June 21, 2018

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New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about

Books, books, and more books! My neighbors probably wonder what exactly goes on over here at the house where UPS of FedEx stops nearly every day. All of the books I get end up going back out the door in some fashion—to teen readers I know, to classroom libraries of friends, to my own school, […]

New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about

Books, books, and more books! My neighbors probably wonder what exactly goes on over here at the house where UPS of FedEx stops nearly every day. All of the books I get end up going back out the door in some fashion—to teen readers I know, to classroom libraries of friends, to my own school, […]

Makin’ a List, Checking with You

School Library Journal asked me to help out with a list of the ten best transitional reader books for their annual Best of the Year celebrations in print and online. I’ve been paying extra close attention to all 2018 early readers and chapter books, but in the words of Aerosmith, I don’t wanna miss a […]

Cover Reveal: Right As Rain by Lindsey Stoddard

*sniff sniff* Do you smell that? That’s 2019. And it’s right around the corner. And by “right around the corner” I mean “technically six months away but what-the-heck let’s do a cover reveal for a 2019 book today anyway”. So this is a bit of a thrill. I don’t usually do cover reveals quite this […]

What lies beneath

Pursuant to that Trump biography, over on Facebook Sarah Hamburg told me about a really perceptive article about biographies for young people. “George Washington and Slavery: Going Beyond Picture Books to Teach About Our Flawed Founders,”* written by my erstwhile Child_Lit colleague Ebony Elizabeth Thomas along with James Joshua Coleman and Lindsay R. Cicchino, asks–and […]

Review: ‘Underwhere’

Underwhere Writers: Kevin Eastman and Paul Jenkins Artists: Kevin Eastman and Mark Martin IDW Publishing; $14.99 There are a handful of character design sketches in the back of this slim trade paperback volume that hint at the age and unusual provenance of its contents. Each of these drawings, many of which differ somewhat from the […]

Review: ‘Underwhere’

Underwhere Writers: Kevin Eastman and Paul Jenkins Artists: Kevin Eastman and Mark Martin IDW Publishing; $14.99 There are a handful of character design sketches in the back of this slim trade paperback volume that hint at the age and unusual provenance of its contents. Each of these drawings, many of which differ somewhat from the […]

On World Refugee Day 2018, #ReadForChange with Alan Gratz’ Refugee

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 Alan Gratz join us for a conversation about immigrants, refugees, taking action, and his middle grade novel, Refugee.     “No one puts their children in a boat unless the water […]

My ALA Annual Plan-ual

Later this week I’m headed to the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference (do all those words get capitalized? I’m going with it). Will you be there? I have a three-pronged approach to the conference this year. Prong #1: Librarian Stuff I could go on about the stuff I want to hit, but really this […]

Pitching a Perfect Game: In Praise of the Ideal Summer Reading List

When it comes to summer reading lists handed out by figures of authority, I am of two minds. On the one hand I believe that over the summer children should darned well be allowed to read whatever they want. I am haunted by a memory of a summer when a father walked into the Jefferson […]

Review: ‘Wild Ocean’

Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures Edited by Matt Dembicki Fulcrum Publishing, $19.95 Age Range: 12 and up This anthology was produced with PangeaSeed, an ocean conservation organization, so it’s got an obvious message—”to showcase 12 iconic endangered ocean animals” in order to encourage changes in human behavior when it comes […]

Book Review: Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, a starred review, which originally appeared in the June 2018  School Library Journal.   ★Super Late Bloomer: […]

School Librarian Corner: Dirty Books. No, Literally, Dirty Books

The other day I read a Facebook post from a fellow school librarian in the midst of an end-of-the-year inventory. This librarian said it gets kind of gross when you touch all the books in the library. Tell me about it. If you’ve ever handled a bunch of library books, you can probably identify. Your […]

Border Crossing in Children’s Literature: A Consideration of the Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature & Fourth U.S.-China Symposium for Children’s Literature

When asked to speak at a conference I recommend throwing caution to the wind and going for the longest title imaginable. Thus did I speak at Princeton this past Thursday as part of the Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature & Fourth U.S.-China Symposium for Children’s Literature hosted by the Cotsen Children’s Library (Princeton University […]

YA Nonfiction Roundup by Michelle Biwer

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu Profiles of diverse, international female role models in comic strip format. A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield A narrative account of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 told from the perspectives of the major groups involved in escalating […]

Off to ALA and ISTE (and how to follow along when you’re #notat . . .)

I’ll be off to New Orleans this week and then Chicago after that for my fairly regular attempt to attend two overlapping conferences. I am not complaining, but it’s good to know how to follow along or catch up with the events on your own time during and after the fact.  Last year I felt […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #93

Let’s take a look at the latest exploits of Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery, Inc., gang in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #93: Off on a long-overdue vacation, Scooby and the gang travel to a photographic safari park, where their only plan is to get up close with nature. But nature gets a whole […]

A book for small hands

I’ve been following the criticism of Scholastic’s biography of Trump for younger children, President Donald Trump, with interest but I only got a hold of a copy today, and thank you, Scholastic, for sharing it. By Joanne Mattern and illustrated with photographs, President Donald Trump is in the Rookie Biography series published by Children’s Press, a […]

MakerSpace: Rhonna Designs Photo and Collage App Review

Behold, I have found a new photo app! As I mentioned last week, a friend fell into a button maker group and they talk a lot about two things: 1) The Canon Selphy printer, which I reviewed last week and 2) The Rhonna Designs app, which a lot of people in the button making community […]

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 […]