June 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Friday Finds: June 22, 2018

This Week at TLT As I Try Desperately to Get Home Again, Not All Children Can. Here’s why it matters. New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about On World Refugee Day 2018, #ReadForChange with Alan Gratz’ Refugee Book Review: Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye YA Nonfiction Roundup […]

As I Try Desperately to Get Home Again, Not All Children Can. Here’s why it matters.

The news is full of horrific stories of young children being taken away from their families for the sin of wanting to come to a new country to flee the extreme poverty, violence, and whatever else it is that one flees from. There are pictures of babies crying, audio of children wailing and crying out […]

Over 600 Teens Attend NYPL’s Annual Anti-Prom—A Night of Glitter, Fashion, & Acceptance

NYPL has hosted an alternative prom for teens in New York City for ever 14 years. The young adult programming manager give highlights from this year’s festive, inclusive event, which took place on June 8.

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, […]

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 […]

Kid Lit Community Condemns Border Policy, Acts To Help Immigrants and Families

Members of the Kid Lit community put out a call to action to colleagues and readers. ALA president Jim Neal adds his voice to the outcry.

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: […]

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 […]

Inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards Announced

New awards celebrate graphic novels, and the first winners were revealed at Denver Comic Con.

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 […]

Friday Finds: June 15, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: In Which The Teen Writes a Poem About Sexual Harassment Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins Celebrating 7 Years of TLT: 7 Years, 7 Books Giveaway Book Review: Tsu and the Outliers by Erik Johnson MakerSpace Tech Review: Canon Selphy 1300 Printer Celebrating Seven Years of TLT: A look […]

Celebrating 7 Years of TLT: Why I Love TLT

There are a lot of reasons I love writing for this blog. The first is the feeling of community I get from it, both from my fellow bloggers and from our readership. We are all really invested in serving the teens in our lives and connecting them with books, information, and our libraries. It’s helpful […]

Unlimited Engagement: Helping Teen Readers by Giving up the Struggle

Nearly a quarter of third graders who aren’t reading at grade level will not graduate from high school by the time they are 19. Here are ways to help them.

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Celebrating Seven Years of TLT: A look back at favorite posts

The older I get, the more I think the passage of time is the fastest, most puzzling thing ever. Where do the days go? Where do the years go? Multiple times a week, my husband will exclaim, “How is it 8:00 already?” and I will almost always follow that up with, “How are we in […]

MakerSpace Tech Review: Canon Selphy 1300 Printer

When I began thinking of creating a Teen MakerSpace, I knew that one of the things I wanted to include was a digital media lab or station. My goal was to teach my Instagram and meme loving teens how to create their own Instagram worthy pics or memes. And given the number of super cool […]

Teen Interns Get Innovative with Display Ideas at VA High School Library

Librarian interns at Western Albemarle High School use hot glue gun, metal washers, super magnets, and creativity to display student artwork in the library.

Book Review: Tsu and the Outliers by Erik Johnson

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 which originally appeared in the June 2018  School Library Journal.   Tsu and the Outliers by Erik […]

Celebrating 7 Years of TLT: 7 Years, 7 Books Giveaway

Seven years ago today, Teen Librarian Toolbox began. Throughout the past 7 years, I have been humbled, honored, proud and a lot of other amazingly positive things to be able to do this blog. Let me tell you about 7 of them, because it seems like 7 is the appropriate number. 1. Heather Booth, Amanda […]

13 Manga Series To Share with Teens This Summer

This has been a bountiful year for manga, in terms of both quantity and quality, and there’s more on the way! Stock your shelves with these series, perfect for summer reading.