August 17, 2017

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New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Sometimes in the course of running through the classics Kate and I are in danger of looking at books for kids with too clinical an eye. For example, I might easily forget that Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman is, at its core, a very sad little book. Fortunately Kate’s there to remind me, […]

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go’ #23

We’re chilling out after a tough weekend with a couple of exclusive previews of next week’s comics. First up: Teen Titans Go #23: The Justice League is stopping by Titans Tower, but this time it’s not about saving the world. Nope, today it’s about “Misadventures in Babysitting.” Then, when the Teen Titans make their heroic […]

Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little […]

Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little […]

This Week’s Comics: Dinosaur Academy

It’s the time of the year parents love most; back to school! Make the transition easier with some of the titles from this week’s new releases. Boom! Studios collects the princess turned detective with Mega Princess, Volume 1. First Second releases the next volume in Crafty Cat series with Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp […]

Cover Curiosity: Front and Center

I don’t usually discuss YA, but when I do, it’s usually about covers. Click here for more Cover Curiosity posts. Today we have a group of books that to my eyes don’t fall into the “hey let’s make our book like like their book” category. But they do share an eye-catching visual style that makes […]

Review of the Day: Patina by Jason Reynolds

Patina By Jason Reynolds Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1481450188 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 29th You cannot be a children’s librarian or an adult children’s book reviewer if you do not constantly remind yourself that you have to read outside your comfort zone on a regular basis. Our current […]

Learning Your ABCs

Ah, August – the only month when it seems reasonable to make the alphabet using the first letter from book titles. Click below to see the results. ?? “ABCs”https://t.co/n8nwsFemyO — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) August 10, 2017

I Think Courage Is Contagious – Nora Raleigh Baskin

Colby: We are a little over a month away from the 16th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. It feels like the right time to share our interview with Nora Baskin, author of Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story. Travis and Nora sat down to talk about Nine, Ten at Nerd Camp last month in Parma, Michigan.   […]

MakerSpace: Outreach Activity – Book Face

I can obviously not begin to take credit for the fabulous idea of Book Face as it is undoubtedly something that you have seen all over the Internet. What I want to share with you, however, is how we did our Book Face and why we chose to do it in the way that we […]

Review: ‘Mega Princess’

Mega Princess Written by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Brianne Drouhard KaBoom! (Boom! Studios), $14.99 Ages 8 and up Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, Hawkeye) brings her energetic, aware writing style to a wide-ranging fantasy adventure for kids. The mega princess of the title is Maxine (who prefers Max). It’s her tenth birthday, which means […]

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#3)

I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. At the end of Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, George *SPOILER ALERT* says “hello” instead of barking, indicating that he ate a human. But was that human the vet […]

Video Games Weekly: Slime Rancher

August is a slow month in the gaming world.  Most AAA video game developers have released their blockbuster games at the beginning of the summer season, so this week I’m going to focus on another indie game that you may not have heard of. Slime Rancher is a first person adventure game created by Monomi […]

What Color Is the Past? History, Diversity, and Books for Kids

The headline caught my eye. In the Guardian it read Mary Beard abused on Twitter over Roman Britain’s ethnic diversity. Subtitle, “Classicist says her assertion that there was at least some diversity under Roman rule led to ‘torrent of aggressive insults’.” Apparently the BBC recently released a video for schools in which a high-ranking Roman […]

Google AutoDraw

What Auto-Tune does for singers, Google’s AutoDraw AI experiment now does for those of us with limited visual talent. I’ve just discovered this handy tool and considering its power in demonstrating AI, as well as its affordances for so many everyday tasks. AutoDraw got its start as Quick Draw  a Google game/experiment in which when you drew on your […]

New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little & Lion, The Bakersville Dozen, and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Today is a good day for book releases, as apparently all the recent books I have chosen to read release today. Is it fate? Destiny? Hard to say. Let’s dive right in, shall we. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert Two step-siblings who were closer than close are reunited after one, Little (the female) spends […]

Interview: School’s Out for ‘Gotham Academy’

Gotham Academy is one of the few truly young adult comics published by DC; a boarding-school story set in the Batman universe, it revolves around a group of teenagers who were unique to this series, especially Olive Silverlock, who comes into her second year with a dark secret and an unsolved mystery, and her younger […]

Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

Publisher’s description Rebecca Barrow’s bright, honest debut novel about chance, choice, and unconditional love is a heartfelt testament to creating the future you truly want, one puzzle piece at a time. There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about. Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

In this week’s podcast it took me what I consider a bloody long time to realize that all our previous picture books had one glaring thing in common.  They were all by white people. And sure, we talked about misappropriation with Tikki Tikki Tembo and flirted with diversity with Heather Has Two Mommies, but that […]

Anchor: for painless podcasts

If you’ve been reluctant to attempt podcasting for yourself or for your students, Anchor, just might be your solution. Available free at either the App Store or Google Play or at Anchor.fm, Anchor makes podcasting from your phone or iPad or Chromebook a breeze. It also makes podcasting a social media event.  And there’s virtually no learning curve […]