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September 2, 2014

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Margarita Engle Wins PEN Literary Award

Margarita Engle, the first Latino author to receive a Newbery Honor, was honored with the top prize in the 24th Annual PEN Literary Awards for The Lightning Dreamer.

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Two Second Graders Pitch to Restore School Library on Indiegogo

Seven-year-olds, Josephine Sinclair and Sarai Williams, of Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, California, hope to raise $20,000 to restore their school library using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

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And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today

To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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Margarita Engle Wins PEN Literary Award

Margarita Engle, the first Latino author to receive a Newbery Honor, was honored with the top prize in the 24th Annual PEN Literary Awards for The Lightning Dreamer.



Ebooks are here to stay, and the offerings geared toward young children expand every day. Still, the debate about their use among early learners rages on. What is the case for and against ebooks in supporting early literacy? And what about screen time? Two sides weigh in.

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Margarita Engle Wins PEN Literary Award

Margarita Engle, the first Latino author to receive a Newbery Honor, was honored with the top prize in the 24th Annual PEN Literary Awards for The Lightning Dreamer.

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And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today

To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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Taking the Teen Summer Challenge to New Heights, Pierce County Style

At Pierce County Library System (WA), staff recognized that their summer reading program needed to be reimagined. The Teen Summer Challenge was created to provide a more meaningful experience for their tweens and teens.

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Go West, New Librarian; Teens Making a Difference Giveaway; Pet Poetry Contest | SLJTeen News

Opportunities abound for new librarians, teen change-seekers, and pet loving poets. Check out our latest roundup of teen services news bites.

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UK Laureate Malorie Blackman will not Be Silenced

When Malorie Blackman found herself at the center of a racial firestorm, following an interview in which she addressed the lack of diversity in children’s books, she found strength from fellow writers and in her convictions.

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Arapahoe High School Unveils New Library and Park

Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado, rebuilds its library and gets a new outdoor commons, after a tragic high school shooting last December.

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‘Tactile Picture Books’ Creates 3-D Print Titles for Blind Children

A new project out of the University of Colorado is harnessing 3-D printing technology to make picture books accessible to visually impaired children.

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Throwback Thursday: A Sendak Photobomb

For our 60th anniversary, SLJ’s dipped into the archive. To kick off our contribution to #tbt, we offer this image of a young Maurice Sendak and a mischievous staffer.

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Joey Pigza’s Last Hurrah, the Latest from Cynthia Kadohata, and More | Fiction Grades 5-8

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Fall Announcement Issue Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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The Latest from Heavy-Hitters A. S. King, Marie Lu, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Julie Kagawa | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

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Teens Review ‘Mary’, ‘Of Monsters and Madness’, and More

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Playing With the Narrative | SLJ Spotlight

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The March Goes On | Touch and Go

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‘If I Stay’ Needs a Pulse | Film Review

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A Mystery Unravels | Touch and Go

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Novels in Verse, Literary Street Lit, and High-Interest Nonfiction | What’s Hot in YA

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Teens Teach Tech Grants, Giveaways, and Teens’ Top Ten Voting Opens | SLJTeen News

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Teens Review Debut ‘Zac & Mia’, ‘Off Pointe’ and Throne of Glass 3

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The Long-Anticipated Film of Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ | Movie Review

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SLJTeen Catches Up with Debut Author Anthony Breznican

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Fan Fiction Takes Flight Among Teens

Teens write fan fiction to experiment, explore, and interact with fellow writers they admire and respect.


The Digital Shift

Join us for exciting programming for public, academic and K12 libraries to examine
the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.
Hear presentations from thought leaders who will provide actionable
answers to some of the biggest questions libraries face.

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Finding a Formula for Independent Reading

Register and attend to receive a complimentary copy of research white paper, Providing Time for Teacher-Guided Independent Reading: A Synthesis of Research and Expert Opinion and hear examples of successful program from leading librarians from around the country. Register Now!

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Teen Book Buzz Fall 2014

From family strife during the Vietnam era to an alternative Victorian London, our sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers. Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2014 Teen Book Buzz! Join representatives from Harlequin Teen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Llewellyn, and Egmont as they tell us about books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast! Register Now!

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Rick Riordan: Live from Mount Olympus

Think you (or your classroom or school) can stump Rick Riordan when it comes to Greek mythology? We’ll be testing him live! You’ll have a chance to submit a question when you register, and if your question is chosen you’ll receive a signed copy of Rick Riordan’s new illustrated collection, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. SLJ Reviews Editor Kiera Parrott will be on hand to ask the questions. Register Now!

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Former National Ambassador of Children's Literature Jon Sciezka and award-winning writer Mac Barnett, coauthors of Battle Bunny were the keynoters of XXX.

Pictures of the Week: Scieszka and Barnett Keynote Bank Street Book Awards Ceremony

Former National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Jon Sciezka (l.) and award-winning writer Mac Barnett (r.), coauthors of the recent Battle Bunny, were the keynoters at the Bank Street College of Education’s annual book awards ceremony.

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