November 26, 2015

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Opinion: Do We Honor Girls’ Stories? The Double Standard of YA Lit

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Editor, blogger, former librarian Kelly Jensen asks why girls’ stories in YA often take a backseat to boys’ narratives during book awards season.

Librarians, Educators Not Put Off By Black Lives Matter Controversy


The controversy surrounding the book Black Lives Matter hasn’t reached many school or public librarians. But those who are familiar with the new release say they won’t let the rhetoric determine their opinions.

SLJ’s “Best of” 2015 Reveal | The Schedule


School Library Journal will unveil its Best Books and Top 10 lists of the year, launching with Twitter chats tomorrow and culminating with a live broadcast via YouTube/Google+.

SPONSORED: Macmillan’s Adult Books for Teens


SPONSORED: The following adult titles are in-house favorites at Macmillan, and are perfectly appropriate and accessible to teens. Mix it up by giving them a taste of reading choices that they won’t find on the young adult shelves.

Neil Gaiman and Junot Diaz Talk About Graphic Novels and the New “Sandman” Prequel


Junot Diaz chats with Neil Gaiman about his latest addition to the iconic “Sandman” series.

Twenty-Five Vlogs for Teens (and Teen Librarians)

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Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta presents 25 notable channels and vlog series—covering categories such as gaming, beauty, and science and technology, and more—that may be of interest to teens.

Keeping the Faith: An Interview with “Religion” Author Margreet de Heer


In Religion: A Discovery in Comics, Amsterdam native Margareet de Heer offers a balanced and nuanced exploration of different belief systems in comics form, with humor and insight.

Super Heroines with Attitude and More | SLJ Graphic Novel Roundup


From Joan of Arc to Squirrel Girl, the female protagonists highlighted in SLJ’s recent graphic novel reviews defy the odds and shatter gender stereotypes.

Deep Laughter and Rich Discussions at this Year’s Bookfest @ Bank Street

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The annual Bookfest at Bank Street School of Education featured panel discussions with children’s literature experts, award-winning authors, and savvy librarians.

Connecting the World Through Books: Tips from the Global Read Aloud  


The Global Read Aloud is in full swing, but it’s not too late to join or glean tips from this popular annual project for connecting readers across the globe.

Hilary Knight Celebrates Eloise at 60 and Addresses the “Gin Controversy”


Eloise celebrates 60 years in print, and illustrator Hilary Knight set the record straight regarding that empty gin bottle in the six-year-old’s room.

NYCSL Conference Showcases New Literacy Initiative and a Thought-Provoking Panel on Diversity


At the recent fall conference for NYC School Librarians, educators learned about the new Read 365 initiative, and a thought-provoking conversation about diversity and the controversy around A Fine Dessert generated buzz.

A Flurry of Fresh Children’s and YA Titles Presented at the AAP Book Buzz


Librarian Robbin Friedman attends and reports back on the recent AAP Book Buzz, highlighting new and upcoming titles for children and teens.

Take SLJ’s Must-Have YA Poll


If you could purchase only 100 YA novels for a library serving teens, what would they be? Cast your votes in SLJ’s first-ever Must-Have YA Poll.

Meet the Reviewer | Jennifer Schultz


Meet Jennifer Schultz, an SLJ reviewer, youth services librarian, and champion crawfish peeler.

Pictures of the Week: Scenes from the Teenquake and Not Your Mother’s Book Club Literary Salon


The Bay Area monthly book club for teens, Not Your Mother’s Book Club™, in conjunction with Teenquake/Litquake, recently hosted authors Ellen Hopkins, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, and Craig Lew.

IBBY’S Initiatives to Bring Books and Children Together


An overview of the organization’s cooperative projects and initiatives serving youth, which were highlighted at the IBBY 11th Regional Conference.

YA: A Category for the Masses. But What About Teens?


SLJ takes a long view of YA literature in our Teen Issue. With the red-hot category capturing adult and tween readers, is YA’s intended audience being left behind?

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Emily Jenkins Apologizes for “A Fine Dessert”


Describing her book as “racially insensitive,” author Emily Jenkins took to the web Sunday to apologize for her picture book A Fine Dessert, announcing her intent to donate her writing fee to We Need Diverse Books, which has been confirmed by the organization.

Big Anniversaries and Strong Debuts | Random House Children’s Books Spring 2016 Librarian Preview


Random House revealed some of the top titles on their 2016 Spring list, including a special anniversary edition of The Book Thief and several offerings by debut authors.