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Archives for February 2013

Book Review: Graphic Novels | March 2013

Check out the three stars, plus many other reviews, in March’s graphic-novel section.

NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter

As part the library’s efforts to raise awareness about poetry leading up to National Poetry Month in April, NYPL is encouraging aspiring poets to “follow @NYPL on Twitter, and submit three poetic Tweets in English as public posts on your Twitter stream between March 1 and 10, 2013.”

Middle School Maverick: NYC Librarian Deven Black on Partnerships, Principals, and Progress

New York City middle school librarian and social media devotee Deven Black caught the attention of many in the library community a few weeks ago with an unusual blog post in which he lamented being underutilized by his school. SLJ caught up with Black for a candid interview on his unusual path to librarianship, why partnering with one’s principal is key to a successful school library, and the challenges (and triumphs) of professional development.

Pathways to Engaged Readers: Helping Students Reach Common Core Levels | On Common Core: Part 4

Join Mary Ehrenworth, the Deputy Director at the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, and co-author of Pathways to the Common Core, as she explores creating a school culture of reading, the challenges and methods for getting just-right books into kids’ hands, increasing nonfiction engagement, and building structures for clubs and parent involvement through the central core of a school’s reading life— the library. Archive now available!

The “Very Serious Nonsense” of Dr. Seuss | Touch and Go

After 75 years, Dr. Seuss’s stories still resonate with kids— in both print and digital formats.

Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers

Cool Tools columnist Richard Byrne presents some free options for research that don’t require a login, along with a few quick tips to aid student searches.

Pick of the Day: Path of Beasts: The Keepers Trilogy, Bk. 3 (Audiobook)

The thrilling conclusion the Keepers Trilogy, a fantasy adventure series, is not be missed. Read why the audiobook version is SLJ’s Pick of the Day.

Freebies for Women’s History Month | News Bites

ABDO has some great resources to help celebrate National Women’s History Month: two free tools to inspire girls in grades three to six to follow their dreams and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Review: The Butterfly Clues

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison. Egmont USA. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: In the year following the death of her brother, Oren, Penelope “Lo” Marin has been looking, searching, for something. She explores far from home, taking buses, going farther and farther away from her safe home and school. “Safe” — safe […]

Review: Mr. Twee Deedle

Mr. Twee Deedle: Raggedy Ann’s Sprightly Cousin – The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces of Johnny Gruelle Edited by Rick Marschall Fantagraphics; $75.00 Thanks to Junie B. Jones and other books still carrying the torch, children today are quite familiar with Raggedy Ann and Andy, even if they know nothing about their history or the man who […]

Who Do YOU Want in the Finale? The Undead Poll is Open!

Worried that your favorite won’t make it to the finals?  Here’s your chance to make it happen.  Starting today you can vote in our Undead Poll for the contender you most want in the final round.

The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be pulled out of the grave and brought out to join the two other finalists for the final decision as rendered by Frank “Big Kahuna” Cottrell Boyce.

So vote for your favorite and then, by all means, scheme, lobby, tweet, rally the troops, and do whatever you can to get the vote out for your favorite. Just remember what happened in 2010 when a scientist did a post urging his readers to vote for The Frog Scientist and — guess what? — it won!  So you never know!

The poll will be open until March 10th and we will announce the winner on March 30th.  So think carefully. Who do YOU want in the final round?



Mick Jagger, Rock Star Librarian

2013 is young, but in library circles, “rock star librarian” is quickly becoming the loaded term of the year. It all started with a post at Hi Miss Julie that sparked debate about gender and librarianship. Since then Stacked, The Magpie Librarian, and other blogs have continued the discussion. Heck, a friend even sent me the description […]

#holdshelf Thataway

The (mostly) monthly roundup of the books kids are lining up to read is over at Watch. Connect. Read. today. Head over there and take a look. Here’s a preview:

Spring Fling: Teen Book Buzz

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET From living Japanese ink drawings to the return of the nun assassins, these forthcoming spring releases are sure to appeal to every teen on your reading list. Get ahead of the curve and find out the latest and greatest hot reads for spring during SLJ’s Teen Book Buzz! Join Harlequin Teens, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and Egmont as they present the books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast! This archive is no longer available

Sebco Partners with LeBron James Family Foundation on Free Books For Akron Kids

Sebco Books has announced a new partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) to provide both books and eBooks to Akron, OH, students in the Foundation’s “Wheels for Education” (WFE) program.

Page to Screen: Upcoming Kids’ Books Set for Film Adaptations

The search for the next big film franchise usually begins with a beloved book or series, and film producers are continually eyeing the publishing world for inspiration. In fact, 2013 already promises a packed calendar of book-related film projects based on popular kid and young adult titles. Check out this roundup of releases that will have your students and patrons heading to the theater—and, hopefully, to bookshelves as well.

YALSA Hub Challenge: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Our second title to discuss from the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge is Derf Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer — very much the opposite end of the spectrum from our last title, Drama. Not only was My Friend Dahmer honored as one of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten for 2013, it also won an […]

Pick of the Day: Take Me Out to the Yakyu

American and Japanese baseball compared

Flashback February 2007

A flashback to what I was reading in February 2007: John Lewis In the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson, illustrated by Benny Andrews. From my review: “History cannot be hidden because it is violent or unfair or difficult; and Lewis proves a role model who acts, who tries to […]

Phone Phreaks and Intellectual Property

On January 11, a young computer programmer and internet activist named Aaron Swartz was found dead of an apparent suicide.  For those not familiar with him, Swartz, just 26 at his death, was involved in a huge array of groundbreaking information tools, such as RSS (which he helped design), Reddit, the Open Library, and the […]