December 14, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Video Sunday: Smooth Brains

Over at Read-Aloud Revival they hosted two of my favorite people in conversation. Honestly if you could just give Jeanne Birdsall and N.D. Wilson their own talk show, I would be first in line to be in the studio audience. Here’s how they described this talk at Anderson’s Bookshops: Jeanne and N.D. are good friends, […]

Sunday Reflections: Today, as the Mother of Daughters, is a Good Day for Geekdom

My Sunday Reflections are usually somber reflections on the world that I see around me, in part because there is a lot to be concerned about. But today, I rejoice. THE NEW DOCTOR IS A WOMAN!! We are huge fans of Doctor Who in the Jensen household. The first thing we recently did upon returning […]

Fusenews: “You have no power over me”

Fast fast, like lightning, fast!  It’s a Fusenews round-up of epic quickie proportions!   First up, my buddy Warren Truitt used to work with me in the Central Children’s Room of New York Public Library.  Then he moved to Alabama.  He’s kept busy, since that time with a long-term personal project.  This one man machine […]

Never Gonna Sequel

It’s happened to us all.  You hear that one of your favorite books for kids or teens is being adapted to the silver screen and you are struck with a simultaneous feeling of hope and fear.  You go to see it and it’s even worse than you imagined.  Then you leave the theater and realize […]

Fusenews: Gravel in the bed

“If kids like a picture book, they’re going to read it at least 50 times, and their parents are going to have to read it with them. Read anything that often, and even minor imperfections start to feel like gravel in the bed.” – Mark Haddon I’ve just returned from speaking at a magnificent writing […]

Interview: Hope Larson

On May 10th through 12th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy (even when they’re held in a library), so there […]

Pictures of the Week: The Dedication of St. John the Divine as Literary Landmark; Holiday House’s Spring Preview

Hope Larson and Leonard S. Marcus autograph books at the dedication of Saint John the Divine as a Literary Landmark in honor of Madeleine L’Engle, and SLJ Book Review editor Trev Jones at the Holiday House Spring preview.

Author Madeleine L’Engle Remembered as the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is Named a Literary Landmark

Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) is best known as the famed author of the Newbery Medal-winning novel A Wrinkle in Time (FSG, 1962). But she served another important role during her lifetime: as the librarian at New York’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, a post she held for over 40 years.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Graphic Novels and the Common Core

If you’re looking for official justification for the purchase of graphic novels, look no further than the Common Core State Standards. In grades 6 to 12, students will be required to apply the Reading standards to a variety of text types and formats, including graphic novels. Today’s graphic artists and writers provide a plethora of titles for beginning readers to adults. Check out these new titles that will strengthen your collection and thrill your readers.