November 24, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ: The Year in Covers, 2015

From a crossover year in children’s literature and the national push for Pre-K, to thoughtful 3-D printing and serving incarcerated youth, School Library Journal (SLJ) covered the field in 2015.

This year featured three dedicated issues, on the maker movement in libraries (May); early learning (July); and teens (November). “Putting these together with our staff involved casting the widest net to hone in on the librarians and educators doing the most innovative, inspirational work in these areas,” says Sarah Bayliss, associate editor, news and features, SLJ.

“At the same time, we study the big picture: Where are we now? Where are we going next?” she says.

Other personal highlights for Bayliss include working with journalists Grace Hwang Lynch and Linda Jacobson as they covered how librarians are serving English Language Learners (April cover story) and how the prison reform movement is changing education for incarcerated youth (October cover story). “Both articles consider complex, national topics linked to federal and state policy. Meanwhile, on the ground, librarians are helping those who need it the most,” she says.

Other print issues raised up school librarians as tech leaders—who need more bandwidth—and the storied journey of author Sharon Draper, winner of the 2015 Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Each image below links to the cover story for that month.





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