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Educator and Library Leader Kay E. Vandergrift Dies at 73

An esteemed educator and leader in the field of children’s and young adult literature, Kay E. Vandergrift was also an early web innovator, using her site to connect and inform educators.

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Educator and Library Leader Kay E. Vandergrift Dies at 73

An esteemed educator and leader in the field of children’s and young adult literature, Kay E. Vandergrift was also an early web innovator, using her site to connect and inform educators.

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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.

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Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”



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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Educator and Library Leader Kay E. Vandergrift Dies at 73

An esteemed educator and leader in the field of children’s and young adult literature, Kay E. Vandergrift was also an early web innovator, using her site to connect and inform educators.

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Opinion: Dear Congressman, Research Shows Closing School Libraries and Cutting Certified Librarians Does Not Make Sense

Closing school libraries and cutting certified librarian positions does not make sense, says YA author and advocate Sarah Darer Littman, who has backed this assertion with research she cites in an open letter to policy makers.

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Middle Grade Fiction Giveaway; Conference With Service to LGBTQ Youth Focus | SLJTeen News

Take a chance on freshening up your middle grade collection with Maria Lennon’s “Middle Child” series, and learn about Time to THRIVE, a unique and much needed conference focusing on service to LGBTQ youth.

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Guadalajara | Consider the Source

How can we bring high quality Spanish-language books into American libraries? The Guadalajara International Book Fair is one answer.

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University of Illinois and Freedom to Read Foundation Offer Intellectual Freedom Course

The Freedom to Read Foundation and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are joining forces to offer an online graduate-level course “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” for library and information science students around the country held August 26–October 10.

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Soon to Be Famous Author Winner, School Librarian Joanne Zienty

Illinois school librarian and winner of the “Soon to Be Famous Author Project” with her book The Things We Save, has had a huge year—and it almost didn’t happen.

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Dollars Invested in Teen Library Services Pay Off

According to a 2011 Pew report, 72 percent of 16-17-year-olds used the public library in the previous year. This new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will provide the fuel teen librarians need to convince library stakeholders that dollars invested in teens are well spent.

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SummerTeen 2014 Authors Hit the Mark with New Releases │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

SLJ’s SummerTeen 2014 is nearly upon us. This free event on July 24 features some of the best YA authors―up close and personal. Check out the latest releases from the featured guests. Resources for the selected titles are included in this column’s award-winning LiveBinder.

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Too Soon for Technology?: The latest on digital use by preschoolers

The low-down on digital content, what’s appropriate, at what age—and some props for print books.


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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