May 24, 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.

S. & S.’s Preview Yields a Bountiful Crop of Summer 2016 Books


From a touching, unique perspective of 9-11, to the dangers of little white lies, this group of entries from Simon & Schuster’s Summer 2016 list plumbs the depths of tough emotions. But you’ll find books that are funny and memorable, too.

A Lineup of Presidential Proportions from Random’s Summer 2016 List| Preview Peek


Rounding out the patriotic pack at the Random House Summer 2016 Preview was an easy-to-read biography, Hillary Clinton: The Life of a Leader by Shana Corey and Adam Gustavson. (An ode to Donald Trump was conspicuously absent.)

Teen Tales, History, and Puns Round Out Penguin’s 2016 Summer List | Preview Peek


The Penguin Young Readers Group summer 2016 review provided a sneak peek at the fun and thrills just around the corner.

Disney-Hyperion Spring 2016 List Has Broad Appeal | Preview Peek


The season’s preview blossomed with fresh picks featuring old friends, every-day dilemmas, and fantasy worlds, as well as serious issues.

Kid Lit Community Names Favorites for the Children’s Choice Book Awards


We asked librarians and classroom teachers to predict the 2016 winners—and they were more than happy to give their opinion!

Beverly Cleary Turns 100 Today

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The beloved creator of Ramona Quimby, Ralph S. Mouse, and Henry Huggins is lauded by fellow industry stars as she enters her eleventh decade.

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems Lands in Manhattan 

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The three-time Caldecott Honor recipient joins the ranks of Ludwig Bemelmans, Ezra Jack Keats, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery in having an exhibit of work at a New York City museum.

Meg Rosoff Is 2016 Astrid Lindgren Laureate


The writer of YA best-sellers “How I Live Now” and “Picture Me Gone” was selected from a pool of 215 notables.

Authors Pen Letter of Support to NC Youth


A North Carolina law seen as LGBT discrimination has prompted roughly 270 members of the kid lit community to show their support for all young readers.

Tuck Everlasting: the Musical!


Tim Federle pens the libretto. Andrew Keenen-Bogler takes on the role of Jesse. Both, no doubt, make Natalie Babbit proud as preparations for the opening night of the Broadway adaptation of her novel, “Tuck Everlasting,” ramp up.

Larry Romans, Hero of LGBTQ Literature for Young People, Dies at 68

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Larry Romans, beloved as a staunch advocate for quality books for young people relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, passed away on January 28, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

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


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


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


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”


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


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


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


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