September 27, 2016

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SLJ Controversial Books Survey Responses: Weighing Subject Matter

SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, addressing self-censorship, asked school librarians: “When making purchasing decisions, do find yourself weighing the effect of controversial subject matter more often now than you did one or two years ago?” Here’s what respondents who answered “yes” had to say.

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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and Illustrated by Rafael Lopez Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016 ISBN 978-0-544-35769-3   All Ages   Book Review “In the heart of a gray city, there lived a girl who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint.” […]

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Wanted: YA Author In Search of Reluctant Readers | Opinion

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Boum! | Touch and Go

SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

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Great Books: Mini-Makers

Starring kids who passionately craft, construct, concoct, and dream big, these enchanting picture books celebrate creativity and innovation.

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SLJ Controversial Books Survey Responses: Weighing Subject Matter

SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, addressing self-censorship, asked school librarians: “When making purchasing decisions, do find yourself weighing the effect of controversial subject matter more often now than you did one or two years ago?” Here’s what respondents who answered “yes” had to say.

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SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Comments About Book Challenges

In SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, we asked school librarians to tell us about a book challenge they had personally experienced or to communicate other information about this topic.
Here’s what they said.

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D.I.Y. Censorship: An Infographic

Download this visual representation of key findings in SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey of school librarians, exploring self-censorship.

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SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Comments About Age-Appropriateness

SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books survey asked school librarians how they determined if a book is age-appropriate. Here’s what they said.

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SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Word Clouds

School librarians mentioned these terms the most in their their answers to two questions in SLJ’s 2016 survey, which explores self-censorship.

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Unnatural Selection: More Librarians Are Self-Censoring

Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.

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All Schools Need Book Challenge Policies

Jamie LaRue, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, responds to SLJ‘s survey and points to resources that help librarians create policies and field challenges.

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Engaging Reluctant Middle Grade Readers

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
At our upcoming webcast, industry experts will offer a sneak peek at some titles from Andrews McMeel, Black Rabbit Books, and Listening Library. From graphic novels to audiobooks and everything in between, these selections are guaranteed to get patrons revved up about reading.
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Exciting New Nonfiction Titles for Fall – Part 2

Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Our webcast on series nonfiction will guarantee that you’ll be prepared, whether your patrons are asking for materials for a social studies report or just looking for cute animals to pore over. Moderated by Della Farrell, assistant editor of SLJ reviews and editor of Series Made Simple, the webcast will highlight stellar resources from Amicus, Purple Toad, and Scholastic.
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Better Together: Boosting Engagement by Pairing Fiction Series and Nonfiction

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Our panel of librarians and curriculum professionals will show which popular series chapter books, middle grade fiction, and YA readers pair perfectly with nonfiction texts and offer suggestions on bridging fiction and nonfiction reading in the library and classroom.
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