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November 21, 2014

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School Librarian Fights Summer Slide with School Bus-Turned-Bookmobile

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Washington school librarian Jenny Granger decided that if her kids weren’t going to come to the books this summer, she would take books to them—by driving a grant-funded bookmobile.

Educator and Library Leader Kay E. Vandergrift Dies at 73

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An esteemed educator and leader in the field of children’s and young adult literature, Kay E. Vandergrift was also an early web innovator, using her site to connect and inform educators.

Tag Team: Collaborations in Books

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What happens when more than one author works on a single book? Find out.

Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’ to Be Released in Theaters This August

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YA author Gayle Forman has a big summer coming up, keynoting the upcoming SLJ SummerTeen free virtual event on July 24 and awaiting the release of the page-to-screen adaptation of her 2009 hit novel If I Stay.

It’s My Life | Teen Angst, Attitude, and Acumen

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These recent memoirs shed light on the teen experience from three very different perspectives: a college student with a debilitating disease, an awkward outsider chronicling her attempts at becoming popular, and an author looking back at how her tomboyish attitude made for a challenging childhood and adolescence.

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

Press Release: Obituary – Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

‘Freaky Friday’ Author Mary Rodgers Dies at 83

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Mary Rodgers, author of the classic Freaky Friday and composer, died on June 26 at age 83 following a long illness.

‘Annie on My Mind’ Author Nancy Garden Dies at Age 76

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Award-winning author Nancy Garden, best known for the classic—and sometimes controversial—novel Annie on My Mind, one of the first YA titles to depict a lesbian relationship, died of a heart attack June 23 at age 76.

An All-American Superhero: Gene Yang on His Latest, ‘The Shadow Hero’ | Up Close

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SLJ interviews author Gene Luen Yang, whose latest work, The Shadow Hero, is an informative and entertaining exploration of the superhero.

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

Author Peter Sís Soars High with Airport Tapestries

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Award-winning author and illustrator Peter Sís has found a new way to share his art with the world: by designing tapestries honoring the memories of Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, and poet Seamus Heaney.

“Spot the Dog” Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Passes at 86

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Eric Hill, author and illustrator of the “Spot the Dog” books, died on June 6 at the age of 86 following a short illness.

Beloved Children’s Book Editor Frances Foster Dies at 83

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Renowned children’s book editor Frances Foster, who worked with illustrious authors including Roald Dahl, Louis Sachar, Peter Sís, died June 8 at age 83.

Authors Dig into the Unreliable Narrator | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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“There’s something about characters who lie. That charisma can carry you through [a story].” At SLJ’s Day of Dialog, on May 28, authors Meg Wolitzer, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E. Lockhart, and Barry Lyga engaged in a panel “Unreliable YA Narrators.”

Writer and Artist Kate Duke Dies at 57

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Kate Duke was known for her illustrated concept books featuring guinea pigs, including ‘One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough,’ which introduced young readers to counting.

Upcoming Titles from Macmillan | Fall 2014 Preview

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At Macmillan’s fall 2014 book preview, editors discussed a wide range of titles featuring man-eating sharks, baby animals, gritty urban fiction, middle-grade animal stories, and more.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Law to Protect LGBT Students

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Massachusetts is the 17th state to pass anti-bullying legislation to protect LGBT students with Governor Deval Patrick signing the bill into law on April 24.

Missouri Science & Technology Student’s Class Assignment Leads to Lavish Children’s Library Mural

Missouri S&T senior biological sciences major Lara Edwards created a mural around the children's library at the Rolla Public Library. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology student Lara Edwards’s school assignment resulted in a vibrant and detailed mural for the Leola Millar Children’s Library in Rolla, Missouri.

Eliza T. Dresang, Author and Noted Professor of Library Science, Dies at 72

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Dresang, the Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School, was known for her influential book about children’s literature, ‘Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age.’

Earth Day Q&A: SLJ Talks to MIT Professor Penny Chisholm About Her Upcoming Picture Book with Children’s Author Molly Bang

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In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, SLJ talks to MIT professor Penny Chisholm, who co-wrote the book Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth, with children’s author Molly Bang, to be released by Scholastic this September. This picture book explains the origins of fossil fuels and warns readers about fossil fuels’ effect on the environment.

‘Red Madness’ Author Gail Jarrow on Solving a Medical Mystery | Up Close

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Author Gail Jarrow uncovered how the medical mystery of the disease pellagra was discovered in her work Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat. She weighs in on the disease, her research process, and the scientific method.

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