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February 8, 2016

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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.

Picture of the Week: Gene Luen Yang Inaugurated as National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

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Our most memorable shot of the week is of a trio of grinning ambassadors. It’s sure to make you smile, too.

Macmillan Spring 2016 Preview Goes Green

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Rocco Staino reports on the top titles revealed at the recent Macmillan spring 2016 preview for librarians and educators.

Gene Luen Yang Is Next Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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The new 2016–2017 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is Gene Luen Yang. He will be the youngest ambassador ever, as well as the first to come from a graphic literature background.

Book Creators Spill on Their Private Holiday Memories

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A floating head! A little latke saboteur! Aunts gone mad! A few of our favorite book creators share their family secrets, just in time for the holidays.

2015 I Love My Librarian Award Winners Improve Lives Every Day

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Three of the 10 winners of the 2015 national award are school librarians. Those include a master grant writer, a champion of incarcerated youth, and a reading score wizard.

Hilary Knight Celebrates Eloise at 60 and Addresses the “Gin Controversy”

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Eloise celebrates 60 years in print, and illustrator Hilary Knight set the record straight regarding that empty gin bottle in the six-year-old’s room.

NYCSL Conference Showcases New Literacy Initiative and a Thought-Provoking Panel on Diversity

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At the recent fall conference for NYC School Librarians, educators learned about the new Read 365 initiative, and a thought-provoking conversation about diversity and the controversy around A Fine Dessert generated buzz.

Big Anniversaries and Strong Debuts | Random House Children’s Books Spring 2016 Librarian Preview

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Random House revealed some of the top titles on their 2016 Spring list, including a special anniversary edition of The Book Thief and several offerings by debut authors.

Books on Civil Rights and Social Justice Honored at Annual Jane Addams Peace Awards Celebration

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Rocco Staino reports on the titles honored at this year’s Jane Addams Peace Awards celebration.

Poetry, History, and Anticipated New Titles | Penguin Young Readers Spring 2016 Preview

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Marilyn Singer talks about her new work of reverso poetry, and editors present multi-layered history and historical fiction as well as hotly anticipated follow-ups from favorite authors at the recent Penguin Young Readers Spring 2016 Preview.

Time Travel, QR Codes, and a Victoria Stapleton Look-alike Highlight Little, Brown Spring Preview

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Rocco highlights some of the top titles presented at Little, Brown’s recent publishing preview for librarians.

Mr. Schu on His New Role as Ambassador for School Libraries

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SLJ catches up with John Schumacher, aka Mr. Schu, to learn what he’s up to in his new role at Scholastic and what’s on his to-read list.

Princeton Children’s Book Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Sees Record Book Sales

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Rocco Staino reports on this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Fesitval and chats with authors, illustrators, and librarians.

Chelsea Clinton Talks to SLJ about Her New Book, “It’s Your World”

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Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has written a book to help empower children to get involved in social issues. “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going” hits bookstores on September 15.

Children’s Book Creators and Librarians Flock to 2015 National Book Festival

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National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander were among the 170 authors at the National Book Festival held on September 5 at the District of Columbia’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Four NYC Publishers, One Epic Season: Rocco Staino’s Peek at Upcoming Fall Titles

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SLJ contributing editor Rocco Staino shares highlights from this past spring’s NYC publisher previews and offers a peek into some of the books coming out this fall season.

Q&A: Katherine Applegate Talks about Her Upcoming Novel, “Crenshaw”

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Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate chats about her forthcoming novel, about a boy with an imaginary friend named Crenshaw, who is a very large cat.

Selznick, Myracle, and Others Appear in Scholastic Fall 2015 Online Preview

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For Scholastic’s recent online preview, the publisher produced four videos in which editors and authors tell viewers about over 20 of Scholastic’s upcoming picture books, graphic novels, middle grade, and teen titles.

A Tomie dePaola Title and Myriad Animals on Holiday House Fall List | Publishers Preview

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Upcoming titles star book-loving dogs, cats, and other creatures; diPaola returns to Holiday House after a 20-year hiatus publishing elsewhere.

A Penguin Kind of Circus | Summer Preview

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A circus-themed event at Penguin’s Preview in New York City underlined its featured book Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley—and other titles with animals of the possum-kind.