November 24, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox
Sarah Bayliss

About Sarah Bayliss

Sarah Bayliss (sbayliss@mediasourceinc.com, @shbayliss) is associate editor, news and features, at School Library Journal.

A Mark Twain Picture Book, “Say OH!”, and More | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Picture book creators Sean Qualls, Selina Alko, Sydney Smith, Philip Stead, Brendan Wenzel, and Hervé Tullet touched on collaboration, a sense of place, and whimsy during a panel.

Nonfiction Creators on Inspiration, Research, and More | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Insight into writing and illustrating nonfiction from Steve Sheinkin, Sue Macy, Michelle Markel, Alexandra Siy, and R. Gregory Christie.

Gene Luen Yang, Ambassador and Nerd, Inspires | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Gene Luen Yang, U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, kicked off SLJ’s Day of Dialog with a witty, dynamic presentation about superhero comics, computers, reading, and his life as a nerd.

Incoming ALA President Jim Neal: Supporting School Libraries

Neal, who assumes ALA leadership in June, will bolster support for school libraries, while also prioritizing equity, leadership, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations.

Carla Hayden’s Big Plans for Kids at the Library of Congress

Children and teens play an active role at the world’s largest library under Carla Hayden. A Q&A with the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress.

Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.

Pat Scales, Rainbow Rowell Honored by NCAC

The National Coalition Against Censorship honored SLJ’s “Scales on Censorship” columnist Pat Scales and “Eleanor and Park” author Rainbow Rowell at its annual gala on Tuesday, November 1.

Keeping a Kids’ Writing Workshop Going

“Free Verse” author Sarah Dooley has been leading a writing group at a West Virginia public library for six years.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Webcomic Exclusive: “Economy of Form” by Melanie Gillman

SLJ presents an original webcomic by “As the Crow Flies” creator Melanie Gillman starring Charlie, a queer 13-year-old girl, and her friend Mei.

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

Real-World STEM: a Library Bio Lab and a Sixth-Grade Code Curriculum

A Brooklyn middle school teacher who built a computer science class from scratch and a California public librarian who created a library bio lab shared the stage at the Lead the Change session “STEM in the Real World.”

11 Questions for Best-Selling Teen Psychologist Lisa Damour

The author of “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood” offers insight into tween tribes, teen risk-taking, the growth mind-set, and more in this audio feature.

Reading Room for Visually Impaired Kids Incorporates the Power of Touch

After researching how low-vision kids experience books today, the San Antonio Public Library opened a new reading room with plenty of braille and large-print children’s books, audio and magnifying technology, and tactile art.

AASL 2015: Spirit and Surprises

From a late night Hackathon to an on-site maker space, conversations about “ubiquitous leadership,” “digital tattoos,” best apps, and much more, the 2015 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) conference had something for everyone.

Make It Universal

Accessible making for people with disabilities.

Jason Reynolds on Building Houses and Affirming Young Lives | SummerTeen 2015

The coauthor of “All American Boys” and 2015 SummerTeen keynoter describes how his family, music, and teen years shaped his outlook and ambitions as a writer. Watch a video of Reynolds’s speech.

Closing the 30 Million-Word Gap

Pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind has become an emerging leader in the science of language development and a partner with the Chicago Public Library in a venture to create new interactive learning spaces.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

First Class Graduates from Queens Library’s Pre-Kindergarten | Pictures of the Week

Proud families applauded, took pictures, and cried during the graduation ceremony for their children, who completed Queens Library’s pre-K program, the first library-run pre-Kindergarten in the nation.

Nathan Hale, Maris Wicks, Don Brown, and Others On Nonfiction Graphic Works | Day of Dialog 2015

Dynamic authors and illustrators on the panel Nonfiction Goes Graphic (in Format) spoke about everything from whether cute cartoons can faithfully illustrate the human body to portraying violent subject matter for young children.