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Archives for November 2013

Curriculet—Formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins on Enriched Ebooks for Schools

Curriculet (formerly Gobstopper), a digital reading platform designed for teachers and stocked with interactive educational and social media features, has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a flexible book buying program for schools.

Photo Journal: A Trip to My Favorite Bookstore in the World

Having a good Thanksgiving weekend? Going home for me always means a stop at my favorite bookstore – McLean & Eakin in Petoskey, MI. Let’s take a look at some of the books I picked up there.  

CC 4.0 is here with more readable, more global, translated licenses

In a BoingBoing post yesterday, Cory Doctorow shared Creative Commons’ release of its version 4.0 licenses. Released earlier this week, the new licenses are the result of a collaborative two-year process with ambitious goals. Cory summarizes the 4.0 improvements: They work in over 60 jurisdictions out of the box, without having to choose different versions depending on which country […]

The Animal Book

Can a reference book win the Newbery? Yes, it can, according to Jonathan Hunt of the blog Heavy Medal.

Review of the Day: Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

Herman and Rosie By Gus Gordan Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1596438569 Ages 3-7 On shelves now New Yorkers are singularly single minded. It’s not enough that our city be rich, popular, and famous. We apparently are so neurotic that we need to see it EVERYWHERE. In movies, on television, and, of […]

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

What teacher doesn’t want to share their most awesome lessons?  Emily is home for Thanksgiving and I’ve never seen her this charged about her teaching before. I’ve never seen her this charged about networking before. What I discovered is that Emily’s PLN journey is very different from mine. Our conversations revealed that I haven’t questioned […]

Pick of the Day: Love, Concord | DVD

Love, Concord. DVD. 1:30 hrs. Prod. by Optificer Media. Dist. by FilmWorks Entertainment. 2012, 2013 release. ISBN unavail. $19.98.
Gr 7 Up–Gerry is a likable, goofy high school student who spends more time playing basketball and video games than he does studying, but he dreams of majoring in computer design one day. Money is tight in his single-parent family, and Gerry’s future seems limited to local junior colleges. No one really takes him seriously, including himself, until he meets bookish Melinda, […]

This Week’s Comics: Mr. Peabody’s Digest

While away the long weekend with turkey sandwiches and some of this week’s new releases! Archie Comics releases a new issue of the Sonic Super Special Magazine featuring a comic adaptation of the new Sonic the Hedgehog video game, Sonic Lost Worlds. Kodansha Comics has the second volume of Sherlock Bones, featuring the cutest version […]

Do You Read the Winners?

And the winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata! As you may remember, my predictions were: “What I think will win: The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp What I want to win: Picture Me Gone” From my review about The Thing About Luck: “What a […]

Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Leaked Online

Three previously unreleased stories by the reclusive author were uploaded to private BitTorrent tracker What.cd, according to TorrentFreak. The authenticity of the stories, one previously held under lock and key at the Princeton University Library, has been confirmed by Salinger expert Kenneth Slawenski, reports BuzzFeed.

Famliar titles on the Angouleme shortlist

The Angoulême International Comics Festival (or, to call it by its proper name, the Festival International de la Bande Dessinee) is the largest comics festival in Europe and the second largest in the world. It truly is an international festival, drawing guests and attendees from all over the world. The festival has its own awards, […]

Pick of the Day: Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids | Audio

Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids. Performed by Alastair Moock and others. CD. approx. 38 min. CDBaby.com. 2013. ISBN unavail. $14.99.
K-Gr 5–When Alastair Moock’s five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago, he began singing and writing songs with her. Hek realized how much the music brightened Clio’s mood and the result is this album, the goal of which is to bring joy to kids with cancer. Joined by several guest performers (Elizabeth Mitchell, the […]

San Diego Mock Newbery

Some of you may have noticed a new change in my bio statement recently, but if not then I’ll take this opportunity to mention that I took a new job at the beginning of October as the County Schools Librarian at the San Diego County Office of Education.  Which means that I will, unfortunately, not […]

Gobble with the gobble with the gulp

Happy Turkey Day, y’all!  A day to eat large birds, stare at large balloons, and generally feel happy.  It’s not much of a post but I do have three little Thanksgiving links I’d love to share with you today. This post is a year old but it’s just as cool as it ever was.  Over […]

#Holdshelf the Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving!
Grab a drumstick and click on over to Watch. Connect. Read. for the November roundup of hold shelf photos (and videos) from around the country.

Community Reads: Librarians Partner with YA Author A.S. King to Engage Teens

Young adult author A.S. King has partnered with school and public libraries in four communities for multi-generational reads of her novels, producing some illuminating experiences and conversations between teens and adults. More towns and cities should try such projects, King and her librarian partners say.

Holiday Reading

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and may you all have lots of leisure time for reading this long weekend (if you get a long weekend). I’m happily juggling three time travel novels: Andrew Sean Greer’s The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells; Stephen King’s 11/22/63 (which I was at first listening to–it has a great reader–but it’s just […]

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Starred books, January-February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the January-February 2014 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Some of these books will also be included on our Fanfare best-of-the-year list, which will be published next month.   Santiago Stays; written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Abrams Appleseed/Abrams) Hello, Mr. Hulot; written and illustrated by David Merveille (NorthSouth) Big […]

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Flashback November 2006

And now, a look at what I reviewed back in November 2006! Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner. From my review: “Kate used to have a job and a life. OK, it was as a glorified gossip columnist, but it was fun! Now she’s an at-home mom, stuck in the suburbs; but to make things oh so […]

Pick of the Day: Chasing Shadows

AVASTHI, Swati. Chasing Shadows. illus. by Craig Phillips. 320p. Knopf. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375863424; lib. ed. $17.99. ISBN 9780375963414; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780375895272.
Gr 8 Up–Teen twins Holly and Corey, children of a Chicago police officer, are fast friends with Savitri, who is also Corey’s girlfriend. One night after the three complete a challenging freerunning session, Savitri witnesses a hooded shooter targeting Corey and Holly in their car. Corey is killed and Holly is hospitalized in a coma. Devastated, Savitri […]