August 27, 2016

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Announcement Time! Which Book Will We Follow for Season 2 of The Yarn?

Travis: When Colby and I began The Yarn, we wanted a show that was a mix of Netflix (release a bunch of episodes at once, or close), Serial (have a bunch of episodes focused on one topic), and Beyoncé (release them unannounced). Season 1 was all of these things. Since then, the show has evolved […]

Monster Mash: Aaron Zenz Goes On Tour

Blog tours.  Generally speaking I don’t really do them.  Nothing against them personally, they just don’t always speak to the tenor and distinctive tone of individual blogs.  It takes a particularly keen one to get me out of my hidey-hole so that I’ll participate.  It takes, in short, Aaron Zenz. But first . . . […]

Sunday Reflections: Five Words We Should All Stop Using

We use a lot of words that we don’t fully consider where they originate from and what they truly imply. Some words are loaded; heavy with meaning and wielding a subtly destructive power that we often fail to fully grasp. Some words harm with their history, the suggested implications, and the way that they reinforce […]

CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

As librarians, wehn we gear up for a new school year, it’s exciting to have a few new strategies for engaging learners with literature and for building our own literature discovery/selection toolkit. You’ll absolutely want to introduce CommonLit to your classroom teachers and you’ll absolutely use it yourself to make curricular discoveries and to help […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #72

Once you see the pun at the end of the blurb for Scooby-doo, Where Are You? #72, you’ll wonder why it took them so long to come up with this idea: From grizzled outlaws to sequined songstresses, the cream of country music has come together for a gala, foot-stompin’ benefit concert…except for one small problem: […]

This Week’s Comics: Backstage Stitch

Catch up on your favorite titles with new trades out this week. BOOM! Studios brings out Clarence, Vol 1, which collects the first series. DC Comics releases the Looney Tunes Greatest Hits, Vol 1: What’s Up Doc, while IDW has two collections for any reader’s bookshelf: Jem and the Holograms, Vol 3: Dark Jem, and […]

Things Kate Milford Remembers from Middle School: The Left Handed Fate Blog Tour

Today, in honor of her August 23 release of The Left Handed Fate, Kate Milford joins us to share some of her own remembrances from Middle School: Things that I remember from middle school, in no particular order: I always seemed to wear the wrong clothes; I discovered Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series; I […]

Friday Finds: August 19, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Summer without Makeup Middle School Monday: Sacrificial Lambs, Horses, Kings, Babies and Middle School Students, author guest post with Kelly Barnhill Back to School: How to support and respect LGBTQIA+ students The Secret Sea Blog Tour – Interview with Barry Lyga This is What Happened When We Held […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#48)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? i could never read [Title] as a child because i always wanted to punch by the third page. WHY ARE YOU HANGING UP THE LIGHTBULBS WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who […]

Review of the Day: Kid Beowulf by Alexis Fajardo

Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath By Alexis E. Fajardo Color by Jose Mari Flores Prologue Color by Brian Kolm Amp Comics for Kids (an imprint of Andrews McMeel Publishing) $10.99 ISBN: 978-1-4494-7589-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. This is a true story. I started college in 1996. Earlham College. Richmond, Indiana. Nice place. Little Quaker […]

Book Review: It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt

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 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Mittlefehldt, Rafi. It Looks Like This. […]

Why I Write What I Write, a guest post by THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH author Peter Hoffmeister

For a brief period of time when I was in middle school, we lived in a trailer park. Technically, my dad’s girlfriend lived in a trailer park and we just spent a lot of time there. If you know anything about trailer parks, you know that there is a lot of stigma attached to living […]

Cover Curiosity: Face to Face

Some book covers, I think, are designed to like other book covers on purpose. Like this, for example. Others happen to share a general composition. Here’s one such pair. Today we have a case of the latter, a compositionally congruent duo. First up . . . Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube Second up . […]

Stranger Things Booklist: This One’s for the Kids

It’s a booklist kind of week. Like many children of the 80s I’ve been just delighted by the Netflix 8-part horror fest Stranger Things.  I may not get most of the Stephen King and John Carpenter references but the E.T., Aliens, and Akira stuff hits home hard.  For work I decided to put up a […]

This is What Happened When We Held a Pokemon Go Program at the Library

Last Thursday The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) hosted it’s Pokemon Go program, an event that was put together by a committee of about 7 people for all ages. We scoured the Internet and found a variety of activities and decorations which helped make our event an exciting success. Because Pokemon […]

Review: ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis’

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis Writer: Shea Fontana Artist: Yancey Labat DC Comics; $9.99 Mattel’s DC Super Hero Girls line of action figures launched last year, accompanied by online animated shorts, and then a TV special and a series of young reader novels. Given the source material that inspired the toy line/burgeoning media franchise–it’s […]

#27 Kate DiCamillo – Raymie Nightingale Unraveled (Pt. 2)

Colby: In June we interviewed Kate DiCamillo in front of a live audience at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. It was magical. Stick around to the very end of the episode to listen to the first chapter of the Raymie Nightingale audio book provided by Listening Library.   If you missed Part 1 of […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca

How To Make a Book I Am Looking Forward to Reading (In 5 Steps): Step 1: Take the author of Newbery Medal winning book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Step 2: Take the author/illustrator of Caldecott Medal winning book Locomotive. Step 3: Combine talents. Step 4: Wait until March 28th, 2017 (sorry, these things take time). […]

The Secret Sea Blog Tour – Interview with Barry Lyga

Author Barry Lyga has a new middle grade novel, The Secret Sea, coming out August 23. It is a complex and fascinating story of three friends who travel to a parallel universe. From the publisher: Twelve-year-old Zak Killian is hearing a voice. Could it be a guardian angel? A ghost? No, that’s crazy. But sometimes […]

Back to School: How to support and respect LGBTQIA+ students

This time of the year means school is back in session, or nearly back in session, for many of us. It’s a good time for a reminder of how to support and respect LGBTQIA+ teens in classrooms and libraries, as well as be reminded of a few great resources. Obviously all of this goes for all […]