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Archives for July 2013

Informational Text: Recommended Books, Suggested Strategies

It’s all too easy to dismiss colorful, fun books of this sort, with their brief chunks of text and apparently oversized photos, as merely motivational in nature.

YALSA Teen Book Finder App, updated

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is one of my favorite apps.  I recommend it to my high school students and I/we often take it to the shelves on our iPhones, iPods or iPads for inspiration connected to YALSA’s recommended titles.   Good news.  This week, YALSA launched an updated version of the free app that now includes titles […]

Ten Websites Added to ALSC’s “Great Websites for Kids”

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Great Websites for Kids (GWS) committee announced the inclusion of 10 additions to its compilation of exemplary websites for children on July 29. These online resources are geared to children from birth to age 14, and range in subjects as diverse as animals and dinosaurs; games and entertainment; history and science; art and music; and resources for teachers and parents.

Pictures of the Week: New Book Cover Unveiled for Harry Potter 7

On July 31, 2013 (Harry Potter and author J. K . Rowling’s birthday), Scholastic unveiled a new look for ​Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Author/illustrator Kazu Kibuishi created new covers for each of the titles in the beloved series. The book covers were revamped in time for the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Rowling’s series opener.

Kevin Henkes Live! Join us for an exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Kevin Henkes is the creator of nearly 50 books for children. He has written both picture books and novels; his picture books include Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Chrysanthemum; and Kitten’s First Full Moon, a winner of the Caldecott Medal. Among his novels are the Newbery Honor Book Olive’s Ocean and the upcoming middle grade novel The Year of Billy Miller.

Join us to hear Kevin talk about his work, his inspirations, and The Year of Billy Miller–an acclaimed and irresistible story about friendship, siblings, and the perils of elementary school. And take this chance to ask him your questions live! Archive is now available!

Review: Mad Super Spectacular: Superman, Man of Steel #1

Written and drawn by The Usual Gang of Idiots DC Comics, $4.99 DC uses the occasion of a release of yet another Superman feature film, the franchise’s sixth, to gather-up and repackage a slew of their previous Superman movie parodies into this themed special that’s cover-to-cover Superman jokes, dating as far back as 1966 and […]

Pick of the Day: The Year of Billy Miller

A chapter book about a second grader at Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School in a small Wisconsin town

Press Release Fun: SCBWI Summer Conference

July 29, 2013, Los Angeles— This weekend the most prominent names in the field of children’s books will gather for the Society of Children’s Book Writers Summer Conference August 2-5, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City. The conference will boast an array of specialized workshops and intensives given by top agents, […]

It’s Like Santa…

You may remember my post, It’s That Time Of Month, about books and periods. If so, you can understand my delight in the commercial, The Camp Gyno, from Hello Flo. I found out about it through Jezebel’s post, Tiny Tampon Queen Stars in Best Menstrual Marketing Ever. In a nutshell, Hello Flo is a new […]

Morning Notes: Move On Like Nothing Happened Edition

SHARPEN YOUR SCHUS Have I talked about Sharp-Schu Book Club here yet? (The 100 Scope Notes Research Department says “nope”) If you’ve never checked out this monthly Twitter gathering hosted by teacher Colby Sharp and school librarian John Schumacher, here’s your chance. It’s part book talk, part chat, part author/illustrator Q&A session, and is meeting TWO-NITE. […]

Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?

Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?

A Fraught First Love, Straight Up | SLJ Reviews ‘The Spectacular Now’ Film

Director James Ponsoldt’s sharp take on Tim Tharp’s 2008 novel (Knopf) gives The Spectacular Now a higher level of maturity and complexity than most young adult book-to-movie adaptations. The film, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, arrives in theaters on August 2.

A Starter Collection of Apps for the PreSchool Set | Touch and Go

Looking for quality apps for young children can be hit and miss. We’ve taken the work out of it for you and the parents who visit your library.

Pick of the Day: The Central Park 5 (DVD)

Filmmaker Ken Burns turns his talents to the beating and rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park during racial and class strife in the late 1980s. Be sure to read the starred review of The Central Park Five, a moving documentary.

Weekly Reviews: Monster Thrillers

Benjamin Percy’s Red Moon is a political thriller as much as werewolf horror novel, in the same way that World War Z is about military strategy. Red Moon reflects the current state of our world, in particular terrorism, persecuted minorities, and the importance of energy sources in today’s political decision-making. In fact, Justin Cronin (author of The […]

Scholastic Fall Books | Preview Peek

From Walter Dean Myers’s latest to a new early reader series by Pam Muñoz Ryan, highlights from Scholastic’s Fall preview, which is also available online.

Preview: Archie Double Digest #242

It’s Archie time! Here’s a preview of Archie Double Digest #242, which will be out in comics shops tomorrow and in the rest of the world two weeks later. The catalog information is after the preview. Enjoy! ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #242 When Archie has to make some quick cash to compensate for an accident he […]

Review of the Day: Locomotive by Brian Floca

Locomotive By Brian Floca Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-9415-2 Ages 4 and up On shelves September 3rd Many childhood obsessions come down to sheer scale. Whether it’s dinosaurs or trucks (the modern, smog belching dinosaur equivalent) or even princesses (adults are large, no matter how you approach them), size matters. […]

Review: Uses for Boys

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. The Plot: Slut. That’s the word thrown at Anna. Cutting as a knife. Creating a barrier between herself and the world. Except for the boys. Desmond, Joey, Todd, and the others. Yes, they take something, but they also give her something she needs. Warmth; […]

Tamora Pierce’s Fantasy Novel Picks | SLJ SummerTeen

Acclaimed young adult fantasy author Tamora Pierce headlined SLJ’s SummerTeen online event on July 24, and shared her love for libraries and books during the conference’s opening keynote. The 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award-winner regaled the virtual audience of librarians and teens via webcam with a presentation about her writing process, her inspirations, and other fantasy novels and writers that readers should be adding to their to-be-read piles. The following is a list of the titles that were cited in Pierce’s talk.