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Archives for July 2012

News Bites: Nominate the Best Curriculum-based Apps


Best apps: The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Best Apps for Curriculum Task Force is accepting nominations for the best curriculum-based apps. From the ones nominated, the task force will compile a list of the top 25. “Apps and tablet technology add a tremendous value to educators and students, but today there are thousands of apps available with the list growing daily,” said Melissa Jacobs-Israel, task force chair. “Which apps are paramount? AASL’s newly created Best Apps for Curriculum […]

Tad Hills Talks About Rocket Writes a Story

SLJ caught up with author-illustrator Tad Hills about Rocket Writes a Story (Random, 2012), which follows a loveable dog as he tries to write his own book, and is the sequel to the bestselling picture book How Rocket Learned to Read (Random, 2010).

SLJ SummerTeen Author Interviews

We’ve been talking to the great authors who will be part of our SummerTeen virtual event on August 9. Read on if you missed a few or just want to review as you get prepped for this summer author-palooza! Registration is still open.

My Sword & Shield: Why Social Studies Matters | Consider the Source

What binds us together as a nation? What do we hold in common? What are the invisible linkages of law, custom, trust—the “single garment of destiny,” as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called it— which we weave with the intertwining threads of our lives?

Watch and Read-Spotlight on Media Tie-ins: Batman: Movie Reads for Teens

Despite the awful tragedy that occurred in Aurora, CO on the movie’s opening night, fans continue to flock to theaters to see The Dark Knight Rises. Suggest these tantalizing titles to YA lovers of Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film trilogy.

Berenstain Bears Tries to Keep a Distance From Chick-Fil-A Controversy

A statement on the official Berenstain Bears website says its publisher, HarperCollins, spent more than a year developing a campaign to market several of its titles through a kids’ meal promotion scheduled to start in August with the Atlanta-based chicken sandwich chain.

Ghost in the Machine

  Here I am wandering amidst the wonder that is Diane Landry’s Knight of Infinite Resignation (which made me a lot happier than it did the artist if the title is anything to go by), on display at Mass MoCA as part of their “Oh, Canada” exhibition. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a […]

Pick of the Day: Beneath a Meth Moon (Audiobook)

Beneath a Meth Moon. By Jacqueline Woodson. 3 CDs. 3:42 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-5451-6. $49.97.
Gr 8 Up—Laurel celebrated her 15th birthday huddled against the rain and begging for money. The few precious coins tossed in her direction were spent chasing the moon, trying to forget the past. This wasn’t always her life. She was happy during her pre-Hurricane Katrina days, but the drowning death of Mama and M’lady left her empty inside. Feeling displaced in her new home, […]

The Violinist’s Thumb

In 2010 Sam Kean debuted with The Disappearing Spoon: and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of elements. He began with chemistry. In The Violinist’s Thumb he takes on DNA.
His talent lies in communicating his own passion for science and making science fun — and human. […]

Review: One Moment

One Moment by Kristina McBride. Egmont USA. 2012. Reviewed from eARC.
The Plot: If you could change one moment in your life . . .  That’s how Maggie feels. She wants to change one moment so that it doesn’t end with her boyfriend Joey dead, floating in the water below the cliff. Only thing is, she doesn’t remember […]

Review: The Secret of the Stone Frog

Those readers familiar with Toon Bok’s comics for emergent readers will be pleasantly surprised by their latest release. Geared to a slightly older and literary audience, this latest release is a masterpiece.

Review of the Day: Up, Tall and High! by Ethan Long

Up! Tall! And High! (but not necessarily in that order.)
By Ethan Long
G. P. Putnam’s Sons (an division of Penguin)
ISBN: 978-0-399-25611-0
Ages 4-8
On shelves now
There was a running gag going around earlier this year that either Dan Santat was the Matthew Cordell of 2012 or Matthew Cordell was the Dan Santat. I’ll explain. Both men have […]

YouTube’s CC options for users and creators

Somehow I missed this.  I’ve focused on sharing the wealth of Creative Commons image and music resources with my students, but missed the video piece.
This past week, YouTube marked the first anniversary of its Creative Commons video library.  Over the year, YouTube has made more than 4 million royalty-free videos available to content creators, […]

Pick of the Day: Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure

MURPHY, Jim & Alison Blank. Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure. 144p. bibliog. index. maps. notes. photos. reprods. Clarion. July 2012. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-618-53574-3; ebook $18.99. ISBN 978-0-547-82268-6.
Gr 5-9—Starting with the dramatic cover photo of a row of girls lying in their hospital beds, Murphy and Blank unwind the tangled history of tuberculosis, a disease that continues to kill millions every year. The writing is crisp and clinical. Readers will be surprised to learn that […]

SLJ’s SummerTeen Speaker: Cecil Castellucci

When Cecil Castellucci was in the indie rock band Nerdy Girl, she went by the name of Cecil Seaskull. Now the author of books and graphic novels for young adults has a new release, The Year of the Beasts, and is busy working on The Tin Star, a two-book sci-fi series that takes place on a space station.

Book Giveaway: The Stunning “The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy”

This book just so happens to be a terrific media literacy text, not just a visual theme park for cinephiles and superhero geeks.

UK School Libraries Suffer Deep Budget Cuts, Report Says

School librarians across the Atlantic are feeling the squeeze, too. A recent study by the U.K.’s School Library Association shows that budgets there have taken a hit, with 34 percent of media specialists reporting smaller budgets this year compared to 2011. Meanwhile, only 18 percent say they’ve seen an increase since last year.

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

Michael Boccacino makes his debut with this terrific, spooky Victorian gothic novel.
Give it a try — the first three chapters are available on the Harper website.
BOCCACINO, Michael. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling. 320p. Morrow. 2012. pap. $14.99. ISBN 978-0-06-212261-2. LC number unavailable.  
Adult/High School–Charlotte Markham has seen the Black Man all her life: […]

Meet Me In St. Louis: YALSA YA Lit Symposium

The YALSA YA Lit Symposium, is November 2-4, in St. Louis MO.
I attended the 2010 Symposium and 2008 Symposium (I know, I’m lucky!) and they are such a terrific experience! Smart programs, knowledgeable presenters, and enthusiastic attendees.
This year, I’ll be on a panel organized by Robin Brenner (No Flying, No Tights); it’s about YA Literature and Fan-Created Work. […]

Links: Smile!

Raina Telgemeier’s Smile was the top-selling comic on this week’s New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller list. That feat would be impressive under any circumstances, but Telgemeier’s book was released in February 2010 — over two years ago! TCAF organizer Christopher Butcher explains what this week’s chart reveals about the state of the comics industry.
First […]