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Almost Adult, With Autism

From teaching social skills to offering internships, libraries provide support.

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How to Use IPads to Help Teens With Autism

A teen services librarian in Salt Lake City discovered the key to helping older kids with autism spectrum disorders participate in library programs: iPads.

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#Holdshelf: October 2015

You know what this day needs? A little #holdshelf. With “AROLD”.

Friday Finds – October 30, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: John Hughes, John Green, The Teen and Me Book Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Reviewed by Teen Reviewer Lexi) Middle School Monday – This year’s ‘Book for All Readers’ Book Review: What We Left Behind by Robin Talley Book Review: Stand Off […]

My Wild Family by Laurent Moreau | SLJ Review

MOREAU, Laurent. My Wild Family. tr. from French. illus. by Laurent Moreau. 32p. Chronicle. Nov. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452144238.
PreS-Gr 2–The narrator of this oversize picture book has a very special family. She characterizes each member, from her older brother, who is strong and respected, to her little brother, who is “flighty and a dreamer,” as well as her parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncle. The cousins are “fast and flexible, always quick to monkey around,” and her best friend is […]

Books on Civil Rights and Social Justice Honored at Annual Jane Addams Peace Awards Celebration

Rocco Staino reports on the titles honored at this year’s Jane Addams Peace Awards celebration.

Halloween ComicFest 2015

Along with all the tricks and treats that come with this time of year, there comes something else. Not something wicked, but something wonderful: Halloween ComicFest is back, and it’s taking place on the special day itself, October 31st! Like Free Comic Book Day, Halloween ComicFest is a day where participating comic shops give away […]

Great Expectations

It’s been a banner year for nonfiction yet again.  Since we’ve been saying that every year for the past several years maybe it’s time to start speaking of a Golden Age of Nonfiction?  In any case, many of the most excellent titles this year are published for ages 12 and up, what many people would […]


We’ve spent the week looking at Printzbery books: the stuff that falls on the young end here, but is still eligible and worth the conversation. But here for our Friday read, I’ve got a totally different direction to take: two memoirs with distinctive voices: two very different reads. Ironically, the only thing they may have […]

Review of the Day: One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

One Day, The End By Rebecca Kai Dotlich Illustrated by Fred Koehler Boyds Mills Press (an imprint of Highlights) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-62091-451-9 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. Last evening I was reading Quest by Aaron Becker to my daughter for bedtime. It’s a good book. I’ve read it approximately 20 times by now, so I […]

SLJ Editors Reveal Best of 2015 via Weeklong Social Media Celebration

This year the SLJ editors are leading up to the big reveal of the Best Books of 2015 with a Twitter roll-out of the Top 10 Lists, all culminating in a live broadcast on November 23 at 6pm ET.

Picture book moments

In picture-book goings-on, bloggers Julie Danielson, Betsy Bird, Travis Jonker, and Minh Lê have a seasonally appropriate discussion about creepy picture books. (And here are the Horn Book’s recommendations for Halloween reading.) –and the New York Times Best Illustrated list is out and includes A Fine Dessert, so don’t look for that discussion to die down […]

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Fifth Annual Follett Challenge Kicks Off on November 2

Recognizing innovative K–12 programs that teach 21st-century skills to students, the Follett Challenge awards $200,000 in Follett products and services. All public and private K–12 schools and districts are eligible to apply.

Lockwood & Co.: The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud | SLJ Review

STROUD, Jonathan. The Hollow Boy. 400p. (Lockwood & Co.: Bk. 3). Disney-Hyperion. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484709689.

Gr 5-8-As in the previous volumes, The Screaming Staircase (2013) and The Whispering Skull (2014, both Disney-Hyperion), the latest escapades of Lockwood and Co., a ghost-hunting agency staffed by the crack team of Anthony Lockwood, George Cubbins, and Lucy Carlyle, start with a hair-raising scene of murder, mayhem, and ghostly apparitions. Narrator Lucy finds herself on shaky ground as her ability to speak to ghosts grows ever more […]

Teen vs. Nature: Spine-Tingling Wilderness Survival Stories

Whether braving hurricane-force winds on the Atlantic Ocean or finding themselves lost and alone on the Appalachian Trail, these teen protagonists face extreme circumstances that require them to dig deep for the courage, acumen, and constancy needed to look death in the eye and survive another day.

Tools to Engage Students When the Back-to-School Buzz Wanes | Cool Tools

Cool Tools columnist Richard Byrne describes how Actively Learn, Verso, Buncee, and more new and improved educational tools can keep things lively.

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard & Tanya Simon | SLJ Review


SIMON, Richard & Tanya Simon. Oskar and the Eight Blessings. illus. by Mark Siegel. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596439498.
PreS-Gr 2–On the seventh day of Hanukkah in 1938, which also happens to be Christmas Eve, a young refugee boy named Oskar arrives in New York City from the horrors of Nazi Europe with only a photograph and an address to find an aunt he has never meet. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to […]

#FSYALit: Mormon Representation in YA Lit, a guest post by Sam Taylor

Today, as part are of our ongoing discussion of Faith and Spirituality in YA Literature, we are honored to host Sam Taylor as she discusses Mormon representation in YA literature. You can read all of the #FSYALit Posts here. And if you would like to contribute a post to the discussion, please contact me at […]

Review: ‘Punky Brewster’

Since starting my own family, I’ve noticed that people in my age bracket are reviving the fads of their childhood. I presume that besides the money-making motivation, entrepreneurs realize that adults want to share the fun parts of their childhood with their kids. I certainly get a huge kick out of my three-year-old who routinely […]

If the Public Picked the Newbery…

…these are the books that would win. People sometimes get irritated with me me when I bring up the mock Newbery list on Goodreads. It is certainly a popularity contest, when the real award is certainly not. Anyone can vote for a book for any reason on the Goodreads list. This is not the way […]