June 22, 2017

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One Star Review Guess Who? (#54)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? This is an evil kid’s book, for sure. Pick it up and you’ll be condemned to a near eternity of grueling tongue twisters. And your kid will love it… Not because it’s one of Seuss’s masterpieces, but because he […]

Didn’t you get my message? (Or I don’t know what’s ringing, beeping, pinging anymore!)

One morning when I thought I was on top of everything, a friend emailed me to ask, “Didn’t you get my Voxer message?” Lately I am having trouble communicating. Every device I have seems to be ringing or beeping or pinging on an increasing number of platforms. My son who works abroad uses WhatsApp. Some […]

Friday Finds: June 16, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Celebrating Six Years of TLT MakerSpace: MakeDo Cardboard Construction Kits Book Review: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali Mini Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack #SJYALit Booklist: Environmental Dystopia, aka Cli-Fi Let’s Talk about MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu Recently in book mail + giveaways Around the Web Jacqueline […]

This Week’s Comics: Unbeatable Kid Sherlock

Making a list for this year’s summer vacation? Don’t forget to check this week’s list of new releases! Dark Horse Comics releases a new edition of Faith Erin Hick’s Adventures of Superhero Girl with new stories and art by Hicks and friends. IDW Publishing releases the final issue of Jem and the Holograms while Titan […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2018: The Summer Prediction Edition

Did Betsy drop the ball in her last Spring Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post? Yes, Betsy did drop the ball in her last Spring Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post. Will Betsy do better with her Summer Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post? Yes, Betsy will do better with her Summer Newbery/Caldecott Prediction Post. Back in the spring I ran into a bit […]

No, the places YOU’LL go.

When I say, as I do with some regularity, “I hate Dr. Seuss,” I don’t mean it as criticism of his work for any kind of aesthetic or political shortcoming, and obviously I don’t have anything against the man himself. What I mean is that The Cat and the Hat, etc. made five-year-old me very, very […]

Recently in book mail + giveaways

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 […]

New Podcast Alert: Mine!

It’s a little kooky to say, but as strange as it may sound I’ve jumped back into the podcast biz.  Years ago I created a little personal project in NYC that was fun but exhausting!  Today, I am pleased to announce that there’s a new children’s literature podcast in town.  Called Fuse 8 n’ Kate, […]

Ye Olde Scope Notes: Are We Sure It’s a Good Idea to Have The Cat in the Hat Teaching Nonfiction???

*Waving a rickety old cane in the air* Does it strike anyone as odd that The Cat in the Hat is now one of the most recognizable sources of factual information for children? I love the Cat in the Hat, but to put a creation of Dr. Seuss (the king of whimsically making stuff up) […]

Library of Congress Celebrates the World of Comics

If you’re going to be in Washington, DC, over the next few days, check out the cool comics exhibit at the Library of Congress! The events include a live interview with Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter, which will be live-streamed—tickets are already sold out. Here’s a press release with all the details! (Image from DC […]

Felix Yz

Felix Yz Written by Lisa Butler Published by Viking Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-0-425-28850-4 Grades 5-8 Book Review Being thirteen can be hard even on the good days. Protagonist Felix Yz faces bullies, strives to please his teachers, and tries to get to know his crush Hector a little better. But he has even bigger problems, […]

Let’s Talk about MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu

Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence This past year was a rough one for The Teen. I got repeated texts from my daughter asking me to come please pick her up at school because she didn’t feel safe. She came home and talked about boys touching her and her friends in the hallways, catcalling, asking them to […]

#SJYALit Booklist: Environmental Dystopia, aka Cli-Fi

Cli-Fi is fiction that deals with the topic of climate change. Climate change is an important political and social justice issue as it affects everything from health to food and water resources See, for example, this discussion: The Next Frontier of Climate Change: Climate & Social Justice. Natalie Korsavidis joins us today to share this […]

Review: ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass’

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass Writer/artist: Akira Himekawa Viz Media; $17.99 Rated A for All Ages The latest game in Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise, Breath of The Wild, was released in March, leading to the regular, periodic spike in interest of all things Zelda. That might explain why Viz has been […]

Books on Film: The New York Times Illustrator Video Motherlode

Over on Facebook, the New York Times is quietly amassing an astounding collection of children’s illustrator videos. You want names? Dav Pilkey, Rachel Reneé Russell, David Wiesner, Elise Gravel, R. Gregory Christie, Jon Klassen, Sophie Blackall, Floyd Cooper, Jessixa Bagley, Lane Smith and a lot more. Some of the best illustrators making books for kids, […]

Review of the Day: Town is By the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, ill. Sydney Smith

Town Is by the Sea By Joanne Schwartz Illustrated by Sydney Smith Groundwood Books $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-871-6 Ages 4-9 On shelves now There’s been a lot of talk lately about how a parent can engender empathy in their children. It’s a good question and worth a lot of discussion and listening. As a parent I’ve […]

Mini Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Publisher’s Book Description: In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from […]

Links: Wings of Fire to Become a Graphic Novel

Here’s some big news from Scholastic: Best-selling middle-grade author Tui Sutherland will be adapting her Wings of Fire series into graphic novels, with help from Secret Coders artist Mike Holmes. Sutherland is a graphic novel fan herself—and she enjoys reading them with her children—so when Scholastic asked if she would like to adapt her dragon […]

Book Review: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Publisher’s description Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen. There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so […]

Announcing The Yarn LIVE at ALA Annual 2017!

Last summer we tried our first LIVE episode of The Yarn. Colby and I talked to Kate DiCamillo in Orlando. We had some laughs, some awkward moments (*Note* Those were all due to me – why did we kick things off with Colby reading an entry from my diary – WHY???) Click here for Pt. 1 of […]