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