March 26, 2017

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Applications to Host the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Now Open!

Some of you may recall that I was given the chance to host the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee. I am pleased to announce that if your host site would like to feature the speech, now is the time to make that request public. See below.   CHICAGO–The Association for Library Service to Children […]

Ashes

Ashes (The Seeds of America Trilogy) Written by Laurie Halse Anderson ISBN: 978-1-4169-6146-8 Grades 7 and Up Book Review The Seeds of America trilogy that began in New York City in 1776 with the National Book Award finalist Chains, and continued at Valley Forge in 1777 with Forge, concludes at the Battle of Yorktown in […]

Middle School Monday: I Wish Donald Trump Knew That… by J.

Creative writing…am I right? So many benefits for our students. Writing for expression. Empowerment. Literacy gains. Ownership. Imagination. Empathy. I don’t do enough of it with our students. I’m working to change that. One of my goals is to make creative writing a cornerstone of my library practice. A group of students recently participated in […]

Review: ‘The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ Vol. 1

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Akira Himekawa Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen The big news regarding the world of Hyrule is the release of the new Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, for the new Nintendo Switch game system. This month also sees the release of the […]

Recently in Book Mail

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 […]

Round 1, Match 7: Anna and the Swallow Man vs The Lie Tree

JUDGE – NOVA REN SUMA  Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit Random House The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Abrams After I finished the two books up in this round, I was left excited by the depths of imagination both of these authors created on the page. I’ll tell you what I look for as […]

2017 Books from Newbery Winners

We’ve covered the Geisel award. We’ve covered the Coretta Scott King award. How about some Newbery? Below are all the books coming out this year by past Newbery Medal or Honor winners. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle (May 16) The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets […]

Back In Print: A Newbery Honor Winner Returns From the Dead

Let me do a little math here. If I got my library degree in 2003 and was in school in 2002 then I must have first laid eyes on The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry fifteen years ago.  I was in a transitional point of my career.  Having taken a year of library […]

Quick Book Review: The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend

Basic Synopsis: A teen conceived through IVF goes in search of answers about her past and finds herself examining what it means to be a family. Karen’s Quick Thoughts: So this book was fun, heartwarming and enjoyable. It covered a topic I have never seen discussed in YA – kids conceived by donor sperm. 5 […]

Round 1, Match 6: Wet Cement vs When the Sea Turned to Silver

  JUDGE – JANE YOLEN Wet Cement by Bob Raczka Macmillan When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin Little Brown Bob Raczka’s concrete poetry collection West Cement begins with a pun (concrete/cement, get it?) and ends with a copyright notice that is itself a concrete piece, though not an actual poem. The spreads are constantly and […]

Exclusive: ‘Hanazuki’ Comic Is Coming from IDW

We have big news this morning: The comics publisher IDW is announcing a new series based on Habro’s web series Hanazuki. Just launched in January, Hanazuki is a cheery cartoon about a girl who lives on a moon and fights off a big black blob by using her emotions to grow trees. Her companions are […]

The Things Triangle Has Seen

Look at that face. Rather, look at those eyes. There’s no denying it, Triangle (by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen) has seen some things. Bad things: Good things: Disturbing things: Inexplicable things: Shocking things: Mind-bending things: I repeat: mind-bending things:

Review of the Day: The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, ill. Vanessa Brantley Newton

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist By Cynthia Levinson Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-0070-1 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Today I’d like to begin with a small talk about diversity. Not diversity of people necessarily, but diversity […]

Talking About Hats with Jon Klassen (Part 1)

Travis: Do you remember reading I Want My Hat Back for the first time? I bet you do. With a combination of unique execution and a daring ending it quickly became the “have you read this yet?” picture book of 2011. Its affect on the world of picture books is still being felt today. Two more hat-themed books would […]

Untethering the blocks: Building beyond walls and tables

Remember the scene in Singing in the Rain where Donald O’Connor magically dances on the walls?  Remember Fred Astaire’s famous ceiling dance in Royal Wedding?  Till now kids’ work with interlocking blocks has been bound to tables and floors and a few installations of LEGO walls. (See Diana Rendina’s epic instructions.) Till now blocks kinda […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #236

We’re starting off our Saturday with some romantic goofiness this week, with an exclusive preview of Looney Tunes #236, which combines vintage cartoon characters with an up-to-date concept, reality TV: Are you ready to open your heart and fall in love? All your favorites are, and they’re doing it on television as contestants on “Single […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #236

We’re starting off our Saturday with some romantic goofiness this week, with an exclusive preview of Looney Tunes #236, which combines vintage cartoon characters with an up-to-date concept, reality TV: Are you ready to open your heart and fall in love? All your favorites are, and they’re doing it on television as contestants on “Single […]

Support Libraries, Save the IMLS

Earlier this week, the newest proposed federal budget was introduced and it included massive cuts to many services (see link below for a complete look at the budget in the Washington Post). Included in those potential cuts would be a complete elimination of the IMLS, the Institute of Museums and Library Services. The IMLS provides […]

Spiral: Four Apps in One!

I recently discovered an incredibly versatile participation tool.  Spiral is a free suite of  four powerful apps that promote classroom engagement and collaboration.  It makes so much of what we already do so much easier and it is a must-have tool for 1:1 settings.  Students may login to lessons using Google, Facebook, Clever or Edmodo. […]

Endorsement: Lynn Rutan for Caldecott Committee

If you’re anything like me, when ALA election time comes around you vote for people you feel would successfully carry out the duties of their post. Often times these people end up being those you personally know and have confidence in. And then there are the situations when you aren’t familiar with any of the […]