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April 23, 2014

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Earth Day Q&A: SLJ Talks to MIT Professor Penny Chisholm About Her Upcoming Picture Book with Children’s Author Molly Bang

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In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, SLJ talks to MIT professor Penny Chisholm, who co-wrote the book Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth, with children’s author Molly Bang, to be released by Scholastic this September. This picture book explains the origins of fossil fuels and warns readers about fossil fuels’ effect on the environment.

‘Red Madness’ Author Gail Jarrow on Solving a Medical Mystery | Up Close

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Author Gail Jarrow uncovered how the medical mystery of the disease pellagra was discovered in her work Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat. She weighs in on the disease, her research process, and the scientific method.

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Spring Burst: Upcoming Titles from Little Brown Fall | 2014 Preview

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On April 1, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers presented its Fall 2014 list of titles to librarians. Director of School and Library Marketing Victoria Stapleton kicked off the event by highlighting Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones who has written an autobiographical picture book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, coming out this September. Richards’s daughter Theodora Richards, did the artwork.

Q&A: Kathleen Krull on the History of Zoos

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In her latest picture book What’s New? The Zoo!: A Zippy History of Zoos (illustrated by Marcellus Hall), author Kathleen Krull fills readers in on the ins and outs of fascinating animal collections and menageries from ancient times to the present day.

Sue Townsend, Author of the ‘Original Bridget Jones’ Series, Passes Away at 68

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Sue Townsend, author of the wildly popular British YA “Adrian Mole” book series, died April 10 in Leicester, England after a stroke. She was 68 years old.

Eric Carle Museum Honors Creator of ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ Art Work

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Late author Bernard Waber—creator of the legendary storybook character Lyle the Crocodile—is currently being honored with an exhibit of his work “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile & Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber” at the Eric Carle Museum in Massachusetts. The exhibit shows original picture book art and runs until June 8.

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

As evidenced by David Wiesner picking up his third Caldecott Honor in January (joining his three Caldecott Medals), previous winners often pop up and win again. With that in mind, here are the 2014 releases from illustrators who have won Caldecott Medals or Honors.

The Debut: SLJTeen Talks with Laura McHugh, Author of ‘The Weight of Blood’

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Laura McHugh‘s debut novel is set in rural, small-town Missouri, deep in the Ozarks. This dark coming-of-age mystery follows a 17-year-old girl determined to investigate the murder of a friend from school, a search which leads to the earlier murder of her own mother. SLJ contributor Diane Colson shares her recent conversation with McHugh here in SLJTeen.

Q&A: Author Andy Griffiths on His Ever-Growing ‘Treehouse’ Series

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The 26-Story Treehouse author spoke to SLJ about the treehouse of his childhood, punk rock, advice for young writers, and more.

Silly Chickens and Red Lollipops | Rukhsana Khan, An Author to Study

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Rukhsana Khan is on a mission to write stories that children can identify with, while, at the same time, show Western readers that Muslim families are pretty much the same as theirs.

Beyond the Computer: A Writer Reflects On Information Literacy

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Author Deborah Hopkinson reflects on the skills today’s students will need in the years to come as they respond to complex global issues.

Q&A: Jake Marcionette, the 13-Year-Old Author of ‘Just Jake,’ Talks with SLJ

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SLJ contributing editor Rocco Staino speaks with the 13-year-old author of Just Jake about ‘Kid Cards,’ his school librarian, paying homage to Jeff Kinney, and more.

Q & A: Tim Federle Talks About Writing Middle School Fiction’s First Boy-Boy Kiss and His Second Cocktail Guide

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It’s been a whirlwind year for kid lit author Tim Federle who released Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Simon and Schuster which included middle school fiction’s first boy-boy kiss. He’s now working on his second cocktail guide Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist, a boardbook for new parents.

How Late-Author Jean Craighead George’s Last Book Got Finished Thanks to Her Surviving Children

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Jean Craighead George passed away in 2012, leaving her book Ice Whale incomplete. Her two children, Twig and Craig, took it upon themselves to finish their mother’s work and share the story behind its completion. Book available April 3.

‘Dear Nobody’: SLJ Chats with Coeditors Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil

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Dear Nobody: The Real Life Diary of Mary Rose focuses on the reality of being a teen with cystic fibrosis. Coeditors Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil talked to SLJ about what drove them to bring Mary Rose’s story to life.

Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives

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Two-time Children’s Choice Book Award nominee James Patterson is a passionate advocate for reading and libraries, but he tells SLJ he was a late-blooming reader who didn’t come into his love for reading until he was 20-years-old. This year, Patterson pairs up with NBA player Dwayne Wade for their second webcast stressing the importance of reading to air April 24.

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB

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While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang’s innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books.

Librarian Appears on “Ellen” and Transforms Her Library: A Q&A with Ashley Kirby Thomas

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Ashley Kirby Thomas at McAuliffe Elementary (OK) had been longing to be on the show “Ellen.” After several failed attempts, it was finally her selection as “Teacher of the Year” that caught Ellen DeGeneres’s attention. SLJ caught up with Thomas and how her school’s library has changed since her two appearances.

Q&A: Meet the Creator of Ms. Marvel, the First Female American-Muslim Superhero

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Hey librarians, here’s a chance to introduce your patrons to Marvel’s first female American-Muslim superhero. SLJ talks to the creator behind Ms. Marvel, a teenage superhero who fights crime and happens to not eat bacon.

Pictures of the Week: Authors Celebrate at Abrams Books

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Authors Chris Raschka, Lauren Myracle, and others came together for a night of festivities at Abrams Books.