April 15, 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.

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


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 Amherst, Massachesetts. The exhibit shows original picture book art and runs until June 8.

Penguin Spring Books 2014 | Spring Preview


Diversity, bears, ninjas, and celebrities all characterized the rich array of new titles at a recent Penguin preview.

Q&A: Jake Marcionette, the 13-Year-Old Author of ‘Just Jake,’ Talks with SLJ


SLJ contributing editor Rocco Staino speaks with the 13-year-old author of Just Jake about ‘Kid Cards,’ his school librarian, paying homage to Jeff Kinney, and more.

Q & A: Tim Federle Talks About Writing Middle School Fiction’s First Boy-Boy Kiss and His Second Cocktail Guide

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It’s been a whirlwind year for kid lit author Tim Federle who released Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Simon and Schuster which included middle school fiction’s first boy-boy kiss. He’s now working on his second cocktail guide Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist, a boardbook for new parents.

90 Second Newbery Film Festival Breathes Life Back Into Forgotten Newbery Book Award Classics


My Father’s Dragon and Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story were among the long-forgotten Newbery Book Award winners that were revived by this year’s third annual 90 Second Newbery Film Festival. SLJ was there this year to talk to the kid filmmakers and the event’s creator, author Jamie Kennedy.

Librarian Appears on “Ellen” and Transforms Her Library: A Q&A with Ashley Kirby Thomas


Ashley Kirby Thomas at McAuliffe Elementary (OK) had been longing to be on the show “Ellen.” After several failed attempts, it was finally her selection as “Teacher of the Year” that caught Ellen DeGeneres’s attention. SLJ caught up with Thomas and how her school’s library has changed since her two appearances.

Rush Limbaugh—Children’s Choice Book Author of the Year?


What do Rush Limbaugh and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series author, Jeff Kinney, have in common? They’re both up for the Author of the Year in the Children & Teen’s Choice Book Award.

An Estimated Million—from Italy to North Carolina—Participate in World Read Aloud Day


An estimated million-plus individuals in over 46 countries participated in World Read Aloud Day on March 5 with events like Skype-read aloud sessions between classrooms in different countries.

At This Year’s TEDxTeen Event, Ideas-Driven Teens Rule the Roost


At this year’s fifth annual TEDxTeen event—a global event where teens and ideas come together—over 250 teens from across the country and over 36 foreign countries came together for this year’s event in NYC.

Hyperion Books Spring 2014 | Preview Peek


Tomorrowland, mermaids, World War II, and a killer chicken figure among the themes in Spring 2014 releases from Disney Hyperion.

Children’s Book Author Phyllis Krasilovsky Dies at 87

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Phyllis Krasilovsky, an author of books for young children illustrated artists including Barbara Cooney and Peter Spier, died on February 26 in Redding, Connecticut at the age of 87.

Highlighting Boyds Mills Press Spring 2014 | Preview Peek


Boyds Mill Press, a division of Highlights, showcased their Spring 2014 nonfiction offerings for young readers at a librarian preview event at the recent Midwinter Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA earlier this year.

Best Education Picks of NYC International Toy Fair


SLJ selects standout toys for librarians and educators.

Memorial Service for E. L. Konigsburg Held at Metropolitan Museum


Friends and family of E. L. Konigsburg gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate her life and work on February 21. The memorial took place in the museum’s Patron’s Lounge over looking a snowy Central Park in NYC.

Detroit School Library Named After Ellen DeGeneres


The Detroit Achievement Academy in Michigan announced that it is naming its library in Ellen DeGeneres’s honor because of her philanthropic work and advocacy for its students. Only in its first year of existence, the charter school and its 28-year-old cofounder, Kyle Smitley, were featured as part of the “Inspirational Story” segment on The Ellen Show.

Lillian Morrison, Librarian and Poet, Dies at 96

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Lillian Morrison, a noted librarian, poet and anthologist whose books included ‘Yours Till Niagara Falls,’ died on Monday, January 27 at the age of 96.

Librarians React to the Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2014

Review of the Day: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Like any award show, there will always be a range of reactions to winners announced, and to those who didn’t make the cut. The American Library Association’s 2014 Youth Media Awards, revealed on January 27 during the organization’s Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, are no exception. Librarians shared with SLJ–on video–their thoughts about the award committees’ choices.

‘Little Prince’ Exhibit Reveals St.-Exupery’s Muse

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An exhibit at the Morgan Library in New York provides an intriguing view into original manuscripts,documents, and letters surrounding the making of The Little Prince in the 1940s—and shines a light on the woman who was a primary inspiration.

Kid Lit Authors Review Their Worst Reviews


In a project inspired by a late-night talk show segment, author Marc Tyler Nobleman encouraged his kid lit and YA lit colleagues to record videos of themselves reading aloud their books’ most critical or absurd reviews. Here’s what they had to say about it.

Lerner Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


Contributing editor and former school librarian Rocco Staino spent a snowy afternoon getting reacquainted with Lerner Books and its high-interest nonfiction titles via the publisher’s spring 2014 webcast preview, “and I am glad I did,” he says. The 54-year-old publisher remains a “go-to” resource for librarians working with kids.