Items on offer in Krococzka’s online auction include autographed “Lunch Lady” Books, a school mascot designed by Krosoczka, and more. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund, started in honor of his grandparents, that provides tuition for kids to attend programs at the Worcester (MA) Art Museum.
Attention, best-books list watchers: The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced. Winners include Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades, and more.
Authors Rebecca Fjelland Davis, Jill Kalz, Nancy Loewen, and Trisha Speed Shaskan helped the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minnesota celebrate its 29th anniversary on November 23 and 24 with signings and storytimes.
Three previously unreleased stories by the reclusive author were uploaded to private BitTorrent tracker What.cd, according to TorrentFreak. The authenticity of the stories, one previously held under lock and key at the Princeton University Library, has been confirmed by Salinger expert Kenneth Slawenski, reports BuzzFeed.
Last night, Cynthia Kadohata scored the 2013 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category for her novel The Thing About Luck. About 700 members of America’s literati packed New York City’s Cipriani Ballroom for the gala ceremony, which featured remarks by E.L. Doctorow as well as Toni Morrison, who presented the Literarian Award to Dr. Maya Angelou.
National Book Award finalists Kathi Appelt, Cynthia Kadohata, Tom McNeal, Meg Rosoff and Gene Luen Yang addressed an audience of secondary students Tuesday at the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference.
Isabel Allende’s acclaimed novel The House of the Spirits, which faces review by North Carolina’s Watauga County Board of Education due to a parental complaint, now has another high-profile advocate: the author herself. Read the full text of her impassioned letter, which she sent to school board members along with her book.
Charlotte Zolotow—the distinguished children’s book editor, poet, and award-winning author of more than 70 books for young readers—died on Tuesday, November 19, in her home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She was 98.
Chip Kidd, whose innovative book, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, has received tons of stellar reviews and press coverage, is taking it to the next level. Through a new website, GoTheBook.com, he is issuing kids a challenge: redesign the cover of their favorite book.
The American Association of School Librarians’s 16th National Conference closed with an author-led breakfast that featured bestselling children’s graphic novels creators Faith Erin Hicks, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Raina Telgemeier—dressed in pajamas.
There are many reasons to write novels in verse, according to author Terry Farish: To reflect a culture’s music and literary heritage; to offer reprises of a language’s rhythm; to create a fast pace that mirrors the character’s own ride; to bring the cinematic camera intimately close.
Barbara Park, creator of the loveable and impish children’s book character Junie B. Jones, died on November 15 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 66.
The Kingdom of Little Wounds is a complicated, intense, and provocative story for mature teen readers set in late-16th-century Skyggehavn, Scandinavia. SLJTeen caught up with the multitalented Susann Cokal to chat about her opulent and triumphant debut YA novel.
The third annual Picture Book Month is currently in full swing, with an ever-expanding array of school displays, Skype sessions, blog posts, and Facebook photo albums bearing witness to this year’s festivities. The event—launched by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas—brings together children and picture book lovers and creators in daily celebrations of the art form.
In a complete departure from her previous book, ‘There Is No Dog,’ Meg Rosoff creates a compelling mystery, and an ideal detective in 12-year-old Mila, the narrator of ‘Picture Me Gone.’
Investigative journalist Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World, shares highlights of her research into the world’s top performing educational systems—Finland, Korea, and Poland—and what the US can do to replicate that success. The Common Core is a great place to start, she says, but for real improvement, administrators, educators, parents, and students need to agree that education matters.
Pictures of the Week: Librarians React to Smith’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’; Walkup’s ‘Second Verse’ Book Launch
Librarians Jennifer Thompson of Brooklyn Public Library (l.) and Jeanne Lamb of New York Public Library (r.) chat with author Andrew Smith (c.) about his upcoming Grasshopper Jungle. Debut author Jennifer Walkup presents her young adult mystery, Second Verse at WORDS Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey.
SLJ has compiled an expansive page of diversity resources—including materials on people of color, non-American cultures, LGBTQ issues, and disability—to help librarians better serve children and teens. From author interviews to collection development tools and from blogs to news coverage, these articles and reviews aim to give insight into issues that are becoming more relevant for kids each day.
An ordinary Texan teen. A dragon with devastating power. Together they can save the future… or destroy it. Only Mari Mancusi could put this all together, and she does in her latest, Scorched. Six lucky SLJTeen readers can win a signed copy of Scorched, and a limited edition T-shirt!
Like most people who have grown up in southern California, author Matt de la Peña has always feared the arrival of the “Big One”—a massive earthquake that would decimate the US West Coast. In his latest young adult novel, The Living, de la Peña explores issues of race, class, and identity, set against the backdrop of a cataclysmic event that hurls humanity into a fight for survival.