November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Family Ties, Black Beauty Celebrated in New Self-Published Titles | Indie Voices

Librarian Amy Martin highlights a strong new crop of self-published children’s books, including a middle grade family drama and several picture books about black hair.

Seven Self-Published Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity | Indie Voices

In the inaugural Indie Voices column, librarian Amy Martin curates a strong list of self-published titles that depict and celebrate diversity.

Review of the Day: Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan By Christine Mari Inzer Naruhodo Press $11.95 ISBN: 978-0-9907014-0-8 Ages 12 and up On shelves now There’s been a lot of talk about the role of the reviewer when it comes to self-published books. Horn Book Magazine makes a point of not reviewing self-published fare of any sort. […]

Self-Publishing, Ghostwriting for Gangsters, and Cover Reaction | YA Underground

Amy Cheney, YA Underground columnist, dreams of ghostwriters for gangsters, hopes for more diverse reads for her kids in the margins, and bemoans a recent cover redesign that “could be the death knell for reluctant readers.”

Library Journal Launches Self-Publishing Partnership with BiblioBoard

BiblioBoard® and Library Journal (LJ) have partnered to launch SELF-e™, an ebook discovery service connecting self-published authors with public libraries and their patrons.

Review: Dragons in the Library

While wondering around Artists Alley at Wondercon 2014, I came across a table that had prints and playing cards of dragons. I love dragons, so I had to stop. Among the artwork for sale was a picture book about dragons and books, so I had to pick it up. Dragons in the Library By Jessica […]

Reality That Is Stranger Than Fiction | YA Underground

After a successful first year, In the Margins Committee founder Amy Cheney highlights some of the recent must-have titles for libraries in urban areas that might not be on the radar of the library community at large.

Interview: Dave McDonald

When Janna Morishima, formerly of Graphix and Papercutz comics, introduced me to Hamster S.A.M., she described it as a “outrageously silly, slapstick humor” that any emerging reader will enjoy.  And her take on the comic is very accurate.  Hamster S.A.M. is a delightful read.  To hear more about this self-published comic, which you may have […]

Uncovering Radical Reads for Tough-to-Reach Teens | YA Underground

YALSA-Lockdown listserv founder Amy Cheney highlights self-published and mainstream book and movie titles. Many of her finds resonate with her incarcerated kids; sometimes it takes a little digging below the surface to uncover these.