January 24, 2017

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Our 2017 Picks & Predictions

We’re less than a week out from the YMAs. Which means we’re less than a week from tears — of sorrow and of glee — and from the temptation to ask impossible questions like “why” and “what the hell happened to book X”. But hang on. The Monday morning quarterbacking is a time-honored tradition in […]

Review of the Day: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, ill. Brian Floca

Princess Cora and the Crocodile By Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Brian Floca Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4822-0 Early Chapter Book On shelves March 28th What if. What if Good Night Moon had been illustrated by someone other than Clement Hurd? What if. What if Charlotte’s Web had had an artist who wasn’t Garth Williams? […]

Exclusive Deleted Scene from UNDEFEATED by Steve Sheinkin

For 10 years, I worked at the Marion Public Library in Marion, Ohio. This is significant to this story because one of our branches was in LaRue, the home of Jim Thorpe and the pro-football team which featured the Oorang Indians. We had entire programs built around Jim Thorpe. But it still always tickles me […]

#MHYALit: How books and being a librarian help me cope with anxiety, a guest post by Erin

Hi, I’m Erin. I’m a teen librarian, a wife, a daughter, a best friend, a mom, and an anxiety warrior. Notice how I put that at the very end. There was a reason for that.  The anxiety is the “least of my worries” for lack of a better phrase (insert uncomfortable laughter here). What I’m […]

Recently in book mail

Books, books, and more books! My neighbors probably wonder what exactly goes on over here at the house where UPS of FedEx stops nearly every day. The following are the books that have arrived here in the past few weeks. I will be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months on TLT. See something […]

Review: Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn

Bertolt By Jacques Goldstyn Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592702299 $15.95 Grades K-2 Out April 11, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library 1. Bertolt is the name of the tree. 2. Jacques Goldstyn is a Canadian author/illustrator/cartoonist. This book was originally published in Canada in French. 3. The unnamed protagonist is a self-described […]

Pyrite: Here We Go Again…

You asked, so we’re going for it! Let’s take one last crack at the honor vote because we’re clearly a Pyrite committee that needs help to make up its mind. As Karyn noted in the results post, The Lie Tree has a huge lead over the other titles which is no surprise considering how close it was to winning […]

Talking ALL AMERICAN BOYS with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for the Social Justice in YA Lit (#SJYALit) Project

https://storify.com/TLT16/talking-all-american-boys-with-jason-reynolds-and- Yesterday we had an online Twitter chat with authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, as well as many readers, as part of the #SJYALit Project. I storified that discussion so that you can read it here in case you missed it. Talking ALL AMERICAN BOYS with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for Social Justice […]

The Horn Book Goes South

Martha Parravano, Al Berman, and I will be at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta this weekend. While Martha is busy on the CSK Award committee and rounding up articles and new contributors, Al and I will be stalking the exhibit hall to see what’s new and get publishers to transfer funds from their advertising budgets into […]

Video Games Weekly: Why You Should Buy a WiiU for Teen Game Nights Soon!

I’ve been reading posts on various Youth Services-related FB groups about the best console for Teen Game Night programs. I would first suggest you ask your teens for their input before you make any hasty decisions. If you are considering a Wii U, time is of the essence because the Nintendo Switch will be released […]

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

The 2017 Contenders

   Here they are! Let us know what you think in the comments.     ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie FREEDOM OVER ME by Ashley Bryan GHOST by Jason Reynolds THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill THE […]

Morning Notes: Text Flying at Screen Edition

DAYS FROM ALA The announcement of the Newbery, Caldecott and more will be announced soon (Monday @ 8:00 am Eastern) at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. It’s the first year in a while I won’t be in attendance (FOMOing so hard), so I’ll be sitting down in front of my computer to watch […]

Award Season Speculation: How Has the Process of Discussion Changed Over the Years?

Are you excited?  I’m excited.  Who wouldn’t be?  Very soon, almost too soon, it will be Monday morning and all around the world we’ll be able to tune into the live feed of ALA’s Youth Media Awards to hear the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, etc.  Not like in the old days when you […]

The Reader

The Reader by Traci Chee Putnam, August 2016 Reviewed from an ARC This is a book I’ve been saving the whole season, saving until the end because I knew I’d love it and I wanted to savor it. I’m not alone in loving it — it has four stars, it’s on the SLJ Mothership’s year […]

Pyrite Honor Votes: Results and Decisions

We voted, and we have some results to share! (Insert boilerplate about how this will be the simple version of the results with analysis to follow when Joy finishes geeking out over the numbers.) But first, a reminder about honor vote procedures: Based on the results of this ballot, the committee will decide if it […]

Online Mock Newbery

We’re doing things a bit differently this year then we have in years past.  Rather than having people post their votes in the comments, we are using an online ballot and you can vote here.  We dithered between two rounds, but opted for a decisive single one.  Voting will close on Friday night, so get […]

Not On The Yarn: Daniel Handler

Colby: Last week Travis shared an episode of Longform with me that featured Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. Many people consider her the greatest interviewer in the universe. I agree with those people. After listening to the episode, I went over to the Fresh Air feed to see if the show had featured any interesting guests lately. […]

#SJYALit: How does real life and research fit with LGBT young adult lit? A guest post by Alex B

As a young teen, I went to my local bookstore with my family and chose books like Alex Sánchez’s Rainbow Road, David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy, and Julie Anne Peters’ Keeping You a Secret for my parents to buy with no thought to self-censor; in a weird twist that I won’t go into here, I […]