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June 30, 2015

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Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Summer Prediction Edition

The Summer Prediction edition of my Caldecott/Newbery ponderings is always a tricky beast.  If the spring edition is looking primarily at books coming out in the spring, summer, and early fall, then the summer edition is looking at almost the entire year. However, at this point I’m still relying more on buzz than the considered […]

The Title’s the Thing: A guest post on GODLESS by Pete Hautman for #FSYALit (guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien)

I recently read this sentence in an article discussing Pete Hautman latest novel, Eden West. However, this was commenting on his National Book Award winning novel, Godless: Although there isn’t much he’d change if he could write that book over, Hautman does say that he would probably change the name, admitting that even winning the […]

Preview: Invader Zim #1

The news broke in February that Oni Press would be publishing an Invader Zim comic, with a creative team that includes Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez and several veterans of the animated cartoon, which ran from 2001 to 2006 on Nickelodeon. The comic will be rated 13+, and the first issue will be out in […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Summer

Every other month I’ll be doing a roundup of new and forthcoming YA books (and sometimes some non-YA books) featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. I’ll try to include as many titles as possible. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my radar for an upcoming list? Leave […]

Review: Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon

Dory and the Real True Friend By Abby Hanlon Dial (Penguin) ISBN: 9780525428664 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out July 7, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Why review a particular book? I was asked this recently and my answer was pretty simple: I like to review books I’m excited about. […]

Middle Grade Monday – Loot by Jude Watson and the Heist Genre

March McQuin has spent his life with his jewel thief father, Alfie. Moving from place to place in preparation for the next big heist, March knows more about lock picking and getaway plans than he does about fractions. In fact, now that he’s twelve, Alfie has included him in the plans. But when the latest […]

Links: The Return of Miles Morales

Marvel is bringing Miles Morales back as Spider-Man in the main continuity of the series; previously, Morales wore the Spidey-suit in the alternate universe of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Brian Bendis, who created the original Miles, is back as the writer of this series. At the Barnes & Noble blog, I rounded up some Attack on […]

The big dress code round up post

It’s the season for prom, graduation, and hot afternoons stuck in the classroom. Which means it’s also dress code enforcement time in a lot of schools. Dress codes and being reprimanded for dress code violations are nothing new. In his forthcoming book Teenage Rebels, author and social movement scholar Dawson Barrett points out dress code […]

Gallery: These 2015 Picture Book Have Secrets

A picture book with a creative case cover is like a person who wears bold socks (note: my sock drawer is filled to the brim with a single color: dark gray. I am the Steve Jobs of socks), it’s a rarely seen detail, but delightful when discovered. Previously… Gallery: These 2013 Picture Books Have Secrets […]

We Are the Book Champions, My Friends

Here’s how I blog. I sit around, twiddling my thumbs, waiting waiting waiting for someone else to write something on a topic that has been bubbling and percolating in my noggin.  Then, when they go that extra mile, I STRIKE!  Today’s example: Travis Jonker’s piece Where Do You Fall On The Book Critic/Book Champion Continuum?  […]

Sunday Reflections: I Have No Words

January 26th, 2015 is the moment when racism became really real to me. I mean, I’ve always been aware of its existence. In fact, just a few years before I had cut off ties with a family member who insisted on using the N word in front of my children. I would come home from […]

appoLearning Collections: a new tool for curating apps and resources

I had breakfast with a colleague from the Graduate School of Education yesterday and our conversation kept returning to how can classroom teachers possibly keep up with what looks like an educational app explosion?  How can they carve out the time it takes to effectively integrate apps and other new resources into instruction? How can […]

Morning Notes: Baba O’Snoopy Edition

SO FAR, THE STARS In 2015, only three books have earned six starred reviews. Shelftalker has the latest update of The Stars So Far – the place to look for the most critically acclaimed books of the year. Click here to read. COMING SOON TO THE SMALL SCREEN Looks like I’m going to have to […]

Review of the Day: Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith

Return to Augie Hobble By Lane Smith Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-54-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Here is what we can say about Lane Smith – he does not go for the easy emotional pass. There are countless author/illustrators out there for whom risk is an unknown concept. The idea […]

This Week’s Comics: Be Your Minion

Enjoy the long summer days with some comics from this week’s list. Archie Comics has a special issue of Mega Man; Worlds Unite Battles features some of the spectacular duels that have spilled over from the pages of the Worlds Unite mega event. Dark Horse Comics starts a new Plants Vs Zombies and takes on bullying […]

Friday Finds – June 19, 2015

What Happened in Charleston Look, I know that this is usually just a place where readers come to find a roundup of the week’s posts and some links to current events in the YA world, and those will follow. But I also know that, in working with young people, we have an almost unparalleled opportunity […]

DEVOTED: Religion, Feminism, and the Case for Compassion , a #FSYALit guest post by author Corey Ann Haydu

Earlier this year I read and was deeply moved by a book called Making Pretty. I was so moved by the author that I wrote her an email explaining to her what my life was like growing up and how I knew exactly what the two main characters in her book were thinking and feeling, […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#32)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? The message of this book: You can’t escape your mom, so don’t even try. 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 […]

Let’s Put On a Show! The Introvert’s Dilemma

The other day Monica Edinger writes to me, ” I hate performing in public and am far more comfortable shmoozing at dinners and lunches. You seem to be just the opposite.”  An interesting statement, to be sure.  For while I love me a good lunch and dinner shmooze, I certainly won’t pass up an opportunity […]

Book Review: Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

  Imagine you could go back in time and relive 5 days of your life. Would you make the same choices, knowing what you know now? Would you hope you were altering the future? Would you want to maybe stay in the past? These are the questions the characters in Proof of Forever by Lexa […]