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Archives for May 2013

“Young Adult Book Discovery Start-up Evoke Wins First Publishing Hackathon”

From Digital Book World (w/ Additional Links): More than 200 digital book entrepreneurs competed in the hackathon and the winner was announced today at Book Expo America after a final round in which each company was given six minutes to pitch its idea to a panel of technology experts. The Publishing Hackathon attracted 200 people in […]

Masters of Middle School Drama and Trauma | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

From tragic turning points to budding first love, some of the most talented and up-and-coming authors for the middle grade audience shared their insights on the writing process, connection to their intended audience, and how humor plays a part in all of their works at SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog, held at Columbia University’s Faculty House on May 29.

Orangutan Van/Audio Pick of the Day

The 14 songs performed by Mr. Steve on his latest album, Orangutan Van,/em>, perfectly balance catchy melodies, smart lyrics, and humor. Read the starred review and see why this is quirky fun for the whole family.

This Week’s Comics: Not the Usual Picks

I was so tempted this week to go with the easy titles. BOOM! Studios is releasing an Adventure Time annual, and IDW is releasing the next issue in their My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic micro series, which features fan favorite Fluttershy. Archie Comics is concluding its Archie Meets Glee arc, and the Sonic the […]

#Holdshelf: May 2013

It’s the last #holdshelf of the 2012-13 school year and this monthly roundup of books on hold always seems to go out with a whimper. You see, many schools have already closed up shop for the summer, so the participatory element is lacking this time out. But that’s not going to stop me from slapping […]

Press Release Fun: Save a Library, Save the World

The sheer number of school libraries in desperate need of funding are vast and without measure.  That said, there’s a special place in my heart for PS 363 here in NYC.  See below for Marjorie Ingall’s plea.  For more information check out the full funding site here. I wanted to give you guys a heads-up […]

HarperCollins Fall Kids | Preview Peek

Even though it was hot and muggy on May 22 in New York City, it was crisp and autumnal inside the HarperCollins Children’s Books fall 2013 preview event, where librarians and reviewers were treated to a delicious spread of breakfast and books that were laid out in tempting piles of frosting, nuts, and glittery covers. From brightly colored picture books to edgy YA, there was something for every age, type, and stripe of reader. Here are some of the highlights.

Sacramento’s Summer Reading Standout: Up Close with Christy Aguirre

Librarian Christy Aguirre—supervisor of the Southgate branch of the Sacramento Public Library (CA), 2013 Mover & Shaker, and noteworthy neighborhood networker—knows how to stop the summer slide. Her literacy outreach efforts have helped triple the branch’s summer reading program to more than 2,000 participants. We caught up with Aguirre to learn more about her inspirations and passions, the ways she collaborates with her community, and her thoughts on the future of public library youth services.

Preschool to Grade 4 | June 2013

Stories about pirates, puffins, and a map-making piglet.

Boston Globe-Horn Book announcements

This is the announcement of the announcement. If you’re at BEA this week, I hope you will join us in the Librarians’ Lounge (booth number 757) on Saturday at 1:00PM, when Rebecca Stead and I will reveal the winners of the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Yep, good times ahead with Anne Hathaway and James […]

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Grades 5 & Up | June 2013

Tales of platypus police officers; a talking therapy dog; and life along the Mississippi in 1811.

Reference Book Reviews | June 2013

Referencing American Presidents, immigration, and education.

Librarian Bloggers Launch “Show Me the Awesome” Campaign

Librarian bloggers Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, and Kelly Jensen—concerned that librarians are not always adept at promoting their achievements—have been hosting a month-long online event called Show Me the Awesome, an opportunity for librarians to share their accomplishments. Here are some of the highlights.

“A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest | News Bites

Students entering the fifth and sixth grades in the fall of 2013 can enter the “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest. To participate, kids must write a one-page essay about one book, either fiction or nonfiction, that has had an impact on their lives.

Pick of the Day: The Marvelous Land of Oz (Audiobook)

Tara Sands provides spot-on narration for The Marvelous Land of Oz, the second book in Frank L. Baum’s Oz series and a starred audiobook production from Dreamscape Media.

An Intergalactic, Time-Traveling Duo Offer History and Geography Lessons | Touch and Go

Featuring a time-traveling duo, Cognitive Kids’ “Ansel & Clair ” apps have garnered an impressive list of awards for their winning combination of information and game play.

Review: Yellowcake

Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan. Random House Children’s Books. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: A short story collection from Margo Lanagan. Which means two things: each story is incredibly unique; each is amazingly good. The Good: Here’s the problem: each Margo Lanagan short story is so unique that it’s impossible to easily sum […]

Review: Star Wars: Vader’s Little Princess

Vader’s Little Princess Written and Illustrated by Jeffrey Brown Chronicle Books, $14.95 Following on the heels of the immensely popular 2012 book Darth Vader & Son—which humorously looked at “What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son?”—creator Jeffrey Brown now focuses on the trials and tribulations of raising Princess Leia from […]

Fusenews: C is for Calligraphy. That’s Good Enough for Me.

Allo!  BEA is now in full swing and always assuming I wasn’t crushed to death by today’s Family Feud game (it’s librarians vs. authors and I’m on Family Librarian) I’ll hopefully be seeing at least some of you on the conference floor in the next day or so.  In the meantime, take a look at […]

Books on Film: 5 Year Old Reads 875 Books

It’s feel-good time folks. As the T.S. Cooley school librarian says, “this is very unusual for a kindergartener”.
(If the video below does not appear, click here to watch)