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July 29, 2014

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Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian for Upcoming School Year

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

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Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian for Upcoming School Year

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

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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.

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Describing the service as a potentially “disruptive challenge to libraries,” Jamie LaRue, principal of LaRue and Associates Consulting, told LJ that “even in rural areas now, a lot of folks have ereaders, and find that they prefer ebooks. This kind of service, at that price point, will probably result in another market shift. $9.99 is a pretty good deal.”



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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Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian for Upcoming School Year

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

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‘Evil Librarian’ 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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A Signature Style: Picture book author Byron Barton on developing his craft | Up Close

Iconic picture book creator Byron Barton chats with SLJ about his process, his influences, and his unique style.

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East Hampton Library Addition Opens After Long Struggle and Lawsuit

After years of struggle fraught with zoning issues, East Hampton Library was finally able to cut the ceremonial ribbon on June 21 to celebrate its 6,800 square foot addition following a lawsuit and $5.8 million in donations—including a large sum from East Hampton local, actor Alec Baldwin.

Eight Apps to Support Early Reading and Writing | Cool Tools

Eight Apps to Support Early Reading and Writing | Cool Tools

It’s never too early to encourage reading. Richard Byrne shares his picks for tools that young readers and writers can use with or without an adult. Includes screencasts demoing three applications: Building Language for Literacy, Reading Bear, and Maily, an iOS app for letter writing.

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Star YA Authors Reveal Inspirations and Challenges | SLJ SummerTeen 2014

On July 24, SLJ’s SummerTeen virtual event, attended by nearly 800 conference goers, was chock full of popular and thought-provoking YA authors, such as keynoters Gayle Forman (If I Stay) and Matthew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock), who reveal some of the more personal asides, challenges, and stories behind novel writing. It was Quick who said, “Good literature, he said, “[comforts] the disturbed and [disturbs] the comforted.”

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We Ask SLJ Columnists & Bloggers: What Are You Reading This Summer?

SLJ asked some of its columnists and bloggers the big question: what are you reading this summer?

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Describing the service as a potentially “disruptive challenge to libraries,” Jamie LaRue, principal of LaRue and Associates Consulting, told LJ that “even in rural areas now, a lot of folks have ereaders, and find that they prefer ebooks. This kind of service, at that price point, will probably result in another market shift. $9.99 is a pretty good deal.”

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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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