February 17, 2018

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YA A to Z: Best Frenemies to Lovers in YA, a guest post by author Molly E. Lee

This YA A to Z post on Best Frenemies, is a little bit late for the letter B (I missed some letters, sorry), but it’s the perfect pre-Valentine’s day post. The 2018 TLT Project: YA A to Z Best Frenemies to Lovers in YA I’m so excited to be here at the Teen Librarian Toolbox […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #90

It’s trouble with bubbles for the Mystery Inc. gang in this week’s preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #90: Ghosts may wear sheets, but our heroes never expected to find one haunting their local laundromat! Will Shaggy be doomed to wear dirty socks forever? It gives whole new meaning to the phrase “Bubble, bubble, toil […]

2017-2018 Children’s & Young Adult Book Awards

The start of the calendar year is always an exciting time for children’s and young adult literature, as the American Library Association (ALA) announces its Youth Media Awards. Below you will find not only links to the 2018 ALA award-winning and honor books that we blogged about, but links to the many books we blogged […]

Sexual Harassment in KidLit

As a librarian, I don’t often feel genuinely a part of kid or yalit. I’m not an author. I’m not a publisher. I’m not an agent or an editor. But I am someone who regularly talks about books and puts them into the hands of kids and teens. So these last few days, I have […]

And the Winner Is….

The Newbery Medal was  announced this morning!   We’ve posted the Newbery results here, and added any other awards won by books we’ve discussed on Heavy Medal in the comments below. Newbery Medal: HELLO UNIVERSE  Newbery Honor: LONG WAY DOWN Newbery Honor: PIECING ME TOGETHER Newbery Honor: CROWN: AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT  (We didn’t feature this, […]

YMA 2018: Liveblog!

Well, we’re here! After all is said and done (and at this point, we’ve done a LOT of saying), we’ve arrived at the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Lots of books, lots of words, lots of passionate debate later, it all comes down to that conference room in Denver. Are you ready?? We’ll have […]

Creating an Inclusive Teen Game Night by Michelle Biwer

A number of teens on the autism spectrum are frequent patrons and volunteer at the library, but I knew that I was not seeing them attend my programs. After talking with some of them I realized the programs I offered were not suiting their interests and needs. We came up with the idea of “Friends […]

The 2018 Caldecott Comment Card

Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey

Take two! About two weeks ago Kate and I recorded this killer episode where we discussed the classic status (or lack thereof) of Curious George. Naturally, the computer ate the whole dang thing. So we’re doing something a little different this week. Kate’s already read the book so we’re changing things up a little. We […]

Harassment in Children’s Lit

Chances are good that if you’re reading this, you’ve already read the article (and comments on) Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment, but in case you haven’t, you should.

Picks and Predictions

Now that you’ve had a few hours to digest the news that this is our last time doing picks and predictions, and you’ve also had some time to consider your own thoughts for each category, let’s do this thing! We’ll start with the definitions: Picks are the personal choices. It’s the slate of books you can […]

The February Newsletter is Terrifying

Yesterday I sent out the February installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a story about a terrifying snowflake. You can see it here.
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This Week’s Comics: Dressmakers and Scoundrels

Love is in the air…the love for this week’s new releases! Archie Comics continues their new space adventure series, Cosmo #2. Boom! Studios brings back the kids of Backstagers with a Valentine’s Intermission #1, while Harper Collins Publishers makes being President cool again with their new series Action Presidents, starting with Volume 1 George Washington […]

Friday Finds: February 9, 2016

This Week at TLT Recently In Book Mail #YAAtoZ: Consent in YA, a guest post by author Sara Baysinger Book Review: Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman by Box Brown Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson My favorite tools: Slack Book Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao […]

#metoo

Yes, but not my point: Sarah Hamburg has suggested I send you over to Anne Ursu’s thoughts on sexual harassment in the children’s book industry. Certainly, if anyone thought the land of bunny-eat-bunny escaped the abuses of sex and power endemic to American culture, they’re not paying attention! I find Anne’s points about conference behavior particularly […]

And the (Other) Winner is…

Wow, everyone!  Two hundred and eighty of you voted in our General Heavy Medal poll, choosing your top 3 favorite titles from our long list.  I’m really so pleased to see so much participation! So, what won? THE WAR I FINALLY WON took first place, and is crowned the winner, with 104 votes! Remember that […]

Morning Notes: Itchy Edition

MAURICE SENDAK: INTERIOR DESIGNER What would it look like if Sendak, Carle, Rowling or three other children’s lit greats designed the baby’s room? Now we (sort of) know. WILDER NO MORE? There will be some discussion at the ALA Midwinter conference this weekend about possibly changing the Laura Ingalls Wilder award, ALSC’s version of a […]

Cover Reveal: The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Oh, the weather outside is frightful! Some of you are headed to Midwinter right now in the midst of horrible, terrible snows. I salute you, one and all. To take your minds off your cancelled flights, let us pause a moment and consider Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s clever and charming Book Scavenger series. When the folks […]

Negotiating Nuance

Recently, I was honored to be invited to speak at the 21CLHK Conference in Hong Kong. One of my archived talks addressed the Noah principle–why predicting rain doesn’t count, and why building arks does–as it relates to the credibility crisis or the challenges of container collapse. I see so many opportunities for us to take […]

I wish librarians ran the world

I really enjoyed my interview with old school chum Carla Hayden in her Librarian of Congress office (with a beautiful view of the Capitol dome that nevertheless uneasily reminded me of way too many summer movies of the apocalyptic bent!). In the main, we spoke about children’s books and youth librarianship, but Carla said something that […]