November 22, 2017

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Preview: Looney Tunes #240

Let’s kick off the weekend with a few old-timey yuks from Looney Tunes #240. Do kids these days still watch gangster movies? Even if they don’t, the tropes are probably familiar from cartoons. Here’s the birds-eye lowdown on this caper: Fresh off their latest caper, Rocky and Mugsy hole up in their secret hideout…when the […]

Friday Finds: November 17, 2017

This Week at TLT Diwali Exploration by Michelle Biwer Book Review: Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer Book Review: I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings Book Review: Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza Doing a YA Diversity Audit: Answering some follow up questions, including “What about the […]

Hi, MAME!

It’s an honor to present some of my favorite books of 2017 at the Michigan Association of Media in Education (MAME) annual conference today.
Click here for the book list.
Click here for the slide show.

This Week’s Comics: Red’s Raven

There is so much to give thanks for on this week’s list of new releases! Action Lab Entertainment releases the second volume of Hero Cats’ lone crusader, Midnight Over Stellar City. Boom! Studios finishes its giant robot series Mech Cadet Yu with issue #4, while Joe Book celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first Disney […]

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

Before we get into Vincent and Theo, I want to acknowledge that the National Book Awards were announced on Wednesday evening and the winner for Young People’s Literature was Robin Benway’s Far From the Tree. I’ll be covering that one later in the season and I’ve been intrigued since before it was longlisted for the NBA. I’m adopted and […]

Review: Graveyard Shakes

Released in time for Halloween, Graveyard Shakes was an excellent choice to help get the spook on. But though Halloween is gone for another year, horror is always in high demand in my library! Graveyard Shakes By Laura Terry. Graphix. 2017. ISBN 9780545889544 PBK, $12.99. 204pp. Grades 4 and up Sisters Katia and Victoria both […]

Taking The Yarn to #NCTE17

Colby: I’m excited to head to the National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference today. It is one of my favorite conferences. I’ll spend the next four days attending sessions, connecting with educators, visiting with old friends, making new friends, and interview book creators for The Yarn. Travis and I try to do all […]

Language and Length in The Glass Town Game

In THE GLASS TOWN GAME, four Bronte siblings (yes, those Brontes) travel to a magical world filled with characters and settings from the their own imaginative games.  I went back and forth on this book several times while I read it, and it shows in my thoughts below: The language is eloquent, imaginative, clever, often […]

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 […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#62)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? a good book actually, i just didnt like the name. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]

A Gantos In My Lap: Getting Kids Excited About Writing

If, best beloved, you are invited to see Jack Gantos speak, you do it. You do it even if you have to pay money. Even if you are a cheapskate who spends most of her days finding ways to avoid shelling out cold hard cash for authors, you do it. You do it because you […]

SLJ’s Best Books 2017

It’s nearing the end of the year, and all the year’s best lists are going to drop…soon! In fact, this year is so far along that the NBA will be announcing winners this evening (can you belieeeeeeve it?). It’s fun to take notes and make sure our reading lists are as complete as possible as […]

Getting ready to blow

Today we all meet to decide Fanfare, the Horn Book’s choices for the best books of 2017. As I type, strategic alliances are being formed  to whittle down the current list of some sixty titles to… well, fewer. A lot fewer. It would be great if sometime before I retire I could strong-arm the staff into […]

Doing a YA Diversity Audit: Answering some follow up questions, including “What about the Conservatives?”

On posts, in tweets, and in my mailbox, one of the questions we – TLT – get asked a lot is “What about the conservatives?” Because we post regularly about GLBTQAI+ literature, talk about advocacy, etc., some are left with the impression that we do not care about meeting the needs of the more conservative […]

Review: ‘Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy’

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy Writers: Landry Q. Walker, Cavan Scott, and others Artists: Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva and others IDW Publishing; $9.99 IDW Publishing was apparently pretty excited to get the license to publish new comics based on the Star Wars franchise, and who could blame them? The fact that […]

Books on Film: The Picture Book Animated

How were classic picture books like Where the Wild Things Are and Harold and the Purple Crayon turned into animated films? Painstakingly, as this throwback video from Weston Woods shows us.

Wonder No More: A Look at a Book to Screen Adaptation

And I wonder. I wah wah wah wah wonder! Why. Why why why why why . . . Just me? Alrighty then. Yep, so though I live far far away from my beloved New York City, this Chicagoland I’ve landed in is pretty darn hopping. They have jazz. They have some kind of ungodly pizza […]

Music to the Mind and Salve to the Soul

Grief and complicated family relationships are treated with impeccable prose construction, musical sentences, and deep compassion by Rita Williams-Garcia. It is a love song to the Blues and a tribute to life’s “blues” as experienced by a young child so’s to become a wiser, deeper soul.  Williams-Garcia also offers a forensic examination of the failed relationship between a child and her father and its lingering effects. Yes, this story […]

Book Review: Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

Publisher’s description For fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, Emery Lord’s When We Collided, and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl,Anna Priemaza’s debut novel is a heartwarming and achingly real story of finding a friend, being a fan, and defining your place in a difficult world. Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to […]

Book Review: I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings

Publisher’s description Alfonso Jones can’t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school’s hip-hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play. He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her. But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for […]