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July 28, 2015

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The Faith of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a #FSYALit guest post with author interview

Today as part of our ongoing discussion on Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit (#FSYALit) guest Catherine Posey is discussing The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. She even reached out to author Rae Carson who was kind enough to answer some questions for this post. You can find all the #FSYALit posts […]

Review: ‘Steve Jobs: Insanely Great’

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great By Jessie Hartland Schwartz & Wade; $23 The sub-title to cartoonist Jessie Hartland’s comics-format biography of Steve Jobs refers not to his mental health but to his commonly employed catch phrase. “Insanely great!” is how he expressed his approval of something, particularly his various creations that had finally met his own […]

Review: McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger

McToad Mows Tiny Island By Tom Angleberger Illustrated by John Hendrix ABRAMS ISBN: 9781419716508 $16.95 Grades K-2 Out September 1, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library McToad likes Thursdays. Every other day of the week he mows the grass on Big Island. But Thursday is the day he mows […]

Second Novels We Wish We Could Read

Like the rest of America I have watched, enthralled, the debate going on at the child_lit listserv as to whether or not folks should/are choosing to eschew reading Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. I’m sorry, what that? I’m being informed that despite my opinions on the matter, America does not collectively read child_lit.  I […]

July #ARCParty

I got some new books while I was away in Ohio so the girls and I decided that last night was a great night for an impromptu ARC party. For those of you new to TLT, here’s how an ARC Party works: The Tween and The Bestie go through each title, reading the back cover […]

Can’t buy me love

The Gawker debacle has been very entertaining. I read and respect the site too much to enjoy the clusterfuck in a schadenfreudey kind of way, but I am enjoying the intellectual stimulation provided by the whole host of journalism questions set bristling. What’s a public figure? Was the subject in question a public figure, or a behind-the-scenes media […]

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Book Review: Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

Publisher’s description: Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents’ wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls … opposite Vanessa Park, the one […]

Review: ‘Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Railroad’

When I was in fourth grade (and again in 5th grade), we had to read a biography and then dress up as the person we read about it to present it to the class. I remember this project well, because I dressed up as Eleanor Roosevelt for two years straight. (I also did my science […]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015

For everyone out there who thinks that children’s literature is just a bunch of cute, harmless fluff, I disagree with you. Every year books arrive that seek to challenge young minds and the status quo. Like these books below. Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books […]

Press Release Fun: TeachingBooks.net Author Name Pronunciation Guide Reaches 2,000 Audio Clips

Maybe one of the more enjoyable press releases I’ve released. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Authors and Illustrators Reveal the Origins and Pronunciations of Their Names – See more at: http://forum.teachingbooks.net/2015/07/teachingbooks-net-author-name-pronunciation-guide-reaches-2000-audio-clips/#sthash.oAjVyX6K.dpuf MADISON, Wis. (July 16, 2015) – Ever wondered how to pronounce a favorite author’s name? Since 2007, almost half-a-million readers have visited www.TeachingBooks.net/Hello to hear authors and […]

Middle Grade Monday – Online Museum Resources

I recently had the opportunity to visit a few museums in the Washington, DC, area that were missing from my personal experience. Mostly, they are museums that are either too depressing, or too frequently visited for anyone to want to go with me (I have family in the area.) But, I was up there with […]

What is your reading personality? Which reading super-hero are you?

How do you find just the right book to recommend for a kid?  It’s trickier than discovering that they like mysteries or even a very specific type of science fiction. What makes a certain book a yes for one kid reader and a clear no for another? The question deeply troubled former independent children’s bookseller […]

Cover reveal: Original Fake written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson

We are thrilled to host the cover reveal for Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson. Original Fake will be available on 4/19/2016 and is published by G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS.       Description of the book:  Introvert Frankie Neumann is not exactly the standout in his family. Between his […]

Review: ‘Awkward,’ by Svetlana Chmakova

Awkward Written and illustrated by Svetlana Chmakova Hachette Books/Yen Press, 2015 All Ages, $11.00/$12.00 Awkward middle-schooler Penelope “Peppi” Torres has moved to Berrybrook Middle School, and already her first day has been a disaster when she is noticed by the mean kids. After tripping accidentally in the hallway, she’s assisted by Jaime, a shy introverted […]

Pete Townshend: Rockstar Librarian

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Fusenews: Containing the only Newbery 4th of July Float I’ve Ever Seen

Mm. Double quick time Fusenews today, I should think. All the goodness. Less of the commentary. As such . . . What is the scariest children’s film of all time? If you mentioned a particular film that involved decapitated heads and Wheelers, this link’s for you. I’m not a teacher so I had no idea […]

Sunday Reflections: This is what courage looks like

cour·age noun: courage the ability to do something that frightens one. “she called on all her courage to face the ordeal” 2. strength in the face of pain or grief. “he fought his illness with great courage” For weeks now people have been talking about Caitlyn Jenner and courage. You don’t have to like that […]

Kid Lit Quiz: Can You Pronounce These Author Names?

Milestone Alert! There are now 2000 audio recordings of authors and illustrators explaining how to pronounce their names at TeachingBooks.net. This website is the the definition of handy. Click here for the press release, which includes factoids about the most played recordings. To mark the occasion let’s play a round of… How to play: Read […]

Friday Finds – July 17, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Today, I am Eeyore (a reflection on depression and anxiety in the life of tweens and teens) Middle Grade Monday – The Truth About Twinkie Pie Signal Boost: Rainbow Boxes and Connecting LGBTQIA Books to Readers MakerSpace: Quick and Easy Stop Motion Movies How Do You Measure Summer Reading […]

11 Books I’m Bringing to the Beach (And Why)

Next week I’m heading to the golden shores of Lake Michigan with my family. There’s a fine science to the books you bring on vacation. Here are the books we’re taking along. It’s a mixed bag of picture books, middle grade, graphic novels, and books for grown-ups. I decided to talk about my reasons for bringing […]