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Archives for October 2013

Getting the Cheese Touch on Halloween

While posting my Holes book cover costume from a few years back has become my Halloween tradition, I thought I’d share what I actually wore yesterday: It was fun to see student reactions, which ranged from “Hi Spongebob!” to “Ahh! Stay away! Cheese touch!”. Another Halloween in the books. (Credit to my wife, Allison, for […]

Pictures of the Week: Jerry Pinkney Honored at Special Event; POW! Imprint Launch Party

Little, Brown celebrated the art of Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney at a special event on October 29. The Powerhouse Arena, home to art book publisher powerHouse Books, recently launched its brand-new children’s imprint, POW! on October 25.

Labor of Love: Behind the Scenes at Swoon Reads

After more than a year of brainstorming behind the scenes, Macmillan’s new Swoon Reads project celebrated its hard launch late last month with about 50 manuscripts available for review and a major ramping up of its marketing, publicity, and advertising campaigns. The project gives fans unprecedented power to choose which new teen romance novels they wish to see published.

Celebrating Trev Jones, SLJ Book Review Editor | Slideshow

SLJ celebrated Trevelyn Jones, Book Review Editor, who retired after three decades, and more than 100,000 reviews under her helm. The event was held on October 29, and was attended by SLJ and Library Journal staff, representatives from several children’s publishers, and longtime friends and reviewers.

Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction | November 2013

Camels, beavers, dogs, and frogs all make a grand showing in SLJ’s November nonfiction reviews for the preschool to fourth grade audiences.

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Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

 The Mozilla Foundation has launched a new  Web Literacy Standard intended to serve as a roadmap for competent Web use and comprising “the skills and competencies people need to read, write, and participate effectively on the Web,” according to Mozilla’s site. Launched during the nonprofit organization’s October 25–27 Mozilla Festival, the Standard features recommendations for […]

Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | November 2013

From dolphins to surviving pandemics, there’s a book for every reader on SLJ’s November nonfiction reviews for fifth grade and up. Additionally, new titles by Katherine Paterson and Joyce Sidman make their appearance in time for Thanksgiving displays.

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Utah’s School Librarians Push to Shake Up the Status Quo

Shelly Ripplinger watched last year as her job disappeared in Utah’s Ogden School District—fired along with 19 of her fellow school librarians. But after push-back from colleagues, parents, and advocates, one-time money has now funded seven district librarian positions, including hers. They travel to schools as mobile co-teachers, while clerks man school libraries.

Egmont USA Spring Kids | Preview Peek

Egmont USA celebrated its fifth anniversary with a gathering of librarians in New York City, where they previewed the publisher’s spring titles and enjoyed afternoon tea. The publisher’s list is short, but it has plenty of interesting books to keep young readers and librarians busy, especially for the middle grades.

What the [Very Bad Swearword] Is a Children’s Book Anyway?

A couple years ago, Neil Gaiman delivered the Zena Sutherland Lecture which was reprinted in the Horn Book with this title.  Gaiman examined this question by considering his three works in progress.  Incidentally, they were all published this year: CHU’S DAY (a picture book), FORTUNATELY, THE MILK (a beginning chapter book), and THE OCEAN AT […]

‘Ender’s Game’ and Orson Scott Card: Teachable Moments in Media Literacy

Teens interested in Ender’s Game—both the acclaimed science fiction novel and its big budget film adaptation opening this weekend—may be curious about the recent controversy surrounding author Orson Scott Card’s outspoken views. Fortunately, the library offers an ideal safe intellectual harbor for teaching the media literacy skills that allow them to explore critical thinking questions about the role of social politics and media, and to examine ways in which we might begin to separate art from the artist.

Inflato Dumpsters Provide Mobile Lab Space | Design Innovation

John Locke’s Department of Urban Betterment (DUB) is behind the 2012 installation of mini-libraries in New York City telephone booths. Now DUB is at it again with the concept and design of the Inflato Dumpster, giving the phrase “dumpster diving” a whole new meaning.

Don’t be fooled by the smile.

School Library Journal threw a nice party for retiring Book Review Editor Trevelyn T. Jones in the Louis L’Amour room at Random House on Tuesday night. It was so great to see Trev, who has been indefatigable for the past thirty years–I first worked with her when I was  a reviewer for SLJ in the […]

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Selecting Apps for Babies; Is ‘Part-Time Indian’ Appropriate for Sixth Grade? | Feedback

Should babies be exposed to apps? Rachel Payne responds to a comment on her “Are Learning Apps Good for Babies?” piece. Is removing a book from a required reading list a form of censorship? One reader questions the inclusion of Sherman Alexie’sThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian on a sixth-grade reading list.

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Pick of the Day: P.S. Be Eleven | Audio

P.S. Be Eleven, Rita Williams-Garcia’s sequel to her Coretta Scott King award-winning One Crazy Summer, offers offering insight into the African-American experience of the 1960s as seen through a young girl’s eyes. Sisi Aisha Johnson’s narration of the audiobook is spot-on. Check out the starred review.

The AASL Unconference: Join us!

If you’re planning to attend AASL in Hartford, please add our first-ever Unconference on your agenda. Our kinda edgy, late-night event will take place in the Capitol Ballroom at the Marriott beginning at 9 PM on Friday night. The focus is on informal, peer-to-peer learning, PLN building, and sharing–ensuring that voices get heard and that […]

Links: Wimpy Kid and Herobear Rise Again

Jeff Kinney reveals the secret origin of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and shares a bit of art from the next book. In a video shot at New York Comic Con, Mike Kunkel talks about his return to Herobear and the Kid. BOOM! Studios, the publisher of the Adventure Time and Regular Show comics, has […]

Happy Halloween: Boo!

Boy, it truly was Devil’s Night yesterday.  Actually, it appears that my calling October 30th “Devil’s Night” is a clear cut case of showing how Michiganian I am.  Who knew?  At any rate, I had a whole post written up and boy it was beautiful.  Tons of videos and pictures.  The whole kerschmozzle.  Then it […]

Review: Wait For What Will Come

Wait For What Will Come by Barbara Michaels. Originally published in 1978. Image from HarperCollins ebook edition, 2009. The Plot: Carla Tregellas is just another hardworking American when the lawyer contacts her to tell her the news: as the last member of the Tregellas family, she has inherited an old mansion in Cornwall. Carla, in […]

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013

That’s right, it’s officially “Best” season. And we’re kicking things off with a list that I look forward to each year – The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books. The list was announced yesterday (official press release) and as usual, it’s a beautiful and diverse group of books. Let’s meet the class of 2013. […]