March 17, 2018

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Archives for October 2014

This Week’s Comics: Sonic Explorer

You won’t find a lot of tricks, but there are plenty of treats on this week’s new releases list. Amulet Books releases the next volume of the Misdaventures of Salem Hyde. Banana Tale Press has a Halloween one shot, Boonana Halloween Special, Perfect Square releases the first volume of LBX, Little Battlers eXperience, and Jeff […]

Manga Makes a Comeback

Could the latest boost in manga sales be partly due to the latest blockbuster, Attack on Titan? Good Comics for Kids blogger Brigid Alverson brings us up to speed on what’s happening in the world of manga and anime.

At First International Conference on Children’s Librarianship, Transformation and Puppets

The inaugural event, sponsored by the National Library of the Philippines and held in Tagaytay City, featured speakers who challenged librarians to envision the future, be change agents, and cut the rug.

Rev Up for National Novel Writing Month 2014

National Novel Writing Month, during November, can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students aiming to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.

Fighting for a Cause: From the Past to the Present | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inform, inspire, and guide today’s change makers by opening their eyes and spurring them to action.

Library of Congress Seeks Halloween Photos for American Folklife Center Collection

Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.


Three stars! Two plots for the price of one! Paranormal romance WITH commentary on the paranormal romance genre! A book for book lovers! Publishing trivia sprinkled throughout! Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is a door stopper of a book with a lot to say — about the intricacies of publishing, the craft of writing, the art […]

In which TLT has a very important (and exciting!) announcement to make

Heather, Robin, Amanda and I are very excited and incredibly honored to announce that Teen Librarian Toolbox is becoming a part of the School Library Journal blog network. In order to make this transition, the SLJ tech people have to do a couple of technical things, which will be happening this weekend. TLT may experience […]

Plucked from obscurity: biographies with new and intriguing subjects | SLJ Spotlight

These new nonfiction titles highlight lesser-known historical figures.

Killing Your Darlings (A reflection on weeding)

Weeding. Sometimes, it seems such a violent act. Sometimes we have to kill our darlings. And for me, that time came in 2011. And it involved my beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You see, as a Buffy fan I had been on standing order for the book series since forever. But time marches on, shows […]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: My First Fandom (a guest post by Cindy) (The Sunnydale Project Year 3)

One true thing is that you will never forget your first big fandom. Growing up as the weird kid in my school, I loved Beauty and the Beast and I adored L.J. Smith whose books started me on my love affair with reading. Nothing could and will never compare to my love of Buffy The […]

Convince Us

Jonathan and I are working on our shortlist of titles that we’ll be discussing at our in-person Mock Newbery discussions in January (dates TBA for Oakland and San Diego).  We try to announce our list just before Thanksgiving, to give you the chance to read up, and limit ourselves to publication dates through October, so […]

Everybody Plays the Cat (Sometimes)

There’s no exception to the rule. Every librarian will one day be The Cat in the Hat. Today is my day. Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Survey: Library Ebook Growth Slowing but Still Substantial

Ninety-five percent of public libraries currently offer ebooks to patrons, up from 72 percent in 2010, and 89 percent in both 2012 and 2013. However, money remains the biggest impediment for libraries looking to add ebooks or expand collections, according to Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report, sponsored by Freading.

Friday Finds – Halloween Edition

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The soundtrack of our lives Take 5: Why I Love Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Sunnydale Project Year 3) Middle Grade Monday – Why Rick Riordan is the opposite of a problem The Sunnydale Project: Celebrating Buffy the Vampire Slayer  Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Validating Teens, a guest post […]

Happy Halloween Ephemera

This marks the first year my daughter (now three) actually cared what her Halloween costume was.  She wanted to be a princess.  I brought home The Paper Bag Princess in response.  No worries.  She won’t be wearing a paper bag or anything.  I just wanted to combat the princess notion any which way.  And now […]

On (animated) leadership, with a focus on geese, our SLJ Panel

“When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.” Lau Tzu We decided to switch up the panel Both Sides Now: Librarians Discuss Leadership at the SLJ Summit this week by seeking inspiration from the animal kingdom. Doug Johnson, KC Boyd, and Michelle Colte joined me in selecting animal behaviors […]

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

Let the season of “Best” begin. The 2014 edition of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books has been announced, and it’s a great group. I went three for ten in my predictions from earlier in the year. Let’s have a look at the winners: DRAW! Written and illustrated by Raúl Colón | A Paula Wiseman […]

Game On! Playful Apps for Children (and Adults) | Touch and Go

Five spot-on game apps offer kids (and adults) hours of fun and challenges.

Five by Five: 5 Speculative Fiction and 5 Contemporary Fiction Books that Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fans Should Read

As a Buffy fan, I will often finish a book and think to myself, that would be a great book for Buffy fans. Sometimes the connections are obvious – vampires, zombies and demons, oh my! Sometimes it has more to do with the tone or the characters. The cast of Buffy had a certain snark […]