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September 3, 2015

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Nurturing “Food Explorers” with Spoons Across America

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When it comes to making, what could be more fun than playing, experimenting, and teaching with food? Ali McDowell of Spoons Across America talked to SLJ about the organization’s approach to culinary education, with advice and resources on helping kids and families eat well.

What ELSE do you do?: five questions for Deborah Taylor

This series of interviews debuted last spring with five questions for author T.A. Barron; now I’m following it up with five more for one of my favorite librarians, Deborah Taylor, coordinator of school and student services for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Deb and I have been friends for more than thirty years since […]

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Meet the Reviewer | John Peters

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Each month SLJ takes a peek behind the books at the brilliant and passionate librarians who read, evaluate, and review the thousands of books and materials every year. This month we meet longtime reviewer and contributor, John Peters.

Nicola Yoon Spills “Everything, Everything” About Her YA Debut

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SLJ chats with Nicola Yoon, debut author of the YA novel Everything, Everything.

Hand in Hand: Kathryn Otoshi on Her Collaboration with Bret Baumgarten for “Beautiful Hands”

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SLJ chats with picture book artist and publisher, Kathryn Otoshi, about her latest book and the inspiring story behind its creation.

“Honor Girl” Graphic Novelist Maggie Thrash on Identity and Girls’ Spaces

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SLJ caught up with debut author Maggie Thrash, whose graphic memoir Honor Girl focuses on an experience she had at summer camp when she was 15. Thrash shared how she went from comics newbie to full-fledged author, described the challenges of writing a memoir, and emphasized the importance of all-girl’s spaces.

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir

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SLJ had the opportunity of pairing two Latino authors—Daniel José Older and Sonia Manzano, an award-winning author and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of “Maria” on Sesame Street—in a conversation about Manzano’s first memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

Fuse #8 TV: Kevin Sherry

After a brief hiatus I’m back with my regular interview series, Fuse #8 TV. By complete coincidence (fortune favors the busy) I didn’t have an interview slated when I was in the thick of my move to Evanston. Now that I’m safely ensconced in Illinois (albeit with oddly empty bookshelves) I’m fully ready and prepared […]

Finding a Creative Frequency: Tuning in to Pat Schmatz’s “Lizard Radio”

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Pat Schmatz’s Lizard Radio comes at a key social moment, with trans identities and gender fluidity gaining increasing mainstream recognition. The YA author spoke with SLJ on the nuances of that well-wrought term dystopia and letting characters speak for themselves, including the work’s 15-year-old protagonist, ‘bender’ Kivali.

Ghost Stories That Aren’t: Moïra Fowley-Doyle on “The Accident Season”

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Author Moïra Fowley-Doyle chats with SLJ about her haunting YA debut, The Accident Season.

“The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” | Carole Boston Weatherford on Fannie Lou Hamer

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Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom is a moving, poetic tribute to the Voting Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

Torben Kuhlmann’s ‘Lindbergh’ Soars as an iBook

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Torben Kuhlmann’s picture book, Lindbergh, the Tale of a Flying Mouse was published last year to glowing reviews. The recent release of the iBook version, with visual and audio enhancements, offers more to praise.

Interview: Brenden Fletcher on ‘Gotham Academy’

Gotham Academy is a Bat-book with a difference: It’s a supernatural mystery series with an ensemble cast, set in a boarding school that just happens to be in Gotham City. The story is self-contained, although there are some characters who will be familiar to longtime Batman fans. The first volume of the series collects the […]

Sisterhood, Body Image, and Sexual Abuse | Carol Lynch Williams on “Never Said”

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SummerTeen speaker Carol Lynch Williams shares with SLJ what inspired her to write Never Said, her thoughts on body image, slut-shaming, and more.

Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony

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SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

Christopher Franceschelli on the Art, Design, and Nutritional Value of Board Books | Up Close

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Christopher Franceschelli has worn many hats from editor to creator to book packager. The busy bookmaker discusses his new work, Dinoblock, what makes a great board book, and how these tiny works of art are for more than just babies.

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#LoveOzYA, Romance, and Hijinks: Fiona Wood on “Six Impossible Things”

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SLJ caught up with SummerTeen speaker and Australian YA author Fiona Wood to discuss what inspired her to write her upcoming Six Impossible Things, why romance is such a staple in YA lit, and more.

Jump Back, Paul | Sally Derby on Paul Laurence Dunbar

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In “Jump Back, Paul,” Sally Derby introduces a new generation of readers to the life, times, and work of this extraordinary talent.

The Thrilling Possibilities of AI and YA Sci-Fi: Mark Alpert on “The Six”

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Mark Alpert, contributing editor at Scientific American, explores the definition of humanity, the cost and benefits of scientific research, and teen angst in his debut YA novel, The Six.

In the Recording Studio with Jack Gantos

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SLJ catches up with Jack Gantos as he records the audio for his new book, The Trouble in Me.