April 23, 2017

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Holiday Books: There Can Be Only One (Part Two)

And we’re back!  Okay, so to continue yesterday’s post, let’s look at each holiday (post-Easter) and I’ll list the one book that typifies that holiday to me. Earth Day Green City by Allan Drummond Paired with his other books (Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World and Energy Island: How […]

App Review: Enlight

For months now I have been wanting to talk to you about a photo app called Enlight, the only problem is – I can’t figure out how to use it very well. This may sound like a dig at the app but it’s not, it’s an admission of my own lack of skills. The truth […]

IDW to Launch ‘Star Wars’ Comics for Young Readers

IDW Publishing, the home of My Little Pony and Jem and the Holograms comics, made a major announcement at Star Wars Celebration last week: They have inked a deal with Disney Licensed Publishing to produce monthly Star Wars comics, with original content, for young readers. The line will launch with Star Wars Adventures in September […]

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder Written by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth Illustrated by Ekua Holmes Published by Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-8094-7 Grades 3-8 Book Review “A poem is a small but powerful thing. It has the power to reach inside of you, to ignite something in you, and to change you in ways […]

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#1)

I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. Forget children’s literature, The Giving Tree is one of the most divisive works of literature, period. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. My feelings about THE […]

Holiday Books: There Can Be Only One (Part One)

I was tooling about the Twitter feeds yesterday, as one does, when I came across some folks promoting John Hendrix’s Miracle Man as an Easter book.  A great book, no question, though like most Christ stories (Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, and yes all my references are 1970s musicals, why?) it sorta leaves the resurrection for […]

Sunday Reflections: Empty Bellies, Starving Hearts – What happens when teens see compassion die

A teen looks up from a project she is working on and realizes that she has been working too long, she has missed it. She comes to our Teen MakerSpace every day after school and stays until closing. But she leaves every night around 6:00 PM to go to the local dinner. You see poverty […]

Exclusive First Look at ‘Riverdale Digest’ #1!

Today we’re featuring the debut of a brand-new Archie title: Riverdale Digest #1 is the first issue of a new digest series that will collect stories from their rebooted Archie comics. As you may remember, the Archie folks did a complete makeover of their flagship titles, although the digests continued to run older stories, with […]

Only In Dreams: Jon Klassen (Part III)

Travis: This is the third and final installment of our podcast trilogy with Jon Klassen. Click here for Part I Click here for Part II When I first read We Found a Hat, I was struck by how it managed to feel different from the first two books in Klassen’s hat-themed trilogy, yet still clearly […]

Kudos Wall: for building that first portfolio

We build portfolios in school. We use tools like Seesaw and Easy Portfolio.  And yet, the onus is usually on the teacher or the librarian to get the ball rolling and sustain the efforts across grade levels. I wonder if the kids themselves get invested in the importance of safely beginning to build a footprint.  […]

Friday Finds: April 14, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: That’s Me in the Corner . . . Middle School Monday: Book Review and Giveaway, The Speed of Life by Carol Weston For National Poetry Month: A Social Justice Poetry Project for Teens, a guest post by Laura Shovan #SJYALit: How to be Female, a conversation between Mindy McGinnis […]

This Week’s Comics: Belle-ing a Crafty Cat

Hop down the Bunny Lane for some sweet new comics. IDW Publishing delves further in the history of the world of My Little Pony with Legends Of Magic #1. BOOM! Studios wraps up their BOOM Box series about the dorky cupid who can find love for anyone but herself, Jonesy, while DC Comics completes Art […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#50)

Today, on the occasion of the 50th One Star Review Guess Who post, I wanted to take a moment to share the reasons I do this. 1. It’s just funny sometimes. 2. It’s a good reminder to me that readers are not a monolith. While one reader might call a book a classic, another might […]

Quitcher bitchin

Last week, I had a complaint from a librarian about a Magazine review in which we called a character “fucking adorable.” Although I’m enjoying the thought of editing a magazine in which such sentiments might be expressed, we of course had called a character  no such thing–it was a quote from the book under review, and […]

Review: ‘Night Night, Groot’

Night Night, Groot Writer: Brendan Deneen Artist: Cale Atkinson Marvel; $12.99 Because giant tree monster Groot was re-cast as a sapling at the end of the first Guardians of The Galaxy movie, he is now the toddler-sized Baby Groot for this spring’s sequel, which makes him the perfect age to be the audience for—and subject […]

Spotlight on Salaam Reads

Last year it was announced that Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing would launch a Muslim children’s book imprint called Salaam Reads. From the S&S website, a Feb 24, 2016 post says this about the imprint: “Salaam Reads will introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids […]

I Am Clearly An Interior Design Visionary

The other day, my wife showed me this picture from The Magnolia Journal, a magazine “containing inspiration for life and home”: Huh, looks like having huge piles of books on your stairs is cool now. That’s funny – BECAUSE I BASICALLY INVENTED THIS IDEA. You might remember this from my post The Top 10 Piles of […]

Cover Reveal: Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton

It stands to reason. I mean, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Author Chris Barton has specialized in the un-specializable.  From the moment his career began he has maintained an unerring love for stories that haven’t just been untold in the realm of children’s nonfiction books, but adult nonfiction as well.  Remember […]

MakerSpace Madness: Out of the 1, Many – Transforming Art in Multiple Ways

I spent yesterday casually demonstrating to the teens in the Teen MakerSpace how one project can turn into many, many projects. Making isn’t just about making, it’s about re-making and transforming. It’s about thinking outside of the box. It’s about pushing the limits of what you know and learning new things. So yesterday we explored […]

Exclusive: BOOM! Studios Announces ‘The Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special’

Breaking news from BOOM! Studios! In September, they will publish The Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special, their third original graphic novel based on the Cartoon Network series. This graphic novel is an anthology of stories about the Gumball crew from a variety of creators, many of whom will be familiar to our readers, […]