November 27, 2015

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Review: ‘Goosebumps: Slappy’s Tales of Horror’

This isn’t the first adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series by Graphix, but it’s been a while since they released one. So it’s not surprising that they gave it a try with the release, early this fall, of the new Goosebumps movie. While the movie may have come and gone, the books are still ever […]

Sendak for Sale: The Most Unique Items Available at Sotheby’s

47 pieces of original art by Maurice Sendak are currently up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York. According to the AP, “prices range from $3,000 to $950,000″. So gather up your pennies, folks – the sale runs until December 18. Below are three of my favorite items, but you can click here to see the […]

The Strangest Pinocchio I Know

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about illustrated books for children (as opposed to picture books) in all their various forms.  And since I’ve a penchant for nostalgia, I often think of my youth and the illustrated novels I read then.  The mid to late 1980s were an odd time for illustration in general.  For […]

Sunday Reflections: Behold the Power of Books

“No, No, No,” I heard The Teen scream from the living room, so I went running to see what was happening. She was sitting in the chair that we all call “the reading chair” yelling at her book. I have done this. This I understand. Suddenly, she started crying. Not the silent tears streaming down […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘He-Man: The Eternity War’ #12

Today’s preview is of the action-packed He-Man: The Eternity War #12; here’s the blurb: By the Power of Grayskull, the universe stands on the brink of annihilation! Only He-Man can save us. But to do so, he must first escape the clutches of King Hssss, the serpent Master of Disguise! Can He-Man overcome a monster […]

Blast from the past (20 years back at NJASL)

Please forgive this shameless self-promotion.  The NJASL folks dug up some blasts from the past for their 100th anniversary celebration. I was both shocked and so pleased to see what I looked like during a radio theater event nearly 20 years ago and about 20 pounds ago.  (Check about 19 minutes in for my appearance.)

Blast from the past (20 years back at NJASL)

Please forgive this shameless self-promotion.  The NJASL folks dug up some blasts from the past for their 100th anniversary celebration. I was both shocked and so pleased to see what I looked like during a radio theater event nearly 20 years ago and about 20 pounds ago.  (Check about 19 minutes in for my appearance.)

NJASL takeaway #1 Do they skip into your library?

I made many new friends at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Fall Conference this week and I will be sharing some highlights and featuring emerging leaders. One of those leaders is Jennifer Latimer of Clinton Elementary School Library in Maplewood, NJ, who blogs as Anywhere Librarian and tweets as @jenlatimer. I reconnected […]

Show and Prove

Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero Knopf Books for Young Readers, July 2015 Reviewed from a ARC Karyn started out the week gushing about what a banner year for fantasy it is. I’m a little closer to Joy’s wavelength because I’ve got some (historical) realistic fiction to cover in this post. Joy also talked about SIGNIFICANCE […]

This Week’s Comics: Furrever Winter

Unseasonably warm for your usual November? Cool down with some of the new releases this week! IDW Publishing releases a new volume of My Little Pony Adventures in Friendship, featuring Princess Luna and Discord. Dark Horse Comics wraps up Plants Vs Zombies: Grown Sweet Home with issue 6, as does DC Comics for the highly […]

Friday Finds – November 20, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Talking to My Teen About Terrorism #FSYALit: Faith, Kindness and the YA Community, by Ally Watkins Middle School Monday – The TBR Stack Take 5: School Violence Post It Note Reviews by The Teen: November Edition Video Games Weekly: Black Friday Wishlist MakerSpace: The Proposal Stage TAB Book Discussion: […]

What’s Wrong With the Printz?

Debbie Reese recently noted that ALSC had added language in support of diversity to their committee manuals, but YALSA has had that language in the Policies and Procedures since the inception of the Printz Award: “Librarianship focuses on individuals, in all their diversity, and that focus is a fundamental value of the Young Adult Library […]

Review of the Day: Emu by Claire Saxby

Emu By Claire Saxby Illustrated by Graham Byrne Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7479-3 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. Alas for poor emu. Forever relegated to be consider a second rate ostrich, it encompasses all of the awkwardness and none of the stereotypes. Does anyone ever talk about burying your head in the sand like an […]


I’m at home today reading and re-reading books the Magazine loved this year, in preparation for our final Fanfare meeting next week where we will determine that these, yes these, are the very best books of 2015. And without giving anything away I want to comment (again!) on just how different the young adult literature of today […]

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*Breaking News of Great Importance* Barnes & Noble L.B.B. Mystery Solved!

Back in April, author/illustrator Matthew Cordell re-ignited a mystery that had perplexed the children’s literature community for years: Surrounded by popular characters in the children’s section, this little dog (/cat/wolf/???) stood out. Some of the best minds pondered, speculated, and researched. Some of the best illustrators created alternate stories for the character who had come […]

Review: ‘Star Wars: Shattered Empire’

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens–Shattered Empire Writer: Greg Rucka Artists: Marco Chechetto, Angel Unzueta and Emilio Laiso Marvel; $17 Rated T+ While it didn’t get anywhere near the huge promotional push that the first issues of Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars series did, the Greg Rucka-written Shattered Empire miniseries, now available in […]

TAB Book Discussion: THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp

I have a secret: I have never been able to succeffully host a teen book discussion group at any of the libraries I have worked at. At most I ever got 3 people to attend, so I eventually gave it up and moved on to more successful programming. But I was contacted by Sourcebooks and […]

Morning Notes: Where’s the Squirrel? Edition

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AWARDED First there were 10: Then five: Now one: Our National Book Award winner in the young people’s literature category is Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. THE STATISTICAL DOMINANCE OF DR. SEUSS Real headline alert! Priceonomics looks at the authors who have sold the most children’s books. While they’re using numbers from […]

Press Release Fun: Picture Book Summit Yields Big Rewards for We Need Diverse Books

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT: Emma Walton Hamilton     Picture Book Summit 2015 Raises Over $7000 for We Need Diverse Books   Event Featured Mac Barnett, Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Other Top Children’s Authors   New York, NY – The first annual Picture Book Summit, an international online conference for children’s […]

Ben’s Guide relaunches

In collaboration with our own AASL, the Government Printing Office just updated and redesigned its Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. This new portal is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program. Mobile friendly, the website […]