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November 24, 2014

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Jacqueline Woodson and Ursula K. Le Guin Shine at the National Book Awards Ceremony

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Highlights of the National Book Awards ceremony on November 19 included speeches by Young People’s Literature Winner, Jacqueline Woodson, and Distinguished Contribution to American Letters medalist, Ursula K. Le Guin.

Pictures of the Week: The 2014 National Book Awards Ceremony

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Ursula Le Guin is honored at the National Books Awards ceremony on November 19 and steals the show with her speech.

Jacqueline Woodson’s ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ Wins 2014 National Book Award

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Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming takes the top prize at the 2014 National Book Awards. Finalists in the young people’s literature category include Eliot Schrefer’s Threatened, Steve Sheinkin’s The Port Chicago 50 , John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, and Deborah Wiles’s Revolution.

SLJ Reviews of the 2014 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature

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School Library Journal reviews of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, as well as some relevant pieces from our bloggers and interviews with the authors.

JFK Essay Contest; Toyota Video Challenge; Gale Cengage Grant; Hunger Games Mental Mapping | SLJTeen News

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How do you chase the money? Write an essay for the JFK Profile in Courage award, produce a video to promote teen driver safety, or nominate your library for its exemplary fundraising efforts. And just for fans of The Hunger Games, a mental mapping contest!

Deadline Looms for Lemony Snicket Prize Nominations

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Do you know a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact? Nominate them for the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, sponsored by the American Library Association, before the December 1 deadline.

2014 Jane Addams Book Awards Highlight Human Rights

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Winning and honored titles included Sugar, a novel set on a plantation in the Reconstruction South, and Razia’s Ray of Hope, about the struggle for girls’ education in present-day Afghanistan.

Free Speech Matters: National Coalition Against Censorship’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

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SLJ was on hand to fete the 40th anniversary celebration of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) on November 3 with luminaries from the children’s literature and YA world, including honorees Neil Gaiman and Robie Harris, and NCAC co-chair Judy Blume.

Dynamic Librarian Gets Apple ConnectED Grant for West Harlem Middle School

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Peter Kornicker, a library media specialist at Don Pedro Albizu Campos Middle School in New York City, nabbed the Apple ConnectED grant for his school. This award translates into every student receiving an Apple iPad and every teacher, an iPad and Macbook, in 2015.

Carnegie-Whitney Grants Available; YALSA 2014 Maker Contest Winners | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a Carnegie-Whitney Grant to underwrite fabulous library resources. Find inspiration among the five winning entries to YALSA’s 2014 Makers Contest—from digital media training to “Sew Electric.”

Meet the Recipients of the Build Something Bold Library Design Award

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SLJ and LEGO Education recognize four schools in Alabama, Texas, Virginia, and Illinois for their innovative library designs, achieved on a range of budgets.

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SLJ and LEGO Education Announce the Winner of the Build Something Bold Library Design Award

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The winner of the inaugural 2014 SLJ and LEGO Education Build Something Bold Library Design Award is Walnut Grove Elementary School library, in Madison County, AL. Led by librarian Holly Whitt, Walnut Grove’s library features a “digital diner” with tabletop “jukeboxes” of technology.

Review of the Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature

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Kate Samworth’s Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual: Renewing the World’s Bird Supply Since 2031 is the winner of the first-ever 2014 Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature. Read SLJ’s review of the title—plus our reviews of the finalists.

2014 National Book Award Finalists in the Young People Literature’s Category

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The five finalists in the Young People’s Literature category for the 2014 National Book Awards have been announced.

Follett Challenge: Winning Stories | Sponsored

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So often, the stories you hear about education are riddled with news about funding crises, achievement gaps, and failing schools. But those are the stories that make the news. And those are the stories Follett Challenge—a contest that rewards innovation in K-12 teaching and learning— is trying to change. The folks at Follett are looking for more stories. We know there are so many more stories just waiting to be uncovered in our future winning districts. So don’t be afraid to share yours.

Win Funds for Author Visits; Jasper Fforde Giveaway; Gale Boosts STEM Resources | SLJTeen News

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Fund an author visit with help from the Maureen Hayes Award, win a set of Jasper Fforde titles, and discover a new source of STEM materials for students.

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; “My Library Story” Campaign from Gale | SLJTeen News

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The latest grants, contests, and news bites for librarians working with teens, including a way to boost summer reading programs with help from YALSA and Dollar General, and a library awareness campaign from Gale.

Carle Honors Recognize Jerry Pinkney, Henrietta Smith, Françoise Mouly, Perri Klass, and Brian Gallagher

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The ninth annual Carle Honors gala in Manhattan attracted glitterati from the children’s literature world. Watch the KidLit TV red carpet interviews here.

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Fall Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Fall Prediction Edition

Why cede the fun to the bloggers at Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott? according to Betsy Bird. Here are her own predictions for the 2015 awards.

Graphic Novel Resources; Collection Development Grant; Green Cooking for Teens | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a $5,000 YA collection development grant to purchase the graphic novel resources our Good Comics for Kids bloggers have gathered. Check out the latest roundup of teen services news bites.