With Banned Books Week on the horizon, read about this recent challenge about a Texas pastor who attempted to have 75 paranormal YA titles, including “Twilight,” removed from the Austin Memorial Library on the basis that they are inappropriate for young people.
Elaine Marie Alphin, a celebrated and award-winning children’s book and young adult writer, died August 19, following a long illness. She was 58.
At the once-second-to-last ranked school in Illinois, Chicago’s Wendell Phillips Academy High School, librarian K.C. Boyd has helped turn around the reading culture in the school. The school’s reading test scores have improved with 18.2 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards, at the present, compared to 6.5 percent in 2012.
“Would you say my foot is swollen or inflamed?” is just one of the unusual patron questions, anecdotes, and adventures that make up Gina Sheridan’s new book, I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks.
Washington school librarian Jenny Granger decided that if her kids weren’t going to come to the books this summer, she would take books to them—by driving a grant-funded bookmobile.
An esteemed educator and leader in the field of children’s and young adult literature, Kay E. Vandergrift was also an early web innovator, using her site to connect and inform educators.
These recent memoirs shed light on the teen experience from three very different perspectives: a college student with a debilitating disease, an awkward outsider chronicling her attempts at becoming popular, and an author looking back at how her tomboyish attitude made for a challenging childhood and adolescence.
Mary Rodgers, author of the classic Freaky Friday and composer, died on June 26 at age 83 following a long illness.
Award-winning author Nancy Garden, best known for the classic—and sometimes controversial—novel Annie on My Mind, one of the first YA titles to depict a lesbian relationship, died of a heart attack June 23 at age 76.
SLJ interviews author Gene Luen Yang, whose latest work, The Shadow Hero, is an informative and entertaining exploration of the superhero.
This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Renowned children’s book editor Frances Foster, who worked with illustrious authors including Roald Dahl, Louis Sachar, Peter Sís, died June 8 at age 83.