June 24, 2016

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Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: RETURN by Aaron Becker

Journey came first. Quest was next. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing this first look at the trailer for the third and final book in Aaron Becker’s award-winning picture book trilogy: Return. I talked to Becker about creating the trailer and how he feels now that the trilogy is coming to a close. Travis: What’s it like […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2017: The Summer Prediction Edition

Fickle little me. Titles appear. Titles disappear. Many of the books I placed on my Spring 2017 predictions list are gone by June, and what has changed?  Aren’t the books as wonderful now as they were when I originally propped them up?  Of course they are, but I’ve done enough book discussions in the intervening […]

Sunday Reflections: How Do I Talk to The Teen About Orlando?

On May 19th of this year I got to interview John Corey Whaley, so I took The Teen with me. I remarked to him then that I was pretty sure this was the first time that my teenage daughter had gotten to talk to an openly out adult and that I thought this was a […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘B&V Friends Comics Double Digest’ #248

Ethel takes center stage—as a comedienne—in the lead story of B&V Friends Comics Double Digest #248, written by Alex Simmons and drawn by Bill Galvan. We don’t actually see her in this exclusive preview, but we do see all her friends talking about boosting her confidence—and we know all those good intentions are going to […]

This Week’s Comics: Elf Cat Sisters

Escape the first heat wave of the summer with Dad and some of the new releases from this week’s list. Archie Comics’ Jughead returns with a new story arc. Things start to really heat up in the kitchen in the second issue of Space Battle Lunchtime, but you can cool down with Tokyopop’s Special Collector’s […]

PBS KIDS Video App

Chock full of quality children’s programs, the newly updated PBS KIDS Video App is an absolute no-brainer download for families, and for preschool and primary classrooms and libraries. The app is free, easy to navigate and available for both iOS (iPads & iPhones) and Android. The attractive, kid-friendly interface offers immediate access to such series […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #231

We’re kicking off the weekend a little early today with an exclusive first look at Looney Tunes #231, which will be out in comic shops on June 22. This story goes all meta on us: It’s Daffy Duck versus a comic book artist as Daffy gets erased and painted into the most unusual places and […]

Friday Finds: June 17, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: What Should I Tell My Daughters? An open letter to Judge Aaron Persky #MHYALit: My Definition of Crazy, a guest post by author Lois Metzger Middle School Monday: #MdlPwriters by Julie Stivers Book Review: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash #MHYALit Knowing When to Talk About […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#45)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? So basically, read the bible. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star Review Guess Who (#4) One Star Review Guess Who […]

Review of the Day: Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari

Coyote Moon By Maria Gianferrari Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-041-1 Ages 4-7 On shelves July 19th I feel as if there was less nature out there when I was a kid. Crazy, right? But seriously, as I grew to be an adult I was appalled at […]

RIP Lois Duncan

I was sorry to hear about Lois Duncan’s death yesterday. Lois had been writing for young people for a long time–her first novel, Debutante Hill, was published in 1958 (and republished in 2013 by Lizzie Skurnick Books). She is someone whose work I always point towards as a reminder that YA fiction did not begin […]

When the censorship comes from within: Reflections on Kate Messner being dis-invited to a school

You may or may not have heard of the controversy surrounding Kate Messner’s book The Seventh Wish. If you haven’t, you can catch up with it on Kate’s blog. You should probably start with this post and work your way back. For those of you on a schedule, however, essentially Kate was uninvited (with less than […]

Review: ‘A Goofy Guide to Penguins’

A Goofy Guide to Penguins Writer: Jean-Luc Coudray Artist: Philippe Coudray Toon Books; $12.95 French cartoonist Phillipe Coudray has already produced a trio of books featuring incredibly clever gag strips starring his Benjamin Bear character for Toon Books. For his latest work from the publisher, he leaves the temperate forest and its funny, furry woodland […]

Book Reviews: What I’ve Been Reading – BURNING; A HUNDRED HOURS OF NIGHT; HOUR OF THE BEES; THE LEAVING; ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE LONG GAME (FIXER #2); STRIKE (HIT #2)

Publisher’s Book Description: After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she’ll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows […]

Morning Notes: Sit in the Dark and Eat Edition

  If you haven’t been following Kate Messner’s blog lately, you should head over there. The author was recently disinvited from a school visit because of issues the school had with her new book, The Seventh Wish. Click here to read more (and scroll down Messner’s blog for earlier posts on this topic). STEAL THIS […]

Fusenews: Trotsky, Harriet the Spy, A.A. Milne and More

You know what’s even better than serving on an award committee?  Having someone else write about it.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, I was on the judging committee for this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards alongside Chair Joanna Rudge Long and Roxanne Feldman.  It was Roxanne who reported on our discussion, and even took […]

Video Games Weekly: Journey Collector’s Edition

This review is going to be a little bit of a throwback because the original version of Journey  came out in 2012, but I hope you find it useful!  I’ve been waiting for our library’s vendor to stock the collector’s edition of Journey for PS4 (I don’t own a PS3), but I finally gave up […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2016

Here are ten books arriving in June, July, and August that I’m keeping an eye on. Picture Books School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson June 28, 2016 | Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) | Grades PreK – 1 I’ve been waiting a while to talk about this one. I’ve been waiting […]

On innovative practice: There is no box!

A few years back, I was stuck in an airport on a long layover. I found myself chatting over dinner and wine with an extraordinary woman who excitedly described the new business empire she was building.  I said, “Wow, you sure think outside the box!”  She responded: “Joyce, what makes you think there’s a box?” […]

Review: ‘Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro’

Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro Writer/artist: Shigeru Mizuki Drawn and Quarterly; $12.95 The signature work of the late Shigeru Mizuki, who just passed away last year, was his GeGeGe no Kitaro/Hakaba no Kitaro comic. The series originally ran from 1960 to 1969 and starred Mizuki’s own idiosyncratic reinvention of a once-popular kamishibai/paper theater character. Mizuki’s […]