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February 28, 2015

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What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter

What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter

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? […]

2015 Judge: Cat Winters

2015 Judge: Cat Winters

Cat Winters was born and raised in Southern California, near Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and formerly worked in publishing. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 […]

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

One publisher I’ve never talked to is Canada’s Annick Press. Let’s fix that, shall we? I talked to Brigitte Waisberg over at Annick to get up to date on their 2015 books. Travis: How was 2014 for Annick Press? Things you were especially happy about? We were thrilled when The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated […]

Middle Grade Monday – Shannon Hale

Middle Grade Monday – Shannon Hale

Y’all, I cannot even. This is the state of my excitement right now. You see, Shannon Hale is in my state, for the first time ever. And tonight she’s coming to my local bookstore. She’ll be promoting the third Princess Academy book, Princess Academy: the Forgotten Sisters, which isn’t even out until next week. I […]

Medication, Depression, and I Was Here

Generally speaking, I save my rants for Twitter and not blogging. I try to be more measured and professional in blogging (or writing reviews in other places). That said, yesterday while reading Gayle Forman’s I Was Here, I had some thoughts of the ranting variety that I shared. You can see them in the Storify […]

SO gay.

SO gay.

The March cover of the Horn Book, that is. Gertrude and the boys should be in your mailbox soonish–we lost a couple of days due to the weather. But dePaola’s springtime palette gives me hope!

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Book Review: Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

Book Review: Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

The voices in our heads can be so cruel. For Elena, and many other people struggling with anorexia, the voices in our heads are persistent with one overriding message: you are not good enough. The only way to become good enough is to lower the number on the scale. And as you step on the […]

Nonfiction Roundup

Nonfiction Roundup

A group of nonfiction titles that includes something for everyone. Wes Moore is an advocate for youth, education, and veterans (see the 2014 PBS series Coming Back with Wes Moore). He became well-known in library and school circles with his 2010 debut The Other Wes Moore. Now he’s back with an inspirational book of life lessons, […]

2015 Judge: Elizabeth Wein

2015 Judge: Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein is the highly opinionated author of Code Name Verity, which won the acclaimed Undead Vote in SLJ’s 2013 BoB. After Rose Under Fire’s ignominious BoB defeat in 2014, Elizabeth cunningly spent the year procrastinating to ensure she wouldn’t have a book eligible for combat in 2015. She is utterly delighted to be involved […]

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!

Here in New York we’re getting very excited.  The 90-Second Film Festival is coming!!  And soon too!  Here’s a PW interview with James Kennedy about the festival and for those of you in the NYC area you can see it at NYPL on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. In fact, now that I think […]

Review: Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Review: Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas
By Steve Antony
Schwartz & Wade (Random House)
ISBN: 9780553507614
$16.99
Grades PreK-1
Out Now
*Best New Book*
Find it at:
Schuler Books | Your Library

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post. Thank you, TeachingBooks, for created a […]

Evaluating Potential Technology for a Makerspace: Cubelets, Little Bits, MaKey MaKey, Raspberry Pi, Sphero

Evaluating Potential Technology for a Makerspace: Cubelets, Little Bits, MaKey MaKey, Raspberry Pi, Sphero

As part of my research for updating my Makerspace for The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, I went straight to a source that I knew that had done a large amount of the work for me already: The Robot Test Kitchen. At RTK, a group of librarians have evaluated a wide variety […]

Books on Film: Seuss on Good Morning America

Books on Film: Seuss on Good Morning America

A new Dr. Seuss book is one of those children’s literature stories that has the ability to make nation news. This week Good Morning America talked about What Pet Should I Get?

Sunday Reflections: The Skin I’m Not Comfortable In, looking back and looking forward at a life with an eating disorder

Sunday Reflections: The Skin I’m Not Comfortable In, looking back and looking forward at a life with an eating disorder

I am a teenage anorexic in the body of a fat old woman. My struggle with an eating disorder began when I was 12. I was diagnosed with Scoliosis and fitted with a back brace, a type of fiberglass corset. The first time I ever had to wear it out in public I became so […]

Dudley Branch panel

Just a quick note to say that tomorrow’s panel about writing for children has been rescheduled to NEXT Saturday because of impending weather. Maybe spring can really hang you up the most but I can’t wait for it to get here.

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Friday Finds – February 20, 2015

Friday Finds – February 20, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Weight and Meaning of Words Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit: GLBTQ YA and Issues of Faith, a guest post by Robert Bittner Middle Grade Monday – Guest Post – On the role of fantasy in everyday life Take 5: Books about eating disorders TPiB: Programming with Straws […]

This Week’s Comics: Guardians of the Diancie

This Week’s Comics: Guardians of the Diancie

Enjoy a world of games through comics. Archie Comics continues their adaptation of the Mega Man 3 game in their comic series. Papercutz releases a new volume in the Legends of Chima series, while Vertical Comics has the fifth volume of Cardfight! Vanguard. Whether it’s video games, building games or card games, the fun doesn’t have […]

2015 Judge: Marcus Sedgwick

2015 Judge: Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick has always been fascinated with spirals, which occur throughout nature from the microscopic to the interstellar. Fundamentally elegant and mesmerizing, many cultures and individuals have ascribed a special meaning to the form. Sedgwick is the author of more than a dozen books for young adults including the Printz Award-winning Midwinterblood, She is Not […]

Review of the Day: Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider

Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) By Josh Schneider Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 978-0544339248 Ages 4-6 On shelves April 7, 2015 When attempting to turn small writhing human beings of very little years into mature, forthright, sterling individuals of singular merit and good humor we run into some challenges. There’s teaching […]