April 21, 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.


Penguin Young Readers: Summer 2017 Preview

Penguin Sneak Peek Summer 2017

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

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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

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

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


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.

“March: Book Three” Takes 2016 National Book Award


“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


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


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


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.