The Classroom Bookshelf
December 21, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Short list today. We examine the much maligned genre, science fiction, and find a couple gems along the way.
April 8, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Beware the mobs. Beware joining them. Beware and aware of what they’re capable of, and don’t disregard them either. But beware your worst instincts most of all.
December 20, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Today, I'm giving all my love to those quirky sci-fi (yes, I know science fiction fans hate that term) titles of 2021, both in picture book and older reader form. There weren't a ton, but what there was was magic.
August 20, 2021 by Betsy Bird
For the kid that likes their science fiction dark with marvelous villains and a strong core message about individuality, storytelling, and hope, I can’t think of a better book to hand over. A dystopia you’ll be happy to dive into deeply.
December 21, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Today I'm breaking down the Science Fiction titles of 2020 into Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Middle Grade Fiction, and Comics. I wouldn't call this a definitive list of any kind, but I truly enjoyed each and every last one of these titles.
December 21, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Science Fiction, man. It's one of my favorite genres for kids, but like Mysteries it can be hard to find a whole slew of them in a given year. To combat that problem, for today's list I'm pulling equally from the comics as I am the middle grade fiction.
May 24, 2019 by Betsy Bird
“I am Fly. Maximillian Fly. I am a good creature. I am not bad, as some will tell you.” Considering that Maximillian is a human/cockroach hybrid of sorts, this is not particularly surprising news. Meet the dystopian/Steampunk/action adventure novel that's like nothing you've ever read before.
October 11, 2017 by Betsy Bird
Last Day on Mars By Kevin Emerson Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-230671-5 Ages 9 and up On shelves now I’ll often get what I’d call reference interview questions from the internet as a whole. They come in via Twitter, Goodreads, personal emails, my website, my blog, you name it. […]
April 26, 2017 by Betsy Bird
York: The Shadow Cipher By Laura Ruby Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 9780062306937 Ages 9-14 On shelves May 9th. A wise bookseller friend of mine once said (and I’m paraphrasing here because she bloody tweets too often to locate the precise words), “If you work in a bookstore you are […]
February 27, 2017 by Betsy Bird
One Trick Pony By Nathan Hale Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-2128-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves March 14th Let us say, for the sake of argument, that you are a wonderfully successful author/artist of a New York Times bestselling graphic novel series about historical events. Hazardous historical events. Let us say that […]
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