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Archives for January 2013

Adventures with a Far-Wandering Hero | Homer’s The Odyssey

Filled with harrowing monsters and fate-dictating deities, and all-too-human hubris and heartache, Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ has thrilled and edified audiences for centuries. Today’s readers have a host of imaginative—and artful—adaptations of the epic poem to choose from.

Resources for Finding Latino Kid Lit

SLJ has compiled a list of tools for locating books and program ideas for not only Spanish-speaking patrons, but for all of those interested in reading more diverse titles.

Making the Principal Connection

Mark Ray asserts that principals and librarians have a lot more in common than you might think—and he should know. After 20 years as a teacher librarian, the 2012 Washington Teacher of the Year has become a district IT administrator. From his new perch, he shares insights into the the pivotal alliance possible between two key solo players in the school: librarian and principal.

So Long, Farewell . . .

IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE As we wrap up another season of Heavy Medal, we’d like to thank all of our readers for their contributions.  It’s always hard to recognize only a small handful of books every year, but I always feel like we are able to celebrate many more worthy titles here, titles which […]

Between Violence and Tenderness: Aristotle and Dante Author Sáenz Talks to SLJ

Monday was a very good day for Benjamin Alire Sáenz. His sensitive young adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, was named for three Youth Media Awards, distinctions that left him both stunned and grateful. SLJ caught up with Sáenz for a revealing chat about his reaction to the YMA wins, his personal inspirations for the book, his writing process, and his next YA project.

On Stage with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra | Touch and Go

Touch Press’s extraordinary new app, ‘The Orchestra” brings readers and listeners on stage with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

Pick of the Day: The Titanic Inquiry (DVD)

The Titanic Inquiry. DVD. 59 min. Prod. by Network Ireland. Dist. by MVD Entertainment Group. 2011, 2012 release. ISBN unavail. $59.97.
Gr 9 Up–The fate of steamship Titanic is probably one of the best-known incidents of the 20th century. There was just one inquiry into the cause of the ship’s sinking. This absorbing dramatic recreation focuses on the question of whether the death toll might have been reduced—or eliminated—if help had come from a nearby ship, the Californian. Based on the […]

Planning Common Core Lessons?: Free, Web-based applications can help align your plans with the new standards

Ready or not, here they come. At almost every school I visited this year, teachers asked me to address the Common Core (CC) standard in my workshops. Planning lessons with CC in mind presents a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. These sites are designed with the express purpose of helping plan lessons around Common Core.

New Adult Readers

As you know from my blog series about New Adult books (What is New Adult?; New Adult, Where Does It Go?; Books That May Or May Not Be New Adult), I am interested in what “New Adult” books are. Part of the reason: yes, when I was in high school and college I wanted to read books about […]

So How Did the BoB Contenders Do With ALA’s Youth Media Awards?

In case you’re wondering, BOB contenders fared pretty well at the YMAs.  I’m sure some of you think we may have had the inside track on the Newbery with Roxanne being on the committee and all, but I can assure you that was not the case.

BOMB . . . This title now becomes the most decorated book of the year with the Sibert Medal, Nonfiction Award, and Newbery Honor in addition to being a National Book Award finalist.

CODE NAME VERITY . . . This one got a Printz Honor.  Many were surprised that it didn’t win the Award outright, but SERAPHINA and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS which both also got six starred reviews were shut out of the Printz line-up entirely.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS . . . This one got the Odyssey Award.  Not the award most people were predicting for this book, but it gets a second chance here.

MOONBIRD and TITANIC . . . This pair joined BOMB in being recognized by both the Sibert and Nonfiction committees.

NO CRYSTAL STAIR . . . I had it penciled in as the Coretta Scott King Award, but an Honor is almost quite as good–and it did win the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN . . . Can this one escape the dreaded Newbery curse here at BOB?

SERAPHINA . . . I think this is the strongest book to ever win the Morris Award–and I thought there was a legitimate chance to repeat …

» Continue Reading: So How Did the BoB Contenders Do With ALA’s Youth Media Awards?

Thoughts on Alex: My Friend Dahmer

We review a lot of graphic novels around here (thanks in large part to super-reviewer Francisca Goldsmith) so, as we said on Monday, Angela and I were very happy to see a GN on the Alex Awards list this year.  As I somewhat embarrassingly indicated, though, I hadn’t read Derf Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer, so I […]

Interview: MK Reed

On Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, while attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there […]

Review of the Day – Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made By Stephan Pastis Candlewick Press $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-6050-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves February 26th Call it the attack of the syndicated cartoonists. For whatever reason, in the year 2013 we are seeing droves of escapees from the comic strip pages leaping from the burning remains of the newspaper industry into […]

#holdshelf: January 2013

The hold shelf is the polygraph test of the library world. What are people truly interested in reading? Check the holds. While the popularity of certain titles is universal (see: Wimpy Kid, The Hunger Games, etc.), often times there will be a run on a book you never expected. As famous librarian, the famous Rasheed […]

Consider the Source: Changing on the Fly

In his latest “Consider the Source” column, Marc Aronson compares recent developments in digital publishing to hockey’s “change on the fly” technique.

ALA Midwinter 2013: In Pictures

Scenes from this year’s Midwinter meeting, from the Youth Media Awards to the National Forum on Libraries & Teens.

And the Winners Are….

Many terrific announcements at the ALA Youth Media Awards! One of the great things about being able to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting is being able to go, in person, to the Youth Media Awards. It’s so exciting, being in a room full of people who are excited about the awards, about what books, audiobooks, […]

Pick of the Day: Peanut

HALLIDAY, Ayun. Peanut. illus. by Paul Hoppe. 216p. Random/Schwartz and Wade. Jan. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86590-9; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96590-6.
Gr 7 Up
–Worried about transferring to a new school, Sadie comes up with the idea of faking a peanut allergy. She thinks that pretending to have a life-threatening condition will draw attention to her and generate sympathy. Her predictions come true, and she makes several new friends and even attracts a boyfriend. But as time passes, Sadie finds it harder […]

Weekly Reviews: Nonfiction for Browsing

Teen behavior in libraries includes a lot of browsing. I have two different display spaces in my small high school library. Fortunately, one of them is right in front of my desk, so I often get the chance to watch students check out the latest books (surreptitiously, lest I scare them away!). Some will just […]

Review: Benny and Penny in Lights Out!

Benny and Penny in Lights Out! by Geoffrey Hayes Toon Books/Candlewick Press 978-1-935179-20-7, 32 pp. $12.95 Toon Books once again brings us the adventures of Benny and his little sister Penny in Lights Out! It’s a story all too familiar with parents: little sister Penny is getting ready for bed—she’s brushed her teeth and getting […]