January 23, 2017

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Winners of the 2017 Youth Media Awards


A full list of the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards winners and honorees.

SLJ 2017 Battle of the Kids’ Books Contenders Announced


Sixteen outstanding children’s and teen titles were selected for the ninth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books. The 2017 virtual March Madness–style elimination tournament includes picture books.

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“March: Book Three” Named Winner of the 2017 Walter Award


We Need Diverse Books selected March: Book Three as the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award, along with three honorees.

A Historic Meeting | Picture of the Week


Caren Stelson, the author of “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” went to Japan to meet her hero.

Series for Every Type of Reluctant Reader | Nonfiction Notions

Blast Back

Librarian Jennifer Wharton explains the three major reluctant reader types and recommends high-interest titles for each.

Nonfiction Graphic Novels: Give These to Fans of “March”


These recent and upcoming graphic novels bring history and current events to life by telling important stories through the eyes of real people.

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz | SLJ Audio Review


GIDWITZ, Adam. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. 8 CDs. 10:14 hrs. Listening Library. Sept. 2016. $40. ISBN 9780735287389. digital download.

Gr 5-8 –The year is 1242; the setting: a roadside inn on the outskirts of a small French town. Travelers from all corners of France share what they know about the country’s most notorious outlaws: a group of three children and their dog. Jeanne is a peasant girl able to see the […]

“A Flame in Water”: Jason Reynolds on Writing for Middle Grade Readers


Award-winning author Jason Reynolds talks about his transition from writing YA to penning middle grade stories.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Audio Review


REYNOLDS, Jason. Ghost. digital download. 3:29 hrs. S. & S. Audio. Aug. 2016. $14.99. ISBN 9781508230472.

Gr 5-9 –Guy Lockard has assumed the mantle of narrator-of-choice for Reynolds’s fiction: Ghost (2016 National Book Award finalist) is Lockard’s third Reynolds title, following As Brave as You and Rashad’s chapters in All American Boys. Here, as seventh grader Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw, Lockard performs with excitable bravado, ruminating honesty, and trash-talking speed. Ghost runs fast with good reason, having escaped his father, […]

Caroline Cooney Begins 2017 as a Picture Book Author | Interview


The renowned YA author branches out—to the delight of her grandchildren.

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek Guide to Spring/Summer 2017 Titles


Over 150 of the most hotly anticipated spring and summer titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

SLJ’s January 2017 Popular Picks


SLJ is ringing in the New Year with this January Popular Picks list! This month includes a story about a badger who realizes his obsession with cleanliness has gone too far; the return of Aaron Blabey’s “Bad Guys”; a stunning graphic novel about Artemis, the goddess of the hunt; and an autobiography by soccer star Carli Lloyd, recently voted FIFA’s Best Women’s Soccer Player.

From Memphis into Mississippi | Ann Bausum on James Meredith’s Historic March


Multi-award-winning author Ann Bausum discusses her latest work of nonfiction The March Against Fear.

The Year in Covers 2016


From summer learning to teen maker spaces and, of course, Best Books, it’s been quite a year. Here’s a look back at 2016 in SLJ covers.

Daniel Nayeri’s Design-Centered, Studio Approach to Kid Lit | Up Close


Nayeri, director of children’s publishing at Workman, leads a close-knit creative team tasked with an unusual mandate.

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The Contenders | Guessing Geisel


The “Guessing Geisel” bloggers put forth their predictions for the titles they think have a strong shot at taking home a medal or honor at this year’s YMAs.

Stock Your Shelves! | Middle Grade Series Update


A roundup of recent middle grade series continuations.

Tween-Friendly Romance Titles | The Upper Deck


Columnist Tara Kron takes a look at three recent YA titles that bring the romance—in developmentally appropriate doses—for tween readers.

Librarians, What Are Your Plans for 2017?


Take this quick survey and let us know about your programming ideas for the new year.

Living with Ghosts: Nina LaCour on “We Are Okay”

Nina LaCour

Award-winning author Nina LaCour discusses her latest YA novel, “We Are Okay,” a lyrical look at a teen’s attempt to cope with past trauma.