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May 3, 2015

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Christian Children’s Literature in the Library: A Quick Accounting

Christian Children’s Literature in the Library: A Quick Accounting

So I’m sitting at my desk the other day, paging through some children’s books I was sent from who knows where (my records are spotty at best and comparable to what happens when a raccoon is set free in a paper factory at worst) when I stumble across this book Stories of the Saints by […]

Challenge! Create a Book Cover for this Bookless Character

Challenge! Create a Book Cover for this Bookless Character

Last week I passed along a question author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed on Facebook: who is this character on the walls of Barnes & Noble stores across the country? Update: no one knows. So author/illustrator Aaron Zenz had a good idea: why not take matters into our own hands? Lets give this little blue wolf (a […]

Sunday Reflections: I’m Holding Out for a Hero, a Female Superhero

Sunday Reflections: I’m Holding Out for a Hero, a Female Superhero

I have such conflicted feelings about this year’s superhero themed Summer Reading Club. As a big superhero fan myself, I was at first incredibly excited. But the truth is, for those of us raising daughters or working with the female gender – which coincidentally makes up half of the population – it’s a bit of […]

Sunday Reflections: I’m Holding Out for a Hero, a Female Superhero

I have such conflicted feelings about this year’s superhero themed Summer Reading Club. As a big superhero fan myself, I was at first incredibly excited. But the truth is, for those of us raising daughters or working with the female gender – which coincidentally makes up half of the population – it’s a bit of […]

#FSYALit: Doubt and the Teenage Religious Experience, thoughts on EDEN WEST (Pete Hautman), a #FSYALit post by Ally Watkins

#FSYALit: Doubt and the Teenage Religious Experience, thoughts on EDEN WEST (Pete Hautman), a #FSYALit post by Ally Watkins

Something Karen tweeted as we were discussing this project a while back really stuck with me. She said that discussing religion is difficult because everyone assumes they’re coming from correct place. Man, is that ever true. And it rings even truer in EDEN WEST, Pete Hautman’s latest about a 17-year-old boy named Jacob who has […]

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #5

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #5

He-Man and She-Ra in He-Man: The Eternity War #5 as the battle continues: Skeletor has returned! After his dramatic appearance last issue, the question remains: Will he fight alongside He-Man and She-Ra…or against them? This comic is rated 12+ on comiXology. It will be out in comic shops on April 29, but you can enjoy […]

Friday Finds – April 24, 2015

Friday Finds – April 24, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month #FSYALit: Orthodox Representation in YA Lit Middle Grade Monday – The Power of Doorstops What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Spring The Trouble with Telling, author Kristin Halbrook discusses her new release EVERY LAST PROMISE for #SVYALit March Arc […]

#SecondChanceChallenge

#SecondChanceChallenge

One Friday night Mary Hinson (@knoxdiver), The Tween and I were at Half Price Books, as we do, when we realized that Mary had not read The Raven Boys. She started it, but didn’t finish. And to The Tween, those were fighting words. So we began talking on Twitter about the books we DNFed for […]

This Week’s Comics: Witchy Lizard

This Week’s Comics: Witchy Lizard

There are so many great books coming out this week, it was hard to select just two picks! The next volume in the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales is out from Amulet Books. Sonic Universe celebrates its 75th issue with several variant covers, and IDW Publishing has a Littlest Pet Shop one-shot and the first issue […]

Review of the Day: On the Shoulder of a Giant by Neil Christopher

Review of the Day: On the Shoulder of a Giant by Neil Christopher

On the Shoulder of a Giant: An Inuit Folktale By Neil Christopher Illustrated by Jim Nelson Inhabit Media $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-77227-002-0 Ages 4-7 On shelves now My daughter is afraid of giants. She’s three so this isn’t exactly out of the norm. However, it does cut out a portion of her potential reading material. Not […]

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

The title of Amanda Filipacchi‘s latest novel says it all. So many teens are so very conscious of appearances, I can only imagine that this book will incite discussion. The cover and title alone are likely to inspire certain readers to pick it up. It also fulfills that frequent request for funny books (the humor […]

April Post TLA #ARCParty

I spent last week gloriously submersed in the Texas Librarian Association conference. I met some great authors, had some great dinners, hung out with some great librarians, and learned things. I’ll share more of those things that I learned soon. But the first thing we did when we got back was try and organize the […]

El Deafo, Hello Kitty Make Eisner Shortlist

This year’s nominees for the Eisner Awards, the most prestigious awards in comics, were announced yesterday. The Eisners have three categories for children’s comics and graphic novels, and a number of kid-friendly and YA titles were also nominated in other categories. Here are the three kids’ categories: Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age […]

Displays Every Day! An April 23rd Sampler

Displays Every Day! An April 23rd Sampler

Yesterday was Earth Day, and I suspect a fair number of you librarians out there did some killer Earth Day displays of books for the kiddos, teachers, and parents out there.  I love thematic book displays.  But who says you need an official holiday to create one?  Let us say, for the sake of argument, […]

Review: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Review: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich By Julia Sarcone-Roach Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375858604 $16.99 Grades K-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It’s sounds counter-intuitive, but the best Big Reveals are the ones that aren’t necessary. Or maybe it makes more sense to think of it this way: […]

#tearyya: the books that made us cry (and a sneak peek at VIOLENT ENDS)

#tearyya: the books that made us cry (and a sneak peek at VIOLENT ENDS)

Yesterday I read an ARC of VIOLENT ENDS, and it made me cry. In a couple of places actually. That doesn’t happen as often as you would think it would. So that got me thinking, what books have made you actually cry? Several people shared their Teary YA Reads on Twitter with the hashtag #tearyya […]

Books on Film: Let’s Take a Coffee Break

Books on Film: Let’s Take a Coffee Break

In a short period of time, Eerdmans Books has built an online presence that other publishers should be taking notes on. The Eerdlings website and Coffee Break videos are consistently excellent. They’re starting a new interview series on Coffee Break called “A Day in the Life”, and yesterday Ahna and Katherine swung by my library […]

March Arc Party: What the tweens/teens thought of some upcoming titles

March Arc Party: What the tweens/teens thought of some upcoming titles

Because of Music and then YouTube Week, this post got pushed back. But I figure I better get it up because we just had another #ARCParty last night which I need to put up for you all. So, without further ado, here’s the recap of the March #ARCParty. It is time once again for another […]

Review: Jem and the Holograms #1

Review: Jem and the Holograms #1

At the beginning of March, I wrote about the reboot of the 80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms as a comic. At the time, I was skeptical about the reboot. Jem and the Holograms is a treasured memory from my childhood and I didn’t want to see it ruined. Fortunately, IDW put the book into […]

A Call for Art! Judy Blume Art! Celebrate the ABFE

A Call for Art!  Judy Blume Art!  Celebrate the ABFE

So you think you love Judy Blume?  Prove it.  As you know, each and every year The American Booksellers for Free Expression has a book art auction.  It’s where people go to get really really good stuff.  And this year, since the ABFE is celebrating Judy Blume, they’re not only looking for artists willing to […]