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April 23, 2014

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School Librarians: Ask Students to Vote to Get ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Cast to Visit Your State

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Here’s a fun activity around the June 6 film release of The Fault in Our Stars. Librarians can encourage students to find their home state on an interactive map, and put in their vote to get the book-turned-film’s cast to visit their state. Vote before April 25.

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

As evidenced by David Wiesner picking up his third Caldecott Honor in January (joining his three Caldecott Medals), previous winners often pop up and win again. With that in mind, here are the 2014 releases from illustrators who have won Caldecott Medals or Honors.

Students Can Participate in Poet-to-Poet Multimedia Project this Month

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In honor of National Poetry Month, The Academy of American Poets have launched Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites students in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets, like Juan Felipe Herrera, Arthur Sze, and Anne Waldeman.

Scholastic Kicks off Free Teacher Registration for Summer Reading Challenge Starting April 7

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Starting April 7, Scholastic opens registration for K-8 educators who can register their students for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, an online reading program geared to tackle summer slump. Also, find out more about Scholastic’s Google+ Hangout to provide successful summer reading strategies on April 16.

For National Poetry Month, Five Teen Poet Ambassadors Will Present their Works Across the Country

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What do Tina Fey and Meryl Streep have in common with 2013 National Student Poets winner Michaela Coplen? For one, they will all be on stage April 24 at NYC’s Lincoln Center at the Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month. Find out more.

Announcing SLJ’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You?

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School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing join forces to announce the SLJ School Librarian of the Year Award.

The YA Lit Winners and Honorees Announced for the 2014 Street Literature Book Awards

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The news is out! The 2014 Street Literature Book Award winner in the YA lit category is the series “Hip Hop Biographies,” published by Saddleback Educational Publishing.

‘One Teen Story’ Hosts Short Story Writing Contest for Teens

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Calling all teen writers. One Teen Story, a literary magazine for young adults, is looking for original, unpublished fiction written by teens ages 14-19.

90 Second Newbery Film Festival Breathes Life Back Into Forgotten Newbery Book Award Classics

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My Father’s Dragon and Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story were among the long-forgotten Newbery Book Award winners that were revived by this year’s third annual 90 Second Newbery Film Festival. SLJ was there this year to talk to the kid filmmakers and the event’s creator, author Jamie Kennedy.

Open Call for 2014 James Moffett Award Applications

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Do you have a collaborative classroom project in mind for the coming school year? Put pen to paper and submit your application for the 2014 James Moffett Award; it could result in $1,000 in funding to support your program.

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB

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While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang’s innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books.

Puppet-Savvy Nashville Librarian Earns the Toyota Family Teaching Award

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A Nashville librarian who created family literacy workshops and carefully tracked her programs’ outcomes is the winner the 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award.

NJ State Library Now Accepting Applications to Multicultural Program Award

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The $1,000 award honors outstanding public library programs that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism through creative and sustainable cultural programming.

U.S. Department of Education Seeks Peer Reviewers for School Library Grant Competition

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The federal agency is seeking school librarians, educators, literacy specialists, administrators, digital media education specialists, college or university educators, and researchers and education consultants to fill the bill as peer reviewers.

Swedish Author Barbro Lindgren to Receive ALMA 2014

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Swedish children’s book author Barbro Lindgren will received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the world’s largest monetary award for children’s and young adult literature.

Rush Limbaugh—Children’s Choice Book Author of the Year?

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What do Rush Limbaugh and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series author, Jeff Kinney, have in common? They’re both up for the Author of the Year in the Children & Teen’s Choice Book Award.

SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Books Is in Full Swing

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SLJ ’s own version of March Madness, our sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BoB) elimination contest, kicked off on March 11 and has been going strong for 10 matches and counting. A recap of the Battle’s surprise victories, student-led celebrations, and quips from the Peanut Gallery.

Winners for the Hans Christian Andersen Book Awards Announced

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The two winners were announced at a March 24 press conference at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. And the envelope please…

Round 2, Match 2: Eleanor & Park vs Far Far Away

Round 2, Match 2: Eleanor & Park vs Far Far Away

“Two books. Both darn near perfect. I highly recommend either one. And yet, I must choose,” writes judge Rae Carson.

United for Libraries Now Accepting Applications for Baker & Taylor Awards

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Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 40 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Applications for the $1000 awards for outstanding programming or projects are due May 1.