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July 28, 2014

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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!

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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.

NYPL Censorship Salon Focuses on Self-Censorship, Book Rating Trend

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Participants in a New York Public Library Children’s Literature Salon discussed pressing censorship issues, from self-censorship by authors and librarians to schools that rate titles for appropriateness, and the chilling impact a challenge can have on a book.

New ALSC Rule Will Limit Awards Committee Members’ Reviewing, Blogging

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Starting in 2016, Youth Media Youth Awards committee members won’t be able to review or blog about titles eligible for that year’s awards.

JLG Selections Score Big at ALA Youth Media Awards

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Junior Library Guild has called it: of the Youth Media Award winner and honor books, 35 were JLG selections.

Get Your 2014 ALA Midwinter Guide to ARCs & Signings

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Before making your plans for 2014 ALA Midwinter, be sure to check out SLJ’s ARC’s & Signing Guide.

Bank Street CCL Names 2014 Irma Black Award, Cook Prize Finalists

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New York’s Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature recently announced finalists for its annual Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and its Cook Prize for the best STEM-themed picture book.

In Sync | Young Adult Authors Collaborate

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Collaboration between authors often yields unexpected and amazing results, and these young adult titles are no exception. With subject matter ranging from paranormal romance to contemporary realistic fiction, these titles by well-known YA writers will create a stir among teens.

This Boy’s Life | Recent Young Adult Fiction

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This trio of poignant young adult titles will resonate with teen boys not only because they feature male protagonists, but also due to their strong themes of identity and self-discovery.

Fiction Series Update | May 2013

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The latest installments in intriguing adventures, gripping sci-fi, and more.

NCAC Film Fest Celebrates Free Expression

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A host of teen filmmakers were on hand this Saturday at the New York Film Academy for Youth Voices Uncensored, a screening of the winners of The National Coalition Against Censorship’s Youth Free Expression Project’s film contest, which tackled the topic of book banning.

NYPL Panelists Explore Alternatives to Traditional Librarianship

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SLJ blogger and NYPL youth materials specialist Betsy Bird moderated a panel, “The Alternative Children’s Library,” in which several children’s librarians discussed their own nontraditional paths to the profession. Their places of employment include the Bankstreet School for Children, New York Society Library, Children’s Book Council, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

‘Inside the Artists Studio’: Tomie dePaola

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Author and illustrator Tomie dePaola’s exuberance and unrestrained creativity were evident this week as he joined Pratt Institute for an evening modeled after Inside the Actors Studio to discuss with moderator Pat Cummings his artistic process, his childhood, and his most notable works.

Poet, Photographer Nancy Wood Dies at 76

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Award-winning poet, author, and photographer Nancy Wood, who devoted her career to exploring the culture and lives of the Native American people of the Southwest, died this week in Santa Fe, NM.

Kick-Starting a New Life | Recent YA Titles

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Tackling the subject of refugees from war-ravaged nations who find an outlet in playing soccer, Maria Padian’s Out of Nowhere and Warren St. John’s Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town explore the devastating pasts and impoverished situations of these athletes, as well as the bigotry they encounter in their new homes.

Kid Lit Authors Discuss Diversity at NYPL

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How should librarians, publishers, and authors approach diversity in children’s books? Authors Sofia Quintero and Zetta Elliott and editor Connie Hsu joined a recent panel at the NYPL, moderated by Betsy Bird, to discuss these issues and more.