With his latest book, This Side of Wild, Gary Paulsen explores pivotal experiences in his own life, such as running the Iditarod, and describes the profound effect that animals and the wilderness have had on him.
Immersing readers in the minds of the male protagonists, these three recent coming-of-age YA novels awaken teens to settings, people, and ideas they might not otherwise have encountered.
Barbara Carle, an educator who served as the first board chair of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, died on September 7 in North Carolina, following a brief illness. She was 76.
Weaving history into her profiles of such Motown groups as the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5, Andrea Davis Pinkney has crafted an evocative and insightful look at a sound and an era.
SLJ caught up with debut author Maggie Thrash, whose graphic memoir Honor Girl focuses on an experience she had at summer camp when she was 15. Thrash shared how she went from comics newbie to full-fledged author, described the challenges of writing a memoir, and emphasized the importance of all-girl’s spaces.
Best known for her retelling of Stone Soup, children’s book author Ann McGovern wrote more than 40 other published works, tackling subjects including history, poetry, and biographies.
APPLEGATE, Katherine. Crenshaw. 352p. Feiwel & Friends. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250043238.
Gr 4-6–In her first novel since the Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins, 2012), Applegate tells the story of a 10-year-old boy whose imaginary friend helps him cope with a family crisis. Jackson, his parents, and his five-year-old sister once again are staring down the barrel of an impending eviction notice. What frustrates Jackson isn’t just the lack of money: it’s his artistically minded parents’ tendency to […]
Judith St. George, known for her historical works and mysteries, died June 10 at 84. Her more than 40 works include the Caldecott-winning So You Want to Be President?
Floyd Dickman, who served on several committees during his membership in the Association for Library Service to Children and was a vital member of the library community, died on June 14.
As Papercutz celebrates its 10th anniversary, editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup took the time to discuss the company’s future, the changing perception of comics, and the role of libraries in promoting graphic novels. NOTE: This content was sponsored by Papercutz.
Phillip Hoose’s book about a group of Danish teens who took on the Nazis when the rest of the country was too afraid shines a light on a little-known but awe-inspiring tale of courage.
Paul Fleischman, Wendell Minor, and others discussed their inspiration and the importance of instilling an appreciation for the natural world in children at SLJ’s 2015 Day of Dialog panel “Second Nature: Celebrating the Natural World and Raising Awareness about How to Protect It.”
S. & S. Presents a Mischievous Canine, Some Star-Studded Collaborations, and a Can’t-Miss Dystopia | Fall Preview
The S. & S. Fall Preview highlighted a picture book featuring a pampered French bulldog, a concept book that finds alphabet letters in everyday objects, and a Coraline-esque novel from two children’s lit giants, author Kenneth Oppel and illustrator Jon Klassen.
One of the last big moments in many teens’ high school careers, the prom still reigns supreme in YA teen lit. Each of these recent titles gives this classic ritual a creative treatment, from an interstellar space adventure to a morbidly funny thriller.
Gardening, farming, and keeping bees are par for the course at schools in the Maplewood Richmond Heights District.
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“Where the Wild Books Are,” an event organized by author/illustrator Etienne Delessert, celebrated international picture books and asked why some of these titles encounter resistance in the United States.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.