April 29, 2017

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Della Farrell

About Della Farrell

Della Farrell is an Assistant Editor at School Library Journal and Editor of Series Made Simple

Celebrating Dads with Poetry: Hope Anita Smith on “My Daddy Rules the World”

Award-winning poet Hope Anita Smith discusses her latest collection, My Daddy Rules the World, a joyful tribute to fatherhood.

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Eco-conscious Poetry Books for Earth Day

Just in time for April, here are two titles that are perfect for both National Poetry Month and Earth Day–related lessons.

4 Poetry Titles to Share with Tweens

Margarita Engle’s moving exploration of Latinx in U.S. history, Nikki Grimes’s tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, and other works of poetry to share with tweens.

Poetry Picks | New Titles for Young Readers

Kwame Alexander honors beloved poets; Chris Raschka illustrates Keats; and Marilyn Singer dances the salsa in Feel the Beat.

Fostering Sustainability | Series Nonfiction Editorial

An emphasis on tech, specifically series on alternative energy, leads the charge this spring.

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It’s Awards Season at Bank Street College

Winners of the 2017 Flora Stieglitz Straus, Claudia Lewis, and Josette Frank Awards were honored on Thursday, April 6.

Kick Off Poetry Month with These YA Titles

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kwame Alexander, Christine Heppermann, and more.

3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies

These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Picture by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess & Deanna Nikaido | SLJ Review

ALEXANDER, Kwame with Mary Rand Hess & Deanna Nikaido. Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Picture. photos by Joel Sartore. 48p. National Geographic. Feb. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781426327674.

K-Gr 3 –Opening with an earnest invitation to “see what we can save—together,” Alexander and Sartore have crafted a stunning journey through the animal kingdom. The book implores readers to pause and look each animal in the eye, to soak in the majesty and diversity of nature. […]

Taking Action and Reading Orwell | Nonfiction Series Update

Animals and author biographies for the elementary crowd and a timely focus on social issues for tweens and teens.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

An Antidote for the Winter Blues | SLJ Spotlight on Nonfiction

Cold, blustery days got elementary students down? These spring-related titles are just the ticket to get kids energized for longer and warmer days ahead.

Scenes from the 2017 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2017

Photos from an exhilarating weekend at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The Champ is Here | SLJ Spotlight

A mix of picture book and YA biographies that focus on well-known athletes who not only excelled in their respective leagues but also created lasting cultural change.

Debbie Bornstein Holinstat on Holocaust “Survivors Club”

SLJ recently spoke with Holinstat about her and her father’s book, an SLJ Popular Pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

From Memphis into Mississippi | Ann Bausum on James Meredith’s Historic March

Multi-award-winning author Ann Bausum discusses her latest work of nonfiction The March Against Fear.

Get With the Program! | SLJ Spotlight

In need of programming ideas?

Teens Creating Change, Past and Present

A bevy of titles about activists and activism for young people.

The Wild World of Gaming | Dustin Hansen on “Game On!”

“Games create problem solvers.” Hansen on the importance of video games in learning environments.

It Begins with Listening | Up Close with Kwame Alexander

SLJ discusses poetry and animal conservation with the award-winning author.

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