April 26, 2018

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Archives for November 2017

Most Unusual Atlases, Animals Galore, & More Reference Titles

A collection of centuries-old maps, a country-by-country look at foods, a sumptuous look at the arts, and much more.

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For Budding Coders, the Micro:bit Promises to Grow with a Learner’s Skill Level | Tech Review

SLJ reviews the micro:bit, a codable computer you can put in your pocket.

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Picture Books: A Love Letter to NYPL, Retellings of Classic Tales, & More | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

A unique exploration of jobs A-Z; two brothers begin a quest to rescue their dragon-napped dog; and a tiny fish uses teamwork to help a lost baby whale in December’s picture book Xpress,

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Graphic Novels: Romance, Roller Derby, and River Spirits | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Swordplay and swooning abound in Scarlet Rose; two roller girls find their friendship tested; and a pair of tweens enter a beautiful new river realm in December’s graphic novel Xpress.

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Help for Hurricane Hit Libraries; Leap into Science | News Bites

Free digital resources, 100,000 “American Girl” books for NYC kids, more money for Keats Award winners, and more.

Nonfiction: Animal Myths, Bone Books, Amazing Bodies, & More | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

An entertaining exploration of pirate history; a frank discussion of sex and gender in Spanish; and Zetta Elliott’s “Benny” addresses autism for a young audience in December’s nonfiction Xpress.

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Middle Grade: “Aunt Claire Presents” Two Series Reissues | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two books from the early 20th–century depict friendship and life among the elite in this month’s Xpress.

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Horn Book Fanfare 2017

And here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s list of the best books of the year for children and teens. The list, complete with annotations for the choices, will be published in Notes from the Horn Book, coming to your inbox (subscribe here; it’s free) next Wednesday. Picture Books Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut […]

3 Rehashed and Reframed Fairy Tales | SLJ Spotlight

Three tales that put a fresh spin on traditional fairy tales.

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Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –The youth of the Birmingham civil rights movement take center stage in this historical picture book.

Review: ‘The Scarecrow Princess’

The Scarecrow Princess Writer/artist: Federico Rossi Edrighi Lion Forge; $15.99 Lion Forge’s Young Adult/teen imprint Roar has imported and translated Italian artist Federico Rossi Edrighi’s fantasy graphic novel The Scarecrow Princess, in which slightly surly teenager Morrigan Moore moves to a new town and finds herself swept up in an obscure harvest myth involving a […]

Call for submissions: YA A to Z project

Every year, TLT picks a project to work on in addition to our usual book reviews, professional discussions and makerspace and program recaps. Once we decide on our project, we ask you, are brilliant Teen Librarian Toolbox readers, to help us out. These projects began in 2014 with the Sexual Violence in Young Adult Literature Project. We […]

Notes on November 2017

It’s time to take a look at three of my favorite posts of the past month. In November . . . . . . we went down the parody picture book rabbit hole. There’s some interesting stuff down there. . . . we reviewed approved and unapproved ways to carry a book. Try them all! […]

Midnight

I’ve been dragging my feet with this one. I have plenty of excuses: the holiday weekend, my son’s (minor) surgery, major new unit coming up at school that I need to plan for. But those are just hot air; I have managed to write up books under far less ideal circumstances. Really it was that the posts […]

iSL (Internet Second Language) Collective

The Internet Second Language Collective or iSLCollective.com is a fine example of an online community of practice that will be an immediate and indispensable hit with your ESL/ELL and perhaps many other of your classroom teacher partners and coaches.  The English section of the site is now well over one million ESL/EFL language teachers strong.  The site […]

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Diversity, Encouragement, and Dogs Top Scholastic Spring 2018 List

What do Malcolm Mitchell, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, Brian Selznick, creator of Wonderstruck (Scholastic, 2011), and Marley Dias, organizer of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, have in common? They all have books on the Scholastic Spring 2018 List.

R.I.P. Blanche

I was sad to hear from former Horn Book president Duncan Todd today that Blanche Egersheim, a stalwart of the Thomas Todd Company and the Horn Book for fifty years, died earlier this month at the age of ninety-eight. Blanche was, as then-publisher Anne Quirk wrote upon Blanche’s retirement in 2006, “the Horn Book’s bookkeeper, human […]

So Much Nonfiction, So Little Time

I’ve thought about doing separate posts for some of these titles, and still may, but my list of nonfiction-books-I’d-really-like-to-discuss keeps getting longer.  So here’s sort of a catch-up post of a half-dozen titles (in Dewey Decimal order) that could be worthy of Newbery consideration: FAULT LINES IN THE CONSTITUTION:  THE FRAMERS, THEIR FIGHTS, AND THE FLAWS […]

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –Seventeen-year-old Minnow Bly is sentenced to juvenile detention for brutally assaulting a mentally disturbed man. Only 12 hours prior, her entire community had been burned to the ground and the Prophet, the leader of the cult to which her family belonged, had been murdered.

Teen Politic: The True Politics of Being a Teen Services Librarian in Our Public Libraries

Teens, as a culture, are pretty maligned and misunderstood. They’re loud, they’re lazy, they’re disrespectful, they’re dangerous – pick your stereotype. They like to travel in rabid packs, that’s my favorite. I believe lots of adults sit around and visualize teens as actual packs of wolves in their minds. Teens get a bad rap. In […]