November 21, 2017

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The Year in Covers 2016

From top trends and summer learning to teen maker spaces and, of course, the best books, it’s been quite a year. Here’s a look back at 2016 in SLJ covers.

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Kicking off 2016: Neal Schusterman’s National Book Award win;
Betsy Bird on What’s Trending?; and Coding’s Finest Hour. Photograph by Zach Cordner
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Designing a teen maker space was our cover subject in February. Our music column ClefNotes debuted, and Instagram garnered a feature story. Illustration by Harry Campbell
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Our cover riff on the classic surfing flick and a current hot topic: summer learning. Also in this issue: Search App Smackdown; Library Makeover on the Cheap; the best early learning blogs. Illustration by Dan Page
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On our April cover: Reading Buddies. Also in the issue: Of Coding and Compassion; Webcomics. Cover photograph by Matt Carr
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The Writing Issue, from teaching with Hamilton to how to run a teen poetry slam. And a small act of kindness by author Bob Shea. Also in the May issue: 3-D printers, love’em, hate ‘em sex education books. Illustration by Leigh Wells.
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David Levithan sat down first with Jennifer Hubert Swan for an interview, then on the cobblestones of SoHo, NY, for the June cover shoot by Marty Umans. Also in the issue: How to Be a Great Storyteller by Judy Freeman; Snapchat Reader’s Advisory; and the Lemonade LibGuide.
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The Early Learning Issue: A new early literacy movement; the best board books; and more. Cover illustration by Steve Light
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Great program ideas for back to school; Bicultural graphic novels; Canadian publishers; SLJ welcomes The Yarn podcast; the Black Lives Matter list; Sphero and ScratchJr reviewed. Cover illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
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In September, we celebrated our 2016 School Librarian of the Year, Todd Burleson. Cover photograph by Saverio Truglia
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SLJ’s 2016 Self-Censorship survey, analysis, responses, resources. Also in this issue: Great Magazines for Kids; Bibliotherapy; Genius Hour; and Escape Rooms. Cover Illustration by Hanna Barczyk
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A Path Forward:How U.S. libraries support refugee children. Also in this issue: KC Boyd, a leader for readers; New Adult book list; SLJ Summit and the “power of purpose,” and Kwame Alexander, up close. Cover photograph by Jonathan Robert Willis.
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Best Books 2016; Best Adult Books for Teens; Top 10 in graphic novels, audiobooks, music, apps, Latinx books, tech, and DVDs; Postelection, a Show of Love. Cover illustration by Christian Robinson.
Kathy Ishizuka About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka ( on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.

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