May 31, 2016

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Review of the Day: Next to You by Lori Haskins Houran

Next to You: A Book of Adorableness By Lori Haskins Houran Illustrated by Sydney Hanson Albert Whitman & Co. $16.99 ISBN: 9780807556009 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Years ago I saw a very interesting sketch produced during the early years of Disney animated filmmaking. The drawing was an explanation to animators on the precise proportions […]

Review: ‘Doctor Fate Vol. 1: The Blood Price’

Doctor Fate Vol. 1: The Blood Price Writer: Paul Levitz Artist: Sonny Liew DC Comics; $14.99 Rated T for Teen It was ten years ago that DC Comics canceled their previous attempt to build an ongoing series around their Doctor Fate character, a very ’90s take that turned the golden-helmed super-magician created during the Golden […]

Video Games Weekly: Star Fox Guard

Star Fox Guard is a little confusing, but I’m going to do my best to explain.  Our library got a disc copy of Star Fox Guard when we ordered Star Fox Zero (which I reviewed last week) because we pre-ordered it.  So, if you ordered a copy of Star Fox Zero before April 2016, you […]

MakerSpace: Stop Motion Animation 101

Later today I am presenting a webinar on Stop Motion Animation for Florida Library Webinars. Here are my slides. I have been doing stop motion animation with my teens for about 3 or 4 years now (and at two different library jobs). It has proven so popular that we included a stop motion animation station […]

Preview: ‘Archie Giant Comics Blast’

Here’s a sneak peek at Archie Giant Comics Blast, a 480-page collection of stories from Archie Comics’ 75-year history. It will be out in comic shops tomorrow, May 25, but you can start reading right here. Enjoy!

Adobe Spark: rebranded apps & a platform-agnostic website for free student creation

A little over a month ago, I posted about my affection for the growing Adobe suite of tools/apps in Smashing Adobe. A couple of years ago, I kinda raved about Adobe Voice in Adobe Voice: Elegant, easy(!) storytelling. This week Adobe announced an official smashing of its apps with its integrated Adobe Spark, designed as […]

Book Review: Without Annette by Jane B. Mason

Publisher’s description Josie Little has been looking forward to moving halfway across the country to attend Brookwood Academy, a prestigious boarding school, with her girlfriend, Annette, for ages. But underneath Brookwood’s picture-perfect image lies a crippling sense of elitism that begins to tear the girls apart from the moment they arrive. While Josie struggles to […]

Links: Here Come the Super Hero Girls!

DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson talks about some of the thinking behind their new DC Super Hero Girls line of books, videos, and dolls: If you walk down the aisle of girls toys in a store, everything’s pink. Girls love pink, but we wanted the color palette to be consistent with superheroes in our DC […]

#MHYALit: Why You Shouldn’t Ban Your Kid from the Internet, a guest post by Laura Tims

When I was growing up, losing internet privileges was a common punishment in my family. It’s a common punishment in most families. Bad grades? No screen time for a week. Missed curfew? No internet.   It seems like a reasonable punishment. However, it may have unintended consequences.   Nowadays, twenty percent of adolescents have a […]

Announcing the Biggest and Best New Award in Children’s Literature: The Undies

It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Stripped off the dust jacket to expose the naked underbelly of that brand new picture book. Peeked underneath the taped-on-Mylar of library books, desperate for an Easter egg or two. Sighed with delight and intrigue when we catch a glimpse of that unexpected story. When the case cover functions […]

Gender Politics and Construction Equipment: The Eyelashening

File this one under the category: Stuff Parents Notice But Don’t Discuss You have a child.  The child is quite young, let’s say two years of age. The child loves books about tools, ladders, and banjos (and you would be shocked just how many books for kids contain at east one of those three items).  […]

MakerSpace: Learning to Code in Scratch

We set out with several goals in mind when created the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio. One of those goals was to engage our teens in learning how to code. We created a bank of iPad stations to help facilitate this goal and pre-loaded it with […]

Anticipayaytion

A heads up: Linda Pizzuti Henry of the Globe and I will be announcing the winners of the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards next Thursday, June 2, via video at 11:00AM EST. A web address for the video will be forthcoming later this week. And, fun new fact, for the first time we will NOT […]

#MHYALit: Reflections on an OCD Sufferer’s Sabbatical Study of YA Novels of Mental Illness

Today for the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host librarian Diane Scrofano I remember the day my symptoms began. It was during the spring of the eighth grade. It was 1991 in a suburb north of Los Angeles. I had woken up with a foreboding feeling. By the time school was over at 3:10p.m., […]

Fusenews: The occasional “unruly pleasure”

I’ve done it again.  Delayed my Fusenews too long and now this post is going to overflow with too much good stuff.  Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. Me stuff for the start. And in fact, there just so much Me Stuff today that I’m just going to cram it all into this little paragraph […]

Sunday Reflections: Saying Goodbye to My Book Club Minions

I’m down to the last few days at the library. In a few weeks, we move 90 miles away to just outside of St. Paul. I’ve been ready to move for a long time. A looooong time. But as ready as I am to go, I’m not ready—not even a little bit—to leave behind my […]

This Week’s Comics: Future Ghost Quest

It’s another long list of new releases that everyone can enjoy. Dark Horse doubles down on the trade paperbacks as they release both Itty Bitty Hellboy: The Search for the Were-Jaguar and the magical girl adventure Zodiac Starforce: By The Power of Astra. Papercutz brings out the latest Geronimo Stilton, Volume 17, The Mystery of […]

#MHYALit Interview with HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR author John Corey Whaley

Last night The Teen and I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing author John Corey Whaley. His most recent release, Highly Illogical Behavior, is the story of a teenage boy, Solomon, with agoraphobia and the teenage girl, Lisa, who wants to “cure” him so she can write a stellar essay and get herself into […]

Books on Film: Down the I WANT MY HAT BACK Tribute Video Rabbit Hole

*Pant* *Pant* I *Pant* *Pant* just made the mistake of *Pant* *Pant* typing in “I Want My Hat Back” into YouTube. *Pant* All sorts of crazy/weird/funny stuff came up. Here’s a three piece sampler platter. 1. I Want My Hat Back – Video Game What do Jon Klassen’s book and an NES-era role playing game […]

Friday Finds: May 20, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Teen, Me, Genetics and HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum World Awareness Day) MakerSpace: Low Tech Tool – The Recycled Paper Bead Maker Middle School Monday: Saying Goodbye to Middle School #MHYALit: What You Want to Hear, a guest post by Shari Goldhagen #MHYALit Book Review: 100 Days of Cake by […]