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August 27, 2015

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“Honor Girl” Graphic Novelist Maggie Thrash on Identity and Girls’ Spaces

SLJ caught up with debut author Maggie Thrash, whose graphic memoir Honor Girl focuses on an experience she had at summer camp when she was 15. Thrash shared how she went from comics newbie to full-fledged author, described the challenges of writing a memoir, and emphasized the importance of all-girl’s spaces.

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Academy of American Poets Debuts “Teach This Poem”

Teach this Poem is a new weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and ideas for activities related to the selection. Educators can sign up now to begin receiving the resource September 2.

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SPONSORED: Stars for Kat Spears’s “Breakaway”!

St. Martin’s Griffin presents advance readers e-galleys of librarian Kat Spears’s sophomore novel, Breakaway, which has already garnered several starred reviews.

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Reviewers and Bloggers: Prepare for KidLitCon 2015, October 9–10, in Baltimore

Registration is now open for the annual festival of book love known as KidLitCon, for people who write about children’s and young adult literature.

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“Toca Nature”: “A Perfectly Pixelated World” | Touch and Go

Many readers know Toca Boca’s “play studio” apps designed for preschoolers. Here is something from them that’s a little different. It combines sandbox activities with a subtle ecological message.


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Reviewers and Bloggers: Prepare for KidLitCon 2015, October 9–10, in Baltimore

Registration is now open for the annual festival of book love known as KidLitCon, for people who write about children’s and young adult literature.

Photo by Nico Carver

“Honor Girl” Graphic Novelist Maggie Thrash on Identity and Girls’ Spaces

SLJ caught up with debut author Maggie Thrash, whose graphic memoir Honor Girl focuses on an experience she had at summer camp when she was 15. Thrash shared how she went from comics newbie to full-fledged author, described the challenges of writing a memoir, and emphasized the importance of all-girl’s spaces.

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 Book Intended to Help Children Fall Asleep Called ‘Worldwide Phenomenon’

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, a self-published children’s bestseller on Amazon, was picked up by Stockholm-based Salomonsson Agency earlier this week, and now Publishers Weekly is reporting that the world English rights to the book may have been bought by Random House in a seven-figure deal.

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Philadelphia Launches $30 Million Literacy Push

The School District of Philadelphia has launched a $30 million early literacy initiative intended to make sure that by 2020, all students are reading on grade level when they reach fourth grade.

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Academy of American Poets Debuts “Teach This Poem”

Teach this Poem is a new weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and ideas for activities related to the selection. Educators can sign up now to begin receiving the resource September 2.

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SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2015 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

Today, School Library Journal and Scholastic recognize Kristina Holzweiss, Lakisha Brinson, and Sally Smollar, three school librarians who display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

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Meet Kristina Holzweiss, SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year

From her blog, entitled “Bunhead with Duct Tape,” to her maker space program called SLIME, Kristina Holzweiss, of Bay Shore Middle School in Long Island, NY, displays an energetic penchant for tinkering with traditional ideas.

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Meet Kristina Holzweiss, SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year

From her blog, entitled “Bunhead with Duct Tape,” to her maker space program called SLIME, Kristina Holzweiss, of Bay Shore Middle School in Long Island, NY, displays an energetic penchant for tinkering with traditional ideas.

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Behind the Scenes: SLJ In Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Join Kiera Parrott, SLJ’s review editor, for a conversation with three storied children’s book editors, Neal Porter of Roaring Brook Press, Sheila Barry of Groundwood Books, and Kathy Dawson of Penguin.
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Teen Book Buzz Fall 2015

Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join representatives from Harlequin Teen and Houghton Mifflin as they tell us about books that will have teens turning pages and coming back for more. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast!
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New Nonfiction for Young Readers

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
This free SLJ webcast, moderated by the library director of Bard H.S. Early College Queens, Jess deCourcy Hinds, will showcase a wide range of reading materials and educational series supporting Common Core and STEM curriculums, plus much more. We’ll highlight new riveting and suspenseful biographies, historical graphic novels, and several fresh and series.
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Pictures of the Week: 3M’s Post-It ‘Partner for Pride’ Wall

Attendees of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference added their favorite diverse book suggestions to 3M’s heart-shaped display made of rainbow-hued Post-it notes.

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