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February 27, 2015

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Coming in March: “A Crossover Year”

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A preview of our March issue.

How Do You BOB?: Librarians, Parents Share the Ways They’re Celebrating Battle of the Kids’ Books

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With just a few weeks to go until the first Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) match on March 9, schools, parent groups, and librarians across the country are gearing up for this year’s March Madness–style tournament. Check out a few examples of how BOB has become a fun, educational, and community-building event.

Just Tech It Up Challenge: Win $100K in Classroom Technology from Sharp

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If you work in a K–12 accredited school that could benefit from over $100,000 worth of classroom tech products, read on about Sharp’s Classroom Technology Challenge.

In the Margins Announces First Social Justice/Advocacy Book Award

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Bryan Stevenson has won the In the Margins Social Justice/Advocacy Book Award for his 2014 title Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which traces his career of serving the imprisoned and his fight to change injustices in the system.

Sponsored Content: Who Has 2015 Winners? Macmillan and Griffin Teen

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Let loose with the confetti! Macmillan and Griffin Teen are thrilled to share their 2015 young adult award-winners.

Chieri Uegaki and Chris Haughton Win 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards

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The 2015 winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award are Chieri Uegaki, author of Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin and Chris Haughton for the illustrations in Shh! We Have a Plan.

Bank Street Announces the 2015 Irma Black Award, Cook Prize Finalists

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New York’s Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature has announced the four finalists for its 2015 Irma Black Award for the best read-aloud picture book for first and second grade and the four finalists for its 2015 Cook Prize for the best picture book that teaches science, technology, engineering, and math principles.

SLJ Accepting Entries for 2015 Build Something Bold Award

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SLJ, in partnership with LEGO Education, has launched the Build Something Bold Award, this year honoring creativity in programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning in the library or classroom.

2015 Battle of the Kids’ Books Battle Plans and Brackets Unveiled

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We’re less than a month away from the official start of SLJ’s seventh annual Battle of the Kids’ Books, and the Battle Commander has just revealed this year’s battle plans and brackets for the March Madness–type contest.

Librarians Shown Love at YALSA’s Morris/Nonfiction Awards | ALA Midwinter 2015

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A Chicago blizzard prevented many of the authors of the recognized titles from attending the Morris/Nonfiction awards, but Morris winner Isabel Quintero managed to take the stage, and Nonfiction winner Maya Van Wagenen gave librarians a shout out via video.

A Fight to the End Paper: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books 2015

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While for some March calls to mind college basketball, at SLJ, March 9 heralds the start of our Battle of the Kids’ Books (aka BOB). From Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming to Cece Bell’s El Deafo, these mighty contenders are ready for a (literary) fight. May the best book win!

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Awards Roundup: The Cook Prize, Edgar Nominees, Sydney Taylor Award, and More

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In the thick of awards season, many children’s and young adult books are being recognized with honors not related to the Youth Media Awards.

Top 2015 Titles for Youth in Custody—or in Your Libraries

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After careful consideration and heated debate, the In the Margins committee has selected its best fiction and nonfiction, top 10, and overall selection list of 34 titles. On February 18, it will announce the newest recognition—the Advocacy Award—for authors.

Kathleen T. Horning Named 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

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Kathleen T. Horning, the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award.

The PreGame/PostGame ALA Youth Media Awards Videos and Some Vids From the Winners As Well

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SLJ’s Pregame and Postgame YMA show, folks getting “the call,” and clips by some of the ALA Youth Media Award winners.

SLJ Reviews of 2015 Youth Media Award–Winning and Honor Books

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The winners are in, and once again, SLJ predicted many of the top Youth Media Award winners and honor books. Check out the reviews of all the winning and honor books.

Alexander and Santat Win 2015 Newbery, Caldecott Medals

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Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover and Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend took home the medals for the Newbery and the Caldecott awards, respectively. Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun captured the Printz award.

2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards Adds Three New Categories

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The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader have announced the addition of three new categories to the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards.

We Need Diverse Books Opens Submissions for “The Walter” Award

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Starting January 29, YA authors of diversity with diverse works may apply for We Need Diverse Books’ inaugural Walter Dean Myers Award.

2015 NCTE Children’s Book Awards Announced

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The winning titles for the Charlotte Huck Award for Fiction and the Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction have been announced.