February 20, 2018

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How SPEAK became a Graphic Novel: 3 Questions with Laurie Halse Anderson

I recently finished the graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s modern YA classic Speak. Boy is it well done. It’s illustrated by Emily Carroll. I’m always curious about how a novel becomes a graphic novel so I asked Laurie a few questions about it. Me: Hi Laurie. How did the idea to adapt the book […]

Like a Cover Reveal But Wordier: An Excerpt from Susan Cooper’s The Boggart Fights Back

Looking back at the recent slate of award winners, I view them through the lens of someone that has lived in Trump’s America for a little more than a year. As a result, I see things a bit differently. Taken a certain way, every book becomes a kind of protest. Consider the Caldecott. I’ve mentioned […]

Orbis Pictus Honor Book – Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect us Today By Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson Published by Peachtree Publishers, 2017, ISBN 978-1-56145-945-2 Grades 6-Up Book Review On this President’s Day, it is important to note that “not one of our first eight presidents had any real power” (p. […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: Toxic Masculinity and Teaching Boys to Accept No for an Answer, Even in Our Libraries

The first time I ever learned what can happen when you tell a boy no and was afraid, I was a Sophomore in high school. A friend has asked me out and I told him no, I didn’t have those types of feelings for him. Later that night I did go out on a date, […]

What Aaron Becker Has Been Up To: Behind the Scenes of A STONE FOR SASCHA

After his award-winning Journey trilogy, I’ve been curious to see what Aaron Becker does next. A Stone for Sascha is the answer. You may have seen the cover:

Today we take an exclusive look behind the scenes of how the book was made.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff

Our theme of problematic picture books that deal indirectly with colonialism continue with this natural companion to Curious George. Today’s book is notable if only because it is the first “classic” we’ve discussed that I read as a child. Will that make me more inclined to like the book or not? You’ll just have to […]

Chelsea Clinton Reads from She Persisted

Colby: When I head that Chelsea Clinton was reading the audio book for She Persisted, I reached out to Listening Library to see if we could run a clip here on The Yarn blog. Check it out below!

 
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Sunday Reflections: When Adults Fail, the Teens will Save Themselves

On February 14th, there was another school shooting. This was the 18th school shooting in 2018 and 17 people were sadly and tragically taken from this mortal coil too soon. But this school shooting, or more precisely what is happening after this school shooting, is different. This time, teens are stepping up to the microphone […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Jumbo Digest’ #76

This President’s Weekend preview of World of Archie Jumbo Digest #76 kicks off with a brand new story from writer Alex Simmons (who is also the moving force behind the Kids Comic Con in the Bronx) and another Archie veteran, artist Bill Galvan. T…

Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images

If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of […]

Friday Finds: February 16, 2018

This Week at TLT Creating an Inclusive Teen Game Night by Michelle Biwer Sexual Harassment in KidLit YA A to Z: Best Frenemies to Lovers in YA, a guest post by author Molly E. Lee Book Review: Still Here by Rowan Blanchard What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA February 2018 Collecting Comics: February 2018 by Ally […]

This Week’s Comics: Cucumbers and Trollhunters

Highlights from this week’s new releases include Archie Comics releasing a Marvel Comics Digest that features adventures with the Avengers and Black Panther working together. IDW Publishing finishes the mini series Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight, with issue #3 while Lerner Publishing Group brings out the second volume of Whisker Sisters: The Mystery of the Tree Stump Ghost. […]

Review: ‘Sparks!’

Sparks! Writer: Ian Boothby Artist: Nina Matsumoto Graphix; $12.99 A baby has just fallen down a well. Quick, which common household pet would you most entrust with the rescue of the baby—a cat or a dog? Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto’s original graphic novel Sparks! is based on that very contrast between how we regard […]

Book Review: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

Publisher’s description Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be “born of mud” and to be “beasts of the devil.” Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them? One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the […]

Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Publisher’s description Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion […]

Guest Post: A New Consideration of Elena Ferrante’s The Beach at Night by Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz

You guys know my penchant for children’s books that fall outside the usual norms. And nothing strikes fear in the good American heart faster than picture books from other countries. I’ve seen even the most sophisticated of readers wrinkle their noses at translations they deemed “weird”. And nothing caused such wrinkling better than the 2016 […]

Books in Brief: Unicorns, Bears, and Indian Wool (Pashminas)

Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson ISBN 978-1-4494-7791-2 $9.99 pbk Amp Kids, c2016 Unicorn Crossing: Another Phoebe and her Unicorn Adventure ISBN 978-1-4494-8357-9 $9.99 pbk Amp Kids, c2017 If young readers haven’t found Phoebe and her best friend the Unicorn, they have been missing out. Snarky, glib, and just plain fun, Phoebe and her best […]

YA A to Z: Top 10 CHARMING Characters in YA, a guest post by author Amber Hart

Here we are in Febrauary, so we’re on the letters C and D for the YA A to Z project. Today, author Amber Hart is sharing some charming characters from YA with us. The 2018 TLT Project: YA A to Z My favorite characters in YA often have the type of personality that leaps off […]

Collecting Comics: February 2018 by Ally Watkins

Happy February! Here are some comics and graphic novels that your teens and tweens will be asking for this month. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Emily Carroll (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, February 6). This is a graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda is […]

What to Watch for in 2018….Plus a Reader’s Poll

For this last post of the season, we’re looking ahead to next year’s Heavy Medal.  Some book possibilities are listed below, but we’re also interested in getting some feedback about this blog.  If you have a few minutes to share what you think, it will help us plan for next year.   We have a quick […]