November 24, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Freedom Over Me | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-6 –Ashley Bryan takes readers back to the brutal reality of American slavery, using primary source documents from an 1828 estate appraisal as his launching point to bring the 11 enslaved people listed to life.

18 YA Titles To Inspire Budding Authors for #NaNoWriMo

The following works might be just what aspiring authors need to kickstart their first novels for National Novel Writing Month this November.

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge | SLJ Review

Gr 6 Up– Makepeace is raised in a strict Puritanical environment by her single mother in 17th-century England at the brink of civil war.

Nile Crossing by Katy Beebe | SLJ Review

Gr 2-5 –Readers will gain a whole new perspective on the first day of school when they read about a fisherman’s son in ancient Egypt on his first day.

“Yaqui Delgado” Goes Hollywood: Teens Give Their Two Cents on Screen Adaptation

NYC teens weighed in on how Meg Medina’s acclaimed YA novel should be adapted for an upcoming Hulu series being produced by Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez.

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Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –When Lola the armadillo spills juice all over her family’s white chair, she hastily decides to run to the library, since “they have books and bathrooms,” and hide there till she’s a grown-up.

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Passengers on a train, Ammy and Noah, are heading to different places but end up sitting next to each other.

Feather by Cao Wenxuan | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Wenxuan has created a picture book that tells the hopeful tale of a single feather as it embarks on a journey to find out where it came from and where it belongs.

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Amor y Azúcar Panadería (Love and Sugar Bakery) is bustling on the eve of Dia de los Muertos, and all Leonora Logroño wants to do is help.

Impact! by Elizabeth Rusch | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –Opening with the dramatic story of a fourth grade class’s experience of the 2013 asteroid that landed in Chelyabinsk, Russia, this installment in the celebrated series tells of the study and the effects of asteroids in our solar system.

Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –This absorbing graphic memoir offers an insider’s view of the rapid cultural changes that beset Iraq in the latter half of the 20th century.

Writing About Addiction for Kids | Opinion

Some say that middle grade readers are too young for books that involve addiction. That argument is increasingly hard to support.

How To Find an Elephant by Kate Banks | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –An imaginative, elephant-loving young explorer goes on an adventure to find one in the wild.

El misterioso aire azul by Pamela Puldio | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Erick and his Abuelo and Abuela love Halloween and Día de los Muertos, which they celebrate together as “Hellomuertos.”

7 Snowy Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Seven delightful picture books about winter wonderlands.

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Good Night, Planet by Liniers | SLJ Review

PrS-Gr 2 –After a day of playing in the leaves with her deerlike stuffed toy Planet, a little girl gets ready for bed. When the child falls asleep, Planet comes to life, gives her a kiss, and wanders downstairs.

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –Imagine a world in which the iron fist of the Third Reich clamped over England and never let go.

Children’s Books Promoting Peace Honored at 2017 Jane Addams Award Ceremony

Authors Deborah Hopkinson, Caren B. Stelson, Russell Freedman, and others spoke at the organization’s 65th awards celebration in New York City.

Garbage Night by Jen Lee | SLJ Review

Gr 5 Up –This continuation of Lee’s previous short graphic tale “Vacancy” (included at the end of this book) is a compelling work of friendship and survival in a confusing postapocalyptic world.

Pat Scales Special Collections Room Opens | Picture of the Week

The Pat Scales Special Collections Room opened at the Carmichael Library on the campus of Scales’s alma mater, the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL.