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November 24, 2014

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Jacqueline Woodson and Ursula K. Le Guin Shine at the National Book Awards Ceremony

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Highlights of the National Book Awards ceremony on November 19 included speeches by Young People’s Literature Winner, Jacqueline Woodson, and Distinguished Contribution to American Letters medalist, Ursula K. Le Guin.

SLJ Best Books Cover | December 2014

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The cover of School Library Journal’s December 2014 issue, featuring the Best Books of the year, as selected by SLJ editors. Art by Yuyi Morales.

Pictures of the Week: The 2014 National Book Awards Ceremony

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Ursula Le Guin is honored at the National Books Awards ceremony on November 19 and steals the show with her speech.

SLJ Reviews of the 2014 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature

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School Library Journal reviews of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, as well as some relevant pieces from our bloggers and interviews with the authors.

SLJTeen Unlocks the Secrets of the Past with Debut Author Jessica Lidh

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Jessica Lidh’s debut novel The Number 7 takes readers on a trip to the past, exploring Sweden’s role in World War II while examining one family’s ability to deal with grief in the present.

St. Louis School Librarian Offers LibGuide on Ferguson

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“As a librarian, I always feel like I have to share what resources are out there and the best of what is out there,” says St. Louis school librarian Katie Voss, who created an online LibGuide of materials related to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

SLJ’s Best Books Cover Gallery

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A look back at SLJ’s December covers. In a tradition since 1998, the magazine has commissioned a top illustrator for the assignment, all on the theme of “stars.”

Robin LaFevers’s “Medieval Obsession”

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SLJ spoke with Robin LaFevers, who concludes her thrilling “His Fair Assassins” trilogy set in 15th-century Brittany with the exciting ‘Mortal Heart.’

Hank and John Green Join PBS to Expand “Crash Course” Video Series

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The partnership will make the Greens brothers’ witty, educational YouTube series available through the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel and PBS LearningMedia.

Why the Great Green Room is Green, Facing Censorship, and More from BookFest @ Bank Street

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During the event at Manhattan’s Bank Street College of Education, Leonard S. Marcus, Brian Pinkney, Jason Chin, Coe Booth, Tim Federle, Matt de la Peña, and others talked about why they do what they do.

SLJTeen Chats with Chelsey Philpot on her Debut, ‘Even in Paradise’

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Chelsey Philpot’s debut novel, Even in Paradise, is already getting rave reviews. Get ahead of the crowd and add this to your list of best boarding school novels.

Presenting the Past: Q&A with Capstone’s “Captured History” Series Authors | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Capstone’s notable “Captured History” series has highlighted significant periods in history through arresting photographs, such as Tank Man and Migrant Mother. SLJ caught up with authors of several of the set’s titles to get the back story on these memorable, thought-provoking works

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SLJTeen Chats with Jim Ziolkowski, Founder of buildON Nonprofit

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A trip to Malawi, Africa in 1992 convinced GE executive Jim Ziolkowski that he had a different calling—giving students the opportunity to transform their lives through access to education.

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Stories for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In addition to the classic holiday books, these new, diverse selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to please kids and can be used to celebrate upcoming festive occasions, such as Halloween, Nochebuena, Chanukah, and Chinese New Year.

Fight What You Know: Debunking Traditional Writing Tropes | New York Comic Con 2014

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At this year’s Comic Con, “The Mary Sue” blog hosted a panel that explored eavesdropping and method acting—and other practices—in researching and writing authentic characters.

SLJ Debuts ‘Fuse #8 TV’

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Betsy Bird has a TV show. Spinning off Bird’s blog “A Fuse #8 Production” on School Library Journal, “Fuse 8 TV” is a monthly webcast hosted by Bird—and the first episode is now available.

Q & A: Hervé Tullet on How He Works, Why He Got into Children’s Books, and His Mix It Up Tour

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Masterful children’s author and illustrator Hervé Tullet talks to SLJ about taking his creative process to schools and libraries in his latest Mix It Up tour that hit Brooklyn Public Library on October 19.

Raúl Colón: The Boy Who Loved To Draw

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Raúl Colón’s latest book, ‘Draw!’ unfolds entirely through pictures, as a boy confined to his bed, takes readers on a journey of the imagination to the Serengeti plains of Africa.

Kathleen Krull: An Author to Study

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Kathleen Krull’s many picture books exemplify the best kind of narrative nonfiction for our students—accurate, well-researched, lively texts enhanced by large, handsome illustrations.

Debut Author Marie-Helene Bertino Dishes the Writing Dirt with SLJTeen

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SLJ caught up with debut author Marie-Helene Bertino to discuss her 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, a multigenerational story perfect for mother/daughter book clubs.