July 29, 2016

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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

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.

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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.

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The Bee Book | 30-Second Booktalk

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

Dav Pilkey on “Dog Man”

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Dav Pilkey’s latest, a graphic novel about a crime fighter who’s part dog, part cop, is all fun. Pilkey weighs in on his process, his appeal among reluctant readers, and more.

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Librarian Creates #BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens

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Chelsea Couillard-Smith, a librarian at Hennepin County (MN) Library, created a #blacklivesmatter booklist for teens.

School Library Journal Welcomes “The Yarn” Podcast

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The Yarn, a popular podcast with the inside story on children’s books, will join SLJ, the magazine announced in the e-newsletter Extra Helping today.

“The Classroom Bookshelf” Joins SLJ

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“The Classroom Bookshelf”—a blog offering lesson plans dedicated to top children’s books—has joined the School Library Journal blog network.

Chronicle Fall 2016 Preview Shows Off Unique Approaches for All Ages

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The publisher recently shared the anticipation of their next season releases with a gaggle of giddy librarians and booksellers—and a few furry friends.

Amazing Artist! Bevy of Books! Cool New Space! The ABCs of the HarperCollins Fall Preview

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The publisher turns 199 years old this year, so their fall 2016 children’s book preview was even more celebratory than usual.

Fifteen and Ready To Rule: Jazz Jennings on Her New Memoir “Being Jazz”

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Jazz Jennings, author, reality TV star, mermaid enthusiast, and teenager, speaks with SLJ about what inspires her and the importance of trans visibility and supporting LGBTQ teens.

Gaby, Lost and Found/Gaby, Perdida y Encontrada | 30-Second Booktalk

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Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez booktalks Angela Cervantes’ touching middle grade novel, Gaby, Lost and Found/Gaby Perdida y Encontrada in English and en español.

“A Book Is More than a Book”: A Chat with Author Miranda Paul

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Miranda Paul, author of the critically acclaimed One Plastic Bag, discusses her inspirations and her passion for the printed book.

Debut YA Author on How Being a Full-Time Teacher Improved Her Writing

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Catherine Lo, a full-time teacher and a first-time YA author, outlines five ways that teaching has prepared her for her new role as a young adult author.

“Be a Summer Reader; Be a Lifetime Reader” Says Kate DiCamillo

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Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo stars in a series of short videos describing her love of libraries and reading.