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December 19, 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.

Authors and Illustrators Share Warm Holiday Memories with SLJ

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Children’s authors Kathryn Erskine, Tim Federle, Andrea Davis, Pinkney, and Huck Scarry open up their holiday memory archives that involve: near-death on the slopes, finding out that Santa Claus swears, and time spent as a Radio City Music Hall Santa.

Old Friends and New at Random House | Spring 2015 Preview

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At the Spring 2015 Random House Preview, rich and unusual stories were abound: a man without a leg who bicycles across Ghana; Leontyne Price, one of the first African-Americans to perform at the Metropolitan Opera; and a dessert’s journey across time and four families.

Librarians Celebrated at the 2014 I Love My Librarian Awards

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Ten remarkable librarians from around the country were honored as award recipients at theI Love My Librarian Awards on December 2 in New York City.

Jacqueline Woodson and Ursula K. Le Guin Shine at the National Book Awards Ceremony

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Highlights of the National Book Awards ceremony on November 19 included speeches by Young People’s Literature Winner, Jacqueline Woodson, and Distinguished Contribution to American Letters medalist, Ursula K. Le Guin.

2014 Jane Addams Book Awards Highlight Human Rights

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Winning and honored titles included Sugar, a novel set on a plantation in the Reconstruction South, and Razia’s Ray of Hope, about the struggle for girls’ education in present-day Afghanistan.

HarperCollins Serves Up Bunnies, Sisters, and “Sick Lit” | Spring 2015 Preview

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HarperCollins Spring Preview, in New York City, served up books about bunnies, parents who wants to raise boring children, “Sick Lit,” and Sherlock Holmes.

Egmont USA’s Fifth Anniversary | Spring 2015 Preview

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The spring 2015 Preview in NYC served up Temple Run Book Three Run for Your Life: Artic Rescue in ebook format, a foray into nonfiction with See-Thru Frogs and See-Thru Sharks, and a retelling of Snow White with Tear You Apart.

Teen Historians at the New-York Historical Society Curate Time Capsule to Be Opened in 2114

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Teens historians participating in an internship program at the New-York Historical Society curated a 2014 time capsule that is slated to be opened in 100 years.

Comics in Schools and Libraries | New York Comic Con 2014

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At this year’s Comic Con (October 9–12) in New York City, panels that focused on comics in both schools and libraries were among its highlights—along with “cosplay” and George Clooney.

Carle Honors Recognize Jerry Pinkney, Henrietta Smith, Françoise Mouly, Perri Klass, and Brian Gallagher

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The ninth annual Carle Honors gala in Manhattan attracted glitterati from the children’s literature world. Watch the KidLit TV red carpet interviews here.

Gene Luen Yang Rouses the Crowd at DC National Book Festival

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SLJ goes to this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, DC, and several changes were afoot. But one thing was clear—Gene Luen Yang’s stirring speech about diversity left an indelible mark.

Madeline’s 75th Birthday Brings Revelations

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A museum exhibition honoring “Madeline”’s 75th birthday brings new information about the old house in Paris that was covered with vines, surprising museumgoers—and members of Ludwig Bemelmans’ own family.

Q&A with ‘I Represent Sean Rosen’ Author Jeff Baron

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Jeff Baron, author of the “Sean Rosen” series, about a seventh grader who thinks his ideas make him destined for Hollywood, has been working on a writing project with the seventh graders at New York’s Ardsley Middle School that taps into their families’ past and their imaginations.

Holiday House Presents a Menagerie of New Animal Characters | Fall Preview 2014

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The Holiday House’s Fall 2014 Preview showcased titles that featured animals as their superstars, including: Pants for Chuck, Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, and There’s a Pig in My Class.

‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

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SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

East Hampton Library Addition Opens After Long Struggle and Lawsuit

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After years of struggle fraught with zoning issues, East Hampton Library was finally able to cut the ceremonial ribbon on June 21 to celebrate its 6,800 square foot addition following a lawsuit and $5.8 million in donations—including a large sum from East Hampton local, actor Alec Baldwin.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

The Life of Book Editor and Author Charlotte Zolotow Celebrated

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The life of book editor, poet, and award-winning author, a force in children’s literature, Charlotte Zolotow, was celebrated during a memorial in New York City.

Author Speed Dating | BEA 2014

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At Book Expo America this year, 18 authors were given three minutes to tell each of the 18 tables filled with booksellers about their new books at the “Author Speed Dating” event.

Round Up | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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On May 28, school and youth services librarians joined authors/illustrators and publishers to kick off Book Expo America by gathering at the McGraw-Hill building in New York City for SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog. Catch up on the day’s happenings here.