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Archives for June 2017

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear & Friends at 50 | Touch and Go

Bill Martin Jr’s beloved Brown Bear turned 50, and to celebrate, a tap-and-touch encounter with the book’s characters illustrated by Eric Carle has been released.

Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre | SLJ Review

SAYRE, April Pulley. Full of Fall. photos by April Pulley Sayre. 40p. bibliog. S. & S./Beach Lane. Aug. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481479844.

PreS-Gr 2 –The pages in this beautiful tribute to autumn virtually throb with color at every turn. A seasonal companion to Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow, this title highlights the glorious show that is performed each year by trees around the world. Simple, elegant poetry leads readers through the progression of changing leaves as the […]

Sharing eBooks Across Schools & Districts: How Educators Make It Work

Join us for this engaging session with library specialists Joshua Pease and Lori Slingerland from the Connect Information Technology Center. Pease and Slingerland will provide valuable insight into how Connect delivers eBooks and audiobooks to its member schools and districts across Northeast Ohio through a cost-effective shared digital collection.
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The American Writers Museum | Pictures of the Week

A number of librarians made time during the ALA 2017 conference in Chicago last week to stop in at 180 Michigan Avenue, the home of the new American Writers Museum.

Friday Finds: June 30, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Who needs healthcare? MakerSpace: Mod-A-Tee Making Hot Glue Stencils and Spray Painting T-shirts What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA June 2017 ALA Recap: Libraries are Not Neutral Spaces (Things I Never Learned in Library School) Book Review: Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation by Anthony & Annmarie Young MakerSpace: DIY […]

I’m rubber and you’re glue

Over on the Horn Book’s Facebook page, there’s an opinion that Javaka Steptoe only won the Caldecott Medal because his father was John Steptoe. When pressed for evidence, the (former, as she’ll tell you) subscriber replied that “the pattern of ALA award committees in the past several years in its selections of winners/honors. Promote diversity […]

Philip Pullman’s “The Book of Dust” Opener Cover Revealed

In anticipation of the much-awaited follow-up to Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series, the cover of the companion series’ first volume, The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, was just unveiled.

Right Footed | SLJ DVD Review

Right Footed. 82 min. Nick Spark Productions. Rightfootedmovie.com. 2015. $200. ISBN 827377000583.

Gr 5 Up –Jessica Cox was born without arms, and this documentary traces her journey, beginning as an angry, frustrated child. As time went on, she embraced her differences, eventually becoming a renowned motivational speaker as an adult as well as a disabilities activist traveling the globe. The program highlights Cox’s amazing ability to use her feet in place of her hands to do everything from opening […]

MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners Three MORE Ways

Earlier I shared with you 3 ways we are making fidget spinners in the Teen MakerSpace at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). Today I am going to share with you 3 additional ways we have had fun creating our own fidget spinners. All three of these ways involve using a […]

Review: ‘Josie and The Pussycats Vol. 1′

Josie and The Pussycats Vol. 1 Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio Artist: Audrey Mok Archie Comics; $17.99 When it came time to add a Josie and The Pussycats ongoing to Archie Comics’ blossoming “New Riverdale” line of books—then consisting of the Archie, Jughead, and Betty & Veronica revamps—the publisher went with something pretty out […]

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

The image of Paddington in a train station with a note pinned to his duffel coat came from Bond’s memories of seeing refugee children during World War II.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#55)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? It’s a little bit hypocritical for people to look at Christian allegory and say it’s just dishonest preaching in disguise, only for one of their side to use a book that has a subtext for their own humanist worldview. […]

Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 3)

Previously . . . Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 1) Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 2) Sunday at ALA started off with an interview with The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors author Drew Daywalt. Even though he tried to tell me he was Dan Santat I saw right through his attempts […]

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken | SLJ Review

LUYKEN, Corinna. The Book of Mistakes. illus. by Corinna Luyken. 56p. Dial. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780735227927.

PreS-Gr 3 –It starts with a mistake, but page by page, one slightly too large eye, a wonky elbow, and feet a little too far off the ground transform and combine into a larger picture—one that not only is functional but also works perfectly. Illustrations rendered in ink, colored pencil, and watercolor are the focal point. They start small—just a circle, […]

YA: New Titles from Joseph Bruchac, Victoria Schwab, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s YA Xpress Reviews are bound to please fans of ongoing series. Joseph Bruchac brings his “Killer of Enemies” trilogy to a close, Victoria Schwab presents the latest installment in the “Monsters of Verity” series.

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Chapter Books: A Class Pet Runs Amok, Adventures in the Toy Kingdom | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Readers learn about a land where toys come to life; a class pet named Fergus takes a trip; and Blake Hoena presents a tale of four unexpected monster heroes.

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Picture Books: New Titles from Mo Willems, Jane Ray, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Mo Willems presents a guide to welcoming new additions to the family; Jane Ray breathes new life into an Indian folktale.

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Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid by Metaphrog | SLJ Review

METAPHROG. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. illus. by Metaphrog. 80p. Papercutz. Apr. 2017. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781629917399.

Gr 4 Up –This retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a young mermaid who falls in love with a human prince and sacrifices her voice in order to become human may bewilder readers who know only the more sanitized adaptations of the tale. But those who are familiar with or curious about the original will appreciate this faithful graphic novel […]

Perfect Summertime Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Five titles perfect for celebrating—or reliving—the long, lazy days of summer.

ALA, Google Seek Libraries to Apply for Coding Pilot this Summer

Is your library ready to code? The American Library Association and Google want you. Here’s what you need to know about applying for the $500K pilot launching this summer.

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