all of the blogs we’re featuring to whatever blog reader you use and following the blogs and […]

The Good Comics for Kids 2014 Gift Guide

The Good Comics for Kids 2014 Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long gone. But there’s still time to find the perfect gift for your loved ones or friends. Our bloggers have suggestions so that you can pass on the gift of (comics!) reading. Scott Through the Woods by Emily Carroll For slightly older readers […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

And thus, we end. Though, with such a late ALA Media Awards announcement this year (Monday, February 2nd!) my predictions are coming a bit early in the game.  Still, it’s not as though I’ll be seeing much that’s new between now and 2/2.  I have watched with great interest the discussions on Heavy Medal and […]

Follett Challenge: Don’t miss this opportunity!

Follett Challenge: Don’t miss this opportunity!

The upcoming holidays are an ideal time for you to work on your Follett Challenge entry. But get moving. The deadline for the fourth event is January 9th! I know you are doing inspiring, innovative work in your libraries.  Why not go for a share of the $200,000 in products and services Follett will generously […]

Drugged by Love?

Drugged by Love?

Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, September 2014 Reviewed from ARC So, I think I made it pretty clear last year that I really like Alaya Dawn Johnson’s style. She’s smart and she writes books that appeal to me as a reader. But if you dismiss this as just another fangirl […]

Sunday Reflections: “I Saved Myself”

Sunday Reflections: “I Saved Myself”

My two young daughters love fairy tales and princess stories. There’s drama, sparkle, action, and a happy ending. Throw a few fluffy dresses and sparkly scarves their way for easy reenactments at home, and what’s not to love? Of course there are problems with the princess fairy tale trope, but when you’re four and The […]

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Go! #7

There’s another fun and action-packed issue of Teen Titans Go! coming your way this Wednesday, and we have an exclusive preview of it here! Here’s what’s going on: When Starfire develops a massive crush on the latest teen pop sensation, Robin will stop at nothing to recapture her attention – even if he must become […]

Friday Finds – December 12, 2014

Friday Finds – December 12, 2014

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Sanctuary of Stories Why Norman, OK Matters – a look at what happens when students come forward with rape allegations Middle Grade Monday: Cruelty and Community, J.A. White’s Thickety: A Path Begins 12 Blogs of 2014: R. David Lankes Amanda’s Top 14 of 2014 12 Blogs of 2014: […]

Three Debuts

Three Debuts

One of my favorite reader’s advisory tools is Amazon’s “Customer’s Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature. I know, I know, Amazon’s a big evil company engaged in a fight against the absolutely tiny publishing firm of Hatchette (note: Hatchette is not tiny), but what can I say? The algorithm they use is great. You […]

This Week’s Comics: Angry Cats Holiday

This Week’s Comics: Angry Cats Holiday

Less than two weeks until Christmas?! Fill those gift lists with some of the new releases out this week. Dark Horse Comics continues their Itty Bitty Comics of The Mask, in which the zoo animals get hold of it. IDW releases the second volume of Dexter’s Laboratory Classics and a special hardback, My Little Pony […]

12 Blogs of TLT: Terrible Trivium

12 Blogs of TLT: Terrible Trivium

If you haven’t noticed my intellectual crush on Anne Ursu by now, you haven’t been paying attention. Terrible Trivium is Anne Ursu’s Tumblr account and it is a resource for an amazing amount of thoughtful critique on issues that are close to my heart, including literature for children of all ages, book publishing, and many […]