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March 29, 2015

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Spokes People | SLJ Spotlight

Two nonfiction picture books reimagine the benefits of bicycles.

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Little, Brown Partners with LEGO; Lambda Literary Award Finalists | News Bites

In the latest News Bites: voting for the Children’s Choice Book Award is wide open until May 3; Little, Brown will release its first LEGO graphic novel in September 2015; and the finalists for the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books published in 2014 have been announced.

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What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

Librarians armed with stats and professionalism urged lawmakers to raise public library funding and support for school librarians on the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day.

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Rage to Page: Young Scholars Self-Publish a Tribute to John Hope Franklin

When the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars studied the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, NC, they became enraged that such an important event was not covered in their eighth grade history textbooks. The Young Scholars then decided to write and self-publish a novel as a tribute to the late Duke historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin.

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Westward Bound | Touch and Go

“‘With a sinking feeling, I realized that I was entering a new kind of life, as rough and full of ups and downs as the road over which we traveled. Would I have the courage and fortitude to stick it out?”—Katherine Kirk,’” quoted in Kids Discover’s “Pioneers.”



Young adult author Kathleen Hale’s tale of being catfished by a reviewer and then stalking her in The Guardian last October incited hot-button responses and discussion in the book community. One of the questions that emerged from the dialogue was, “Why are book reviews anonymous?” and “Is anonymity necessary?” We open these questions to two sides.

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Little, Brown Partners with LEGO; Lambda Literary Award Finalists | News Bites

In the latest News Bites: voting for the Children’s Choice Book Award is wide open until May 3; Little, Brown will release its first LEGO graphic novel in September 2015; and the finalists for the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books published in 2014 have been announced.

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Critics Sound off on “Clean Reader” App | Storify

UPDATE: As of March 27, all books have been removed from the Clean Reader catalog, states its Facebook page. A survey of some responses to “Clean Reader.” The application, for IOS and Android, removes profanity, references to anatomical features, and language deemed offensive from titles available in an online bookstore.

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Celebrated YA Author Ellen Conford Dies at 73

Celebrated YA author Ellen Conford, who wrote more than 30 books, including the “Annabel the Actress” and “Jenny Archer” series. died March 20 on her 73rd birthday.

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What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

Librarians armed with stats and professionalism urged lawmakers to raise public library funding and support for school librarians on the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day.

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The World Builder’s Sandwich | Consider the Source

A central challenge in writing nonfiction for young adults is providing context. But what is context? The bread that holds it the sandwich together, or the meal’s nutritional value? It’s something to chew over.

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Disney Hyperion Editors Take Dramatic Turn | 2015 Spring Preview

At the Disney Hyperion 2015 Spring Preview, editors traded in the red pencils for scripts as they did dramatic readings from their upcoming titles from Christopher Myers, Tim Federle, Dave Barry, and Bob Shea.

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Virtual Preschool? Believe It or not, It’s a Thing

A curriculum from Vinci, available to parents by subscription, promises to “inspire the genius” in young children. Public libraries have actually been offering remote services to families for a while now, maintains Lisa Kropp, who further considers the notion of virtual preschool.

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Seattle Public Library Named a ‘Safe Place’ for Teens

As part of its National Safe Place Week (March 15−21) celebration, Seattle Public Library (SPL), with its 27 locations, was officially named a Safe Place on March 16. This designation recognizes SPL as a place where youth ages 12–17 can ask for help when in crisis.

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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?

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

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. Archive is now available!

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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: NorthSouth Book Launch Party for “My Grandma Is a Ninja”

NorthSouth Books held a launch party on March 11 for My Grandma Is a Ninja, written by Todd Tarpley and illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou.

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