December 7, 2016

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The Thin Line

I’m going to cheat a little today, and deviate from our attempts to review in roughly calendar order. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about middle grade and YA and all ages and the fine line between the Newbery and the Printz. We’ve had books on all ends snag awards, yes, but […]

Review of the Day: Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White: A Graphic Novel By Matt Phelan Candlewick Press $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7233-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I’d have said it couldn’t be done. The Snow White fairytale has been told and retold and overdone to death until there’s not much left to do but forget about it entirely. Not that every graphic novel […]

Familiar and Fun: Literary Classics Reimagined for Teens

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With freshly envisioned settings, revved-up story lines, reconfigured characters, and timeless themes, these new YA retellings of well-known works are well worth adding to your shelves.

Teens Review Alice Pung’s “Lucy and Linh,” Historical Fiction, and More

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Our resident teen reviewers cover a bunch of September 2016 YA releases, including Matt Phelan’s latest graphic novel and the plot-twisting Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung.

Video Sunday: Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends

Aww. Didja miss these? It’s not like I see as many videos these days, y’know. Not for lack of interest. They just don’t float in front my nose the way they used to. Fortunately there are a couple that I’ve collected in my travels and I’m featuring them here today. They may be a bit […]

Fall Fun: Great Books About Autumn

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Revel in crisp, cool days while sharing these lyrical and information-packed picture books about the shift in seasons.

Winning Over Fidgety Listeners with New Storytime Classics │ JLG’s On the Radar

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Do you have kids who wiggle and chatter while you read to them? Junior Library Guild editors have selected new picture book titles that will engage restless children from the first page to the last.

Book Review: Graphic Novels | July 2013

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Matt Phelan on Visual Storytelling in Graphic Novels (Video) | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

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From a scratchy nib pen to splatter from a toothbrush, author illustrator Matt Phelan describes the special quality he derives from using traditional media in this clip recorded at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.