April 28, 2016

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Courting Controversy? | Scales on Censorship

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Assigning a recently challenged book; teachers’ political views; classroom book selection policies.

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Diversity, BookTubers, and YA Lit Frenzy at the North Texas Teen Book Festival

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On Saturday, April 23, readers of all ages flocked to Irving to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival, which boasted 63 panels and authors such as Sarah Dessen, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and James Dashner.

SLJ Launches Xpress Reviews

Introducing Xpress Reviews. School Library Journal will be following in the footsteps of our sister publication, Library Journal, and publishing select, web-only reviews.

Teen Tales, History, and Puns Round Out Penguin’s 2016 Summer List | Preview Peek

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The Penguin Young Readers Group summer 2016 review provided a sneak peek at the fun and thrills just around the corner.

Movie Reviews: The Bard in Newtown; A Kid Chess Champion | 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

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Of more than a dozen films previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival, two works in particular stand out for teen and young adult viewers and as potential additions to media collections.

The Dreamer/El Soñador by Pam Muñoz Ryan & Peter Sis | 30-Second Booktalk

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Dr. Rodriguez from the Latin@s in KidLit blog shares a 30-second booktalk for Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sis’s The Dreamer in English and en Español.

I Fancy Fairy Tales | Chapter Book Chat

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Abby Johnson takes a look at several new transitional readers that play with traditional fairy tales elements and make for great lesson-extenders.

Mind the Gap: Serving Readers in Sixth Through Eighth Grade

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Middle school librarian Amanda Buschmann offers tips for helping build collections and serve readers in that tricky range between sixth and eighth grade.

Disney-Hyperion Spring 2016 List Has Broad Appeal | Preview Peek

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The season’s preview blossomed with fresh picks featuring old friends, every-day dilemmas, and fantasy worlds, as well as serious issues.

True Dystopia: Three New Wartime Novels for Tweens | The Upper Deck

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These three recent historical novels about wartime survival should appeal to upper middle graders and teens.

Kid Lit Community Names Favorites for the Children’s Choice Book Awards

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We asked librarians and classroom teachers to predict the 2016 winners—and they were more than happy to give their opinion!

A Chat with Brian Farrey About “The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse”

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Brian Farrey’s latest middle grade novel has all the magical details and atmospheric elements that fantasy readers crave—along with some deep and thought-provoking themes. SLJ chats with the author about exploring fundamental questions of ethics and emotions with middle graders through literature.

The Premier Children’s Nonfiction Forum Returns

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The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference is back—and boasting three days packed with workshops, panels, and presentations by a prestigious group of industry professionals. Register now for the June event.

Disco Inferno | Watch- and Listen-Alikes for Meg Medina’s “Burn Baby Burn”

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Set in Queens during the summer of 1977, when the Son of Sam terrorized the city of New York, Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn is filled with pop culture references, from Donna Summer to Parliament. Steer teen fans of the book to songs and films from the period.

Price Break on “Mockingbird” for Schools

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The budgets of school librarians and teachers get a reprieve with the news of an educators-only discount on an English-curriculum mainstay.

Neighboring Nations | Margarita Engle on Her Work, Cuba, and the History That Binds Us

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Prolific poet, novelist, and storyteller, Margarita Engle has long enchanted readers through folktales and portrayals of figures from Cuban cultural and natural history. Read on for a glimpse of her writing life.

Spring 2016 Graphic Novels for Teens: Swinging into Action

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From Neolithic hunters to shape-shifters to a subatomic rescue squad, there’s plenty of excitement in the latest batch of graphic novels. Some have fast-moving action, others high school drama, and all feature gripping stories that will keep teens turning the pages.

Chicago Public Library Debuts First ChiTeen Lit Fest in April

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Get ready for Chicago’s first-ever literature festival for teens and by teens. The result of a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and Columbia College Chicago, the event will take place April 15 and 16.

The 2016 In the Margins Book Awards Are Unveiled

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P.D. Workman’s fictional Tattooed Teardrops and Tewhan Butler’s nonfiction title America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope top this year’s In the Margins Book Awards.

Two Voices, One Stirring Tale: Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee on “Maybe a Fox”

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Librarian Kathy Kirchoefer chats with authors Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee about their unusual collaboration on the middle grade novel Maybe a Fox.