September 27, 2016

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In Memoriam 2015

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Our annual tribute to those we lost this past year, notables who not only contributed to the community but helped to define it with their literary, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments.

Peter Dickinson Dies at 88

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Peter Dickinson, a unique brand of novelist who captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, passed away on his 88th birthday.

Hillary: Beyond the Headlines | SLJ Spotlight

Hillary Rodham Clinton A Woman Living History

Several recently reviewed books take a close look a presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.

Beyond the Whodunit: Sarah Miller Takes a Deep Dive into the Infamous Lizzie Borden Case

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Sarah Miller relates the challenges of researching and writing The Borden Murders and discusses the moments and discoveries that surprised her.

Regency Romps to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Emma”

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In honor of the 200th anniversary of Emma’s publication, check out these recent Austen-inspired titles for teens.

Lillie Bellin Pope, Co-Founder of Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Dies at 97

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Lillie Bellin Pope, who served as vice-president of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and helped countless students, parents, and teachers through her tireless work, died October 26 after a long illness.

YA Authors Talk Social Media, Research Process…and Spill Secrets

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Rebecca Stead, Paul Acampora, and Valynne E. Maetani held court at “It’s Complicated: Secrets, Schemes, and Friends,” a panel held Sunday, November 9 at the New York Society Library and funded by author Richard Peck. The writers considered the role of social media, talked about their research process, and discussed the future of YA.

Editorial | Series Nonfiction

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Good nonfiction answers questions readers might have and provides them with a few new facts, but great nonfiction does that and even more: it leaves students with questions of their own, eager to seek out further information.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Whole Truth: The Line Between Providing Age-Appropriate Content and Sugar-Coating

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Ensuring that nonfiction aimed at young people is both age appropriate and enlightening is a tall order. But many recent titles are proving that it can be done, and librarians and kid lit experts are emphasizing that despite the challenges, it should be done.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Two-Time Caldecott Honoree Vera B. Williams Dies at 88

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Acclaimed author and illustrator, whose picture books A Chair for My Mother and “More More More,” Said the Baby were Caldecott Honors, died Friday, October 16.

“This Side of Wild” | A Conversation with Gary Paulsen

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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.

Forays into Foreign Territory | Teens Forging an Identity

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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.

It’s Your World by Chelsea Clinton | SLJ Review

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SLJ reviews Chelsea Clinton’s new nonfiction book for kids and teens.

Barbara Carle, Cofounder of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Has Died at 76

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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.

In the Groove with Andrea Davis Pinkney | Interview

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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.

“Honor Girl” Graphic Novelist Maggie Thrash on Identity and Girls’ Spaces

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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.

“Stone Soup” Author Ann McGovern Dies at 85

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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.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate | SLJ Review

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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 […]

Acclaimed Author Judith St. George Dies at 84

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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?

Longtime ALSC Member Floyd Dickman Dies at 76

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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.