September 26, 2016

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Wanted: YA Author In Search of Reluctant Readers | Opinion

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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

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

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Helping the Reluctant Reader

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Q&A: Margaret Atwood, Graphic Novelist

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

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.

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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

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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.