May 20, 2018

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Sunday Reflections: This is what happened when the The Teen asked me if .gov websites were trustworthy

I’m sitting in the Teen MakerSpace when my phone beeps and I see I have a text from The Teen: “Are .gov websites trustworthy,” she asks. And before responding, I pause. In the past, I would have said yes without that pause. That’s one of the things I have always taught my teens, one of […]

Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #243

Here’s a first look at Looney Tunes #243, which serves up another heaping helping of timeless humor—this time with a Wild West theme: An Old West-style amusement park gets a little too real when visitors Elmer and Daffy get into trouble with park employees—or are they?—Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and the Tasmanian Devil! It’s the […]

Google Science Journal: A lab in your pocket

Sometimes an app truly demonstrates the power of mobile. Google’s Science Journal app transforms your mobile device into a little science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data and record observations from the world around them. Use it to  enhance learning in your classrooms and in the field, and to facilitate the […]

Books on Film: Can You Name a Book? *Any* Book?

Credit to Judy Freeman for this one – I saw it because she shared it on Facebook.
The Jimmy Kimmel Show took to the street to see if people could name a book. One book. Any book. Just AH book.
Now, please try not to get too depressed.

Books on Film: Can You Name a Book? *Any* Book?

Credit to Judy Freeman for this one – I saw it because she shared it on Facebook.
The Jimmy Kimmel Show took to the street to see if people could name a book. One book. Any book. Just AH book.
Now, please try not to get too depressed.

Friday Finds: May 18, 2018

This Week at TLT Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books Proposal: Serving New Adults in Public Libraries Book Review: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018 Showcase and Giveaway Twin Cities Teen Lit Con 2018: Mental Health in YA Literature Presentation Recently in Audio Books YA A […]

Horn Book summer reading

Our recommended books for summer are here; may you and yours find among them choices for true free reading. For my own, I’m finishing Susie Steiner’s Missing, Presumed and see that there is a sequel. It’s a start. You?

This Week’s Comics: A Festival of Mummies

Highlights from this week’s new releases include Fruit Ninja Volume 1 Frenzy Force, from Andrews McMeel’s Amp imprint, which tells the story behind the popular game. First Second travels to The Melody Kingdom in the third volume of the Cucumber Quest series, while Kids Can Press lets the dogs out in their companion series to […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2018

Sidewalks are getting chalked, folks. You know what that means – the end of the school year is coming. Time to see which books got checked out the most in our K-4 school library. First up, the ten most popular picture books. 10. Mix it Up! by Hervé Tullet All the paint books by Herve […]

BGHB announcement May 31st

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee (Liz Phipps Soeiro, Minh Lê, and our own Katie Bircher as chair) is meeting soon to make their final choices. Here’s the plan the Globe and the Horn Book have cooked up to announce them. On Thursday, May 31st, Emily Procknal, President of the Boston Globe Foundation, and I will […]

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) […]

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) […]

Morning Notes: Cheese Souffle Edition

BACON BOOKMARKS On Facebook Donalyn Miller alerted me to this Guardian article on weird stuff found as bookmarks. Worth it for the saw blade alone. Am I a fan of this topic? Well . . . remember this? THE RETURN OF CLIFFORD The big red dog is coming back to television in 2019, and it […]

A “child’s story for adults”: Digging Deep Into James Baldwin’s Only Children’s Book

The other night my husband and I plopped ourselves in front of the old Netflix delivery system (television) and decided amongst ourselves to watch the documentary I Am Not Your Negro featuring author James Baldwin. The book of the same name had been circulating beautifully in my library for quite some time, so I was […]

A “child’s story for adults”: Digging Deep Into James Baldwin’s Only Children’s Book

The other night my husband and I plopped ourselves in front of the old Netflix delivery system (television) and decided amongst ourselves to watch the documentary I Am Not Your Negro featuring author James Baldwin. The book of the same name had been circulating beautifully in my library for quite some time, so I was […]

Proposal: Serving New Adults in Public Libraries

When I began working in a public library to serve young adults, I was truly myself a young adult – the tender age of 20 – so it didn’t seem weird to me at the time that the library called teenagers young adults. As I grew older, however, I began to realize that what libraries […]

Review: ‘The Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet’ and ‘The Infinity Gauntlet’

As the people handling the marketing for the film were only too eager to share, when Avengers: Infinity War opened a few weeks ago, it was the culmination of some ten years and 18 films worth of build-up. While the script was hardly written—or even imagined—way back when the first Iron Man film opened, the […]

“How do we react to fear?” – Kate Messner Visits The Yarn

Colby: I had the opportunity to interview Kate Messner for The Yarn in St. Louis during the NCTE Annual Conference last fall. Talking to her about her innovative 2018 middle grade novel was enlightening. I hope you like the episode! After the podcast interview, I did a video interview with Kate. Check that out below. Subscribe […]

A big list of options for connecting globally

As one school year closes and we have a little time to breathe and make plans for another. A little while back I began to collect a list of my favorite discoveries for engaging in global connections and participation for my pre-service grad students. Here’s the growing curation and below are a few highlights of […]

Escape from Aleppo

Escape from Aleppo Written by N.H. Senzai Published by Paula Wiseman Books, Simon and Schuster, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-4814-7217-3 Grades 5-8 Book Review In the midst of the Syrian Civil War in fall of 2013, protagonist Nadia must find her way back to her family, from whom she was separated when a bomb hit their apartment […]