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July 31, 2014

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School Librarian Fights Summer Slide with School Bus-Turned-Bookmobile

Washington school librarian Jenny Granger decided that if her kids weren’t going to come to the books this summer, she would take books to them—by driving a grant-funded bookmobile.

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri library patrons can now rest assured that their library records for checkout of digital materials will remain private, thanks to a new state law.

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2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has announced the finalists for the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 30.

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri library patrons can now rest assured that their library records for checkout of digital materials will remain private, thanks to a new state law.



While the population of U.S. children is increasingly non-white, the representation of diverse cultures in kids’ books has remained paltry, little changed over decades. Why the gap? And what can publishers, librarians, teachers, and parents do to change this?

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Q & A: ‘Positive’ Author Paige Rawl Talks About Her Story as an HIV Positive Teen

Paige Rawls was born with HIV but didn’t know she had it until middle school. She also didn’t know about the stigma and bullying that came with it. Rawls shares her story Positive to not only cope with her past, but to offer solace and courage to those going through a similar experience.

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Everyone’s Talking About ‘Let’s Get Lost’ and Debut Author Adi Alsaid

Adi Alsaid’s debut novel Let’s Get Lost is a beautifully written story about five strangers and their different experiences with love, loss, and finding themselves along the way. SLJ reviewer Donna Rosenblum chats with the author about his inspirations, his travels, and what’s in store for him next.

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri library patrons can now rest assured that their library records for checkout of digital materials will remain private, thanks to a new state law.

Photo credit: Snohomish Book Café

School Librarian Fights Summer Slide with School Bus-Turned-Bookmobile

Washington school librarian Jenny Granger decided that if her kids weren’t going to come to the books this summer, she would take books to them—by driving a grant-funded bookmobile.

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Amazon Reveals Sticking Points with Hachette

In a Kindle forum post dated July 29, Amazon reveals specific details of its sticking points with Hachette Publishing Group over profit-share and ebook pricing—and in doing so, doesn’t do Hachette any favors.

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We Need Diverse Books Incorporates

The now-ubiquitous #WeNeedDiverseBooks (WNDB) hashtag and campaign has filed for incorporation in Pennsylvania, according to a WNDB blog post dated July 29.

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Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian

Pennsylvania’s Pennridge School District’s budget was passed in June—and it has eliminated an elementary school library position.

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‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

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Grunt, Quack, Oink | Focus On Animal Books

From preschool to middle grade, these nonfiction titles explore the animal kingdom and all its wild ways.


SummerTeen 2014

SLJ‘s 3rd annual SummerTeen virtual conference features authors, illustrators and editors of the best books for teens talking about their writing experiences, and current and forthcoming titles in an engaging. conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience. Best of all, it’s free!

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Serving Diverse Readers | SLJ Diversity Webcast 2014

Books that showcase a variety of multiethnic communities, are populated with diverse characters, and explore our shared humanity, continue to be an increasingly important issue in the global world in which we live. Librarians, educators, and publishers have long been at the forefront of addressing that need. From an anthology of stories by Native American authors to nonfiction that challenges stereotypes, the backlist and new titles shared by Annick Press and Capstone Publishing during this virtual event will be of special interest for your readers. Archive is now available!

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What Public Librarians Need to Know about Common Core State Standards

From programming to collection development, common core state standards can impact the work of the public librarian. With implementation in the schools, where do you fit in? Join Deborah B. Ford in this webcast designed to debunk the myths, inspire you with programming ideas, and guide you in the demand for rigorous fiction and nonfiction.
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Lerner Publishing Group Fall 2014 Librarian Preview Webinar

Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this fall! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the fantastic new books that will be published Fall 2014. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this Fall. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.
Archive is now available!

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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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