November 27, 2015

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Luann Toth

About Luann Toth

Luann Toth ( is Managing Editor of SLJ Reviews. A public librarian by training, she has been reviewing books for a quarter of a century and continues to be fascinated by the constantly evolving, ever-expanding world of publishing.

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder | SLJ Review

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SNYDER, Laurel. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova. illus. by Julie Morstad. 52p. Chronicle. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452118901.
Gr 1-4–This tall, graceful picture book captures the artistic spirit, if not the entire biography, of one of the world’s prima ballerinas. Pavlova’s humble beginnings and early life in 19th-century tsarist Russia are merely hinted at, though spelled out more fully in an appended author’s note. The spare, lyrical text instead offers imagery that is more poetic than concrete. For […]

The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds | SLJ Review


REYNOLDS, Luke. The Looney Experiment. 208p. Blink. Aug. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780310746423.
Gr 5-8–Eighth-grader Atticus Hobart is having a rough time. He is short and unathletic; his courage (and his voice) routinely fail him, especially when he’s around his crush Audrey Higgins; and he is the primary target of a blowhard class bully, who calls him “Fatticus.” To make matters worse, his father has just left the family to “figure things out” and the boy can’t help but feel that […]

Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony


SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

Brian Selznick’s 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Slideshow

The program for the Honor lecture

A series of photos taken at the 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2015. Brian Selznick addressed the history and evolution of how we define family in children’s books.

The Stuff of Stars | New Picture Book Biographies


New picture book bios by Barb Rosenstock, G. Neri, Jen Bryant, and others, lead this fall’s star studded lists.

Get On Board: SLJ Selects A Bevy of Board Books


In light of increased attention on early childhood development, SLJ presents a selection of fun and engaging board books.

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Beyond Magenta: SLJ Talks to Susan Kuklin About Her Book on Transgender Teens

Susan cover

Author Susan Kuklin offers some insight and backstory about meeting her teen subjects and helping to shape their compelling narratives.

Birds of a Feather | New Titles to Welcome Those Harbingers of Spring


The arrival of migrant birds is a welcome harbinger of spring. Share these new titles with your patrons as we celebrate the homecoming of our feathered friends.

Pictures of the Week: Storytelling in Central Park

Jeslyn and Ben Wheeless performing stories and songs at the Hans Christian Andersen statue. Celebrating 57years of Storytelling at the Statue, the free programs are held every Saturday from 11-12, from June through the end of September.

Jeslyn and Ben Wheeless performing stories and songs at the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park. In its 57th year, Storytelling at the Statue is a free program that is held every Saturday from 11am to 12pm, from June through the end of September.

21,730 Pages to Go

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages (Penguin, 2008).

Ammon Shea has been reading dictionaries for the past decade or so. He acknowledges owning about a thousand of them, along with assorted thesauri, lexicons, and glossaries (in a New York City apartment, no less). So, how does this avid word lover and collector feed his insatiable curiosity? Well, one project Shea tackled was the 20-volume, Second Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, reading it cover to cover–from “a” to […]