February 25, 2018

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Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #35

We’re kicking off Saturday morning with an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #35, in which Scooby and the gang go for a picnic in Jellystone Park—and Yogi Bear confiscates their lunch. But things don’t go as planned: Ranger Smith is sure Yogi Bear is up to his old tricks when a ghost scares visitors out […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #35

We’re kicking off Saturday morning with an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #35, in which Scooby and the gang go for a picnic in Jellystone Park—and Yogi Bear confiscates their lunch. But things don’t go as planned: Ranger Smith is sure Yogi Bear is up to his old tricks when a ghost scares visitors out […]

This Week’s Comics: Capture Sami

Highlights from this week’s new releases include DC Comics handing out some Young Justice with Volume 2, a large trade stuffed with 12 full issues. IDW Publishing combs out the first issue of Tangled the Series, while Archie Comics continues the rock tour through time and space with Archies #5. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT […]

Friday Finds: February 23, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When Adults Fail, the Teens will Save Themselves Things I Never Learned in Library School: Toxic Masculinity and Teaching Boys to Accept No for an Answer, Even in Our Libraries Book Review: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt #ReadForChange: Girls Fight Back in Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, a guest post by […]

Cover Reveal: Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman

I’m getting pickier. The more that I’m asked to do cover reveals for books, the more I want to make sure that the books in question are up to snuff. It’s a pity how rare it is that I’m asked to reveal a book that I’ve already read. But you know what? Sometimes it happens. […]

2018 Youth Media Award Winners on The Yarn

Travis: A bunch of the folks who recently took home awards during the 2018 Youth Media Awards have appeared on the show. If you haven’t listened to these episodes, now might be a good time to get to know these award winners. Jason Reynolds Awards: Newbery Honor, CSK Author Honor, Printz Honor, Odyssey Honor Matthew […]

Morning Notes: Very Far Away Edition

L.A. TIMES NOMS The Los Angeles Times Book Prize just posted their nominees in all categories, including the one that matters most, Young Adult literature, a list that has two Newbery overlaps. Any guesses? Click here to see them. NYT ON #METOO IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The New York Times did a story on the sexual harassment […]

YALSA Releases Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a.k.a. YALSA, has posted its 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. This year’s list includes 115 titles, selected from 190 nominations, and it’s quite wide-ranging. Here’s the top ten: The Backstagers, by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh (BOOM! Studios) Black Hammer, vol. 1: Secret Origins, by Jeff […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Review: ‘Fish Girl’

Fish Girl By Donna Jo Napoli and David Weisner Clarion Books Grades 5-7 Fish Girl is a modern fairy tale, and like so many of the old ones, it’s a story of abuse and escape. It’s beautifully drawn, well told, and carries a message of great value: Question authority. Beyond that, it may help certain […]

#ReadForChange: Girls Fight Back in Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, a guest post by Marie Marquardt

Teen Librarian Toolbox is excited to be partnering with Marie Marquardt for her #ReadForChange project. Hop on over to this post to learn more about the initiative. Today, she and Jennifer Mathieu join us for a conversation about feminism, taking action, and Mathieu’s powerful novel, Moxie.    We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to […]

Book Review: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

Publisher’s description From Marie Marquardt, the author of Dream Things True and The Radius of Us, comes a story of two teenagers learning what to hold on to, what to let go of, and that sometimes love gets in the way of our plans. Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi […]

How SPEAK became a Graphic Novel: 3 Questions with Laurie Halse Anderson

I recently finished the graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s modern YA classic Speak. Boy is it well done. It’s illustrated by Emily Carroll. I’m always curious about how a novel becomes a graphic novel so I asked Laurie a few questions about it. Me: Hi Laurie. How did the idea to adapt the book […]