December 12, 2017

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18 2018 Middle Grade Books to Have on Your Radar

Like many of you (I’m guessing), I keep multiple reading-related lists. I keep track of what I read each year. I keep track of what ARCs I’ve gotten and hope to read. I keep track of what books I either want to get when they come out or hope to track down as ARCs but haven’t […]

Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan Launch a Platform for YA Short Stories

The YA authors and editors-in-chief of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology share what inspired this new venture and their future plans.

Private School Confidential | SLJ Spotlight on YA

Five gripping teen tales expose the darker sides of prep school.

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From Webcomic to Graphic Novel: Melanie Gillman On Queer Representation

The author/illustrator of an insightful graphic novel about a queer teen confronting hostility at a backpacking camp discusses the path to publication, inclusivity, and the power of the visual medium.

#SJYALIt: Why Inclusive, Respectful & Wildly Diverse Rep in YA Lit Matters, a guest post by author Erica Cameron

 Today, author Erica Cameron joins us as part of our Social Justice in YALit Discussion. You can find all of the #SJYALit Posts here. Books are windows, not only into other people’s lives, but into their minds. For those who have never met someone whose experience of the world is different to their own, inclusive […]

TPiB: Rick Riordan “Gods and Heroes” Party by Michelle Biwer

One thing is for sure, the popularity of Rick Riordan’s multiple middle grade series based in various mythologies is only increasing. After the hit Percy Jackson series (Greek myth) that started it all, Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus (Roman myth) and Magnus Chase books (Norse myth) became NYT bestselling hits with tweens and librarians alike. I […]

Sunday Reflections: Why I Like Being a Cybils Judge and You Should Consider It

Today a box of books has shown up at my doorstep and I have another group of books I have to read sometime before December 20th(ish). All in all, between the beginning of October and the end of December I will have read over 130 YA speculative fiction titles. This is Cybils time. The Cybils […]

Friday Finds: December 8, 2017

This Week at TLT A List of New YA Book Release Links for 2018 Take 5: Five Things I’ve Made with My Silhouette Cameo and Why I Recommend it for a MakerSpace Amanda’s favorites of 2017 Collecting Comics: December 2017 Edition, by Ally Watkins #SJYALit: Because Their Stories Matter, a guest post by Danielle Ellison […]

I’ve Got Cardboard and a Sphero. Now What?

Bowling, Skee-Ball, ramp parks, and more, Alisha Wilson, SLJ‘s 2017 Maker Hero, provides activity suggestions for Sphero and Ollie in the library.

YALSA Announces 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalists

The shortlist for YALSA’s 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction Award has been revealed. Check out SLJ‘s reviews of the finalists.

18 2018 YA Books To Have On Your Radar

Like many of you (I’m guessing), I keep multiple reading-related lists. I keep track of what I read each year. I keep track of what ARCs I’ve gotten and hope to read. I keep track of what books I either want to get when they come out or hope to track down as ARCs but haven’t […]

#SJYALit: Because Their Stories Matter, a guest post by Danielle Ellison

 Today, author Danielle Ellison joins us as part of our Social Justice in YALit Discussion. You can find all of the #SJYALit Posts here. As much as I want to write this guest post, I also don’t want to. It’s a familiar feeling, for me, of why I was nervous to write my newest book […]

#SJYALit: Because Their Stories Matter, a guest post by Danielle Ellison

 Today, author Danielle Ellison joins us as part of our Social Justice in YALit Discussion. You can find all of the #SJYALit Posts here. As much as I want to write this guest post, I also don’t want to. It’s a familiar feeling, for me, of why I was nervous to write my newest book […]

Collecting Comics: December 2017 Edition, by Ally Watkins

Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Collecting Comics! Here are a few suggestions of things coming out this month that your teens and tweens will enjoy! Gotham Academy, Second Semester, Volume 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock by Brendan Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl, illustrated by Adam Archer (DC Comics, December 5). In […]

Top Tools for Computer Science Learning, AR/VR, and Game Design

Four tech experts recommend a selection of websites and applications.

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SLJ’s Reviews of YALSA’s 2018 Morris Award Finalists

YALSA has just announced the five finalists for the 2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Award, including SLJ Best Book The Hate U Give. Check out our reviews of the finalists.

Amanda’s favorites of 2017

Yes, it’s list time. What follows are 17 of my favorite 2017 books that I reviewed and excerpts of my reviews. I pretty much exclusively read contemporary fiction. Even though I’m a voracious reader, I’m sure I missed a lot of great titles this year. I always enjoy reading the many lists that crop up this time […]

Take 5: Five Things I’ve Made with My Silhouette Cameo and Why I Recommend it for a MakerSpace

I’ve had my personal Silhouette Cameo for about a month now and last week, we ordered one for The Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. I’ve only tapped the surface of what I can do with the machine and it has a lot of uses. For example, it can […]

A List of New YA Book Release Links for 2018

December is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about 2018 YA Lit releases. I’ve already submitted my first book order for January 2018 titles. Here for your convenience (and really, for mine) is a list of links to booklists put together online so far for 2018. In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing […]

Friday Finds: December 1, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The TLT Gift Giving Guide The Importance of School Visits, by Kate-Lynn Brown #ARCParty: A Look at Some January 2018 #YALit Titles What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA November and December 2017 Teen Politic: The True Politics of Being a Teen Services Librarian in Our Public Libraries Call for submissions: […]