September 28, 2016

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Travis: We’re taking another look back today as we continue posting all of the past Yarn episodes here on this blog. Okay, so – Colby and I (mostly Colby) had the idea for a podcast: multiple episodes focusing on the making of one book. We chose the book: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew […]

Free Spirits: Raina Telgemeier on “Ghosts” | Up Close

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With Ghosts, the story of two sisters who move to a town where ghosts and the dead are seen in a different light, Raina Telgemeier tackles themes of death and illness.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

School Library Journal Welcomes “The Yarn” Podcast

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The Yarn, a popular podcast with the inside story on children’s books, will join SLJ, the magazine announced in the e-newsletter Extra Helping today.

SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks

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Take a look at SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks featuring books by Jonathan Maberry, Kate DiCamillo, Danielle Paige, Rick Yancey, and Raina Telegemeier.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | June 2016

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From a new and updated version of the Archie comics to David Shannon’s follow-up to Duck on a Bike to a “Scientists in the Field” book on great white sharks, this month’s starred selections are sure to appeal to readers of all stripes.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Webcomics World

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Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Review: ‘The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea’

Was it in honor of Scholastic’s 10th anniversary or was it because Raina Telgemeier titles are in such high demand? Is that why Scholastic reissued the Babysitter’s Club in color? Back in May, I spoke to a Scholastic rep at Book Expo and she said that both were considerations. Mostly, she explained, it had to […]

Travis Jonker, Colby Sharp Launch Book-themed Podcast, à la Serial: The Yarn

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A unique, episodic podcast about the making of a single book, the upcoming middle grade graphic novel by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, Sunny Side Up, launches today. Created by school librarian Travis Jonker and teacher Colby Sharp, “The Yarn” examines the highly anticipated book from multiple perspectives in Season 1 of a new podcast series

Video Sunday: One Video Short

Been a while, hasn’t it?  Well, better late than never.  And you probably get a better level of quality videos if there’s a month’s gap, eh? Today we begin with the video of the week.  The Wall Street Journal released this article about Brian Selznick’s puppeteering work on his own book trailer.  For me, it’s […]

“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit

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As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

Scholastic Sells Ed Tech Business to Focus on Publishing

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Scholastic announced on April 24 that it will sell its education technology and services division to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $575 million to focus on its thriving publishing business.

2015 Banned Books Week to Focus on YA Lit

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This year’s Banned Books Week (BBW, September 27 to October 3) will celebrate books written for the teen audience, the BBW National Committee announced on April 22.

Graphix Announces New Books by Telgemeier, Kibuishi, and More!

Scholastic celebrated the 10th anniversary of its graphic novel imprint Graphix last week with a raft of announcements that should make fans of their existing books happy: New titles from Raina Telgemeier, Kazu Kibuishi, and Mike Maihack, plus the news that they have added not only Craig Thompson (Blankets) but also the brother-sister team of […]

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Characters with Tough Choices │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your middle graders will show them that they are not alone.

What to Read Next: Raina Telgemeier

While Raina Telgemeier has been extremely popular over the last few years, this year I cannot keep any of her books on the shelf. I have multiple copies of each of her titles, and all of them are checked out with waiting lists. In a day, I have five to six requests for her books. […]

Review: Sisters

Review: Sisters

Sixth and seventh grade students are always asking me for another book by Raina Telgemeier. They want the “next one,” not realizing that with the exception of her Babysitter Club adaptations, her books are stand-alones. They also don’t realize that it takes an awfully long time to write and draw a full length-graphic novel! But […]

July Starred Reviews

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Ben Franklin makes a splash, Hervé Tullet mixes it up, and Mo Willems makes new friends in the July stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

BEA Buzz: Five graphic novels to look forward to this year

BEA Buzz: Five graphic novels to look forward to this year

I dropped in on Book Expo America, the annual book trade show, on Friday, and I was impressed by the graphic novel presence there. Two of the rock stars of the show were Raina Telgemeier, who was signing advance copies of Sisters, and Jeff Kinney, who has a new Wimpy Kid school planner (yes, I […]

Illustrators Share Their Storied Lives | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Real life, childhood, and relationships often serve as the inspiration for the titles on our bookshelves, and during the “Storied Lives” panel at SLJ’s Day of Dialog on May 28, we find out from the authors/illustrators the fascinating stories behind the stories.

Kids’ and teens’ graphic novels dominate end of the year charts

Kids’ and teens’ graphic novels dominate end of the year charts

Every year, comics retailer Brian Hibbs writes a lengthy and informative article on graphic novel sales, based on BookScan figures for the entire year. He posted this year’s column last week, and while he makes a lot of good points, I want to pick out the one that’s most relevant to this blog: The top […]