Doing intensive research in preparation for a work of nonfiction is par for the course these days for children’s book authors, but for Katherine Roy, it’s entailed getting to know animals in intimate details, from dissecting sharks to getting up close with a tranquilized elephant in Kenya.
After HBO talk show host Bill Maher airs a segment about a book called My Parents Open Carry, about a 13-year-old girl and her gun-toting parents, the book becomes a popular subject of mockery—with former Egmont USA publisher Elizabeth Law weighing in on the conversation.
It can’t be easy having your debut novel compared to The Chocolate War, but Anthony Breznican takes it all in stride. Adult Books 4 Teens contributor Diane Colson talks to the author about his inspiration, his characters, and Elvis Costello.
“Adults forget what it is like to be a teen—that on their way to becoming adults they are often faced with situations they don’t know how to react or respond to. I often hear adults say, ‘In my day young women/men didn’t behave this way or that way.’ I have to laugh because, yes they did!”
How author G. Neri and Tampa school librarian Kimberly DeFusco helped turn a young at-risk nonreader into a Shakespeare-loving poet. As told by all three.
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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.
The artist and author’s “Bloody Jack” books star a feisty London orphan girl who dresses as a boy, changes her name from Mary to Jacky, and finds work on a ship.
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.
The technology gods were not on Chris Lynch’s side on July 24, when he was scheduled to appear on a panel with Kwame Alexander discussing their sports genre YA titles. SLJTeen has been able to procure a few snippets from SLJ reviews editor Kiera Parrott, who moderated the sports session. To read the full interview, please visit the sports panel archive in the SummerTeen auditorium.
Librarian and blogger Liz Burns shares an inside look at YA author Adele Griffin’s format-bending faux biography of a teen artist, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone.
From a lonely gorilla to a confused moose to a missing koala, these great titles will inspire real and imagined trips to the zoo.
Paige Rawl was born with HIV but didn’t know she had it until middle school. She also didn’t know about the stigma and bullying that came with it. Rawl shares her story Positive not only to cope with her past, but to offer solace and courage to those going through a similar experience.
Adi Alsaid’s debut novel, Let’s Get Lost, is a beautifully written story about five strangers and their different experiences with love, loss, and finding themselves along the way. SLJ reviewer Donna Rosenblum chats with the author about his inspirations, his travels, and what’s in store for him next.
In a Kindle forum post dated July 29, Amazon reveals specific details of its sticking points with Hachette Publishing Group over profit-share and ebook pricing—and in doing so, doesn’t do Hachette any favors.
The now-ubiquitous #WeNeedDiverseBooks (WNDB) hashtag and campaign has filed for incorporation in Pennsylvania, according to a WNDB blog post dated July 29.
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.
Iconic picture book creator Byron Barton chats with SLJ about his process, his influences, and his unique style.
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On July 24, SLJ’s SummerTeen virtual event, attended by nearly 800 conference goers, was chock full of popular and thought-provoking YA authors, such as keynoters Gayle Forman (If I Stay) and Matthew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock), who reveal some of the more personal asides, challenges, and stories behind novel writing. It was Quick who said, “Good literature, he said, “[comforts] the disturbed and [disturbs] the comforted.”
SLJ was in San Francisco for Chronicle’s Fall 2014 Preview where illustrated children’s books with vibrant visuals were the showstopping hits.
Illinois school librarian and winner of the “Soon to Be Famous Author Project” with her book The Things We Save, has had a huge year—and it almost didn’t happen.