October 20, 2017

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For All That’s Real and Fair(e): Two Outstanding MG GNs

As  the Newbery Committee manual dictates, the “committee is to make its decision primarily on the text” and “[o]ther components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when they make the book less effective.” In other words, good designs and fabulous illustrations that enhance the overall reading experience, theoretically, should not […]

Can an Aardvark Bark?

Can an Aardvark Bark? Written by Melissa Stewart and Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Published in 2017 by Beach Lane Books ISBN 978-1481458528 Grades PK – 4 Book Review: Bark, grunt, squeal, roar…. A chorus of animal vocalizations emanates from science writer Melissa Stewart’s latest picture book, a concept book focusing on the sounds that animals […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#4)

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name.
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Previously . . .
Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1)
Name That …

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag ft. James Kennedy

It’s time for the sweetest little tale of kitty cannibalism ever to grace our gentle bookshelves!  And best of all, this very special episode of the podcast comes with a very special guest! Yes indeed we poached James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd-Fish and creator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival to take […]

Typito: Your post production buddy

More and more we communicate through video. And I’ll bet you know the feeling when you record that very effective screencast or tutorial, and it just doesn’t feel ready for primetime. Post-production is what makes your media feel professional and done. But not everyone has access to, or the chops to use, a robust video […]

Ryan T. Higgins Talks About Be Quiet!

Colby: Last spring author/illustrator Ryan T. Higgins visited the students at Parma Elementary. It was an amazing school visit. My students LOVED it. When my students went to lunch, Ryan and I sat down to talk about his book Be Quiet! I hope you enjoy…

Books on Film: From the Archives: Maurice Sendak on Charlie Rose in 1993

“You tell the truth as best you can. And the people who need the truth most are children.” —Maurice Sendak Oh man, this is a good one. 25 years ago Maurice Sendak visited the Charlie Rose show to talk about his latest book at the time, We’re All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. […]

Friday Finds: October 13, 2017

This Week at TLT MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – Vinyl 101 Book Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta Book Review: Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G. View from the Director’s Chair Part II: Narrative Filmmaking by Lynette Pitrak October #ARCParty Book Review: […]

Intertwined Stories

Here’s a day of intertwined stories — stories told through multiple points of view, offering many perspectives on a single converging plot. Yay! I do love novels with multiple POVs; it can give the read a rhythmic, regular pace through to the end. Here we have straight up realistic, historical fiction and we have a mostly realistic but […]

This Week’s Comics: Spoooktacular Wrap Up

Keep your spooky spirits up with some of the titles from this week’s list of new releases. Archie Comics piles on the Halloween fun with not one but two titles; Archie Halloween Spectacular #1 and Betty and Veronica Halloween Annual Digest #257 while Dark Horse Comics goes trick-or-treating with volume 8 of Plants Vs Zombies […]

Announcing the Danziger Awards for Hilarious Kids Books

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of hearing myself whine. Every time there’s a cool sounding award for humor given out to an adult book you can count on hearing me pipe up. “Wah wah, no funny book awards for kids, […]

Announcing the Danziger Awards for Hilarious Kids Books

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of hearing myself whine. Every time there’s a cool sounding award for humor given out to an adult book you can count on hearing me pipe up. “Wah wah, no funny book awards for kids, […]

Thank you all!

The Horn Book’s social media team–Elissa, Katie, and Lolly, but all hands on deck–has been busily documenting the events of last weekend’s Boston Globe-Horn Book/Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium for your viewing and reading pleasure. It was a great weekend, and I want to thank the Horn Book, Simmons, and Globe staff for making it such […]

Not On The Yarn: Philip and Erin Stead on NPR

Travis: Picture book makers Philip and Erin Stead have a new book out – one co-written with Mark Twain.

The story of how this book came about is fascinating stuff, and NPR captured the whole thing on audio. Click below to listen.

On MOXIE, THE NOWHERE GIRLS, Current Events and the Power of Books

There has been a lot of very important discussion in the news this past couple of weeks about sexual harassment and abuse by men in positions of power, in no small part thanks to the revelations regarding Harvey Weinstein. Of course women know and have known for years that type of culture and abuse isn’t […]

NYCC News: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avatar,’ and ‘Dinosaucers’

New York Comic Con, which took place last weekend, was the last big comic con of 2017, and publishers finished out the season with plenty of news and announcements. We already posted about First Second’s Maker Comics, but here are a few more NYCC announcements. Dark Horse announced that Faith Erin Hicks, the creator of […]

Book Review: Sparrow by Sarah Moon

Publisher’s description Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing with other kids. And that’s made school a lonely experience for her. It’s made LIFE a […]

Thing 1 and Thing 2: A Pair of Dr. Seuss Controversies

Dr. Seuss has been in the news a lot lately. And not just in the children’s literature corner of the internet. Like in Time magazine (see above). And a whole bunch of newspapers and television. Two different Seuss-related controversies are to blame, so let’s do a quick recap . . . Thing 1: A school […]

October #ARCParty

October #ARCParty// The Teen and The Bestie take a look at some upcoming and newly released books. And Thing 2 who is now officially a Tween takes a look at some new Middle Grade books because she doesn’t want to be left out of the fun anymore. Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Wed, Oct 11 2017 14:26:19 […]

View from the Director’s Chair Part II: Narrative Filmmaking by Lynette Pitrak

Since its inception in the fall of 2014, Downers Grove Public Library’s teens have been busy creating in our Media Lab! Teens have created documentary films in our Viewfrom the Director’s Chair workshop, photography in our Viewfrom Behind the Lens workshop, and music demo recordings in View from the Sound Booth. The creativity, passion, and […]