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November 24, 2014

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Mahnaz Dar

About Mahnaz Dar

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

Feeding Minds and Bodies: Libraries, Nonprofits, and Authors Offer Food Education

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Libraries, authors, and world-famous chefs, including Alice Waters, are stepping in to ensure that children and teens are food literate, doing everything from providing food itself to incorporating lessons on nutrition and food sourcing and gardening into the curriculum.

Behind the Scenes: The 2014 SLJ Best Books List

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An inside look at how the SLJ book review editors chose the 70 Best Books of 2014. View a slideshow of our favorite titles and download a printable version of the list.

Q & A with ‘KidLit TV’ Host Rocco Staino

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KidLit.TV, a YouTube channel dedicated to the world of children’s literature, kicked off November 12. SLJ contributor Rocco Staino, hosts his own weekly interview series “StoryMakers,” on the channel, and SLJ chats with him about his new venture.

Outside Our Comfort Zones: Editorial | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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This season’s nonfiction has forced us to think outside the box when it comes to forming benchmarks for good nonfiction, as the books tackle subjects in new and fascinating ways, as well as take on the issue of diversity.

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Presenting the Past: Q&A with Capstone’s “Captured History” Series Authors | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Capstone’s notable “Captured History” series has highlighted significant periods in history through arresting photographs, such as Tank Man and Migrant Mother. SLJ caught up with authors of several of the set’s titles to get the back story on these memorable, thought-provoking works

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We Need Diverse Series Nonfiction | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Inclusivity has been a hot button issue for fiction—but it’s equally important for series nonfiction. Librarians, publishers, and authors weigh in on the diversity debate.

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Rev Up for National Novel Writing Month 2014

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National Novel Writing Month, during November, can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students aiming to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.

Hostile School Environments the Norm for LGBTQ Youth, Says GLSEN Report

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A recent report released by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network found that hostile school environments have adverse academic and social effects on LGBTQ youth.

The Power to Perceive: Paul Fleischman shines a light on the environmental crisis | Up Close

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Few authors have taken on environmental issues as effectively as author Paul Fleischman. In his recent Eyes Wide Open, he has penned an empowering call to action, stirring young people to challenge assumptions and think for themselves.

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Q & A: Hervé Tullet on How He Works, Why He Got into Children’s Books, and His Mix It Up Tour

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Masterful children’s author and illustrator Hervé Tullet talks to SLJ about taking his creative process to schools and libraries in his latest Mix It Up tour that hit Brooklyn Public Library on October 19.

Three-time Newbery Honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder Dies at 87

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Three-time Newbery honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder, best known for her middle-grade mystery The Egypt Game, died on October 8. She was 87.

Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly on “Active Learning in the Library” | TDS14

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In “Active Learning in the Library,” presented as part of LJ and SLJ’s virtual event The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center, held October 1, Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly provided advice and suggestions for creating learning environments in libraries, based on Barrington Area Library’s successful model in Chicago.

Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd

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K.C. Boyd has created a culture of readers at a struggling South Side high school.

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Stolen Kisses | Romances to Tempt Teen Readers

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Conjuring up illicit but intoxicating chance meeting and burning passion, forbidden love is a tried-and-true trope that teens gravitate toward.

Texas Pastor Attempts to Ban “Twilight” from Austin Memorial Library

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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.

Award-Winning Author Elaine Marie Alphin Dies at 58

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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.

Chicago Public School Librarian K.C. Boyd: The Heartbeat of Her School

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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.

A New Approach to Sharks: Author Katherine Roy’s Work in the Field

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Doing intensive research in preparation for a work of nonfiction is par for the course these days for children’s book authors, but for Katherine Roy, it’s entailed getting to know animals in intimate details, from dissecting sharks to getting up close with a tranquilized elephant in Kenya.

“Bloody Jack” Author Louis A. Meyer Jr. Passes at 71

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The artist and author’s “Bloody Jack” books star a feisty London orphan girl who dresses as a boy, changes her name from Mary to Jacky, and finds work on a ship.

Chickens in the Stacks, and Other Strange Tales from Public Librarians

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“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.