March 20, 2017

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Round 1, Match 4: Makoons vs March, Book Three

JUDGE – VARIAN JOHNSON Makoons by Louise Erdrich HarperCollins March, Book III by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell Top Shelf On the surface, this looks to be a match-up between David and Goliath. Spartans vs. Xerxes. The Rock against Kevin Hart. On one side we have Makoons, a short, quiet historical novel about an […]

Morning Notes: AKR Edition

AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL Sad news. As you’ve likely heard, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away this week at 51. If you haven’t read her essay for the New York Times Modern Love column, You May Want to Marry My Husband, go do that. FAKE BOOKS How are nonfiction children’s books explaining President Trump? Very carefully. […]

MakerSpace: April National Poetry Month Activities

In the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), we’re getting ready for National Poetry Month (April). We have a variety of activities that we will be hosting all month long in our makerspace using our materials to get teens thinking about and creating poetry. Some of our ideas […]

Video Games Weekly Disney Emoji Blitz

This week, I was going to review the new Legend of Zelda game, but due to a shipping mix up, I haven’t received my copy yet!  So, this week is about a “freemium” game that I have been addicted to for the past few months called Disney Emoji Blitz.  If you shop at Walmart, you […]

Not On The Yarn: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Rest in peace Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

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Round 1, Match 3: Ghost vs The Girl Who Drank the Moon

JUDGE – JAMES DASHNER Ghost by Jason Reynolds Simon & Schuster The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Algonquian I want you to know that I say the following with all the love I can muster in my heart: School Library Journal is an evil, devious, monstrous entity. When they asked me to participate […]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Aaron Zenz

Last week author/illustrator Aaron Zenz visited our school. Let this web log post serve as the photographic evidence. Librarians/teachers out there: now that I’ve hosted a few visits, I can say with confidence that student prep is the make or break factor when an author comes to town. Should I chart it out? Okay, I’ll chart […]

Caldecott 2018: Spring Prediction Edition

Folks, for 9 years now I’ve been doing these goofy little Newbery/Caldecott prediction posts.  I get ’em wrong far more often than I get ’em right but they’re fun and I enjoy doing them.  March 15th is normally the date of the Spring Prediction Edition, and as tradition states I’m supposed to show you how […]

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Written and Illustrated by Jason Chin Published in 2017 by Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-59643-950-4  Grades K-8  Book Review  Are you ready for a mind boggling trip through time and terrain? In his latest hybrid nonfiction/ informational fiction picture book, master illustrator Jason Chin takes us through the eons while we traverse the […]

Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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 March 2017 issue of School Library Journal.      ★ The Gentleman’s Guide to […]

Book Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Publisher’s description Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel from the author of Truth or Dare. Mattie, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging […]

Round 1, Match 2: Thunder Boy Jr. vs When Green Becomes Tomatoes

JUDGE – LULU DELACRE THUNDER BOY, JR. by Sherman Alexis illustrated by Yuyi Morales Little, Brown WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Julie Morstad Macmillan It’s been ten days now. Ten days that the two titles have been battling each other in my head. The first time I placed the two books next to each other, […]

2017 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

We took a look at books coming in 2017 from past Geisel winners, how about authors and illustrators who have won Coretta Scott King awards (including author, illustrator, and new talent)? If I missed one, let’s hear it in the comments. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (May 9) When’s My Birthday? by […]

Cover Reveal: Longburrow – Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

Strong with the cover reveals is this one. Okay, so I’ve a new technique with these reveals. Covers are nice, absolutely. Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned book jacket straight from the designer’s table? But when you run a blog like this one you want to shake it up a little. After all, don’t […]

Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence

A Week in Quotes. How does one tell the story of a week where our students got to meet and learn from an award-winning author? You share some quotes. Of course! I love how you made Reina a brave, strong girl. ~Jalen, 6th Grader To prepare for the lucky reality that was G. Neri serving […]

To the battlements!

Baby sis has begun her annual Battle of the Books, with Duncan Tonatiuh comparing the merits of Freedom in Congo Square and Freedom Over Me.
Also, the Horn Book Podcast is back up and running. Last week Sian talked to author and agent Rebecca Podos and…

Book Review: BRACED by Alyson Gerber

The first time I ever had to wear my backbrace in public, I threw up. That’s what I remember the most. We were going to one of my brother’s baseball games and I was anxious that everyone would be able to tell that I was wearing it. So I barfed, as one does. The second […]

The Intersection of #Ownvoices, Genre Fiction, and Empathy: Guest post by Shaila Patel

In a recent ruling by a Virginia court, five teens (described as two whites and three minorities) were sentenced to read one book a month for an entire year as punishment for defacing a historic black schoolhouse with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti. The books assigned were mostly works of literary fiction with diverse characters and/or racial […]

This Week’s Comics: Secret Deviations

Prepare for more daylight hours with some of the titles from this week’s new releases! BOOM! Studios completes another Jim Henson’s The Storyteller series with Giants #4 which features an Arabic tale. Joe Books will keep the pirate love alive until the new movie comes out in May with Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #4, […]

Round 1, Match 1: Freedom in Congo Square vs. Freedom Over Me

JUDGE – DUNCAN TONATIUH Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Little Bee Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan Simon & Schuster I took several writing workshops in college. A student would share a story they wrote with the rest of the class and we all critiqued it. One of my professors […]