April 25, 2018

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YA A to Z: The Long Road to Gentrification, a guest post by author Lilliam Rivera

Today we are honored to have YA author Lilliam Rivera join us for YA A to Z to discuss gentrification. Lilliam Rivera is the author of The Education of Margot Sanchez. When the Lyft driver veers the car to the first right on to Willis Avenue, I notice the large billboard sign. “New Luxurious Condos.” […]

Review: Speak

Recently, I was talking to one of my students, and she told me that she preferred to read novels, because she liked to make her own images in her head. I get it. I happen to love both novels and graphic novels, and I’m also an avid fan of audiobooks… but I totally get her […]

Morning Notes: The Vanisher Edition

READING IN THE SUMMER Publishers Weekly released their top summer picture book, middle grade, and YA reads and there’s a whole bunch of good stuff. Click here to check them out. NOT MY BREXIT! Were you wondering when the children’s books about Brexit were coming? No? Well how about this parody? Click here to read. […]

Review of the Day – The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoefer and the Plot to Kill Hitler By John Hendrix Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4197-2838-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 4th In this life, it can be difficult to find absolutes. Absolute good. Absolute evil. Absolute good in the face of absolute evil. For many […]

Review: ‘The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America’

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America Writer/artist: Jaime Hernandez Toon Books; $9.99 or $16.95 For years, Jaime Hernandez’s work with his brothers on seminal alternative comic Love and Rockets introduced adult comics readers to the sorts of cool, charismatic, complex young Latina women he grew up with. In The Dragon Slayer, a new Toon […]

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, […]

Discovered in the Archives: An Interview with Russell Hoban (2010)

When blogs were new and hip and happening, there was a push for everybody to have one. Librarians, publishers, authors, artists, you name it. So in the early part of the 21st century a slew of publisher blogs came into being. Sometimes these came from individual imprints. Sometimes small publishers. Sometimes from the big houses […]

Parrot Mambo Drone Review by Michelle Biwer

Our library recently purchased a set of Parrot Mambo Drones for use in STEM programs. They are about $110 each plus accessories. With Parrot Mambo Drones you can: Fly a drone using a smartphone or other device with a bluetooth connection as a remote. Program a drone using different programming languages/platforms including Swift Playground, Tynker, […]

Grace for Gus

Grace for Gus Written and illustrated by Harry Bliss Published by Katherine Tegen Books, 2018   Book Review At Midtown Elementary School in New York City, Grace’s class is raising money for the Gus Buddy Fund. Gus, the class guinea pig, spends most of his day in a cage and needs a friend. Spending much […]

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 […]

Review: ‘Fence Volume 1′

Fence Volume 1 Written by C.S. Pacat, illustrated by Johanna the Mad BOOM! Studios, $9.99 To attract fans of the boys-love sports series Check, Please! and Yuri!!! on Ice, BOOM! has released a manga-like comic about competitive boys at a fencing academy. Nicholas is the scrappy, disadvantaged up-and-comer with natural talent and insufficient training. In […]

Review: Murray the Race Horse by Gavin Puckett

Murray the Race Horse (Fables from the Stables Book 1) By Gavin Puckett Illustrated by Tor Freeman Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571334681 $8.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores May 15, 2018 Find it at: Your Library | Schuler Books   There’s a certain type of book we don’t see enough. When early readers are too simple, […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

After promising Kate that we’d do a book by a lady, I had to determine the best possible choice. My idea was to look on my old Top 100 Picture Books Poll and see who the top women on there were. #1? Margaret Wise Brown. #2 was Judith Viorst and this book. You know, you […]

Sunday Reflections: What are the limits of free speech in the library? Reflections on the incident at Aurora Public Library

Yesterday I was sitting at the Reference Desk, scrolling through Twitter to see what was happening in the world – and the library world more specifically – when I came across an angry post by many of my peers that shared the picture of a poem on display in the Aurora Public Library. They had […]

Sunday Reflections: What are the limits of free speech in the library? Reflections on the incident at Aurora Public Library

Yesterday I was sitting at the Reference Desk, scrolling through Twitter to see what was happening in the world – and the library world more specifically – when I came across an angry post by many of my peers that shared the picture of a poem on display in the Aurora Public Library. They had […]

Sunday Reflections: What are the limits of free speech in the library? Reflections on the incident at Aurora Public Library

Yesterday I was sitting at the Reference Desk, scrolling through Twitter to see what was happening in the world – and the library world more specifically – when I came across an angry post by many of my peers that shared the picture of a poem on display in the Aurora Public Library. They had […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #37

In this month’s issue of Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Supergirl calls on Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang to help her sort out a super-haunting: Supergirl may be as invulnerable as her cousin, but even bulletproof skin can’t help her when she’s haunted by the ghosts of Krypton! Is it a hoax? A message from the Phantom […]

Books on Film: Migos vs. Dr. Seuss

Add this video to the Children’s Lit Meets Hip Hop Hall of Fame (current inductees include Ludacris and . . . many others I’m sure).
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! in the style of Migos.

Preview: ‘The Best of Archie Americana: Silver Age,’ vol. 2

We’re getting nostalgic today with a preview of vol. 2 of The Best of Archie Americana: Silver Age, which collects classic Archie stories from the 1960s and 1970s, including some stories drawn by Dan DeCarlo, who really defined the classic Silver…

Friday Finds: April 20, 2018

This Week at TLT #ReadForChange: Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Midnight at the Electric and climate change, a guest post by Marie Marquardt YA A to Z: H is for Historical Fiction, a guest post by librarian Amanda Perez Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books YA A to Z: Friends and Troublemakers, a guest […]