September 30, 2016

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Interview: Johnnie Christmas on ‘Angel Catbird’

Novelist Margaret Atwood struck out in a new direction this year with her graphic novel series Angel Catbird, which is being published by Dark Horse; the first volume came out earlier this month. I interviewed Atwood at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and at the same time I also spoke to Johnnie Christmas, the artist […]

Book Review: Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Publisher’s description From the authors of the New York Times bestselling book Rad American Women A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world. In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and […]

Review of the Day: Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Cloud and Wallfish By Anne Nesbet Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-8803-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Historical fiction is boring. Right? That’s the common wisdom on the matter, certainly. Take two characters (interesting), give them a problem (interesting), and set them in the past (BOOOOOORING!). And to be fair, there are a LOT of dull-as-dishwater […]

Review of the Day: Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Cloud and Wallfish By Anne Nesbet Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-8803-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Historical fiction is boring. Right? That’s the common wisdom on the matter, certainly. Take two characters (interesting), give them a problem (interesting), and set them in the past (BOOOOOORING!). And to be fair, there are a LOT of dull-as-dishwater […]

A truly great guy

Clarion Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have asked me to invite you all to a memorial service  for their longtime colleague and my friend James Cross Giblin, to be held at NYC’s LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St, on Friday, October 28th at 2:30PM. RSVP to rachael DOT stein AT hmhco DOT com.

Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and Illustrated by Rafael Lopez Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016 ISBN 978-0-544-35769-3   All Ages   Book Review “In the heart of a gray city, there lived a girl who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint.” […]

Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized

At The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, we have been working really hard to do outreach for our new Teen MakerSpace. This week, I thought I would share with you what our outreach looks like. We have now put together 2 separate outreach packets, and I am working on a third. What […]

Middle School Monday: T-Shirt Representation

You may not have been expecting to open a Middle School Monday blog post and read about t-shirts, yet here we are. I love casual dress days and seeing both our students and my fellow teachers displaying their interests and personalities. Seeing a math teacher and YA enthusiast wearing a shirt emblazoned with Welcome to […]

The Radiant Road

The Radiant Road, Katherine Catmull Dutton, January 2016 Reviewed from final e-book I mentioned last week that each of us has to assess excellence for ourselves, as well as coming to consensus when it comes time to pick a winner (or, for us, Pyrite winner). For me, excellence is deeply tied to language. I was […]

Booked

Booked is a spring title that has gotten a lot of buzz, and the reasons are plentiful and obvious.  First of all, for those who missed this, this is Kwame Alexander’s follow-up to his Newbery winning The Crossover, and it, like the predecessor, is a novel in verse about sports, but not *really* about sports. Of […]

Just My Size: Favored Dimensions of Picture Book Makers

I always notice bookmakers who favor a particular size for their books – not just for a series, but for their careers. How/why does this happen? I imagine the scene goes something like this: Bookmaker: (Walks in to the offices of a major publisher, finished picture book art under arm) I make books this big. […]

Fusenews

Happy Fusenews day to you, guv’nor.  In today’s episode we tip our hat to a post last week that is probably my most popular of all time.  Who knew knitting needles could be such lightning rods?  In any case, on with the newz!   How old is the picture book biography as we know it […]

Sunday Reflections: Where’d you go, VOYA?

Some awful things are being said by an organization that I idolized. I first discovered VOYA in the LIS Library at the University of Illinois in 2001 and reported back to my Young Adult Literature Class as if I’d just struck California gold. Did you know? I asked, Did you know there’s a journal called Voice of Youth Advocates […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #18

It’s Scooby in space! Scooby-Doo and his fellow super-canines form a pooch posse and head for the stars in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #18: Can it be? The entire universe threatened by the spectral spirit of Canis Major, the dog star? To get to the bottom of the space-spanning mystery, canine crimebuster Scooby will have to team […]

The Strange Case of the Missing Read Poster Strikes Back

Just a regular old day in the library . . . Wait a second. I’m having flashbacks . . . NOOOOOO! HOW COULD IT FALL DOWN THE CRACK AGAIN?!?! THE CRACK IS SO SMALL! Stay calm, Travis, stay calm. Look on the floor . . . IT’S NOT ON THE FLOOR! Check the floor again […]

Friday Finds: September 23, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Faith Shaming and Mental Illness, Reflecting on Faith and Mental Illness for the #MHYALit Project Middle School Monday: Classroom Crossover Book Review: The Forgetting Machine by Pete Hautman Rural Poverty and THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis Book Review: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity […]

This Week’s Comics: Take Over the World Time

“Fall”ing behind on your weekly releases? Pick up some of the trades out this week! Action Lab Entertainment lets the dogs out with the first trade of Action Lab Dog of Wonder. DC Comics collects their digital first series Adventures of Supergirl for fans of the TV series, and Marvel Comics releases their huge trade […]

The V-Word

The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex edited by Amber J. Keyser Simon Pulse, February 2016 Reviewed from final copy So this year, I’m starting out with what I can only describe as the “out of left field contender of my heart.” I thought this would be a quick read that I’d be able to check off […]

#PigeonSpotting

We just ordered a brand-new complete set of the Elephant & Piggie Series. So, of course, I had to find the Pigeon in each one. (Don’t even try to call this a spoiler – you’ve read all these)

Famous Illustrators’ Depictions of Knitting Ranked in Order of Competency

Two years ago I wrote a piece called The Scourge of Upside Down Knitting in which I raged unto the heavens against picture books where the artists put little work into bothering to figure out if knitting needles should be held up or down.  Well, it’s time for me to apologize to those illustrators.  If […]