June 26, 2017

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Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket | SLJ Review

SNICKET, Lemony. Goldfish Ghost. illus. by Lisa Brown. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. May 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626725072.

K-Gr 3 –In a droll twist on the typical “beloved dead pet” story, this one opens with a death—reimagined as an otherworldly birth—of a boy’s pet goldfish. Born upside down and floating on top of his fishbowl, Goldfish Ghost, who remains in that position throughout, slowly drifts out of the boy’s bedroom and along the idyllic seascapes of Cape Cod […]

Viewers’ Advisory: 3 Netflix Series with YA and Kid Appeal

Is Netflix the future for book-to-screen adaptations? SLJ’s resident movie reviewer checks out new series that your patrons and students can binge-watch.

The Series of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”: A Netflix Consideration

I suppose that’s the thing with a streaming series these days.  Either you’re the kind of person who jumps on board immediately or you’re the type who waits it out, gives it some time to breathe (and garner reviews) and then you dip a toe or two in.  Though Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events […]

Video Sunday: Creepiness Abounds!

Stranger Things, I credit you with this finally happening. Let’s think about doing a Girl With the Silver Eyes film next!  Thanks to Liz Burns for the link. Now when I heard that Nieman Marcus was offering 36 Caldecott Award winning picture books for $10,000 . . . *checks notes*  I’m sorry.  I typed the […]

A Cow Goes Rogue, Dickens Goes Steampunk, and Katie Friedman Goes Luddite | Fiction Grades 5-8

This month’s middle-grade fiction includes a bevy of alluring new titles, from Audrey (Cow), a cow determined to make something of herself, to a steampunk version of Charles Dickens’s classic holiday tale, A Christmas Tale.

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Deadline Looms for Lemony Snicket Prize Nominations

Do you know a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact? Nominate them for the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, sponsored by the American Library Association, before the December 1 deadline.

Video Sunday: Dancing in the Stacks

A veritable plethora of dancing librarians greet you this weekend.  Now I’ll be the first to say that if you’re going to have librarians or library patrons dancing in a video then the video has to be pretty darn impressive in some way.  Life’s too short otherwise.  But thing is, these folks are pretty extraordinary.  […]

Fusenews: Avada ke-dairy

I have never, in all my livelong days, been so proud of an illustrator.  And Mary Engelbreit at that.  For someone as well-established as she is the decision to create and sell a print with all proceeds going to the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund, which supports the family of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager […]

ALA Announces First Ever Winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize

On June 9, the ALA announced the winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity—say that three times quickly—which will go to New Orleans Youth Outreach Librarian Laurence Copel who overcame unrelenting adversity to get the children of the Ninth Ward their much-needed books.

How Do You Feel Today?: Great Books about Emotions

Told with sensitivity, perception, and heartwarming humor, these recent picture books treat a range of experiences and feelings that are all part of a youngster’s everyday world. Share them with kids to build empathy, foster self-awareness, and invite discussion.

Fusenews: Let the wild (mind the gap) rumpus start!

Sometimes I do a little ALA Youth Media Awards wrap-up after all is said and done, but since Lori Ess and I were able to have our say immediately following the awards announcements, I feel like I’ve covered my bases.  Moving on! Lest one be so caught up in the thrilling hullabaloo of the ALA […]

Lemony Snicket Sponsors Prize for Librarians Facing Adversity

ALA has approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity, proposed and funded by the “Series of Unfortunate Events” author himself, Daniel Handler.

Lemony Snicket’s ‘The Dark’ Takes 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award

Acclaimed children’s book author Lemony Snicket’s The Dark, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, is the winner of the 17th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding picture book writing, given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

Rowell, Daywalt Among 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

Attention, best-books list watchers: The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced. Winners include Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades, and more.

The Beat Goes On: Brilliant Middle Grade Sequels │ JLG’s On the Radar

Junior Library Guild editors share fun sequels for independent readers. These follow-ups include new entries in favorite series by Lemony Snicket and Jack Gantos, and will have kids anxiously waiting for their next titles.

Pictures of the Week: Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen at Book Launch Party for ‘The Dark’

Lemony Snicket (also known as Daniel Handler) and Jon Klassen at a Book Launch Party for their new picture book, The Dark.

A Children’s Book Fever Dream: Compounding Awesome Upon Awesome

There are some days when you are so utterly floored by delight that all you can do is throw up your hands and say to the universe, “I’m out!”  That was yesterday.  I’m out, folks.  I hit the top.  It’s all downhill from here.  And I’m so young!  It’s sad when you peak at 34. […]

JLG’s On the Radar: Be Not Afraid—Picture Books for a Not-So-Scary Storytime

Junior Library Guild editors select picture books perfect for the younger set who beg for a scary story, but are safe enough to prevent nightmares.

Review of the Day: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Dark By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Jon Klassen Little Brown & Co. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-18748-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 2nd You do not know the temptation I am fighting right now to begin this review with some grandiose statement equating a fear of the dark with a fear of death itself. You have […]

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Mysteries for Elementary Sleuths

Start with a missing object, ask a few questions, throw in some red herrings and what do you have? An unputdownable mystery! This fall’s releases offer openers and new entries in fun whodunit series, and standalones that will keep your patrons sleuthing for clues.