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September 3, 2015

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Friday Finds – August 28, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Today, I am Pooh Bear (reflections on depression in the life of tweens and teens part 2) Middle Grade Monday Book Review – School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond August #ARCParty All the Dragons in the World – The Depiction […]

Friday roundup

In a week when everybody is supposed to be away at the beach, the Horn Book has been cranking out stuff for you to read. Beach reading, it’s maybe not, but nevertheless useful and even entertaining, we hope. —Lolly’s Classroom is talking about STEM books and inexpensive sources for classroom libraries. –over on Out of the […]

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Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I loved this book, it is indeed everything, everything! But even more telling is The Teen’s reaction to this book. She finished reading it yesterday and then immediately started reading it again. She left for school today carrying the book in her hand. She used words like “perfect”, “amazing”, and “beautiful” to describe Everything, Everything, […]

This Week’s Comics: Zodiac Dumplins

Get on the sunny side of this week’s new releases. Action Lab Entertainment releases the second trade of Hero Cats. Graphix has a new semi-autobiography in Sunny Side-Up, while Titan Comics releases two classic Dreamworks comics, Shrek and Madagascar, in one volume, Dreamworks Classics Volume 1. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT Hero Cats Volume 2 […]

Morning Notes: Ferk Finkular Edition

AND THE WINNER IS… A new School Librarian of the Year has been crowned. Who is it? The School Library Journal announcement is here. GET JUDGING The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards are celebrating a decade in biz. If you want to be a part of the book awarding fun, they just put […]

Press Release Fun: A 2016 Children’s Literature Fellow Program Accepts New Applications

MFA in Creative Writing and Literature CONTACT: Emma Walton Hamilton Stony Brook Southampton                                   emma.waltonhamilton@stonybrook.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016 Children’s Literature Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications from Aspiring Children’s Authors Worldwide August, 2015. Southampton, NY. The Children’s Literature Fellows, a one-year graduate level certificate program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and […]

Review: Space Dumplins

Craig Thompson is most noted for his award winning titles Blankets and Habibi. In a departure from his adult titles, Thompson has ventured into the world of comics for kids in this excellent futuristic space adventure. Space Dumplins By Craig Thompson. Graphix. August 2015. ISBN 9780545565417 HC, $24.99. 320pp. Grades 4 and up Violet loves […]

Reflections of Reality: Foster Teens and Orphans in Young Adult Science Fiction, a guest post by Kerry Sutherland

In 2013, there were 510,000 American children in foster care. 40% of foster children are between the ages of 13 and 21 years old. 9% of foster care teens will age out of the foster care system and are more likely to experience homelessness. You can find more Foster Care Statitics and follow a link […]

Review from This Month’s School Library Journal: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

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 August 2015 issue of School Library Journal.   BROWN, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane […]

All the Dragons in the World – The Depiction of Sexual Abuse Exposure and Escape in YA Literature (a guest post by author Ash Parsons)

Today as part of the #SVYALit Project (Sexual Violence in Young Adult Literature), we are honored to host author Ash Parsons. You can find all the #SVYALit Project posts here. There are many beloved, necessary novels in YA literature which deal with characters experiencing and exposing or otherwise escaping abuse (sexual and other). These books […]

Review of the Day: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The Nest By Kenneth Oppel Illustrated by Jon Klassen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-3232-0 On shelves October 6th Oh, how I love middle grade horror. It’s a very specific breed of book, you know. Most people on the street might think of the Goosebumps books or similar ilk when they […]

GOODNIGHT, SOON: The Ethics of a Bestselling Bedtime Book

Thus begins The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, currently the bestselling book on Amazon: That’s right – the bestselling of all the books. It was also the lead story in Children’s Bookshelf from Publishers Weekly yesterday. The subtitle for the book is A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep. That new way, apparently, is hypnosis. […]

August #ARCParty

We spent Saturday afternoon looking through some of our September and October 2015 releases. Here’s what we saw and are adding to our TBR list. This tweet has a typo. It’s supposed to say I “coveted” this title at TLA, not covered.

Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

  Publisher’s Description: Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter, who is white, and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond […]

Press Release Fun: Warwick Children’s Book Festival

Because life is too short not to know about cool children’s book festivals.  Heads up, Orange County! Behold: Warwick Children’s Book Festival September 26, 2015 11am-4pm, rain or shine Free Admission; open to the general public Railroad Avenue, Warwick (Orange County) www.warwickchildrensbookfestival.org Children, readers and book lovers of all ages are cordially invited to the […]

Teens, Hunger and Poverty: An ongoing discussion

As students head back to school it’s important for us to remember that ” nearly half of the nation’s children between the ages of 5 and 17 attend schools in communities where a large chunk of families are struggling to get by” (Source: Huffington Post).  One of our ongoing issues of focus is that of […]

God forbid?

He doesn’t really, but some incoming Duke University students are objecting to the pre-freshman year assignment of Fun Home, Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir of growing up gay (and the basis for the wonderful musical of the same name). If I were God–or Duke chancellor–I would immediately revoke these kids’ admission, given the evidence that they […]

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Interactive presentations: a round-up

Sometimes it just hard to know. When you look at the faces around you, in your audience or your classroom, or increasingly, in remote spaces with folks you cannot see,  you just don’t really know if anyone is with you. What do they understand? What are the issues? If they are on their devices, are […]

Review: Roller Girl

This summer I challenged myself to read as much as I could. I made sure to keep my house inundated with books, which between the loads of reserves I placed at the public library and the many books I still have from Book Expo America, is not a problem. I also wanted to do a […]

Middle Grade Monday Book Review – School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough

Something is rotten in the state of Heropolis! Or, rather, several somethings are rotten, and maybe not quite what you think. Well, really, it’s a very broad and layered situation with various levels of understanding and complexities to points of view. Obviously, this is not just another book where a kid discovers he has super […]