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Archives for July 2016

#25 Dav Pilkey – Captain Underpants: The Series

Travis: Testing, testing. Hey there. This is the first post on the brand-new blog for The Yarn. We are now officially under the School Library Journal banner. Colby and I are happy to be here. On today’s episode: Dav Pilkey. This was our most unusual interview yet due to the venue: a moving vehicle. This […]

Exciting New Nonfiction Titles for Fall

Seeking something new to tempt your nonfiction fans this fall? Look no further! Books that inform, fulfill the needs of classroom teachers, and entertain are right around the corner.
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Exclusive Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #232

It’s the old exploding carrot trick! International spy Pete “The Puma” Puma is no match for Bugs Bunny in this week’s preview of Looney Tunes #232. It’s out in comic shops next Wednesday, but you can get an early preview here. Enjoy!

“There Is a Tribe of Kids” Generates Controversy Among Librarians

Lane Smith’s picture book has sparked debate around connecting the word “tribe” with images of children in lush natural surroundings with feathers in their hair.

Friday Finds: July 29, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: It Starts in Local Communities – And it Starts with You! MakerSpace: Making Fingerprint Pokemon Go Buttons Middle School Monday: Summer.  Yes, Summer. By Julie Stivers Book Review: A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody #ARCParty: July 2016 New #YALit Releases Book Discussion: Autism in AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu […]

From Our Mailbox: #MHYALit and POC

A couple of weeks ago we opened our inbox to see there was a request for titles on mental health that featured POC characters. A brief scan of the #MHYALit Discussion index proved that we didn’t have a good resource for this. Karen, Ally, and I are always talking about what book lists we’d like […]

A Growing ALA Conference Tradition: Commemorative Tattoos

For these ALA book award committee members, it’s all about the tats that bind.

Rebellion of Thieves by Kekla Magoon | SLJ Review

Magoon, Kekla. Rebellion of Thieves. 256p. (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure: Bk. 2). Bloomsbury. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781619636552. POP 

Gr 5-8 –Magoon immediately draws readers into the world of 12-year-old Robyn Loxley, who establishes her leadership in the rebellion against evil despot Ignomus Crown. Readers do not need to be familiar with book 1, but the story will be more satisfying for fans of the first novel. Robyn and her band of thieves have found […]

Children’s Literature at the DNC

If there’s one thing you can say about children’s literature people, they will notice when children’s books are mentioned in a national stage. Last night at the Democratic National Convention, Chelsea Clinton kept mentioning children’s books in her speech. First: Then: Then: The children’s literature people? We took notice: For those keeping track: @ChelseaClinton shouted […]

YA Shakespeare Retellings | SLJ Spotlight

William Shakespeare’s plays have found a welcoming home in YA adaptations. Complete with a diverse cast and contemporary settings, these works play with the legendary playwright’s plots, characters, and themes.

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston | SLJ Review

Jeffers, Oliver & Sam Winston. A Child of Books. illus. by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston. 40p. Candlewick. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763690779. 

Gr 1 Up –A gorgeous, innovative musing on the power of storytelling. A nameless young girl who calls herself a child of books narrates in lyrical, spellbinding verse. Some, she says, have forgotten the importance of stories, but she finds a boy and introduces him to her world, a land created through […]

This Week’s Comics: Miraculous Cats and Lady Bugs

Need to cool down from all this summer heat? Pick up some cool books from this week’s new releases. Joe Books gets the coolest with Frozen #1, an ongoing series featuring new adventures in Arendale. BOOM! Studios starts a new series, Adventure Time Comics, letting cartoonists have their way with the Land of Ooo and […]

Enthusiasm at the Edges: Thinking Aloud About Book Reviews

A note on this post: I ain’t saying’ nothing new. But every now and then I think it’s worthwhile for me to put these things into words (and also, to trick myself into thinking I absorbed something from my college stats class) – if only for myself. Like just about everything, book quality follows a bell […]

Reading and Wrestling with GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier

At ALA this year I was excited to pick up an ARC of GHOSTS by author Raina Telgemeier, mainly because The Teen loves this author and it was my mommy guilt gift. Upon return I handed it to her and she promptly read it. Our conversation about it went something like this: Me: Did you […]

Super Bug Encyclopedia | SLJ Review

Super Bug Encyclopedia. 200p. glossary. index. photos. DK. Apr. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781465446008.
Gr 5 Up–Striking visual content and a wealth of facts and statistics highlight more than 70 profiles of nature’s most interesting arthropods. Animals are grouped by broad categories such as anatomy, physical features, hunting, threats to humans, and life cycles. Each spread is devoted to a different species, with particular emphasis on a notable feature, such as the trap-jaw ant’s lethal bite or the see-through wings […]

The Gang’s All Here | SLJ Spotlight

Take a peek at this collection of notable activists and political figures to start conversations about social movements with students.

Last Stop On Market Street | SLJ DVD Review

Last Stop on Market Street. 10 min. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2016. $38.99. ISBN 9781520011356. POP

K-Gr 3 –Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, as well as numerous other awards, this picture book by Matt de la Peña receives a lovely treatment in this video presentation. Arnell Powell reads the deceptively simple text, which follows CJ and his grandmother as they take the bus through their diverse neighborhood after church. CJ is not content with his lot (he wishes he […]

Kicky’s Post It Note Reviews, Jackaby Edition

The Teen recently read 8 books in 3 weeks, none of them of course were the ones she needed to read for school. I had the honor of going to ALA in Orlando for a quick trip this year, and came home with several ARCs, many of which she has already read. She also read […]

Review of the Day: Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat By Javaka Steptoe Little, Brown & Co. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-21388-2 Ages 5 and up On shelves October 25th True Story: I’m working the children’s reference desk of the Children’s Room at 42nd Street of New York Public Library a couple years ago and a family walks […]

Review: ‘Compass South’

The worst part of this book? That I already finished. After all, when I first noticed it was 224 pages, I thought, even in comic form this might keep me busy for a little while—but before I knew it the book was done and I wanted more! The good news? There are three more planned […]