August 29, 2016

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#MHYALit Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Publisher’s description Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is […]

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2016

Pushing the envelope. Pushing boundaries. Pushing buttons. Here’s to children’s books that expand our assumptions of what a children’s book can be. Previously . . . The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015 The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 The Wildest Children’s Books of 2013 The Wildest Children’s Books of 2012 Look Up! by Jung Jin-Ho Holiday […]

When Celebrity Picture Books Go Kuh-kuh-kuh-KRAZY!

Celebrity picture books.  The gift that just keeps on giving. Now in the past I’ve had my say about CPB ah-plenty.  Heck, there was an entire chapter devoted to them in Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature. Today, we’ll switch tactics and tackle a topic that no one ever discusses. Weeeeeeeeeeird celebrity picture […]

#MHYALit: Who Cares for the Caregivers?

  Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Mon, Aug 22 2016 12:50:59 Edit Who cares for the caregivers? TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 I have a thing I want to say about depression/mental health. It will take a couple of tweets. Sun, Aug 21 2016 23:00:01 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 When we lost a baby, several people reached out to us. When I was […]

Middle School Monday: Reading in Class. Minus the Worksheet or Report. Just, you know, READING. By Julie Stivers

Disclosure: I love writing. I love when students write. One of the goals for my library this year is helping to integrate more creative writing opportunities into multiple classrooms. Not for a grade or to tick off a curriculum line, but for the incredible social and emotional benefits of encouraging student expression. But, here’s the […]

Links: Ghosts, Pokemon, and Bera the One-Headed Troll

Eric Orchard is creating fanciful, fable-like children’s books in a style inspired by Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, and I had the opportunity to talk to him about Bera the One-Headed Troll, his latest book. In addition to the story and the art, we also discussed another running theme in his work, his struggles with […]

Announcement Time! Which Book Will We Follow for Season 2 of The Yarn?

Travis: When Colby and I began The Yarn, we wanted a show that was a mix of Netflix (release a bunch of episodes at once, or close), Serial (have a bunch of episodes focused on one topic), and Beyoncé (release them unannounced). Season 1 was all of these things. Since then, the show has evolved […]

Monster Mash: Aaron Zenz Goes On Tour

Blog tours.  Generally speaking I don’t really do them.  Nothing against them personally, they just don’t always speak to the tenor and distinctive tone of individual blogs.  It takes a particularly keen one to get me out of my hidey-hole so that I’ll participate.  It takes, in short, Aaron Zenz. But first . . . […]

Sunday Reflections: Five Words We Should All Stop Using

We use a lot of words that we don’t fully consider where they originate from and what they truly imply. Some words are loaded; heavy with meaning and wielding a subtly destructive power that we often fail to fully grasp. Some words harm with their history, the suggested implications, and the way that they reinforce […]

CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

As librarians, wehn we gear up for a new school year, it’s exciting to have a few new strategies for engaging learners with literature and for building our own literature discovery/selection toolkit. You’ll absolutely want to introduce CommonLit to your classroom teachers and you’ll absolutely use it yourself to make curricular discoveries and to help […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #72

Once you see the pun at the end of the blurb for Scooby-doo, Where Are You? #72, you’ll wonder why it took them so long to come up with this idea: From grizzled outlaws to sequined songstresses, the cream of country music has come together for a gala, foot-stompin’ benefit concert…except for one small problem: […]

This Week’s Comics: Backstage Stitch

Catch up on your favorite titles with new trades out this week. BOOM! Studios brings out Clarence, Vol 1, which collects the first series. DC Comics releases the Looney Tunes Greatest Hits, Vol 1: What’s Up Doc, while IDW has two collections for any reader’s bookshelf: Jem and the Holograms, Vol 3: Dark Jem, and […]

Things Kate Milford Remembers from Middle School: The Left Handed Fate Blog Tour

Today, in honor of her August 23 release of The Left Handed Fate, Kate Milford joins us to share some of her own remembrances from Middle School: Things that I remember from middle school, in no particular order: I always seemed to wear the wrong clothes; I discovered Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series; I […]

Friday Finds: August 19, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Summer without Makeup Middle School Monday: Sacrificial Lambs, Horses, Kings, Babies and Middle School Students, author guest post with Kelly Barnhill Back to School: How to support and respect LGBTQIA+ students The Secret Sea Blog Tour – Interview with Barry Lyga This is What Happened When We Held […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#48)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? i could never read [Title] as a child because i always wanted to punch by the third page. WHY ARE YOU HANGING UP THE LIGHTBULBS WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who […]

Review of the Day: Kid Beowulf by Alexis Fajardo

Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath By Alexis E. Fajardo Color by Jose Mari Flores Prologue Color by Brian Kolm Amp Comics for Kids (an imprint of Andrews McMeel Publishing) $10.99 ISBN: 978-1-4494-7589-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. This is a true story. I started college in 1996. Earlham College. Richmond, Indiana. Nice place. Little Quaker […]

Book Review: It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Mittlefehldt, Rafi. It Looks Like This. […]

Why I Write What I Write, a guest post by THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH author Peter Hoffmeister

For a brief period of time when I was in middle school, we lived in a trailer park. Technically, my dad’s girlfriend lived in a trailer park and we just spent a lot of time there. If you know anything about trailer parks, you know that there is a lot of stigma attached to living […]

Cover Curiosity: Face to Face

Some book covers, I think, are designed to like other book covers on purpose. Like this, for example. Others happen to share a general composition. Here’s one such pair. Today we have a case of the latter, a compositionally congruent duo. First up . . . Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube Second up . […]

Stranger Things Booklist: This One’s for the Kids

It’s a booklist kind of week. Like many children of the 80s I’ve been just delighted by the Netflix 8-part horror fest Stranger Things.  I may not get most of the Stephen King and John Carpenter references but the E.T., Aliens, and Akira stuff hits home hard.  For work I decided to put up a […]