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July 5, 2015

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In the Recording Studio with Jack Gantos

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SLJ catches up with Jack Gantos as he records the audio for his new book, The Trouble in Me.

Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB Award; “Selma for Students” | News Bites

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Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB’s Publisher of the Year Award; Paramount will give a “Selma” DVD to all U.S. high schools; ParentSquare CEO receives Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award; and more industry news.

Teaching With the #CharlestonSyllabus

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Librarians and teachers across the country are planning to use the #CharlestonSyllabus in classes this fall and will refer to it when purchasing future books.

Scenes from the ALA National Conference | ALA 2015

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Snapshots of honored authors, jubilant librarians, the newly engaged, and more from the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Newbery Winner Laura Amy Schlitz on Women, Writing, History, and Hired Girls

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Laura Amy Schlitz talks about her upcoming new novel, The Hired Girl, women, industrialization, and the transformative power of art and literature.

Your Guide to Upcoming Titles and ARC Giveaways | ALA 2015 Galley Guide

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Download this handy guide to free advance reading copies and author signings at ALA Annual. Even #ALALeftBehind librarians will want to check out the listings of buzz-worthy titles coming out in Summer and Fall 2015.

Q&A: Urban Fantasy Counter-Narrative: Daniel José Older on “Shadowshaper”

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SLJ caught up with Older and discussed the topics of race, mythologies, and community, as well as the borough of Brooklyn, in his first novel for young people.

Magical Thinking in the Real World: YA Lit at SLJ’s Day of Dialog 2015

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A panel of acclaimed and debut authors—including A.S. King, Patrick Ness, and Allan Stratton—discussed the things that inspired them to create their latest YA novels, all of which blur the line between reality and fantasy.

Defining Excellence in Nonfiction | YALSA Action Required

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The field of nonfiction is growing and changing and it’s time for librarians to take a closer look at what defines “excellence.” At ALA annual, YALSA will be considering its nonfiction award criteria. The discussion begins here.

SPONSORED: Join Macmillan (Adult) at 2015 ALA Annual

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Macmillan (Adult) invites librarians attending the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco to visit their booth (#1009) and attend teen-friendly and YA-focused events. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Woodson, Riddell, Herrera Selected as Laureates; “Minus Me” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

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Juan Felipe Herrera has been selected as the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate for 2015–16. Jacqueline Woodson began her two-year tenure as the U.S. young people’s poet laureate on June 1. Illustrator and writer Chris Riddell has been named the UK’s ninth children’s laureate. Check out more industry news in the latest SLJTeen News roundup.

Animal Idioms, an Anna Pavlova Picture Book, and Benjamin Chaud’s Latest | Chronicle Fall 2015 Preview

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Librarians and booksellers flocked to the Chronicle Books preview in San Francisco recently for a look at the publisher’s upcoming titles, including a picture book biography of ballerina Anna Pavlova, a can’t-miss new work from Benjamin Chaud, and some gripping YA.

What’s on Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks

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In our annual query to authors and illustrators we discover what’s sitting on their nightstands, and being packing into their vacation bags.

The Only Game | Baseball!

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As a new baseball season begins, the hopes of fans everywhere are flying high. This season’s promising line-up of middle-grade sports fiction is sure to please.

Whale Watching|Those Magnificent—and Vulnerable—Leviathans

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Encourage kids to dive into this selection of informational and fictional picture books to learn more about the largest animals on the planet.

“King & King”—and Teacher Who Read It—Under Fire in North Carolina

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While King & King will be allowed in the school, it is not currently in the media center, says Omar Currie, a third-grade teacher in Efland, NC, who read the picture book to his class. Any book a teacher wishes to read to students or use in the classroom that is not in the school’s media center will need to be submitted to parents in advance, starting in the 2015-2016 school year, adds Curie, who says a personal grievance has been filed against him with the district.

Nathan Hale, Maris Wicks, Don Brown, and Others On Nonfiction Graphic Works | Day of Dialog 2015

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Dynamic authors and illustrators on the panel Nonfiction Goes Graphic (in Format) spoke about everything from whether cute cartoons can faithfully illustrate the human body to portraying violent subject matter for young children.

Brian Selznick on Inspirations, a Personal Challenge, and His New Book | Day of Dialog 2015

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In his opening Day of Dialog speech, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” author paid tribute to librarians and described his personal challenge to make each book better than the last, along with a theme in his books: a quest to create a family.

Q&A: Katherine Applegate Talks about Her Upcoming Novel, “Crenshaw”

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Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate chats about her forthcoming novel, about a boy with an imaginary friend named Crenshaw, who is a very large cat.

SLJ’s Summer Reading Resources 2015

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Putting the final touches on your summer reading program? Just getting started? Help is here.