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March 2, 2015

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Serving Full T.I.L.T. : Empathy, remembering what it’s like to be a teen and how it helps us be better teen services librarians

Serving Full T.I.L.T. : Empathy, remembering what it’s like to be a teen and how it helps us be better teen services librarians

In the summer before I began my Junior year of high school my family moved. Again. That’s what happens when you are a military family. But even though you know it’s going to happen, it doesn’t make it suck any less. A few weeks into the new semester at a new school I received a […]

Vote for Your Favorite to Come Back from the Dead!

Vote for Your Favorite to Come Back from the Dead!

Worried about how your favorite is going to fare in this year’s Battle? Here’s your chance to help. Vote in the Undead Poll for the contender you most want to see in the final round. The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be dug out of the grave to join the two other […]

Building strong bodies 16 ways

Irene Smalls, who is moderating the children’s book panel I told you about, has sent along this bibliography of books she put together  to encourage children–particularly African American children–to be more active. Or, as my mother always said,” Go out and play.” Thank goodness Daylight Saving Time is less than two weeks away–I got in […]

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Links: Invader Zim Comes to Comics

Links: Invader Zim Comes to Comics

This should be interesting: Papercutz has signed a “first look” deal with Nickelodeon to develop their new cartoon properties into comics and graphic novels (much as IDW has with Cartoon Network), and they will also publish a new Nickelodeon magazine. The first two to be adapted are Sanjay and Craig and Breadwinners, and two more […]

2015 Judge: Clare Vanderpool

2015 Judge: Clare Vanderpool

Clare Vanderpool lives in Wichita, KS with her husband and four children.  As a huge fan of March Madness, she was thrilled to be asked to participate in SLJ’s Battle of the Books because it combines two of her favorite things:  brackets and books!  Clare has been a life-long reader who has been known to […]

Review of the Day: My Near-Death Adventures by Alison DeCamp

My Near-Death Adventures (99% True) By Alison DeCamp Crown Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-39044-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Children’s historical fiction novels often divide up one of two ways. In the first category you have your important moments in history. In such books our heroes run about […]

Morning Notes: Novel In Verse Writing Coach Edition

Morning Notes: Novel In Verse Writing Coach Edition

SO FAR, THE STARS Man, two months into the new year and we already have five books that have received five starred reviews each? Can you name one? Click here for the whole list. DETAILS ABOUT DIVERSITY The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) has been keeping track of the number of books by and about people […]

Buy the book

Buy the book

I’m a judge for this year’s Pannell Award for children’s bookselling and our slate of nominees has been announced. Anything you want to tell me?

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An updated pop up mobile makerspace, what I know now and how I’m adding more technology

An updated pop up mobile makerspace, what I know now and how I’m adding more technology

I recently began working at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio and one of the things we are trying to do is really address programming, particularly including more technology into our programming with a limited budget and a tight space. I really like the basic framework of the Mobile Makerspace […]

Review: Beware The Batman

Review: Beware The Batman

Beware The Batman Written by Ivan Cohen, Matthew K. Manning, Scott Beatty, Mike W. Barr and Mitch Watson Art by Luciano Vecchio and Dario Brizuela DC Comics, $12.99 This trade paperback collects the entirety of the short-lived comic book series based on the short-lived animated series of the same name…which, of course, was based on […]

What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter

What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter

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? […]

2015 Judge: Cat Winters

2015 Judge: Cat Winters

Cat Winters was born and raised in Southern California, near Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and formerly worked in publishing. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 […]

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

One publisher I’ve never talked to is Canada’s Annick Press. Let’s fix that, shall we? I talked to Brigitte Waisberg over at Annick to get up to date on their 2015 books. Travis: How was 2014 for Annick Press? Things you were especially happy about? We were thrilled when The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated […]

Middle Grade Monday – Shannon Hale

Middle Grade Monday – Shannon Hale

Y’all, I cannot even. This is the state of my excitement right now. You see, Shannon Hale is in my state, for the first time ever. And tonight she’s coming to my local bookstore. She’ll be promoting the third Princess Academy book, Princess Academy: the Forgotten Sisters, which isn’t even out until next week. I […]

Medication, Depression, and I Was Here

Generally speaking, I save my rants for Twitter and not blogging. I try to be more measured and professional in blogging (or writing reviews in other places). That said, yesterday while reading Gayle Forman’s I Was Here, I had some thoughts of the ranting variety that I shared. You can see them in the Storify […]

SO gay.

SO gay.

The March cover of the Horn Book, that is. Gertrude and the boys should be in your mailbox soonish–we lost a couple of days due to the weather. But dePaola’s springtime palette gives me hope!

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Book Review: Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

Book Review: Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

The voices in our heads can be so cruel. For Elena, and many other people struggling with anorexia, the voices in our heads are persistent with one overriding message: you are not good enough. The only way to become good enough is to lower the number on the scale. And as you step on the […]

Nonfiction Roundup

Nonfiction Roundup

A group of nonfiction titles that includes something for everyone. Wes Moore is an advocate for youth, education, and veterans (see the 2014 PBS series Coming Back with Wes Moore). He became well-known in library and school circles with his 2010 debut The Other Wes Moore. Now he’s back with an inspirational book of life lessons, […]

2015 Judge: Elizabeth Wein

2015 Judge: Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein is the highly opinionated author of Code Name Verity, which won the acclaimed Undead Vote in SLJ’s 2013 BoB. After Rose Under Fire’s ignominious BoB defeat in 2014, Elizabeth cunningly spent the year procrastinating to ensure she wouldn’t have a book eligible for combat in 2015. She is utterly delighted to be involved […]

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!

Here in New York we’re getting very excited.  The 90-Second Film Festival is coming!!  And soon too!  Here’s a PW interview with James Kennedy about the festival and for those of you in the NYC area you can see it at NYPL on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. In fact, now that I think […]