August 27, 2016

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Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Native American Comics Anthology

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AH Comics, the publisher of 2015 SLJ Best Book Moonshot Vol. 1, has spearheaded a crowdsourced funding campaign to finance the second installment of the award-winning anthology of Native American comics.

When Book Sharing Backfires|Scales on Censorship

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A parent objects when a first grader shares “Captain Underpants”; contending with parents who say their children are gifted.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Gold Medal Reads | Chapter Book Chat

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Just in time for the Olympics, librarian Abby Johnson spotlights several sports series for chapter book readers and suggests accompanying activities, including fun ways to stay active this summer.

Tanita Davis’s Coming-of-Age Novels Hit the “Sweet Spot” Between MG and YA | Under the Covers

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Tanita Davis crafts multifaceted and diverse tween characters who deal with relatable issues.

Adam Gidwitz’s Illuminating Medieval Adventure | Under the Covers

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Gidwitz, author of the popular “Tale Dark and Grimm” series, discusses his latest work, an ambitious and well-crafted historical adventure set in medieval France.

Family Ties, Black Beauty Celebrated in New Self-Published Titles | Indie Voices

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Librarian Amy Martin highlights a strong new crop of self-published children’s books, including a middle grade family drama and several picture books about black hair.

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No Jacket Required: Why the Industry is Talking About Kidproof Material

Bound to Saty Bound: Kidproof

Every librarian is familiar with the pain of replacing and repairing popular children’s books. With the average children’s book surviving a mere ten circulations—and with an average cost of $1.99 per circulation—one can see how already strained budgets get even tighter.

The problem is twofold: the wear and tear that children exact on books, and the material that publishers use to bind them.

Buckram, a material that’s been widely used for bookbinding since the early 20th century—it was a replacement for leather, which was scarce during the first World War—had inconsistencies. It needed to be more printable.

Middle School Students Explore Representation in “A Fine Dessert” | In the Classroom

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A NYC middle school teacher uses the controversial picture book Fine Dessert to teach about stereotype and representation.

Page to Screen: Rowling Returns and “Children” Cut Loose

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In two high-profile releases, J.K. Rowling pens her first screenplay and director Tim Burton meets his match, Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine.

Studio Tour: Cece Bell and Tom Angleberger

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Married author/illustrators Tom Angleberger (center left) and Cece Bell (center right) take SLJ on a virtual tour of their studios at their home in rural Virginia.

Bookshare Extends Ebook Access to TX Students with Print Disabilities

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A statewide program, Accessible Books for Texas enables students with print disabilities to access Bookshare, a free, cloud-based ebook library of more than 440,000 titles.

The Boy Who Lived Returns: Libraries Celebrate a New “Harry Potter” Book

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Libraries everywhere are getting ready for the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31. Check out what they’re doing!

Comic-Con International Lures YA Comics Creators | SDCC 2016

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The editor of the “Good Comics 4 Kids” blog gives a rundown of teen-friendly highlights and announcements from the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.

Brendan Kiely’s and Jason Reynolds’s CSK Author Honor Speeches for “All American Boys”

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Coauthors Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds each delivered remarks about their Coretta Scott King (CSK) Author Honor win for All American Boys on June 26 during the CSK Award’s Breakfast at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando. SLJ presents both speeches, published together for the first time.

Neal Bascomb on “Sabotage” and the Norwegian Fight Against the Nazis

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SLJTeen Live panelist Neal Bascomb discusses his research process, inspiration, and the best part of writing Sabatoge, about a riveting moment in World War II history.

Screen Gems: High-Quality Picture Ebooks and Apps for Tots

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Advice on making smart app and ebook choices for the under-five set.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Deliberate Research and Inclusive History: A Chat with Sarah Albee | Nonfiction Matters

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Sarah Albee is passionate about the research process—be it about famous historical figures, insects, or the evolution of the toilet.

The Stars So Far: Tween Picks

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A list of recent starred reviews hand-picked for tween readers.

Across the Boards: The Latest for the Smallest of Readers

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SLJ editors pick the best of the season’s board books.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Bee Book | 30-Second Booktalk

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A mini booktalk about one of our favorite new nonfiction titles, The Bee Book.