In “Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews,” illustrated with the artist’s oil paintings and collage compositions, Kathleen Benson highlights the words Andrews chose to paint by, and to encourage those he taught.
Jacqueline Woodson talks about her National Book Award win, her handling of Handler’s comments, and how she approached the writing of one of the most distinguished memoirs for young readers in recent memory.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz collaborated with young adult author Kekla Magoon on a historical fiction novel about the civil rights leader’s formative years. SLJ caught up with the pair to discuss their writing process, inspiration, and the lasting impact of Malcolm’s legacy.
With ample humor and a keen sensitivity to the emotional melodrama of early adolescence, Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir, El Deafo, offers a window into growing up deaf in 1970s suburbia. SLJ caught up with the author to discuss her writing process, hearing aids, bad attitudes, and bunnies.
This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles takes readers into the hearts of two distinctly different teens with cognitive impairment, and shares her thoughts on special education, imperfect people, and the challenge of writing grammatically incorrect dialogue.
Chelsey Philpot’s debut novel, Even in Paradise, is already getting rave reviews. Get ahead of the crowd and add this to your list of best boarding school novels.
A trip to Malawi, Africa in 1992 convinced GE executive Jim Ziolkowski that he had a different calling—giving students the opportunity to transform their lives through access to education.
Betsy Bird has a TV show. Spinning off Bird’s blog “A Fuse #8 Production” on School Library Journal, “Fuse 8 TV” is a monthly webcast hosted by Bird—and the first episode is now available.
SLJ caught up with debut author Marie-Helene Bertino to discuss her 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, a multigenerational story perfect for mother/daughter book clubs.
SLJ caught up with master storyteller Neil Gaiman, who penned a spooky graphic novel adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” inspired by Lorenzo Mattotti’s dark and gloomy art. Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video chat with Gaiman.
This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Readers may recognize Suzanne Brockmann’s name as the NYT bestselling author of over 50 books for adults. She’s teamed up with daughter Melanie to write their first young adult series, starting with Night Sky.
The author of Wicked, the book that spawned the blockbuster Broadway play, Gregory Maguire talks with SLJ about his latest otherworldly novel Egg and Spoon, who should be reading it, and why fairy tales are necessary nutrition for the modern world.
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.