March 27, 2017

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Rocco Staino

About Rocco Staino

Rocco Staino @RoccoA is the retired director of the Keefe Library of the North Salem School District in New York. He is now a contributing editor for School Library Journal and also writes for the Huffington Post.

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Takes the Stage in New York City

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“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” opens on March 23. Fans will notice a lot of the dialogue comes straight from the book.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies at 51

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The author of 28 beloved children’s books was inspiring readers and colleagues to the very end of her life.

One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

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An elementary school in Westport, CT, kicked off their One Book, One School initiative on Read Across America Day, with a suspenseful school-wide assembly.

Mem Fox Interrogated by U.S. Border Police, Later Gets Apology

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The famed Australian children’s author was detained by U.S. border police in Los Angeles as she made her way to Milwaukee for the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention.

Kid Lit World Mourns Three Stars

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Over the course of nine days, we’ve had to say goodbye to Dahlov Ipcar, Dick Bruna, and Nancy Willard.

Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa

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In South Africa, 90 percent of schools don’t have a library. The CEO of Mandela Bangle, Nelson Mandela’s project, is setting out to change that, one bracelet (and shipping container) at a time.

Citing “Bathroom Bill,” Riordan Passes on Texas Honor

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The “Percy Jackson” creator and San Antonio native takes a stand against discrimination.

Caroline Cooney Begins 2017 as a Picture Book Author | Interview

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The renowned YA author branches out—to the delight of her grandchildren.

In Memoriam 2016

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Take a look back at the children’s literature heroes we lost in 2016.

Authors’ Favorite Holiday Memories 2016  

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Tis’ the season for Tom Angleberger, Cece Bell, and Katharine Paterson to reveal their childhood memories.

New York City’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program a Growing Success

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The groundbreaking initiative is bringing authors into schools to talk openly with students about their work.

Four Youth Librarians Among 2016 “I Love My Librarian” Winners

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Among the 10 winners from around the country, each of whom were awarded $5,000, were three school librarians and a youth services librarian, all with inspiring accomplishments.

“March: Book Three” Takes 2016 National Book Award

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“This is unreal!” shouted Congressman John Lewis, accepting the award for his graphic memoir of the civil rights movement.

Kid Sleuths Roam the Halls of New York Public Library

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A scavenger hunt celebrated the launch of a new kids’ mystery series by Linda Fairstein, the real-life inspiration for “Law and Order SVU.”

Wiegand Researches the History of U.S. Public School Libraries

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School librarians will be important primary sources in historian Wayne Wiegand’s project, facilitated by a visiting scholar post at the Library of Congress.

Carla Hayden Headlines the 2016 National Book Festival

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The megastar of this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, DC, wasn’t Stephen King, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or Salman Rushdie. It was Carla Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress.

An Inside Look at “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” the Movie

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The film version of Katherine Paterson’s award-winning novel is being released October 7. Her son, the screenwriter, gives us a look at the process of adapting it.

International Dot Day Enters Eighth Year

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On September 15, close to 6 million people will be participating in International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity based on “The Dot,” a book by Peter H. Reynolds.

Can You Match Kid Lit Creators with Their Desks?

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Award-winning authors Steve Sheinkin, Deborah Heiligman, and Neal Shusterman are among the 36 author/illustrators who are giving kid lit lovers an inside look at their personal work spaces in a contest.

A Growing ALA Conference Tradition: Commemorative Tattoos

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For these ALA book award committee members, it’s all about the tats that bind.