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March 4, 2015

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Serving Conservative Teens

An educator recommends titles for teen patrons of diverse faiths, along with tips and a working booklist. Check out these suggestions, and add your own.

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Findaway Debuts Playaway Launchpad

Findaway has recently launched the first-ever secure, preloaded learning tablet designed for children in a circulation environment, according to Playaway spokesperson Brittany Gonzalez, and the Chicago Public Library and Nashville Public Library are amongst its early adopters.

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Much-Anticipated Sequels and the Latest from Avi, Suma, and Wein | SLJ Sneak Peek

From the new “Penderwicks” novel to the sequel to E.K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen, the titles featured in SLJ’s March issue will delight fans and create new ones. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.

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ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom Wants to Know About Your State’s Challenged Books

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom wants to know about your state’s 2014 book challenges. The deadline for reporting is Friday, February 27—so find out how to do so here.




SLJ's covered the best of everything in 2014: 70 of the best Picture, Middle Grade, Young Adult,
and Nonfiction books; plus, the best adult books for teens, books by and about Latinos,
graphic novels, audiobooks, DVDs, and all things tech.
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Serving Conservative Teens

An educator recommends titles for teen patrons of diverse faiths, along with tips and a working booklist. Check out these suggestions, and add your own.

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Where the Stories Come From: Up Close with YA Author Laurie Boyle Crompton

Laurie Crompton Boyle has explored eating disorders, bullying, and comic books in her young adult novels. SLJ reviewer Donna Rosenblum plumbs Boyle on her inspirations and motivations for writing for teens.

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Spring Giveaways from Merit Press and Chronicle; International Reading Association Renamed | SLJTeen News

For millennials, being able to read is just the start of developing literacy skills; in recognition, the International Reading Association has renamed itself the International Literacy Association. Spring giveaways include creepily serious A Work of Art and the ridiculously useful Funny on Purpose.

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Findaway Debuts Playaway Launchpad

Findaway has recently launched the first-ever secure, preloaded learning tablet designed for children in a circulation environment, according to Playaway spokesperson Brittany Gonzalez, and the Chicago Public Library and Nashville Public Library are amongst its early adopters.

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“Rosie Revere, Engineer” Headed to Space

The picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, will travel to the International Space Station as part of the Story Time from Space program from the Global Space Education Foundation.

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Making Storytime and Curriculum Connections to 2015 Pura Belpré Award Winners

This year’s Pura Belpré winners and honor books provide the ideal opportunity to get to know their authors and illustrators—such as Susan Guevara, Yuyi Morales, and Duncan Tonatiuh—better and use these distinguished titles in a library or classroom setting.

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Game Changers: Women Making History | Focus On

A compilation of books about women who made a difference in their chosen fields and in the world in general. The highlighted individuals include standard-bearers and lesser-known figures, all of whom showed exemplary strength, determination, and all willingness to make a stand.

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Girl Power to the Max: SLJ Chats with the Creators of the “Lumberjanes” Comics

The all-female conceived and produced “Lumberjanes” comics are truly a unique team effort. SLJ caught up with three of the creators, Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen to discuss their collaborative process and inspiration for the campy series.

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The 2015 Youth Media Awards: A Crossover Year for Diversity

Librarian and critic Nina Lindsay unpacks the 2015 Youth Media Awards. Diversity was the hallmark of this year’s top honors in children’s literature, pushing boundaries of content, form, and style. Is this a harbinger of real change?



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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Creepy Thrillers and Seriously Wicked Titles for Spring | Hot Books for Teens

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

Join SLJ reviews senior editor Shelley Diaz as she moderates a free one-hour webcast featuring presentations on teen romances, gripping sci-fi, and insightful postapocalyptic works that will keep teens buzzing. Register Now!

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New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home

This free webcast, moderated by Jess deCourcy Hinds, the library director of Bard H.S. Early College Queens, will showcase a wide range of reading materials and educational series covering motorcycles, wildlife, history, kid-friendly culinary recipes, research projects, thinkers, innovators, and many other new nonfiction titles all with plenty to offer librarians serving today’s youth. Archive is now available!

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A Conversation with the 2015 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

Join us for a live webcast featuring the five finalists for the 2015 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Register now to learn a bit about these terrific titles; hear from the authors about their research and writing processes; and glean some insight into what goes into making the best nonfiction titles accessible and engaging to today’s teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event, which is scheduled just a week before the winner is announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Archive is now available!

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Pictures of the Week

CNN legal analyst and host Sunny Hostin (left) with Ilyasah Shabazz (center) and her coauthor Kekla Magoon (right) at the launch for their YA book, X: A Novel.

Pictures of the Week: Shabazz and Magoon Launch “X: A Novel” at the 92Y in New York City

CNN legal analyst and host Sunny Hostin (left) with Ilyasah Shabazz (center) and her coauthor Kekla Magoon at the launch for their YA book, X: A Novel on January 6. They were in conversation at the 92nd St. Y as part of the organization’s YA Lit at 92Y series.

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