June 18, 2018

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Press Release Fun: The Debut of the 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

As you may have heard, there’s a new award in town. A comic award, and it’s fascinating. Called the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, a wide range of different types of judges working, in some fashion, with comics came together to decide on the 2018 winners. You can see the final results here, but let’s […]

The June Newsletter Has Ideas

I recently sent out the June installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a book recommendation, a podcast recommendation, and other, more secret things. Click here to read it.
I send out this newsletter once a month – want to su…

Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s ‘Spill Zone’ Wins EGL Book of the Year Award

Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s Spill Zone, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s Real Friends, and Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies were among the winning graphic novels in this inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, which were presented Saturday evening at Denver Comic Con. The awards were created and administered by Pop Culture Classroom, the […]

Katherine Applegate on Writing From a Place of Anger

COLBY: Today’s young readers continue to be captivated by Katherine Applegates stories. I am grateful that they have her books in their heart. In Today’s episode of The Yarn, Katherine talks about how the idea of this book came out of today’s political climate.   Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe […]

Friday Finds: June 15, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: In Which The Teen Writes a Poem About Sexual Harassment Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins Celebrating 7 Years of TLT: 7 Years, 7 Books Giveaway Book Review: Tsu and the Outliers by Erik Johnson MakerSpace Tech Review: Canon Selphy 1300 Printer Celebrating Seven Years of TLT: A look […]

This Week’s Comics: Paris By Night

Highlights from this week’s list of new releases include the second volume of First Second’s fantasy series for elementary readers, Quirk’s Quest: The Lost and the Found. Papercutz releases a 3-in-1 Edition of the Dreamworks-based series Trolls, while the Inklings from Viz Media’s Splatoon Volume 3 make a splash of their own. The List: AMERICAN […]

This Week’s Comics: Paris By Night

Highlights from this week’s list of new releases include the second volume of First Second’s fantasy series for elementary readers, Quirk’s Quest: The Lost and the Found. Papercutz releases a 3-in-1 Edition of the Dreamworks-based series Trolls, while the Inklings from Viz Media’s Splatoon Volume 3 make a splash of their own. The List: AMERICAN […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#68)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? These are gross books. They tend to sell a lot of these at school book fairs, but they are NOT quality material for children. There are lots of misspelled words and the manners are crude to say the least. […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2019: The Summer Prediction Edition

In just a week’s time librarians will be leaving their homes and gathering in New Orleans for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. While there, they will visit the convention floor where publishers will present a wide array of f&gs and galleys of the upcoming children’s books of 2018. So many lovely links to literature […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2019: The Summer Prediction Edition

In just a week’s time librarians will be leaving their homes and gathering in New Orleans for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. While there, they will visit the convention floor where publishers will present a wide array of f&gs and galleys of the upcoming children’s books of 2018. So many lovely links to literature […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2019: The Summer Prediction Edition

In just a week’s time librarians will be leaving their homes and gathering in New Orleans for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. While there, they will visit the convention floor where publishers will present a wide array of f&gs and galleys of the upcoming children’s books of 2018. So many lovely links to literature […]

Celebrating 7 Years of TLT: Why I Love TLT

There are a lot of reasons I love writing for this blog. The first is the feeling of community I get from it, both from my fellow bloggers and from our readership. We are all really invested in serving the teens in our lives and connecting them with books, information, and our libraries. It’s helpful […]

Review: 2018’s DC/Hanna-Barbera crossover specials

Last spring, DC Comics released a series of four one-shot crossovers between their own characters Green Lantern, Adam Strange, Booster Gold and The Suicide Squad with some fairly random Hanna-Barbera characters: Space Ghost, The Flintstones, The Banana Splits and Jonny Quest and others. While the major comics publishers are notoriously reticent to discuss sales data, […]

Celebrating Seven Years of TLT: A look back at favorite posts

The older I get, the more I think the passage of time is the fastest, most puzzling thing ever. Where do the days go? Where do the years go? Multiple times a week, my husband will exclaim, “How is it 8:00 already?” and I will almost always follow that up with, “How are we in […]

Review of the Day: Beavers – The Superpower Field Guide by Rachel Poliquin and Nicholas John Frith

Beavers: The Superpower Field Guide By Rachel Poliquin Illustrated by Nicholas John Frith $18.99 ISBN: 9780544949874 Ages 9-12 On shelves December 4th Here, sit down a sec. I wanna tell you a story about this beaver I once knew. So I’m at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, which, if anyone asks, is my favorite […]

Summer Reading 2018: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

As we head into summer, we wanted to take the time to look back and look ahead to share trends we’ve noticed in our writing about children’s and young adult literature this year. We’ve loved each of the books we’ve written about this year. We’ve found that these great stories and works of nonfiction have […]

MakerSpace Tech Review: Canon Selphy 1300 Printer

When I began thinking of creating a Teen MakerSpace, I knew that one of the things I wanted to include was a digital media lab or station. My goal was to teach my Instagram and meme loving teens how to create their own Instagram worthy pics or memes. And given the number of super cool […]

Review: ‘Action Presidents’

Action Presidents #1: George Washington! Action Presidents #2: Abraham Lincoln! Written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey HarperCollins, $9.99 each Ages 8-12 The team behind Action Philosophers! have returned with an entertaining look at key men and events in American history, beginning with the two most famous Presidents. The attitude behind the series […]

Introducing Tundra Illustrator Studio (and a Giveaway)

This is really cool. Tundra books is starting up a new video series called Illustrator Studio. Each video will visit a different book creator in their studio. First up, paper diorama artist Elly MacKay. In the video, MacKay shows how she creates her completely distinct illustrations. A must-watch for children’s book art fans. And (hey […]

Trump or Not? The Presidency and Current Children’s Literature

I was reading the Social Justice Books post Scholastic Tells Children: Trump is Great yesterday, which makes a close and thorough examination of a new Scholastic Rookie Biography of the current sitting president. While looking at it, the piece got me to thinking about other relatively children’s books which have included Donald Trump in some […]