October 24, 2016

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SLJ Regrets an Error, Updates Reviewer Guidelines


SLJ has corrected a serious error, which appeared in a 2013 review of Tim Tharp’s audiobook Mojo.

Three Ways To Use Picture Books with Older Kids | Programming Cookbook


Picture books are not just for toddlers! Here are three programs that highlight ways to use familiar picture books with upper elementary and middle school kids.

Watch with a Friend: Tween-Friendly Movies To Scare Your Socks Off


Thirteen PG-rated films perfect for a Halloween movie night.

Don’t Read These After Dark: A Horror Book List for Tweens


25 bone-chilling reads to help tween horror fans get ready for Halloween night.

Going to the Movies with Katherine Paterson | “The Great Gilly Hopkins”


A conversation with the award-winning author on the release of a major motion picture adaptation of The Great Gilly Hopkins.

SLJ Chats with Helena Coggan, Teen Author of “The Catalyst”


The 17-year-old author discusses her dark, suspenseful YA debut, set in a magical world torn apart by war.

Finalists Announced for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Recap: The National Book Award Finalists

Here are the five finalists for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, with the corresponding SLJ reviews. Winners of the 67th annual NBAs will be revealed November 16.

Caregiving Youth: Resources and a YA Booklist


In 1.3 million U.S. households, caregiving children support family members due to illness, disability, substance abuse, or other factors. These books and resources can help them.

International Awards for Spanish-Language Books | Libro por libro


Tim Wadham shares resources for finding award-winning international titles to add to Spanish-language collections.

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Celebrate Banned Books Week with Nonfiction


What do revered authors Maya Angelou, Alison Bechdel, and Marjane Satrapi have in common?

Even More Awards for Spanish, Latin American, and Latin@ Kid Lit


Looking for more award-winning titles to add to your Spanish-language collections and to include more Latin@-focused acclaimed kid lit? Here are other book prizes that are given in Spain, Latin America, and in the U.S. that can help fulfill that need.

Wanted: YA Author In Search of Reluctant Readers | Opinion


Brian Conaghan, the author of When Mr. Dog Bites and The Bombs That Brought Us Together writes about his desire to create books for the kids in the back row—teens very much like the young adult he once was.

Frightfully Good Reads | Chapter Book Chat


Librarian Abby Johnson suggests several chapter book series—paired with activities or lesson extenders—that deliver chills and thrills.


Helping the Reluctant Reader

Reluctant Reader

Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

Scientist, Globe-trotter, Author, Publisher: An Interview with Sneed Collard III


SLJ chats with Sneed Collard about his books, starting a publishing house, traveling the world, and the impact and importance of nonfiction for middle grade readers.

Excellent Narrative Nonfiction Mentor Texts | Nonfiction Notions


Narrative nonfiction offers opportunities to teach students how to structure a research project, pose questions, investigate sources, and draw conclusions. These five titles are ideal mentor texts for use in classrooms and curricula.

Mocking the Geisel | Guessing Geisel


Thinking about hosting a Mock Geisel program in your school or library? The “Guessing Geisel” bloggers offer tips and examples of successful ways to “mock” the award with students.

Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature


The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.

Three Teens and Their Fantastic Feats

Tyler Wright - Largest Afro
Guinness World Records 2016
Photo Credit: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records

High school, sports—and setting world records. Meet three of the newcomers to “Guinness World Records 2017.”

Q&A: Margaret Atwood, Graphic Novelist


Margaret Atwood tackles a new medium with “Angel Catbird,” an all-ages graphic novel trilogy created with artist Johnnie Christmas.