September 25, 2017

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#BacklistYA – What are the books you just hate weeding?

Earlier this week I wrote a post specifically about NEWER YA titles that dealt with sexual violence and rape culture. If I was writing a comprehensive list, I would undoubtedly include the title Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This got me thinking about those older backlist titles – classics if you will – that we […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: Menstruation is a Biological Function and the De-stigmatizing of the Female body

On Monday night I sat at a table with other moms and one single dad while our 9 and 10 -year-old daughters attended a Girl Scout meeting in another room. “When do you start telling your child about her period?”, one mother asked. “25% of girls now start their period when they are nine,” I […]

The star-making machinery

Grandpa got grumpy yesterday over one of his old nemeses: the Non-Disclosure Agreement. An NDA in this circumstance is when a publisher asks us to sign a contract putting certain restrictions on the Horn Book before forking over an advance review copy. We aren’t asked to sign them very often, and we never do sign them, […]

At the Edge of the Universe

At the Edge of the Universe, Shaun David Hutchinson Simon Pulse, February 2017 Reviewed from ARC Two stars 2017 is zipping along at a brisk pace and it’s hard to believe that it’s already time to talk Printz. This time last year, I was reviewing Shaun David Hutchinson’s We Are the Ants. Hutchinson’s latest, At […]

Review: ‘Man-Thing By R.L. Stine’

Man-Thing By R.L. Stine Writer: R.L. Stine Artists: German Peralta, Tyler Crook and others Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up The trade paperback collection of juvenile fiction juggernaut R.L. Stine’s recent five-issue Man-Thing miniseries contains a brief prose introduction from the author that contains some downright shocking information. Stine writes that […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2017

It’s about that time. Time to look at the children’s book offerings of the upcoming season and point out 10 that have me especially excited. Picture Books Hilda and the Runaway Baby by Daisy Hirst September 12 | Candlewick Press | PreK-1 Babies: comedy gold. Daisy Hirst has been making a bunch of great picture […]

Fusenews

News! Of a newslike variety, no less. Here’s a question for you: What is the oldest blogger conference in the United States today? If you said Bookcon you are actually not right at all. The true answer is KidLitCon and this year the Con will take place from November 3-4 in Hershey, PA. You can […]

Shelter

Shelter Written by Celine Claire and Illustrated by Qin Leng Published by Kids Can Press in 2017 ISBN 978-1-77138-927-3 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review Day begins as usual in a forest community, until the animals hear the news…. “A STORM IS COMING!” A flurry of preparations ensue and all brace for the storm. Safely […]

Texts to Explore the Impact of Hurricanes

In response to current events, we’d like to resurface two previous entries that will support conversations in your classroom about the impact of hurricanes. Our entry on Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-On-the-Bayou Story can be used with elementary through middle grade students.  Our entry on the Orbis-Pictus Award winning title Drowned City is best suited for students in […]

Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

Now that I work in an elementary library, I’m reading a lot more titles for younger readers. Rather than review all of them like I usually do, especially as many are older, I’m going to steal Karen’s Post-it note review idea and share the titles with you that way. It’s been super interesting to me […]

Review: ‘The Art of Pokemon Adventures’

The Art of Pokemon Adventures By Satoshi Yamamoto Viz, $24.99 Pokemon Adventures is an all-ages manga that hews pretty closely to the Pokemon video games, so this handsome art book should have plenty of appeal to those who love the games as well as the comics. All the art in this book is by Satoshi […]

Book Review: Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell

Publisher’s description Fox Benwell delivers a harrowing and beautifully written novel that explores the relationship between two girls obsessed with music, the practice of corrective rape, and the risks and power of using your voice. Neo loves music, and all she ever wanted was a life sharing this passion, on the radio. When she meets […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Sorcery for Beginners

You know me. I’m a sucker for a clever book trailer. Book trailers in general are such a strange creation. No one knows the degree to which they influence readers to pick up their books. Yet there’s almost an art to their ephemeral creation. Today, we feature a book that is a pitch perfect example […]

Look Who’s Talking: First Person/Present Tense Narrative Voice

By the third page of See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, I am absolutely hooked: not because it has an unusual narrative device and not because of the almost stream-of-consciousness, intimate, conversational tone, although both are immediately noteworthy.  I am hooked by the book’s unique and affable protagonist Alex, a first person/present/immediate past tense young narrator.  When Alex brings […]

Take 5: Some of the Best Feminist YA on Rape Culture in Quotes

Sometimes there are books that I finish and I immediately think, I want my teenage daughter to read this book right away. Today I am sharing 5 of those books that are specifically about sexual violence, rape culture, and the ways we talk about and view women’s bodies. Some of them talk about female friendship, […]

Book Review: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and What You Need to Know About MRAs

Publisher’s Book Description Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story. Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re everygirl. But they start with just […]

A List of Cages

Before I dive into the first review of the year, a few housekeeping notes. We are, as we have been doing, plan to review in roughly chronological order. So for the next month, we’ll focus on Q1 books, those published between January and March 2017. We’re not going to be super strict about this — […]

Review: ‘Dinosaur Empire’

Dinosaur Empire Writer/artist: Abby Howard Amulet Books; $15.99 What are two of the most awesome things to ever exist in the entire history of the planet Earth? If you answered dinosaurs and comic books, then you and I are on the same wavelength, dear reader, and I therefore feel quite confident in recommending Dinosaur Empire […]

Books on Film: Dav Pilkey on CBS SUNDAY MORNING

Travis here with some Grade A Show-This-to-Your-Students material. Dav Pilkey on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. And while you’re at it, here are a few more good ones. Mo Willems 1 Mo Willems 2 Jeff Kinney Kadir Nelson

Newbery / Caldecott 2018: Fall Prediction Edition

*stumbles into the room* Is everybody happy?!? Okay. So. So it’s been quite the year already and we haven’t even gotten to the awards announcement in *checks watch*  . . . Wait. The Youth Media Awards celebration is in February this year?!?  For crying out loud, anything could happen between now and then. No no […]