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April 25, 2015

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Middle Grade Monday – the Power of Doorstops

Middle Grade Monday – the Power of Doorstops

The last conference I attended had a wonderful session entitled ‘Radical Hospitality in the School Library Media Center.’ And I’m not just saying that because it was a friend and colleague who was presenting. It was really wonderful. I’ve strived since my first library to find ways to make the students feel welcome and wanted […]

#FSYALit: Orthodox Representation in YA Lit

Over the past year, I have seen an increase of representation of Protestant Christians in YA lit that isn’t published by a Christian publisher. Maybe it’s just because I have been looking for it more for this discussion, but it does in fact seem like there has been a genuine increase in authors recognizing and […]

Two Speculative Fiction Genre Blends

Two Speculative Fiction Genre Blends

Two books with huge teen appeal today, both by authors comfortable writing in multiple speculative fiction genres. First, a fantasy novel by Daryl Gregory. You may have heard of Afterparty, last year’s science fiction novel that created quite a buzz and ended up on a few Best lists. I read Raising Stony Mayhall back in […]

Roundtable: Why all the Drama about ‘Drama’?

Roundtable: Why all the Drama about ‘Drama’?

Earlier this week, the American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged books in America. Last year’s list included Bone and Captain Underpants (which is sort of an honorary comic). This year’s list had three graphic novels: Saga, Persepolis, and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Saga has explicit sexuality, and Persepolis has come under […]

Dear Barnes & Noble (And Everyone): What Is This?!

Dear Barnes & Noble (And Everyone): What Is This?!

Over the weekend author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed a question. One of the most confounding questions children’s literature has yet seen. If you’ve been to the children’s section at a Barnes & Noble, you’ve probably seen this little guy/gal up on the wall among the other more well-known characters. But what is it? Where did it […]

Sunday Reflections: She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

Sunday Reflections: She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

I woke up that Sunday afternoon, groggy from an after church nap, wiping sleepies out of my eyes and wondering why my friend was standing there next to me shaking and crying. As I blinked into a form of consciousness, I feared what this moment would reveal, how it would change our lives. The longer […]

Video Sunday: “You fill me with inertia.”

Video Sunday: “You fill me with inertia.”

Hallo, folks! So today is the last day of National Library Week.  In celebration, enjoy this delightful video from Common Craft for your average non-library literate layman.  If you are a librarian, show this video to those members of your family who heard you had to get a Master’s degree and asked you, “What? So […]

Cover Curiosity: Title Takeover

Cover Curiosity: Title Takeover

Is it just me, or have you noticed some picture book titles getting real these days? Really real. Taking up the whole cover real. Not just type laid over top, but part of the illustration real. Today we have three books that put the title front, center, and right in the middle of the the […]

Friday Finds – April 17, 2015

Friday Finds – April 17, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: YouTube Killed the MTV Star (#YouTubeWeek) From the Screen to the Page: How the YouTube Sensation Became a YA Book, a guest post by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel (#YouTubeWeek) Middle Grade Monday – YouTube for the Tween Crowd #SVYALit: ALL THE RAGE and rape culture, Trish Doller interviews […]

This Week’s Comics: Knight Court

This Week’s Comics: Knight Court

After a “taxing” week, pick some comics the whole family will enjoy. BOOM! Studios releases the first trade volume of the magical girl series Bee and Puppycat. First Second makes science fun with the Last of the Sandwalkers, while Vertical Comics releases their very fun and funny manga series My Neighbor Seki, a series that […]

Press Release Fun: The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference (Professional Development Credit!)

Press Release Fun: The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference (Professional Development Credit!)

Howdy, folks.  You may recall that in the past I’ve mentioned that there’s a lovely 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference coming to NYC this June.  Well, for those of you with professional development credits to accrue, guess what?  You can get one by attending.  See below for more details: EDUCATOR LITERACY PROGRAM presented by 21st […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#30)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#30)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A novel about word-changing… riveting! I apologize for the sarcasm, but… th-th-th-th-that’s all, folks! 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 […]

Links: Meet the Beetle; Raina Telegemeier on Drama

Links: Meet the Beetle; Raina Telegemeier on Drama

Jay Hosler introduces Professor Owen, from his new graphic novel Last of the Sandwalkers. Three of the most challenged library books last year were graphic novels: Saga, Persepolis, and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Michael Cavna talks to Telgemeier about what’s going on there (Drama is cited for “explicit sex,” although there is none, presumably because there […]

YouTube, Virtual Communities, and Teen Sexual Health

YouTube, Virtual Communities, and Teen Sexual Health

YouTube, like the Internet as a whole, has been invaluable in helping people find their virtual tribes. You may be the only Brony you know in the tri-state area, but other Bronies are always only a few clicks away (if you have good Internet access.) Similarly, teens have been building communities through YouTube since its […]

Fuse #8 TV: Aaron Starmer and Reading (Too Much) Into Easy Books

Fuse #8 TV: Aaron Starmer and Reading (Too Much) Into Easy Books

YES!  It is time for yet another episode of Fuse #8 TV and today we have a doozy.  A fair frolicsome, lithe and lovely episode wherein I take Are You My Mother? and destroy your ability to ever read it again.  And if I fail to do even that, just read this version over at The […]

#YouTubeWeek: What’s Hot on YouTube, a guest post by Rose

#YouTubeWeek: What’s Hot on YouTube, a guest post by Rose

Today’s post is brought to you by another one of the smart teenagers I know, Rose. Rose is here to give us a rundown on some of her favorite things on YouTube.   Yay, YouTube! On YouTube, you can learn about new music or artists, find new makeup to try, relax, or gain new skills. […]

Review: How To Fake A Moon Landing

Review: How To Fake A Moon Landing

Climate change, fracking, evolution, vaccinations, homeopathy, chiropractics, even the moon landing, are all hot button controversies that come up in the news. In this book, Darryl Cunningham looks at them with a cool, critical approach, exposing the myths of science denial using comics, photographs and easily readable text. Review: How To Fake A Moon Landing: […]

Review of the Day: Beastly Verse by Joohee Yoon

Review of the Day: Beastly Verse by Joohee Yoon

Beastly Verse By Joohee Yoon Enchanted Lion Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-166-7 Ages 3 and up On shelves now Poetry. What’s the point? I say this as a woman who simultaneously gets poetry and doesn’t get it. I get that it’s important, of course. I only need to watch my three-year-old daughter come up with an […]

Morning Notes: Grandma Madeline Edition

Morning Notes: Grandma Madeline Edition

READSTRICTED In case you missed it, there was an uproar this week about the 2015 Banned Books Week poster. So much so that ALA posted a response to the negative reaction and about how the poster was created. THREE WORDS: LIBRARY PUTT PUTT Dear Canton (MI) Public Library: You’re all geniuses over there. Click here for images of […]

Review: Lost in NYC

Review: Lost in NYC

When I first caught a glimpse of Lost in NYC, I was attending the NYC School Librarian Conference. It was back in November, and I only had the opportunity to flip through the book, but my immediate thought was that the artist had certainly caught the frenetic pace of the NYC Subway system. Now that […]