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July 3, 2015

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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.

Acclaimed Author Judith St. George Dies at 81

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Judith St. George, known for her historical works and mysteries, died June 10 at 81. 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

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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

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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

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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

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Four nonfiction titles to inspire young naturalists.

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

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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.

Three-Time Caldecott Winner Marcia Brown Dies at 96

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Celebrated author and illustrator Marcia Brown, whose illustrious career was marked by three Caldecott wins and six Caldecott Honors, died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, CA, due to complications from congestive heart failure. She was 96.

Urban Farming Elevates St. Louis Schools | The Maker Issue

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Gardening, farming, and keeping bees are par for the course at schools in the Maplewood Richmond Heights District.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

We Need More International Picture Books, Kid Lit Experts Say

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“Where the Wild Books Are,” an event organized by author/illustrator Etienne Delessert, celebrated international picture books and asked why some of these titles encounter resistance in the United States.

Unlocking History With Lorenzo Pace | Series Nonfiction

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A new series shines a light on the African American experience

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Keeping Current: Editorial | Series Nonfiction

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Arming ourselves with quality nonfiction, we can more than meet the task of ensuring that our students emerge as well-rounded, critical thinkers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Joy of Reading | Q&A with National Summer Reading Champion Kate DiCamillo

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SLJ talks to the captivating Kate DiCamillo, who is not only an award-winning author and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature but has also been recently named National Summer Reading Champion by the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

The Lowdown on Bird’s “Fuse #8 TV”

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Are you up on your “Fuse #8 TV”? Here’s what you may have missed—no better time to binge-watch than the present.

Celebrated YA Author Ellen Conford Dies at 73

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Celebrated YA author Ellen Conford, who wrote more than 30 books, including the “Annabel the Actress” and “Jenny Archer” series. died March 20 on her 73rd birthday.

“Discworld” Author Terry Pratchett Dies at 66

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Beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett, best known for his “Discworld” novels, died at age 66 on March 12, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Award-Winning YA Author Mal Peet Dies at 67

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Award-winning English author Mal Peet, best known for his YA novels, including Keeper, Tamar, and Exposure, died March 2 at age 67.

Cartoonists Talk About “Charlie Hebdo”

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In wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, players in the cartoon/graphic artist world gathered at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City to discuss issues, including censorship, satire, and the power of the visual medium.

Native North Americans Shatter Stereotypes in an Evocative Anthology | Up Close

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Editors Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale talk about their stunning and much-needed anthology that explores the art, culture, and experiences of Native North Americans, Dreaming in Indian.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.