May 28, 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.

Surprise! It’s Kwame Alexander

The Newbery Award winner delighted a stunned group of seventh grade fans with an impromptu concert. Yes, a concert.

Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier Dies

Spier was known for his detailed drawings that encouraged deep looking and provided a new perspective to familiar stories, places, and songs.

1980s Heartthrob Andrew McCarthy Now an Accidental YA Author

Fly Away Home represents a first for the actor-writer-director, who counts many librarians as both former and current fans.

New Kid-Lit Landmarks To Be Named During Children’s Book Week

Sites connected to Mark Twain, Barbara Park, and Virginia Sorensen have been designated as the 2017 Literary Landmarks.

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Penguin Young Readers: Summer 2017 Preview

Recently, Penguin Young Readers Group hosted a group of librarians to give them an advance peek at what’s new for the summer of 2017.

Patricia McKissack, Beloved Award-Winning Author, Passes Away

McKissack’s impact on the realm of literature, her devotion to her husband, and her captivating laugh are remembered by those closest to her.

School Librarian Creates “Trolls” Music Video for Sick Child

A New York elementary school librarian, and her middle school teacher husband, spearheaded a project to brighten the life of a kindergartner with cancer.

Sendak Library Cards Draw Attention To Importance of Storytimes

Brooklyn, NY kids are going wild over their new library cards.

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caroline Cooney Begins 2017 as a Picture Book Author | Interview

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

In Memoriam 2016

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

Authors’ Favorite Holiday Memories 2016  

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

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

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.