February 17, 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.

Citing “Bathroom Bill,” Riordan Passes on Texas Honor

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The “Percy Jackson” creator and San Antonio native takes a stand against discrimination.

Caroline Cooney Begins 2017 as a Picture Book Author | Interview

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The renowned YA author branches out—to the delight of her grandchildren.

In Memoriam 2016

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Take a look back at the children’s literature heroes we lost in 2016.

Authors’ Favorite Holiday Memories 2016  

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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.

An Inside Look at “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” the Movie

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The film version of Katherine Paterson’s award-winning novel is being released October 7. Her son, the screenwriter, gives us a look at the process of adapting it.

International Dot Day Enters Eighth Year

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On September 15, close to 6 million people will be participating in International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity based on “The Dot,” a book by Peter H. Reynolds.

Can You Match Kid Lit Creators with Their Desks?

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Award-winning authors Steve Sheinkin, Deborah Heiligman, and Neal Shusterman are among the 36 author/illustrators who are giving kid lit lovers an inside look at their personal work spaces in a contest.

A Growing ALA Conference Tradition: Commemorative Tattoos

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For these ALA book award committee members, it’s all about the tats that bind.

Scenes From the 2016 ALA Conference in Orlando

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Take a peek at industry glitterati, enthusiastic librarians, snazzy shoes, and more fun at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Trailblazing Author Lois Duncan Dies at 82

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Lois Duncan, one of the best-loved authors of teen suspense novels, continued in her craft even after personal tragedy.

Scholastic Authors Reveal What’s Coming for Fall

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Scholastic’s unique video publisher preview is full of fun and surprises, as well as plenty of collection-worthy titles for the upcoming school year.

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

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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

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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

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