November 23, 2015

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Mahnaz Dar ( is an Associate Editor for School Library Journal, and can be found on Twitter @DibblyFresh.

YA Authors Talk Social Media, Research Process…and Spill Secrets


Rebecca Stead, Paul Acampora, and Valynne E. Maetani held court at “It’s Complicated: Secrets, Schemes, and Friends,” a panel held Sunday, November 9 at the New York Society Library and funded by author Richard Peck. The writers considered the role of social media, talked about their research process, and discussed the future of YA.

Editorial | Series Nonfiction


Good nonfiction answers questions readers might have and provides them with a few new facts, but great nonfiction does that and even more: it leaves students with questions of their own, eager to seek out further information.

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The Whole Truth: The Line Between Providing Age-Appropriate Content and Sugar-Coating


Ensuring that nonfiction aimed at young people is both age appropriate and enlightening is a tall order. But many recent titles are proving that it can be done, and librarians and kid lit experts are emphasizing that despite the challenges, it should be done.

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Two-Time Caldecott Honoree Vera B. Williams Dies at 88

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Acclaimed author and illustrator, whose picture books A Chair for My Mother and “More More More,” Said the Baby were Caldecott Honors, died Friday, October 16.

“This Side of Wild” | A Conversation with Gary Paulsen


With his latest book, This Side of Wild, Gary Paulsen explores pivotal experiences in his own life, such as running the Iditarod, and describes the profound effect that animals and the wilderness have had on him.

Forays into Foreign Territory | Teens Forging an Identity

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Immersing readers in the minds of the male protagonists, these three recent coming-of-age YA novels awaken teens to settings, people, and ideas they might not otherwise have encountered.

It’s Your World by Chelsea Clinton | SLJ Review


SLJ reviews Chelsea Clinton’s new nonfiction book for kids and teens.

Barbara Carle, Cofounder of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Has Died at 76

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Barbara Carle, an educator who served as the first board chair of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, died on September 7 in North Carolina, following a brief illness. She was 76.

In the Groove with Andrea Davis Pinkney | Interview

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Weaving history into her profiles of such Motown groups as the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5, Andrea Davis Pinkney has crafted an evocative and insightful look at a sound and an era.

“Honor Girl” Graphic Novelist Maggie Thrash on Identity and Girls’ Spaces

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SLJ caught up with debut author Maggie Thrash, whose graphic memoir Honor Girl focuses on an experience she had at summer camp when she was 15. Thrash shared how she went from comics newbie to full-fledged author, described the challenges of writing a memoir, and emphasized the importance of all-girl’s spaces.

“Stone Soup” Author Ann McGovern Dies at 85

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Best known for her retelling of Stone Soup, children’s book author Ann McGovern wrote more than 40 other published works, tackling subjects including history, poetry, and biographies.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate | SLJ Review


APPLEGATE, Katherine. Crenshaw. 352p. Feiwel & Friends. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250043238.
Gr 4-6–In her first novel since the Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins, 2012), Applegate tells the story of a 10-year-old boy whose imaginary friend helps him cope with a family crisis. Jackson, his parents, and his five-year-old sister once again are staring down the barrel of an impending eviction notice. What frustrates Jackson isn’t just the lack of money: it’s his artistically minded parents’ tendency to […]

Acclaimed Author Judith St. George Dies at 84


Judith St. George, known for her historical works and mysteries, died June 10 at 84. Her more than 40 works include the Caldecott-winning So You Want to Be President?

Longtime ALSC Member Floyd Dickman Dies at 76

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Floyd Dickman, who served on several committees during his membership in the Association for Library Service to Children and was a vital member of the library community, died on June 14.

“To Infinity and Beyond!”: Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup on Comics

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As Papercutz celebrates its 10th anniversary, editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup took the time to discuss the company’s future, the changing perception of comics, and the role of libraries in promoting graphic novels. NOTE: This content was sponsored by Papercutz.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler | An Interview With Phillip Hoose


Phillip Hoose’s book about a group of Danish teens who took on the Nazis when the rest of the country was too afraid shines a light on a little-known but awe-inspiring tale of courage.

Celebrating and Raising Awareness about the Natural World | SLJ Day of Dialog 2015


Paul Fleischman, Wendell Minor, and others discussed their inspiration and the importance of instilling an appreciation for the natural world in children at SLJ’s 2015 Day of Dialog panel “Second Nature: Celebrating the Natural World and Raising Awareness about How to Protect It.”

S. & S. Presents a Mischievous Canine, Some Star-Studded Collaborations, and a Can’t-Miss Dystopia | Fall Preview


The S. & S. Fall Preview highlighted a picture book featuring a pampered French bulldog, a concept book that finds alphabet letters in everyday objects, and a Coraline-esque novel from two children’s lit giants, author Kenneth Oppel and illustrator Jon Klassen.

Au Naturel | SLJ Spotlight


Four nonfiction titles to inspire young naturalists.

Courtship, Corsages, and Kisses—It’s Prom!


One of the last big moments in many teens’ high school careers, the prom still reigns supreme in YA teen lit. Each of these recent titles gives this classic ritual a creative treatment, from an interstellar space adventure to a morbidly funny thriller.