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July 23, 2014

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2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced

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The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has announced the finalists for the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 30.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

Beyond Words Grant Winners Announced

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Two libraries devastated by fire can now begin the process of rebuilding their schools and communities thanks to the commitment of Dollar General and the AASL Beyond Words Catastrophic Grant awards.

Contests, Awards, and Giveaways for Librarians Serving Teens

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Opportunities abound for teen bloggers, underserved school libraries needing a buck or two, and those already playing in the makerspace; on top of all that, SLJTeen brings you a double dose of galley giveaways.

Eisner Foundation Builds Graphic Novel Collections and Programming

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Great news for Ypsilanti District Library and Lewis and Clack Library—both have received grants from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation for their graphic novel collections and programming.

Meg Medina, John Parra, and Others Honored at the Int’l Latino Book Awards | ALA 2014

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For the first time, the winners of the 2014 International Latino Book Awards were revealed concurrently with the ALA Annual Conference. Among this year’s 231 honorees, recognized during a ceremony at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater on June 28, were well known children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, such as Alma Flor Ada, Meg Medina, and John Parra.

Klassen and Brooks Take UK’s Greenaway and Carnegie Medals

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On June 23, Caldecott-winning Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat and Kevin Brooks’s The Bunker Diarytook top honors in the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards for children’s literature. Backlash surrounding the Carnegie pick continues to develop.

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: The Summer Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: The Summer Prediction Edition

“Sloooooowly the predictions begin,” writes Betsy Bird. “As I post this I’m hitting the sweet spot right between Book Expo and the annual American Library Association conference.” Herewith, her summer, maternity leave, predictions.

ALA Announces First Ever Winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize

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On June 9, the ALA announced the winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity—say that three times quickly—which will go to New Orleans Youth Outreach Librarian Laurence Copel who overcame unrelenting adversity to get the children of the Ninth Ward their much-needed books.

Announcing the Kirkus Literary Prize: Three Big Awards, Lots of Loot

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Kirkus Reviews launches three new literary prizes worth lots of money.

On Top of His Game: SLJ Interviews Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Markus Zusak

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This month, multiple award-winner Markus Zusak, author of ‘The Book Thief,’ will receive yet another honor: SLJ’s own Margaret A. Edwards Award. The author talks about finding his voice, his responsibility to readers, and his obsession with getting things right.

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SLJ’s Reviews of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

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For many, the true highlight of BookExpo America occurred at 1 PM on Saturday at the SLJ Librarian’s Lounge, when Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. See SLJ’s reviews of the winners here.

Link Du Jour: 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Announced!

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Hot off the presses! The 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards have been announced.

Pictures of the Week: Scieszka and Barnett Keynote Bank Street Book Awards Ceremony

Former National Ambassador of Children's Literature Jon Sciezka and award-winning writer Mac Barnett, coauthors of Battle Bunny were the keynoters of XXX.

Former National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Jon Sciezka (l.) and award-winning writer Mac Barnett (r.), coauthors of the recent Battle Bunny, were the keynoters at the Bank Street College of Education’s annual book awards ceremony.

Irma Black and Cook Prize Awards: Inspiration Takes Main Stage

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Inspiration was the unofficial theme of Bank Street College of Education’s annual book awards ceremony on May 22 in New York City.

National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading 2014 Winners

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Each year, the National Book Foundation awards $2500 prizes to individuals and institutions that are making a difference in people’s lives through the creation and maintenance of programs that encourage the love of reading. This year’s winners of the Innovations in Reading prize include programs for women in prison and literacy support for tribal nations.

“In the Margins” 2014 Nominees Announced

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In the Margins (ITM), under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth in Custody, has announced the nominated titles for their 2014 book list. A couple may be familiar, but there are definitely some that will be new to you.

Illinois High School Scores the Follett Challenge Grand Prize

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Illiinois’ Belleville West High School has been named the grand prize winner of $65,000 total in Follett products and services in the third annual Follett Challenge, a competition to identify, reward, and promote the most innovative teaching and learning program, for its Community of Readers program.

Rush Limbaugh Takes Author of the Year Award at Children’s Book Choice Awards

Rush Limbaugh accepts his award for Author of the Year. Photo courtesy of Rocco Staino.

A variety of authors were on hand at the Children’s Book Choice Awards May 14, including conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, Author of the Year winner for his 2013 Simon & Schuster book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans .

Pictures of the Week: National Kid Lit Ambassador Kate DiCamillo Visits ‘School Library Journal’

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En route to host the Children’s Book Week gala in New York City on May 14, National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Kate DiCamillo stopped by the SLJ office. The 2014 Newbery Award-winning author of Flora & Ulysses shared galleys of her next chapter book Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, out this August, and a companion to the “Mercy Watson” books.