October 3, 2015

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Beyond Walls: Libraries and Incarcerated Youth


The prison reform movement is putting a spotlight on educational opportunities for youth in custody, including library services and greater access to technology.

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New Venue and YA Authors Galore at Seventh Annual Texas Teen Book Festival


Saturday, September 26 marked the seventh annual Texas Teen Book Festival, and an all-ages crowd of nearly 4,000 people swarmed the St. Edward’s University campus in Austin, TX, to celebrate young adult literature.

Carle Honors Gala Celebrates Oxenbury, Porter, Bertin, and Cotsen Library


The 10th annual Eric Carle Honors Benefit Gala on September 24, celebrating children’s book champions and including an art auction, was dedicated to the memory of Carle Museum cofounder Barbara Carle.

Study to Explore Link Between Book Challenges and Diverse Books


Is there a correlation between the Common Core recommended reading lists and challenges to diverse books? Emily Knox, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is planning a related study.

These *Are* the Books You’re Looking For | A “Star Wars” Roundup


Just in time for Star Wars Reads Day on October 10, librarian Christopher Lassen selects a variety of new “Star Wars” titles guaranteed to awaken the Force in readers in this galaxy or any other.

The Challenge: Extending the Conversation About Censorship | Editorial


With the arrival of Banned Books Week, it’s important to look for ways to dive deeper than “banning is bad” to prepare our kids to address intellectual freedom issues in an informed and principled way.

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Brooklyn Book Festival Fosters Creativity Among Young Readers and Writers

111What a Character

This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival featured an entire day devoted to children’s author and illustrator events, as well as excellent panels featuring top YA authors.

Princeton Children’s Book Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Sees Record Book Sales

Howard Parish, Rocco Staino, and Amelia Bedelia.

Rocco Staino reports on this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Fesitval and chats with authors, illustrators, and librarians.

Stop Calling Them “Young Adult” Books, Teens Say

Stephanie Retblatt (left) moderates the all-teen panel “Suburban Teens on Reading, the Young Adult Label and More” at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Diversity and Women Win Big at Indie Comics’s Small Press Expo


In its 21st year, the Small Press Expo (held on September 19–20 in Bethesda, MD) celebrated indie and self-published comics, diversity, and the female-led 2015 Ignatz Awards.

“TLT” Blog Seeks Contributors for YA Lit and Mental Health Project


A discussion of mental health and YA, #MHYALit, has launched on the Teen Librarian Toolbox blog. Contributors are wanted to pen guest posts and share resources.

True Heroes: A New Collection of Short Stories and Fantastical Photos Honors Real Children Battling Cancer


In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a new collection of short stories by best-selling middle grade authors features photos of real children with cancer posing as warriors, mermaids, and all manner of fantastical heroes.

It’s Your World by Chelsea Clinton | SLJ Review


SLJ reviews Chelsea Clinton’s new nonfiction book for kids and teens.

Ten Titles Make Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature


The 2015 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes a previous National Book Award winner and a two-time National Book Award finalist. Three novels are by debut authors.

SLJ Welcomes Back “Someday” Printz Blog


Celebrating its fifth year, SLJ’s “Someday My Printz Will Come” blog has returned. It will continue to speculate about possible contenders for YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award while even adding a few podcast episodes liven up the discussion.

Children’s Book Creators and Librarians Flock to 2015 National Book Festival

Michael Buckley, Jon Scieszka, & Dan Santat photo bomb GinaKrosoczka, Ellen Oh, & Jarrett Krosoezka at the Gala

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander were among the 170 authors at the National Book Festival held on September 5 at the District of Columbia’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students


Picture books, say English language arts experts, provide excellent opportunities to teach higher-level skills while still providing an engaging experience for older students who might think they don’t like to read.

Author, Artist, and, Now, Bookstore Owner: “Wimpy Kid” Creator Jeff Kinney’s Latest Endeavor


Located in Plainville, MA, Jeff Kinney’s An Unlikely Event is more than just a bookstore—it’s “a vehicle to bring the community together,” says the “Wimpy Kid” author.

Alex Gino on Debut Novel, “George”, and the Importance of Transgender Voices in the Kid Lit World

Photo credit: Blake C. Aarens

Alex Gino, author of the new middle grade novel, George, chats with SLJ about representation, gender identity, and what the New York Times got wrong with their coverage of transgender lit.

Putting LGBTQ Books into Kids’ Hands


School librarian Susan Polos believes that reading books about different kinds of families enables children to better understand others. So she co-founded “Shared Stories Open Minds,” an initiative in which children read and discuss LGBTQ-themed stories.