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October 20, 2014

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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.

Philadelphia Museum and Library Loses Maurice Sendak Collection

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Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library will return nearly 10,000 pieces of original artwork to the Maurice Sendak Foundation, beginning this month.

Neil Gaiman Chats with SLJ About His Reimagined “Hansel and Gretel” | Up Close

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SLJ caught up with master storyteller Neil Gaiman, who penned a spooky graphic novel adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” inspired by Lorenzo Mattotti’s dark and gloomy art. Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video chat with Gaiman.

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SLJTeen Talks with YA Debut Team, Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann

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Readers may recognize Suzanne Brockmann’s name as the NYT bestselling author of over 50 books for adults. She’s teamed up with daughter Melanie to write their first young adult series, starting with Night Sky.

Pictures of the Week: Queens Library’s First Pre-K; Joshua David Bellin Launches ‘Colony 9’

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Queens Library opened its first-ever pre-kindergarten class at the Woodhaven branch on September 22. Author Joshua David Bellin celebrated the publication of his YA debut at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA.

Interview: Gregory Maguire on Why the World Needs Magic and ‘Egg and Spoon’

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The author of Wicked, the book that spawned the blockbuster Broadway play, Gregory Maguire talks with SLJ about his latest otherworldly novel Egg and Spoon, who should be reading it, and why fairy tales are necessary nutrition for the modern world.

Carle Honors Recognize Jerry Pinkney, Henrietta Smith, Françoise Mouly, Perri Klass, and Brian Gallagher

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The ninth annual Carle Honors gala in Manhattan attracted glitterati from the children’s literature world. Watch the KidLit TV red carpet interviews here.

An Informal Study: Do Book Challenges Suppress Diversity? | Banned Books Week

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In an informal study of the top banned books since 2000, young adult author and Diversity in YA cofounder Malinda Lo reveals that 52 percent of challenged titles have diverse content or are written by a diverse author.

Aaron Becker: Creating Scalable Worlds | Interview

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When Aaron Becker finished ‘Journey,’ his debut picture (and 2014 Caldecott Honor) book, he thought, “There’s a whole world here…and more story.” Look for the next installment of that magical tale in his recently released ‘Quest.’

Guest Kvetching: Transparency is Paramount | Consider the Source

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Tanya Lee Stone, the noted nonfiction author and a guest columnist this week, addresses a topic that is receiving a great deal of attention in the children’s literature world: full disclosure in nonfiction.

SLJ Reviews and Interviews of 2014 National Book Award Longlist in the Young People’s Category

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The National Book Foundation today announced the titles on the long list for the 2014 National Book Awards in the Young People’s Category. Below are SLJ reviews, blog posts, and interviews with the authors of the these works for children and teens.

SLJTeen Speaks with the Wizard of Kazam, Jasper Fforde

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How does Jasper Fforde come up with the magnificent characters, creatures, and settings in his “Chronicles of Kazam” series? He relies on “stuff—the exciting smorgasbord of weird stuff that happens to us, around us, and in us.”

Scott Westerfeld Answers That Perennial Author Question

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Talking about his new book ‘Afterworlds’ Scott Westerfeld joked, “This is basically the 150,000-word answer to the question, ‘Where do you get your ideas?’”

Margarita Engle Wins PEN Literary Award

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Margarita Engle, the first Latino author to receive a Newbery Honor, was honored with the top prize in the 24th Annual PEN Literary Awards for The Lightning Dreamer.

And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today

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To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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UK Laureate Malorie Blackman will not Be Silenced

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When Malorie Blackman found herself at the center of a racial firestorm, following an interview in which she addressed the lack of diversity in children’s books, she found strength from fellow writers and in her convictions.

Throwback Thursday: A Sendak Photobomb

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For our 60th anniversary, SLJ’s dipped into the archive. To kick off our contribution to #tbt, we offer this image of a young Maurice Sendak and a mischievous staffer.

Portrait of an Author: SLJ Chats with Jandy Nelson About ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’

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Former literary agent Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun is told not only in alternating narratives but also in alternating time lines. SLJ caught up with the author to talk about her unique writing process, love of magical realism, and casting wishlist for the optioned film version.