May 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Dan Zanes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, & Steve Pullara | ClefNotes

Sixteen reviews of albums for 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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Lisa Loeb, Ella Jenkins, & Mister G | ClefNotes

Reviews of 13 albums for children

SLJ Chats with 123 Andrés | ClefNotes

123 Andrés discusses his background, his music, and why he loves performing for children.

Jazzy Ash, the Mighty Mighty Pants, & Lucky Diaz | ClefNotes

Reviews of 16 albums for children

Author-Narrated Audiobooks | Listen In

From picture books to YA, these audiobooks feature exceptional narration by their authors.

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The Best of Raffi & 14 More Children’s Albums | ClefNotes

Fifteen reviews of new children’s albums

SLJ Chats with Diana Panton | ClefNotes

Canadian vocalist Diana Panton on what led to her first album for children.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | SLJ Review

LOCKHART, E. Genuine Fraud. 272p. Delacorte. Sept. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780385744775.

Gr 9 Up –Jule West Williams is at a fancy resort in Mexico. Someone is looking for her, but she can do a pretty stellar job of taking care of herself, paying a bartender to smuggle her out in his car, then fighting back when he tries to extort more money. That’s where Lockhart’s latest novel begins. Jule was recently in London. Her best friend, Imogen Sokoloff, […]

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | SLJ Review

ANDERSON, Natalie C. City of Saints & Thieves. 432p. ebook available. Putnam. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399547584.

Gr 7-10 –Tina has been developing her plan for revenge against her mother’s killer for five years, and it’s finally time to set it in motion. But things don’t go quite as planned when she breaks into Roland Greyhill’s palatial estate in the hills above bustling Sangui City, Kenya. Greyhill’s son, Michael, who was Tina’s best friend when her mother worked […]

TOP 10 Audiobooks | 2016

These 10 titles represent excellent storytelling with exceptional narration and production values.

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New Music from The Okee Dokee Brothers | ClefNotes

Reviews of recent children’s music albums.

Diana Panton & Sonia De Los Santos | ClefNotes

Diana Panton’s debut album for children and families; Sonia de Los Santos’s gorgeous, Spanish-language songs; the latest from The Not-Its.

Q&A with Grammy Winner Tim Kubart | ClefNotes

Grammy winner Tim Kubart on songwriting, kids’ birthday parties, and being known as Tambourine Guy.

Laurie Berkner, Lisa Loeb, & Rolie Polie Guacamole | ClefNotes

Reviews of recent albums for children.

Adult Audiobooks for Teens | Listen In

Whether it’s a novel with young protagonists, fiction that explores issues of friendship and identity, or nonfiction that will enhance any listener’s understanding of the world, these titles are too good to keep for adult ears alone.

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Best Children’s Album Grammy Nominees | ClefNotes

Reviews of the GRAMMY Award nominees for the Best Children’s Album, and more.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow | SLJ Audio Review

BOW, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. 8 CDs. 10:30 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2015. $29.99. ISBN 9781442391604.

Gr 9 Up –Four centuries in the future, the UN’s leading artificial intelligence has put an end to large-scale wars by requiring all world leaders to surrender one of their children as a hostage to peace. The children live in isolated preceptures and are educated to be future heads of state, all the while knowing that if their countries go to war, […]

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | SLJ Audio Review

Rowell, Rainbow. Carry On. 11 CDs. 13:30 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2015. $39.99. ISBN 9781427262028.

Gr 9 Up –Simon Snow is back with his own story, after being introduced as a fanfiction hero in Rowell’s Fangirl (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013). It’s senior year at the Watford School of Magicks, but Simon’s roommate/nemesis Baz is nowhere to be found, which disconcerts Simon more than he would have guessed. When Baz finally does turn up, Simon offers to help him find […]

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes | SLJ Audio Review

GRIMES, Nikki. Poems in the Attic. 1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2015. $15.75. ISBN 9781501907814. digital download.

Gr 1-5 –While visiting her grandma, a seven-year-old girl discovers her mother’s keepsakes in the attic: a cedar box filled with poems, written long before her daughter was born. The poems describe her childhood experiences as a military brat. California, Alaska, Germany, and Japan are just a few of the poems’ backdrops that paint a vivid picture of […]