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High Interest-Low Vocab Books:  You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

High Interest-Low Vocab Books: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

Lynn:  A gazillion years ago when I started in my first school library, I bought some high interest-low vocabulary books at the request of my teachers. Frankly, they were awful! They had dull, plodding stories and were afflicted with orange, blue, or pea green covers that shrieked BOOKS FOR BAD READERS for all to see. […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Opposite of Spoiled

Book Trailer Thursday: The Opposite of Spoiled

What is the most expensive thing in the world? What does it mean to be rich? Are there people who get rich from doing bad things? No, you’re not taking a personality quiz and, no, your responses won’t be graded. New York Times Columnist Ron Lieber asks these questions and more of a pint-sized audience […]

By February 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
These YA Novels Are Graphic: Blurring the Line between Comics and Prose

These YA Novels Are Graphic: Blurring the Line between Comics and Prose

Graphic novels have come to occupy their own tidy little corner of most libraries, staking an ever-expanding claim on the 741.5s (if you’re still using Dewey, that is). This, of course, makes perfect sense for readers looking only for sequential art narratives, as well as for readers looking just for sentences neatly ordered on a […]

By February 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Graphic Novels

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Graphic Novels

The March 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 290 new reviews and 7 feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered […]

By February 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

As you’re restocking your African-American History Month displays, don’t forget to feature your nonfiction collection. Here are some compelling stories that deserve a second look. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, by Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Boy (American Hunger): A […]

Publishing U: A Single Novel? A Trilogy? A Series?

Publishing U: A Single Novel? A Trilogy? A Series?

How Do I Know Where My Book Begins and Ends? Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the sixth post of our Publishing U series, novelist Leigh Bardugo and agent Joanna Volpe shine light on a common quandary faced by first-time authors. Joanna […]

By February 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →