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September 29, 2014

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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.

Carle Honors Recognize Jerry Pinkney, Henrietta Smith, Francoise Mouly, Perri Klass, and Brian Gallagher

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The ninth annual Carle Honors gala in Manhattan attracted glitterati from the children’s literature world. Watch the KidLit TV red carpet interviews here.

Gene Luen Yang Rouses the Crowd at DC National Book Festival

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SLJ goes to this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, DC, and several changes were afoot. But one thing was clear—Gene Luen Yang’s stirring speech about diversity left an indelible mark.

Madeline’s 75th Birthday Brings Revelations

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A museum exhibition honoring “Madeline”’s 75th birthday brings new information about the old house in Paris that was covered with vines, surprising museumgoers—and members of Ludwig Bemelmans’ own family.

Q&A with ‘I Represent Sean Rosen’ Author Jeff Baron

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Jeff Baron, author of the “Sean Rosen” series, about a seventh grader who thinks his ideas make him destined for Hollywood, has been working on a writing project with the seventh graders at New York’s Ardsley Middle School that taps into their families’ past and their imaginations.

Holiday House Presents a Menagerie of New Animal Characters | Fall Preview 2014

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The Holiday House’s Fall 2014 Preview showcased titles that featured animals as their superstars, including: Pants for Chuck, Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, and There’s a Pig in My Class.

‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

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SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

East Hampton Library Addition Opens After Long Struggle and Lawsuit

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After years of struggle fraught with zoning issues, East Hampton Library was finally able to cut the ceremonial ribbon on June 21 to celebrate its 6,800 square foot addition following a lawsuit and $5.8 million in donations—including a large sum from East Hampton local, actor Alec Baldwin.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

The Life of Book Editor and Author Charlotte Zolotow Celebrated

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The life of book editor, poet, and award-winning author, a force in children’s literature, Charlotte Zolotow, was celebrated during a memorial in New York City.

Author Speed Dating | BEA 2014

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At Book Expo America this year, 18 authors were given three minutes to tell each of the 18 tables filled with booksellers about their new books at the “Author Speed Dating” event.

Round Up | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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On May 28, school and youth services librarians joined authors/illustrators and publishers to kick off Book Expo America by gathering at the McGraw-Hill building in New York City for SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog. Catch up on the day’s happenings here.

Irma Black and Cook Prize Awards: Inspiration Takes Main Stage

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Inspiration was the unofficial theme of Bank Street College of Education’s annual book awards ceremony on May 22 in New York City.

Authors Take the Spotlight | Scholastic Online Fall Preview

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The Scholastic Fall 2014 Online Preview is the ideal way to introduce books to readers, from picture books to titles for young adults.

Rush Limbaugh Takes Author of the Year Award at Children’s Book Choice Awards

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A variety of authors were on hand at the Children’s Book Choice Awards May 14, including conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, Author of the Year winner for his 2013 Simon & Schuster book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans .

Children’s Book Week Celebrated with Literary Landmark for Lyle the Crocodile’s E. 88th Street

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An event on May 14 honored the late Bernard Waber, author of the “Lyle the Crocodile” books, and designated the Yorkville Community School on East 88th Street a Literary Landmark. The street was made famous by Waber in 1962 with Houghton Mifflin’s publication of The House on East 88th Street.

SLJ Goes Behind the Scenes| Scholastic Fall 2014 Preview Peek

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SLJ goes behind the scenes at Scholastic headquarters in New York City to watch the filming of Scholastic’s Fall 2014 Online Preview, available May 14, where editors and authors meet to discuss upcoming titles.

School Librarian Unravels Mystery of Robert McCloskey Art Work Found in Westchester Elementary School

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Pequenakonck Elementary School Librarian Noel MacCarry discovered a piece of art in his school 28 years ago that he suspected was the work of two-time Caldecott winner Robert McCloskey. It took MacCarry nearly 28 years to confirm this and to unearth the painting’s unusual origin story.

Upcoming Titles From Egmont USA |2014 Fall Preview

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SLJ previews the upcoming fall 2014 titles from Egmont USA, which include stories about bullies, a zombie hamster, and a guinea pig that behaves like a dog, as well as a book based on the immensely popular Temple Run app and which were presented on April 3 at Sarabeth’s restaurant in New York City.

Spring Burst: Upcoming Titles from Little Brown Fall | 2014 Preview

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On April 1, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers presented its Fall 2014 list of titles to librarians. Director of School and Library Marketing Victoria Stapleton kicked off the event by highlighting Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones who has written an autobiographical picture book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, coming out this September. Richards’s daughter Theodora Richards, did the artwork.

Eric Carle Museum Honors Creator of ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ Art Work

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Late author Bernard Waber—creator of the legendary storybook character Lyle the Crocodile—is currently being honored with an exhibit of his work “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile & Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber” at the Eric Carle Museum in Massachusetts. The exhibit shows original picture book art and runs until June 8.