February 22, 2018

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Archives for February 2018

30 Realistic & Historical Fiction Books with Black Main Characters

A bevy of 2018 YMA winners and forthcoming 2018 middle grade and YA titles to excite readers.

Stories for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 5 –This DVD contains two picture book adaptations that highlight the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. to the civil rights movement: March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Dr. Christine King Farris and Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, with art by Bryan Collier.

Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

Now that I work in an elementary library, I’m reading a lot more titles for younger readers. Rather than review all of them like I usually do, I’m stealing Karen’s Post-it note review idea and sharing the titles with you that way. It’s been super interesting to me to see what the students (grades K-5) […]

Book Review: Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration edited by Rose Brock

Publisher’s description Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#3) Moo, Baa, La La La!

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

#inTLchat

#inTLchat (in + tlchat) It seems so simple that I cannot figure out why it didn’t hit us sooner. Putting an “in” in front of the #tlchat hashtag we’ve been using forever, changes everything. It’s sticky. It’s (of course) international. And it’s already gaining global traction. Teacher librarians are the ultimate connectors and I don’t […]

ISTE, AASL Awards Applications; Grants & Mentorship Opportunities | News Bites

Deadlines are fast approaching to apply for grants, awards, and more.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Since she was in eighth grade, Mara has held onto a secret that has shamed and hollowed her.

Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light | SLJ Review

Toddler-PreS –A delightful journey through a day filled with bright exciting colors.

3 Steps for Introducing Teens to Virtual Reality | ALA Midwinter 2018

Digital Services Librarian Maddie Clybourn offers tips for those curious about using virtual reality with their teen patrons.

7 True Historical Adventure Tales for Kids Who Can’t Get Enough “I Survived”

Nonfiction survival stories remain a popular genre for tweens. These seven titles offer unique perspectives and riveting adventure.

Take 5: Five Reasons You Should Read THE 57 BUS by Dashka Slater, seriously right now

I don’t typically read a lot of nonfiction, but I was blown away by The 57 Bus, which I stumbled onto by accident. I’m part of a book club and this Christmas, we played some book exchange game where everyone brought a book and we traded and what not. The 57 Bus was hands down […]

YA A to Z: Classic Hollywood in YA Literature, a guest post by Lisa Clark

Today for the letter C, librarian Lisa Clark is talking about Classic Hollywood in YA Literature. When I was in grade school, my dad showed me the 1950 movie Harvey starring James Stewart. From that moment, I was enamored with Old Hollywood. With a certain charm and innocence to them, these movies are classics for […]

Cántale a tu bebé by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer | SLJ Review

Incorporating music and play into curricula and programming is essential to developing early literacy skills in young children.

Portals to New Worlds | Spring 2018 Audio Preview

Spring audiobooks for kids and teens include exciting debuts, intriguing nonfiction, and plenty of heroines to root for.

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Review: ‘Losing The Girl’

Losing The Girl Writer/artist: MariNaomi Graphic Universe; $29.32 Ages 14 and up Writer and artist MariNaomi’s career as a cartoonist has thus far been dedicated to autobiographical comics, spread across four books published since 2001. Losing The Girl, the first book in a planned trilogy, marks her first official foray into fiction. It has the […]

Review of the Day: Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham & Charles Waters

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship By Irene Latham & Charles Waters Illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko Carolrhoda Books (a division of Lerner) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-5124-0442-5 Ages 6 and up On shelves now For a long time, maybe as long as children’s books have been published in America, […]

Stellar New Tween Reads

A roundup of recently starred titles perfect for tween readers.

Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –French cartoonist Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse; California Dreamin’) offers 29 compelling biographies of renowned female artists, scientists, athletes, explorers, activists, and warriors.

American Panda by Gloria Chao | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Mei Lu is out of place at MIT and everywhere else in her life.