January 16, 2017

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The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman | SLJ Review

The First Step by Susan E Goodman

Goodman, Susan E. The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial. illus. by E.B. Lewis. 40p. bibliog. chron. further reading. Bloomsbury. Jan. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802737397.

Gr 2-4 –More than a century before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Roberts v. City of Boston; this beautifully illustrated picture book sheds light on this lesser-known case. Benjamin and Adeline Roberts enrolled their four-year-old in the closest neighborhood school. Sarah attended, until officials noticed […]

Our Bodies, Our Shelves | SLJ Spotlight

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From sex and gender to reproductive rights, these recent offerings make complex topics accessible and ensure that teenagers will be informed about issues that affect them.

You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter | SLJ Review

You Never Heard of Casey Stengel by Jonah Winter

Winter, Jonah. You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! illus. by Barry Blitt. 40p. ebook available. glossary. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Mar. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375870132.

Gr 2-4 –The “You Never Heard of…” picture books are back with this interesting look at a baseball personality known more for his managerial style than for his years as a player. In a relaxed, conversational tone, Winter ushers readers through the life of Casey Stengel, whose childhood dream was to […]

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer | SLJ Review

Echo by Marilyn Singer

Singer, Marilyn. Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths. illus. by Josée Masse. 32p. Dial. Feb. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803739925. 

Gr 2-5 –A companion volume to this team’s Mirror Mirror (2010) and Follow Follow (2013, both Dial), this imaginative work is a symphony of cannily composed verse intensified by a palette of Aegean blues, sunlit golds, and delicate greens. Through reverso poems rendered in an elegant font on split blue and white pages, Singer presents […]

Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond | SLJ Review

Green City by Allan Drummond

Drummond, Allan. Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future. illus. by Allan Drummond. 40p. notes. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. Mar. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374379995.

Gr 1-5 –On May 4, 2007, a treacherous tornado destroyed Greensburg, KS, “in nine-minutes flat.” Eleven people died; the school, “hospital, nine churches, the water tower, the drugstore with its soda fountain, the grocery store, the two hotels, the three banks, the theater, and everything […]

In Memoriam 2015

Marcia Brown

Our annual tribute to those we lost this past year, notables who not only contributed to the community but helped to define it with their literary, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments.

Peter Dickinson Dies at 88


Peter Dickinson, a unique brand of novelist who captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, passed away on his 88th birthday.

Hillary: Beyond the Headlines | SLJ Spotlight

Hillary Rodham Clinton A Woman Living History

Several recently reviewed books take a close look a presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.

Beyond the Whodunit: Sarah Miller Takes a Deep Dive into the Infamous Lizzie Borden Case


Sarah Miller relates the challenges of researching and writing The Borden Murders and discusses the moments and discoveries that surprised her.

Regency Romps to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Emma”


In honor of the 200th anniversary of Emma’s publication, check out these recent Austen-inspired titles for teens.

Lillie Bellin Pope, Co-Founder of Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Dies at 97


Lillie Bellin Pope, who served as vice-president of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and helped countless students, parents, and teachers through her tireless work, died October 26 after a long illness.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Andrea Davis Pinkney in front of the  in Detroit, home of Motown

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.