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October 24, 2014

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‘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.

Q&A: Kathleen Krull on the History of Zoos

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In her latest picture book What’s New? The Zoo!: A Zippy History of Zoos (illustrated by Marcellus Hall), author Kathleen Krull fills readers in on the ins and outs of fascinating animal collections and menageries from ancient times to the present day.

Sue Townsend, Author of the ‘Original Bridget Jones’ Series, Passes Away at 68

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Sue Townsend, author of the wildly popular British YA “Adrian Mole” book series, died April 10 in Leicester, England after a stroke. She was 68 years old.

Q&A: Author Andy Griffiths on His Ever-Growing ‘Treehouse’ Series

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The 26-Story Treehouse author spoke to SLJ about the treehouse of his childhood, punk rock, advice for young writers, and more.

New Angles on Nonfiction | Editorial Series Made Simple

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Spicing up the same old subjects can be hard, but these series make for some great new options—your readers will be informed, entertained, and, perhaps best of all, intrigued. Read on!

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

How Late-Author Jean Craighead George’s Last Book Got Finished Thanks to Her Surviving Children

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Jean Craighead George passed away in 2012, leaving her book Ice Whale incomplete. Her two children, Twig and Craig, took it upon themselves to finish their mother’s work and share the story behind its completion. Book available April 3.

Lolly’s Classroom Debuts on ‘Horn Book’ Site

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Lolly’s Classroom, The Horn Book’s newest blog, gives teachers some guidance and advice about using children’s and young adult literature in educational settings.

‘The One and Only Ivan’ Inspires School-Wide Activities

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Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan launched student projects including an interpretive dance, social activism, and other activities at a California elementary school.