May 28, 2018

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On that video about non-book reading

A few days back I kinda jumped on a social media bandwagon reposting the Jimmy Kimmel video, Can you name a book? I cringed when I watched that video. And I had an icky feeling when I hit the Tweet button. But I did it anyway. Kimmel referred to a Pew survey released in March that explored […]

Global Literature to Teach Global Understanding

Global Literature To Teach Global Understanding This spring, several new books that foster global understanding for childhood audiences have been released that are written and illustrated by international authors and illustrators. While these works of global literature certainly stand on their own, collectively they offer classrooms an opportunity for students to grow deeper understandings of […]

Review: ‘Zen Pencils: Inspirational Quotes for Kids’

Zen Pencils: Inspirational Quotes for Kids by Gavin Aung Than Andrews McMeel, $9.99 Ages 7-12 years The quotes in Zen Pencils: Inspirational Quotes for Kids are oddly chosen. The second is about training to avoid bleeding in battle, attributed to an Armed Forces motto, a strange choice to lead off a book of advice for […]

#ReadForChange: Get Really Real with Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez, 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 Lilliam Rivera join us for a conversation about gentrification, taking action, writing a novel that is just one voice of the many unheard voices in the publishing industry, and her excellent book […]

DNA Profiling Program Recap by Michelle Biwer

A local branch of the international biotechnology corporation Thermo Fisher conducts outreach every year in my community. They approached our library system with offers of free programs they could run at the library for our patrons. A group of scientists from Thermo Fisher came to share a 1.5 hour program about DNA profiling for teens […]

Review: Illegal

Eoin Colfer is well-known for his many novels for middle-grade readers. His Artemis Fowl series, about a teenage criminal mastermind, has been popular for well over ten years and was adapted into a graphic novel. More recently, Colfer has set out to write an original graphic novel. Illegal By Eoin Colfer. Andrew Donkin. Giovanni Rigano […]

You’re So Vain: Book-Related Vanity License Plates

I was in the car yesterday when I spotted this while waiting for a red light: Nice work, fellow driver! It got me thinking about people I know who have book-related vanity plates. My friend (and world-class school librarian) Cindy Dobrez has one (she credits Little Brother by Cory Doctorow as inspiration): John Schumacher has […]

Cover Reveal and Dual Interview: Wings by Cheryl Klein, ill. Tomie dePaola

Okay. So I kinda sorta intensely love this. First off, remember Cheryl Klein? A.k.a. the continuity editor of Harry Potter? A.k.a. one of the best editors of our age who not too long ago left Scholastic to work for Lee & Low Books? I’ve known Cheryl for years. We used to do Kidlit Drink Nights […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

I’d like to offer a word of warning to my mother with this one. Somehow, this ended up being our longest episode. Mom, if you listen to this on the treadmill, you might do yourself a serious injury. It’s a whopping 48:17 (and that’s edited down!). I guess it’s not surprising when you do a […]

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.

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) […]