April 20, 2018

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Archives for November 2015

YA Genre-Blending | Focus On

Examining YA novels that blend and cross genres and/or formats.

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ESEA Language Is Final; ALA Urges Action

With a vote expected Wednesday, December 2, the American Library Association is urging supporters to contact their Representatives to vote in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The final language of the bill specifically includes school libraries.

Navigating the “Tween Scene,” Getting “Between the Sheets,” and Exploring Realistic Fiction | Professional Reading

From a look at programming for tweens to a guide to navigating sexual content, this month’s professional reading delivers some can’t-miss new resources.

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Can Five-Year-Olds Really Meet Common Core State Standards?

As kindergarten teachers grapple with that question, librarians become “important resource” and find new opportunities for teaching the youngest students.

From A Galaxy Far, Far Away… | SLJ Spotlight

Angleberger and fellow authors re-introduce the classic Star Wars series to a newer and younger audience.

They Came from Outer Space | SLJ Spotlight

These YA titles are quite out of this world. The following titles will pique the interest of sci-fi fans and teens looking to the stars for the secrets of the universe.

Fanfare! 2015

The Horn Book Magazine’s choices for the best books of 2015. Sign up now to receive the fully annotated list in next week’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book. Picture Books It’s Only Stanley written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial) My Bike written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Greenwillow) Out of the Woods: […]

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New Teen Spaces from Coast to Coast

Teens are taking center stage—literally—at new library teen spaces throughout the country. From Boston to San Francisco, these notable projects have a few things in common—teen involvement, multipurpose spaces, areas for hands-on creation, and enthusiastic repeat visitors.

Pictures of the Week | Latino YA Lit Panel at La Casa Azul Bookstore

YA authors Danette Vigilante, Sofia Quintero, and Daniel Jose Older read and discussed their recent works at La Casa Azul Bookstore in Spanish Harlem, New York City on Wednesday, November 18.

All Around the Town | Great Books About Buses

Featuring school buses, city buses, international mini-buses, and even a dino bus, this round-up of winsome transportation tales will tickle funny bones and fire up imaginations.

In “Book Club For Kids” Podcasts, Tween Talk Is Front and Center

Kitty Felde’s podcasts feature middle schoolers talking about books by authors from Roald Dahl to Laurie Halse Anderson. Each episode also features a celebrity reading, background about the title, and often an author interview.

Middle School Monday – Christmas Present Selections

My nephew is in his last year of Middle School, and his mother says he is reading constantly. He has a continued fixation on 20th Century history, so I sought out some books I thought he might not have been exposed to for his Christmas presents. There is a wealth of excellent options these days, […]

Henry Wants More by Linda Ashman | SLJ Review

ASHMAN, Linda. Henry Wants More. illus. by Brooke Boynton Hughes. 32p. Random. Jan. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385385121.

PreS –Henry never wants the fun to end. When Papa throws him up in the air, he begs for more. He can’t get enough of his sister tickling his toes and playing pat-a-cake with him, either, or of his brother pulling him on rides in his little cart, or of Grandma singing. He demands “more!” again and again—his poor family is […]

Echo, Nina’s Take

After our earlier discussion of ECHO, I’m sure there were some audible groans when Jonathan and I revealed our shortlist.  Much of the previous discussion was around the story structure and manipulation of the reader.  I think we all recognize “manipulation” as something inherent to novel writing, it’s just that many readers prefer not to clearly […]

MakerSpace: Rethinking Food in Programming, Again? Yes, Again.

Thing 2 loves waffles, which is why The Mr. had a moment of brilliance: let’s buy a waffle iron. It did not realize that this small purchase – we bought ours at the local thrift store for $3.00 because we are poor – would become the inspiration for what may become one of my most […]

A Song for Ella Grey

A Song for Ella Grey, David Almond Delacorte Press, October 2015 Reviewed from ARC Here’s a novel that is exactly what its title indicates it will be: a song for Ella Grey. David Almond’s lyrical novel—his third (!) to come out this year—is about the desperate first love of one’s youth that can inspire for […]

Walking and Talking With . . . Dav Pilkey

Such a treat! So I’m finally reading Steve Sheikin’s latest nonfiction work, Most Dangerous, and then out of the blue he sends me the latest in his “Walking and Talking” series. Dav Pilkey, Mr. Captain Underpants himself, is today’s subject. Fun Pilkey Fact You Never Knew: He has exquisite taste in cakes. True fact! Thanks […]

Notes on November 2015

In November… …we enjoyed some Calde-Snacks. Members of the 2015 Caldecott class shared their favorite snack choices. I enjoyed it. …we talked Mock Caldecott. I shared the process we use at my school library, and the 9 books we will be discussing. …we solved a mystery. Who/what is that blue character on the walls of […]

Libraries Transform: Because . . .

One of my takeaways from AASL was the Libraries Transform multi-year public awareness campaign brand and the richness of the toolkit. The ways in which libraries transform are as nuanced and varied as the people they serve. Physical transformations are easy to spot. Transformations in service and scope can be less apparent, but are ever […]

Time for our annual TLCafé Smackdown!

It’s that time again!  For the fifth (I think) year, put away the last of the turkey leftovers and get serious about remembering your very favorite techy tools and strategies of the year.  Get ready to Smackdown your favorite learning tools, friends! Librarians and teachers and friends of other types are all invited to join […]