June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Alto’s Odyssey | Touch and Go

The recently released sequel to the popularAlto’s Adventure will keep viewers intrigued and challenged for long stretches of play.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May 2018

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a […]

Collecting Comics: May 2018 with Ally Watkins

Check out these May comics and graphic novels that your teens and tweens will be clamoring for! Goldie Vance, Volume 4 by Hope Larson and Jackie Ball, illustrated by Elle Power, colors by Sarah Stern (BOOM! Box, May 1). Goldie Vance is back! In Volume 4 of her adventures, sixteen year old ameteur sleuth Goldie […]

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean | Touch and Go

A new entrée in a popular series will delight fans.

Collection Development: Updating My GN and Manga Collection; or, that time I decided I wanted to face my arch nemesis and build a better collection for my patrons

Hello all, Collecting Comics is Ally Watkins’ column, but I’m co-opting her column for a brief moment to share with you how I’m going about re-vamping my graphic novel and manga collection. It’s okay, Ally helped me periodically on this project. I could not have done it without her and the help of several other […]

Apps for #EarthDay | Touch and Go

A selection of apps highlighting plants, animals, and ecosystems to share with your students as Earth Day approaches.

NCTE 2018 Notable Poetry List

25 exceptional works of poetry and two verse novels made this year’s NCTE Notable Poetry List.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2018

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a […]

Frankenstein200: An Interactive Story & STEM Experience | Touch and Go

Although published two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein still generates questions concerning the ethics and boundaries of scientific exploration. Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project celebrates the novel’s continued currency with an assortment of programs intended “to engage the public around issues in science, technology, and creative responsibility.” Middle schoolers are invited to explore these complexities via the free Frankenstein200, “an interactive story experience” designed to spark curiosity and encourage critical thinking in STEM topics, including artificial intelligence, robotics, […]

Sarah Crossan’s “Moonrise” | An Interview

In a poetic exploration of the justice system, family ties, and forgiveness, Crossan delivers a poignant story that will leave readers with much to ponder.

The Buzz on Bees | The Hive, The Honey, The Hope

Share these delightful resources with readers to bring a positive awareness about one of our most productive and important insects.

Every Day Is Earth Day | Books to Celebrate

Titles to introduce environmental themes, nurture an appreciation of nature, and launch creative projects.

Up Close and Personal with Children’s Book Artists

A set of sterling online resources bring book illustrators into the classroom for look at technique and material, along with some engaging personal stories.

Finding A Voice Through Poetry | New and Noteworthy YA Novels

A trio of recently published young adult verse novels offer portraits of teens who find their voice through the written word.

Poetry Tools to Put in Your Pocket: Activities, apps, and online resources for National Poetry Month

19 sites, apps, and more for Poetry Month.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

50 Years Later: Books for Kids and Teens About Martin Luther King, Jr., Apollo 8, and More

A selection of books that provide a look back at some of the tumultuous and impactful events that occurred 50 years ago, the ramifications of which are still being felt today.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

In Time for Spring: “Bloom” | Touch and Go

A STEM app for young learners that encourages discussion and exploration.

‘Read Woke’ School Reading Challenge Makes an Impact

A school librarian’s reading initiative highlights social justice.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Astute Miss Fisher Goes Interactive | Touch and Go

This engaging game will intrigue mystery buffs and entertain fans of the “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” television series.

Putting the Science Back in Library Science: Collection Development, Diversity Audits, & Understanding Teens – Analyzing Data for Decision Making

I began working at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio in January of 2015, for the second time. This was actually the public library I got my start in and I, along with a peer named Holly, were the first people ever hired to do teen services at this library. […]