May 27, 2017

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Over and Under the Pond

Over and Under the Pond Written by Kate Messner Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal Published in 2017 by Chronicle Books Grades PreK-5 ISBN: 978-1-4521-4542-6 Book Review “Over the pond, cattails rustle and shush in the wind…Under the pond, a caddisfly larva builds a home of her own–a secret shelter of pebbles and sand.” As with […]

BGHB wrapped up tight

The 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book judges have made their choices, and I will be happy to share them with you on May 31st, when Kwame Alexander and I will announce the winners around 5:00PM at SLJ’s Day of Dialogue in NYC and simultaneously via live-stream video on our BGHB page. Until then, please join me in thanking […]

Maker Mondays: How do you make those cool graphics for social media?

Branding. It’s a thing we talk a lot about in all walks of life, including libraries. And branding is more important than ever with our prolific use of social media. When you share something on social media, you want an image to share with your post that is easily recognizable, immediately associated with your brand, […]

Interview: Dan Parent on Kevin Keller

This is one of a series of interviews I did while researching the article “Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic,” which appeared in the May 2017 issue of SLJ. When I started thinking about LGBTQ characters in children’s comics, Kevin Keller immediately sprang to mind, because when Kevin made his debut, in 2010, he […]

100 Scope Notes Original: The Plant Who Wanted to Play the Guitar

Trying something new here – an original story. Well, not exactly original. It’s inspired by the above short film Leaf From Orange Tree Learns Guitar by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, which I first learned about while reading this. If you would like a PDF of this story, you can download it here.

THEY’RE ALIIIIIIIIVE! 2017 Out-of-Print Books Back From the Dead

I like too many things. It’s beginning to get suspicious. One day I might write a post about the necessity of world literature on our children’s bookshelves. The next day I turn around and start beating the drum for small publishers. Blink again and it is imperative that I talk to you about the importance […]

Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #237

Here’s another preview for your Sunday evening: It’s nostalgia time with Looney Tunes #237, featuring a takeoff on Buck Rogers. Here’s the executive summary: Duck Dodgers has always been the 24-1/2 century’s greatest hero—until today! His faithful partner, Eager Young Space Cadet, was just promoted to the rank of Commander, placing Dodgers in unfamiliar territory. […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #26

I’m not sure what prompted the DC folks to resurrect the 1970s cartoon character Hong Kong Phooey for Scooby-Doo Team-Up #26, but they did. If you’re curious to see what that would look like, here’s a preview; the comic is out in stores on May 24.

SLJ’s Innovator Basecamp

I am just home from Boston where I attended SLJ’s inaugural Innovator Basecamp. Don’t get me wrong. I love attending conferences where I see my dear friends, some of whom I grew up with as a baby librarian. But yesterday, when I asked how many of the participants in my morning session were new librarians, nearly […]

‘Do You Want to Hear My Joke?’ Betsy Bird’s FUNNY GIRL

Travis: Betsy Bird is funny. It only makes sense that she would want to help bring funny into the lives of young readers. Last spring I sat down with Bird at the Evanston, IL public library to talk about her all-female humor anthology Funny Girl. In this episode Betsy shares how it all went down: from […]

‘Do You Want to Hear My Joke?’ Betsy Bird’s FUNNY GIRL

Travis: Betsy Bird is funny. It only makes sense that she would want to help bring funny into the lives of young readers. Last spring I sat down with Bird at the Evanston, IL public library to talk about her all-female humor anthology Funny Girl. In this episode Betsy shares how it all went down: from […]

Video Sunday: It’s Been a Long Long Time, M’Dear

Howdy! I’m neck deep in book promotion for old Funny Girl these days, but that doesn’t mean I can’t cut a little chunk of time out of my daily schedule to bring you a swath of some good old-fashioned videos for this Sunday morn.  And what a swath it is!  First up, a video that […]

This Week’s Comics: Something’s Yo-kai

This week’s list of new releases is sure to make your wallet lighter. Lion Forge explores the African Savannah with the release of Little Tails: In the Savannah, the third volume of their Little Tails series. Papercutz debuts the new series Loudhouse, based on the Nickelodeon cartoon, while Viz Media brings out the manga adaptation of […]

Friday Finds: May 19, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: It’s Hard to Get Out of a Town Like This WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and Sex Positive YA, a guest post by author Sandhya Menon and a GIVEAWAY (Not so) Middle School Monday: In Which I Attend a State Library Conference What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May 2017 #SJYALit: […]

The Unexpecteds: 5 Sneakily Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library This Year

Pull up a chair and enjoy a close-to-the-end-of-the-school-year staff lounge snack: Go ahead and finish off those cinnamon ones. Let’s talk about the books that got a lot of checkouts this year in my K-4 school library that you might not expect. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur This book just keeps on circulating quietly, as […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#52)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Dr. Mr. Sendak, Please seek therapy elsewhere and stop scaring the hell out of me! Click here for the answer. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review […]

Russia and Children’s Literature: A Storied History

If you haven’t been living under a large comfortable rock for the last year or so then you might have noticed that Russia has been in the news quite a bit. If you have been under a large comfortable rock, is there room down there for me too? It’s funny but with all the talk […]

A #FSYALit Take 5: A Faith That Bends and Stretches, but Does Not Break (Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit)

Inspired by my reading of The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, I wanted to put together a Take 5 list of titles that showed teens having their faith challenged but not totally abandoned. So I brainstormed the following list with my fellow TLTers. These books feature teens who ultimately choose to hold on […]

A #FSYALit Take 5: A Faith That Bends and Stretches, but Does Not Break (Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit)

Inspired by my reading of The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, I wanted to put together a Take 5 list of titles that showed teens having their faith challenged but not totally abandoned. So I brainstormed the following list with my fellow TLTers. These books feature teens who ultimately choose to hold on […]

Interview: Pénélope Bagieu on ‘California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas’

She is probably best known by the name Mama Cass, or perhaps by Cass Elliot, but the little girl who grew up to take on those names was first named Ellen Cohen by her parents. It is Ellen, and her journey to become Cass and one of the Mamas in The Mamas & The Papas […]