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Snow White

Snow White Written and Illustrated by Matt Phelan Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7233-1 Grades 4-8 Book Review The Roaring 20s and Art Deco New York City meet the Great Depression in Matt Phelan’s new graphic novel Snow White. Phelan introduces the climax of the novel at the very beginning, revealing to readers a […]

Changes Ahead for #TLChat–it’s your turn!

(This is slightly edited cross post with Tiffany Whitehead’s Mighty Little Librarian blog.) Seven years ago, our amazing tribe of Teacher Librarians embarked on a journey to deliver much needed professional development on library and technology topics. At the time, there were few such free opportunities to meet this need, so the TL Virtual Cafe […]

SLJ’s “A Fuse #8 Production” Wins FOLIO Award for Best Blog

“A Fuse #8 Production” has won an Eddie Digital Award as the best blog in the B-to-B category government/public sector/education.

Behind the Books: SLJ In Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors

Join Library Journal/School Library Journal reviews director Kiera Parrott for an in-depth conversation with three top-notch children’s and teen book editors. They’ll discuss their how they build relationships with their authors and find new voices, share insider stories about working on manuscripts, and chat about what they make of all that award-season buzz. Each editor will also give a sneak peek at several upcoming titles.
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Game Changers: Books Based on Video Games

Novels, graphic novels, and comics drawn from video games and their characters have broad appeal.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Middle School Monday: Let Students Do It

You know that social media phenomenon where everyone is putting forth their best selves and as users we can come away with a warped view of how fabulous everyone else’s life is? I don’t want this blog to be like that. I don’t want to share projects and ideas that have turned out successfully and […]

#MHYALit: How to Help, by Ally Watkins

Today our #MHYALit Discussion co-coordinator Ally Watkins shares some tips for helping teens in the midst of a mental health crisis. But not just teens, anyone really. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here or click on the #MHYALit tag. There’s something darkly ironic about dealing with a mental health crisis the year that […]

Struck by Tragedy, a NY High School Heals Through “Compassionate Making”

A small army of “maker activists,” led by a library media specialist, is improving the lives of the needy one project at a time.

A Path Forward: How Libraries Support Refugee Children

Programs and outreach for kids and families adjusting to life in the United States.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Passion of Dolssa

The Passion of Dolssa, Julie Berry Viking, April 2016 Reviewed from final copy 2016 has been, by and large, a strong year. Strong enough that I’ll be hard pressed to come up with my top 5 at the end of the season. But my top 2 are already decided, and after rereading The Passion of […]

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Vol. 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa | SLJ Review

AGUIRRE-SACASA, Roberto. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Vol. 1. illus. by Robert Hack. 160p. Archie Comics. Aug. 2016. pap. $17.09. ISBN 9781627389877.

Gr 10 Up –This horror flick reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a lushly cinematic and refreshingly grim departure from the charmingly sweet heroine of yesteryear. This isn’t your mother’s teenage witch: although Sabrina is dealing with common adolescent woes, she’s also consorting with the devil and feasting on a sacrificial goat. The story takes place in […]

Verse Novel Roundup

We’ve already said it’s been an exceptionally strong year for poetry, and if you include novels in verse (not to mention FREE VERSE, a novel that celebrates and incorporates poetry, but is not a verse novel), then it is a phenomenally strong year.  We’ve already discussed BOOKED, a fairly strong contender on its own merits, but […]

Preview: Betty & Veronica Holiday Annual Digest #248

OK, yeah, it’s Halloween, but we’re going to rush the season just a bit, because before the candy goes stale, we’ll all be thinking about the holiday season. Betty and Veronica are just getting started in the lead story of Betty & Veronica Holiday Annual Digest #248; as always, the digest features a new story […]

Bob-Con 2016

If you’ve read a book with a character named Bob to kids, you know that kids love that name. Bob. It makes everything more jovial. Over the weekend the Bob Class of 2016 got together to network, discuss a potential (and highly controversial) change to “Robert”, and attend Bob-related workshops and breakout sessions. (Click to […]

Press Release Fun: 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Open for Submissions

It only comes but once a year. But when it comes, boy howdy is it cool! The press release below reveals everything you need to know, but I just wanted to add that the new website with its searchable capabilities is awesome.  Plus, I just saw this adorable El Deafo video and had to share: […]

Sunday Reflections: My Teens Will be Voting in the Next Presidential Election, What are We Teaching Them?

In 2008 I stood in line with The Teen, then 6, as we waited in line to vote. I remember being choked up as we watched the election results happen that night, clearly understanding that irregardless of any party affiliation history was being made. This year, I recorded the debate and watched it by myself […]

#32 Kate & Cassie Beasley (S2 E3)

Travis: The second season of The Yarn is all about the middle grade novel Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. Today, in episode 3 we head down to the Beasley farm in Georgia and hear from Kate Beasley’s mom and sister, Circus Mirandus author Cassie Beasley. If you missed the first two episodes of this season, here’s […]

Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Viking, March 2016 Reviewed from a final copy OK, I’m a day late with this review because, well, I wanted to talk about this book and then I wasn’t sure if I ought to talk about this book, but I just wanted to keep thinking about this book […]

Our “bus tour” experiment

We’ve just concluded an exciting experiment and I am thrilled to share our story. Rutgers MI program, NJASL and the South Brunswick School District partnered this week to offer a School Library “Bus Tour.” Okay, no buses were actually involved. (Think “garden tour.”) We simply opened up school libraries representing effective practice and invited students, […]

Friday Finds: October 28, 2016

This Week at TLT Tech Talk: The Ongoing Quest for iPad/iPhone Printing, Or, How I Fell in Love with a Printing App Middle School Monday: Embracing our Book-ishness #MHYALit: Puzzling Through Teen Mental Health, a conversation with Emily Franklin and H.A. Swain Video Games Weekly: Paper Mario – Color Splash October/November #ARCParty Uppercase Unboxing #MHYALit: […]