April 29, 2016

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Shortlist for Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award Announced

The organization Kids Read Comics has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Dwayne McDuffie Awards. The awards honor comics writer Dwayne McDuffie, founder of Milestone Media (one of the first black-owned comics publishers), writer for Marvel and DC, and creator of the character Static. The award recognizes comics for readers up to age 13 and […]

2016 is Foxy

The other day The Trend Whisperer (a new nickname I’m trying out for A Fuse #8 Production) mentioned that 2016 is the year of bears on rampages and blobfish. I can’t disagree. But a recent conversation with Benji of Tales of an Elementary School Librarian had me thinking there should be another trend on our […]

Sunday Reflections: Teens Don’t Read Anymore

Teens don’t read anymore. Anyhow, that’s what I keep hearing. And then . . . Yesterday, I took my teenage daughter and her friend to the North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving, Texas. On a Saturday. That began at 8:00 A.M. If you know anything about teens, you know that the day and hour […]

Smore’s New Educator Hive

Many of us rely on Smore for student projects, for our flyers, announcements to parents, instruction and more.  Many of us love it for its super-low, truly accessible learning curve. This week, the folks at Smore introduced The Educator Hive.  The Hive currently features more than 450 flyer and newsletter templates shared by other educators […]

Video Sunday: The Other Man in Purple

So many good videos to choose from today!  First and foremost, I begin with a very special message from Jon Scieszka.  It seems you still have two days to vote in the Children’s Book Choice Awards and . . . well . . . Jon would really like your kids to do so.  Seriously. I […]

Preview: ‘Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash’

Here’s a special treat for today’s preview: An advance look at Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash. This is one of Archie’s giant-size paperbacks that offers a lot of comics and extras—this one has a special gallery of vintage Archie covers, and we have a few of them in the preview below. The book […]

Act now: Important IAL funding news from the DOE!

An ALA District Dispatch post by Kevin Maher yesterday, shared an important clarification from the Department of Education regarding the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The notice in the Federal Register shared that 50 percent of all grant funds, more than $13 million, are reserved for use by school libraries serving high need LEAs. […]

Friday Finds: April 22, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: They Don’t Care About Your Test Scores, They Are Just Trying to Survive Middle School Monday: Django Wexler guest post Book Review: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi #MHYALit: Shattered Illusions: Growing up with a Bipolar Father, a guest post by Kim […]

This Week’s Comics: Licensed Love

Licensed comics abound in the new releases this week. Continue your favorite cartoon adventures with Jem and the Holograms #14 from IDW Publishing or the final issue of BOOM! Studios’ Adventure Time Ice King. Video games more your speed? Plants Vs Zombies from Dark Horse Comics starts the “Boom Boom Mushroom” arc with issue #10, or jump in […]

Book Review: Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson

Publisher’s description For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did […]

#MHYALit: How to Manage, reflections on anxiety by Ally Watkins

Today for #MHYALit co-coordinator Ally Watkins shares some personal reflections. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here. I’m one of the organizers of this project, though you may not know it. Karen has been writing about her experiences since January. Amanda has been knocking out amazing book reviews. But I’ve found it harder to […]

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

If you haven’t read this book with students, you should: Tip: It’s available in ebook format if you don’t have it and need to download it quick. If you haven’t shared this song with students, you should: This video has been a big hit with students this week. There’s also a version without the motions, […]

Children’s Literary Salon: On Beyond Narnia

Today a co-worker pulled me aside and asked about our next Children’s Literary Salon.  She wanted to know how I was getting such fabulous stars, particularly since the next Salon (a week from this Saturday) will be featuring not just Penderwicks scribe Jeanne Birdsall but author N.D. Wilson to boot.  Add in the topic (a […]

Because I am not. One of your. FANS.

In this week’s Horn Book Podcast, Siân talks with Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing) about how they found kindred spirithood via The Raven Boys; and about fandom, fan fiction, and ‘shipping (there totally should be an apostrophe so shut up). I admire the impulse and envy the enthusiasm but so not my thing. I’m reminded of a […]

#FSYALit: A Recap of the Discussion on Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit, presented by Karen Jensen and Ally Watkins at TLA 2016

Tuesday, April 19th, Ally Watkins and I presented an overview of the #FSYALit discussion (which is ongoing) at the TLA Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. Here are the slides we discussed. And here are some of our notes: SLIDE 1: Introductions SLIDE 2: We are white christian women, our voices are very much the least […]

Video Games Weekly: Miitomo

If you follow me on Twitter, you have probably noticed that I’ve been playing through Tearaway Unfolded.  I read about it in a video game review, written by Regina Townsend on Teen Services Underground.  The game is awesome, but since it has been already well reviewed, I’m going to talk about a sort-of-but-not-quite video game […]

Morning Notes

DOUBLE DICAMILLO As someone who will be interviewing Kate DiCamillo in front of an ALA audience in a couple months (I told you about this, right?) I’ve found myself checking out the recent Raymie Nightingale fanfare with added interest. Today I have not one, but a pair of Kate DiCamillo things to offer. First, this interview […]

Review of the Day: Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune By Pamela S. Turner Illustrated by Gareth Hinds Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 9781580895842 Ages 10 and up On shelves now When you read enough children’s books published in a single year, folks tend to believe that you’ve an ability to spot trends in the general literature. Trend-spotting is […]

‘Awkward,’ ‘March,’ ‘Anna Banana’ Get Eisner Nominations

The nominations for the Eisner Award, the most prestigious award in comics, were announced today. The nominees were selected by a panel of six judges, and the final awards will be voted on by professionals in the comics field. Here’s the list for the kids’ and YA categories: Best Publication for Early Readers (up to […]

Book Review: Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson

Thanks to Penguin generously donating some ARCs for Kirstin’s recent visit to my library, I have two extra to raffle off. You can enter via the Rafflecopter, by (re)tweeting this review, or by following me on Twitter (@CiteSomething). Contest runs 4/19 to 4/21. US entries only, please.  Publisher’s description In this Banksy-inspired illustrated novel, an escalating […]