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1. Stephenie Meyer Talks About Her Gender Swap Project and Midnight Sun at New York Comic Con

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2. Margaret Atwood and Ruth Reich Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

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3. Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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4. Shakespeare on screen [infographic]

Since the advent of film and television production, Shakespeare's plays have been adapted, re-imagined, and performed on screen hundreds of times. Although many early Shakespeare adaptations remained faithful to his work, over time writers and directors selected only certain characters, plot lines, conflicts, or themes into their films.

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5. Media Mentorship & AAP’s New Digital Media Guidelines

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If you haven’t heard the big news, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released updated findings in regards to the use of screen time by young children  which emerged from their recent Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium. I’m excited to report that the AAP findings fully support ALSC’s position as outlined in the Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth white paper adopted by our Board of Directors back in March.

More than ever, families and children will be turning to libraries and youth services staff for help in navigating the digital landscape and in making sound, developmentally appropriate decisions on media use. Your professional association is here to help you rise to the occasion and embrace the role of media mentor with the white paper and other resources that offer helpful ways for you to respond to your families.

ALSC resources available to support you in meeting this evolving opportunity include:

  • Check out the professional tools for digital media on ALSC’s website. ALSC’s Digital Content Task Force collected a go-to list of resources and we’re always looking for more to keep the page fresh and updated, so don’t hesitate to submit your recommendations through the form.
  • The media mentorship white paper landing page has several resources including FREE webcasts such as “Best Practices for Apps/eBooks in Storytime” presented by ALSC member and littleelit.com founder Cen Campbell. Littleelit.com is a crowd-sourced, collaborative think tank focused on developing best practices for infusing new media into library programs, services, and collections.
  • This very blog has regular posts related to technology programming and collections, so check it regularly and stay on top of the trends.
  • Two new task forces are sure to keep us forging ahead as media mentors:
    • The Media Mentorship Award Task Force is developing a potential award for excellence in innovative use of media with children, including a process for recognizing an exemplary media mentor program.
    • The Expansion of the Notable Children’s Video Task Force is exploring the possibility of expanding Notable Children’s Videos to include new digital media.
  • Keep your eyes open for a new how-to book authored by Cen Campbell, Claudia Haines, and ALSC, scheduled for release next June. 
  • ALSC leadership has submitted a proposal to present media mentorship to educators at SXSWedu next March and at the 2016 IBBY Congress next August.

We’re all in this together! Let’s share our thoughts, successes, and requests for help on ALSC-L.  Do you use new media regularly in your programming and services? Want to share your know-how with colleagues? ALSC is always looking for new webinar content so please feel free to share your ideas with the Education committee here

Media mentoring is vital to supporting the lives and literacies of children and families in the twenty-first century. Each of us committing to the role of media mentor is crucial to our success as a profession that serves children. I look forward to continuing this journey together!

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6. The White House Reveals Winners of National Student Poets Program

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7. Indiegogo Campaign Launched for Let’s Read! Asia

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8. Patrick Roche Poetry Video Goes Viral

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9. The Evolution of Batman’s Car: INFOGRAPHIC

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10. An (in)effective interrogation

In early July, the American Psychological Association (APA) released an independent report detailing collusion between the APA and the Bush Administration on abusive interrogation techniques. The 500 plus page Hoffman report found that a small group of APA officials colluded with counterparts in the Department of Defense (DOD).

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11. Mars, Pluto… and beyond

The story of our Solar System is developing into one of the most absorbing – and puzzling – epics of contemporary science. At the heart of it lies one of the greatest questions of all – just how special is our own planet, which teems with life and (this is the difficult bit) which has teemed with life continuously through most of its 4.5 billion year lifetime? Not all of the answers are to be found here on Earth.

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12. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Illusion by Lea Nolan + Giveaway (US Only)


by Lea Nolan

Today we're giving you an exclusive excerpt from ILLUSION, the third and final book in the HOODOO APPRENTICE series by Lea Nolan, and we're debuting the book trailer!. Before we get to that, here's a note from Lea:

I’m thrilled to be here at YABC to introduce you to Illusion, the third and final book in my Hoodoo Apprentice trilogy, which released this week. In addition, I’m over-the-moon excited to share the gorgeous new covers for the first two books in the series, Conjure and Allure and to share an extra special giveaway just for you!

~ Lea Nolan (ILLUSION, Entangled: Teen)

About the Books

b2ap3_thumbnail_conjure.jpgCONJURE (HOODOO APPRENTICE #1)

Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma's ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper's soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer--and her friends--are lost forever.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_allure.jpgALLURE (HOODOO APPRENTICE #2)

Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Faced with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

Things aren't always as they appear…

New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie's worst problems. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies--human and spectral--who may or may not have joined forces against her and everyone she loves. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis's revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use black magic, which will endanger her soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she's never seen before, Emma must harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy she's ever loved.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
And now, we're super excited to premiere the trailer for the HOODOO APPRENTICE series!


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“Are you sure you should even be working this spell?” My brother Jack, asks. “Maybe it isn’t worth it. You and Taneea don’t need to be friends, or even non-enemies. It might be easier to ignore her and her clones.”
Anger bubbles in my gut. Easy for him to say. After only a week at Beaufort High, he’s already got a ton of friends, including more than a few girls who’ve texted to see if he’ll be at tomorrow night’s party at the chapel ruins. No one’s talking about him behind his back, except maybe to speculate how horrible it is to have me for a sister.
“Sure, whatever, Mr. Popular. I’ll just spend the rest of the year as a pariah. No problem.” I go to slam the door, but he shoves his foot next to the jamb.
“That’s not what I meant.”
“I’m not looking for a miracle. I know who Taneea is and realize she’ll probably never be a decent person, but if this spell works and we can at least form a truce, there’s a chance I might get to be normal, at least at school.”
“What if it backfires?”
“It won’t.”
“How do you know? You said yourself you’ve never worked this spell before. What if something goes wrong?”
Now he’s gone too far, sticking his perfectly angled nose where it doesn’t belong. My jaw juts. “Since when did you become an authority on hoodoo?”
“I’m not. I’m just trying—”
“Exactly, you’re not. So thanks, but no, thanks, I don’t need your opinion or help.” I eye his intruding sneaker. “Now if you don’t mind, I’ve got work to do. I’ll let you know when I’m done so you can get your precious ledgers.”
“Jeez, Em, relax. I’m on your side, remember?” His expression softens, but it’s too late—he’s bugged me too much.
“Yeah. Okay.”
He pulls his foot back and I shove the door closed. Turning toward to my worktable, I draw a few deep breaths to center myself again. But I’m still too riled up to relax. I reach for the small vial of dried allspice berries and give it a good whiff. The scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg waft around my head, calming my mind and uncurling the tension that wound my muscles during my exchange with Jack.
Once I’m centered, I open my lids and reach for Taneea’s pilfered emery board, passing its metal tip through the flame to purify it.
Black soot crawls across the nail file. Pulling it away from the candle, I wipe it clean with a soft flannel cloth, then lift the stopper off a vial of pure liquid sulfur. The acrid scent of rotten eggs curls up from the bottle and shoots straight up my nose. Holding my breath, I dip the board in the foul solution, then set the top back in place, containing the stink.
As I draw the board through the flame a second time, an incantation floats from my lips.
“Fire and brimstone obey my plea,
to make a friend of my enemy.”
A putrid scent swells, filling the small room with the odor of death. The sulfur catches fire, flashing a brilliant blue, then yellow. Clingy black residue bubbles up, coating the surface. When the metal glows a vivid orange, I pull it from the flame and drop it in a waiting bowl, then douse it with Hoyt’s Cologne, the cheap drugstore perfume used in spells for good luck. The flowery liquid hisses and spits against the hot metal, sending up a cloud of rose- and violet-scented steam. As the file cools, the mist clears, revealing the board’s shiny, reflective surface.
A wave of fatigue crashes over me, making my lids droop. Every inch of my body yearns for sleep, even my toes. This must be a stronger spell than I realized. But that’s a good thing, considering how much it’ll take to make Taneea even a little bit nice.

b2ap3_thumbnail_NolanBioPic-CROPPED-Med-Res-copy.jpgAbout the Author

Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance and YA. Her books for young adults feature bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes whenever she gets the chance. To learn more, visit Lea’s Website or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Goodreads.


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One winner will receive signed paperback copies of the first two books in the series, CONJURE and ALLURE.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

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13. Van Jensen Lands Deal With Dark Horse Comics

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14. While the Sun Shines

If you’re anywhere near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, look for me this weekend at the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival. The celebration, October 9-11, features free programming for children, teens, and adults with 16 authors and illustrators presenting at three venues.

I’ll be presenting a program for children on Saturday at 11:30 at Bookworm Gardens. I’ll read Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move, and we’ll do a milkweed seed activity and talk about monarch butterflies.  I can hardly wait!

On Sunday at 1:30 at the Mead Public Library, I’ll present a workshop for adults about writing lively nonfiction and share examples from exciting nonfiction books for kids. I found such wonderful resources!

The following weekend is our SCBWI-Wisconsin Fall Conference, where I’ll present a breakout session on Activating Passive Language. I’m also doing critiques. Here, Im interviewed on the new SCBWI-Wisconsin Blog. You can read interviews with some of the other presenters here

Just in time for my conference planning, I finished revising a test passage for an educational publisher. Sometime before I take off for Sheboygan, I intend to send out a letter about a school visit. All this preparation can be a bit overwhelming, but it’s all fun stuff. After a pretty quiet summer, I’m happy to be busy! So when work is available, I always say "Yes!" if I can.

This week’s To-Do list demonstrates our current Teaching Authors topic: the variety of ways we try to make a living in addition to writing and marketing our books for children. Marti started us off with a post about her two articles in the 2016 Childrens Writers and Illustrator’s Market, including "Make a Living as a Writer." Last week Monday, Esther mentioned teaching, writing book reviews, and educational writing. On Wednesday, Laura Purdie Salas shared an exercise about writing on assignment. On Friday, April gave us three tips and a story. Mary Ann started this week with another story and her take on school visits and teaching. We all wear multiple hats!

When I’m busybusybusy, I have to remember to take breaks. Yesterday, I walked to the lake and saw this brief, tiny rainbow overhead.

Here’s a cloud-watching poem to go with the view:
Summer Job 
My favorite occupation
is to lie back and look at the sky.
If you find the right spot,
you can see quite a lot
in the shapes of the clouds rolling by. 
You can study the habits of insects.
You can see how they flutter and fly.
You’ll see birds on the wing.
You can hear how they sing
as they swoop and they soar through the sky. 
All in all, it’s a fabulous habit.
You really should give it a try.
There’s nothing to do
but consider the view.
As the day drifts away, so do I.
JoAnn Early Macken 
I hope to see some of you out and about! In the meantime, be sure to enter our book giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the 2016 Childrens Writers and Illustrator’s Market (courtesy of Writer’s Digest Books)! Saturday, October 10, is the last day to enter.

Laura Purdie Salas is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup at Writing the World for Kids. Enjoy!

JoAnn Early Macken

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15. Is “Nothing nothings” true?

In a 1929 lecture, Martin Heidegger argued that the following claim is true: Nothing nothings. In German: “Das Nichts nichtet”. Years later Rudolph Carnap ridiculed this statement as the worst sort of meaningless metaphysical nonsense in an essay titled “Overcoming of Metaphysics Through Logical Analysis of Language”. But is this positivistic attitude reasonable?

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16. Cover Revealed for New Rick Yancey Book

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17. Biology Week: a reading list

In honour of Biology Week 2015, we have compiled a reading list of biology titles that have helped further the cause through education and research.

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18. YALSAblog Tweets of the Week: October 9, 2015

A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between October 9 and October 15 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.

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19. Perceiving dignity for World Mental Health Day

Each year in July, I greet a new group of post-doctoral psychiatric trainees ('residents,' 'registrars') for a year's work in our psychiatric outpatient clinic. One of the rewards of being a psychiatric educator is witnessing the professional growth of young clinicians as they mature into seasoned, competent, and humanistic psychiatrists.

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20. New York Public Library Announces the 2015 Library Lions

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21. Press Release Fun: The Launch of Read Quarterly!

Folks, I don’t post a lot of Kickstarter projects here, but this one’s a little different. It’s an idea that’s near and dear to my heart and . . . well, I’ll let the title speak for itself.

Gaiman Kickstarter Video and Colfer Original Fiction Help Launch The Read Quarterly.


Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.08.32 PMThe Read Quarterly (TRQ), the magazine launching in January 2016 to discuss the culture of children’s literature, has today revealed its first issue cover and has announced that the magazine will contain an original four-part Eoin Colfer story, Holy Mary, to be published through the first year.

TRQ have also announced details of how to support the first issue of the magazine via Kickstarter and have revealed that Neil Gaiman has been instrumental in setting up that campaign, even recording a video for them to help push the crowd funding.

Sarah Odedina, one of the founders of the magazine, said “We have had such fantastic support since we announced The Read Quarterly.  We are excited by the Kickstarter campaign as we feel that its energy suits our magazine so perfectly. Support has already been flooding in from such luminaries as authors including Malorie Blackman and Neil Gaiman, publishers Neal Porter and Louis Baum and bookseller Melissa Cox. We look forward to growing our magazine to reflect the energy and drive that is so characteristic of the children’s literary scene around the world”.

To support the Kickstarter please go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/748565480/the-read-quarterly. Pledges for the project start at £20 and you will receive not only Odedina and Manning’s undying gratitude and the joy of supporting the project from the start, but also exclusive prints, bags and original artwork. From publication, the magazine will be stocked in bookshops and there is also a subscription service from issue two onwards.

If you are interested in stocking the magazine, please contact Kate Manning at kate@thereadquarterly.com.

Launching in January 2016, The Read Quarterly will be a forum in which global children’s literature can be discussed and debated. Created by children’s literature enthusiasts, each with a wealth of experience in the publishing industry, Sarah Odedina and Kate Manning, this quarterly magazine will provide an environment in which both writers and readers can share their enthusiasm, introduce new ideas and challenge old ones.

For media inquires, please contact:

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22. Cynsational News & Giveaways

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Shadra Strickland and Sally Derby Discuss Their New Book & Diversity in Publishing from Lee & Low. Peek: "I know many people think no one should write outside their own culture. But I think I have the right to write any way I want about anything I want. After I’ve written it, if I didn’t get the voice 'right,' people are free to say so and explain what is lacking or wrong."

Characters Who Surprise by Brian Yansky from Brian's Blog: Writer Talk. Peek: "Make a Buffy a vampire slayer instead of the heroic warrior or make a detective have some personality trait that seems like it would make it hard for them to do the job but, in fact, also helps them to do it. For example, Monk."

Seven Jewish Authors Get Personal About Anti-Semitism from We Need Diverse Books. Peek: "Here’s the question I asked these seven authors: How have you seen anti-Semitism expressed, either in the media, on the internet, or in your personal lives? And this is how they answered."

Three Agents on How Soon Is Too Soon to Query? from Adventures in YA Publishing. Peek: "...most agents and editors are looking to clear desks in time for the New Year rather than take on more. So, it’s to an author’s interests to take the time to revise rather than rush."

Why Book PR Needs Lead Time & Lots of It by Sharon Bially from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "I know it sounds counterintuitive: at long last a book has hit the market, it’s time to tell the world! But in fact, this is a far cry from how things work on the back end."

Who Knows More About Story: Writers or the Pentagon? by Lisa Cron from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "Story as a way to maintain dominance over the world? How could a technology that’s as old as our brain do that?"

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My glorious house guest of the week, Kekla Magoon!
I'm celebrating the spooky season, from head to toes!
Congratulations to Nova Ren Suma on joining the the faculty of the MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults at VCFA!

Congratulations to Mitali Perkins on the news that her book, Rickshaw Girl, is being made into a movie!

Reminder! Want to read something spooky? The electronic editions of Diabolical and Feral Curse (both Candlewick), are on sale this month for $1.99!

Another Reminder! I will be featured at the 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 in Austin. I look forward to joining Ann Angel and Varian Johnson in discussing the anthology Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves (Candlewick, 2015).

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23. Do East and West Germans still speak a different language?

On 12 September 1990, about ten months after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the foreign ministers of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) met with their French, American, British, and Soviet counterparts in Moscow to sign the so-called Two-Plus-Four Treaty.

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24. Podcast Host Mike Duncan Inks Book Deal

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25. Fairy Tale-Themed Coloring Books Featured on Kickstarter

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