October 9, 2015

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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”


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


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


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


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


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.

Best Databases: Watch science spring into action with these must-have resources


SLJ has reviewed all of the year’s databases in anticipation of our best of list. The results are in: a roster of dynamic and on-point databases that will more than meet 21st-century student needs.

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

Sound and Fury | Graphic Nonfiction for Teens


Visually enticing, featuring dramatic colors or memorable images, graphic nonfiction is a surefire hit in high school collections. And what better way to transform students’ conception of history from a compilation of long-ago events and obscure names into real people, with relatable stories?

Civil Rights Protester and Memoirist Talks to SLJ

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SLJ caught up with Lynda Blackmon Lowery, whose recent book Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March details her experiences participating in the civil rights movement as a teenager.

“Harry the Dirty Dog” Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham Dies at 94

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Beloved children’s book illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham, best known for her “Harry the Dirty Dog” series, died January 22 at age 94 in Cambridge, MA.

Celebrated Author and Illustrator Bonnie Christensen Dies at 63

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Author and illustrator Bonnie Christensen, whose picture books took on subjects as varied as the Silk Road, Pompeii, and gardening, died on January 12 in Williston, VT, due to ovarian cancer.

Folklore Author Robert San Souci Dies at 68


Acclaimed folklore author Robert San Souci, best known for his Caldecott-honored The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South, died December 19 following a head injury resulting from a fall. He was 68.

“Clifford the Big Red Dog” Creator Norman Bridwell Dies at 86

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“The magic of…Clifford is that children can see themselves in this big dog who tries very hard to be good, but is somewhat clumsy and always bumping into things and making mistakes,” said Dick Robinson, Scholastic’s CEO.

“This One Summer” Takes Home Canada’s Governor General Award


Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer is the first graphic novel to win Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. SLJ recently caught up with the author-illustrator team.

Q & A with ‘A Moose Boosh’ Author Eric-Shabazz Larkin


Just in time for the holidays, SLJ talks to author Eric-Shabazz Larkin about his authorial debut A Moose Boosh, an imaginative collection of poems to do with food, accompanied by lively illustrations.

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


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

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


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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.