April 23, 2014

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Pictures of the Week: Authors Celebrate at Abrams Books


Authors Chris Raschka, Lauren Myracle, and others came together for a night of festivities at Abrams Books.

Children’s Book Author and Toymaker Tim Kehoe Dies at 43

Tim Kehoe

Timothy Kehoe, author of The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow and its sequel The Top Secret Toys died unexpectedly in St. Paul, Minnesota at age 43 on February 27, reports the Star Tribune.

The Debut: Bethany Hagen Talks About ‘Landry Park’

Landry Park

Bethany Hagen’s day job is in teen services for Johnson County (KS) Library; she can now add debut novelist to her resume. Her book, Landry Park, which pits the gentry against the poor, has been referred to as “Gone with the Nuclear Wind.”

2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Shortlist Announced


The International Board on Books for Young People has announced the six authors and six illustrators eligible for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

YA Romance Imprint Swoon Reads Selects NJ Librarian as its Next YA Novelist


YA librarian Sandy Hall had never finished writing a novel before. After reading about Macmillan’s new romance novel imprint’s process that uses its online community to chose its authors, she found herself selected as a YA novelist.

An Estimated Million—from Italy to North Carolina—Participate in World Read Aloud Day


An estimated million-plus individuals in over 46 countries participated in World Read Aloud Day on March 5 with events like Skype-read aloud sessions between classrooms in different countries.

North Carolina School Board Decides to Keep The House of Spirits


In a 3-2 vote, North Carolina’s Watauga County School Board has settled on keeping The House of the Spirits in its sophomore honors English curriculum.

Pictures of the Week: ‘War Within These Walls’ Creators Visit Flanders House in NYC

Author Aline Sax reads from graphic novel War Within These Walls as illustrator Caryl Strzelecki draws an image from the book.

In celebration of the National Jewish Book Awards, the creators of the acclaimed The War Within These Walls, author historian Aline Sax and Flemish illustrator Caryl Strzelecki, presented readings, shared songs, and discussed their unique partnership at the Flanders House in New York City on March 4.

The Debut: Leslye Walton on ‘The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender’

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

SLJTeen caught up with Lesley Walton to discuss her magical realism-infused debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. The author had to do a lot of research sitting in cafes, eating croissants and pain du chocolat.

New Book Features Unpublished Songs by Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown

From a dusty attic, unpublished work by Margaret Wise Brown, the mastermind behind Goodnight Moon, surfaces in a new book.

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Children’s Book Author Phyllis Krasilovsky Dies at 87

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Phyllis Krasilovsky, an author of books for young children illustrated artists including Barbara Cooney and Peter Spier, died on February 26 in Redding, Connecticut at the age of 87.

Riding High: Brian Floca on the Remarkable Process Behind His Caldecott-winning ‘Locomotive’


In SLJ’s cover story, we visited Brian Floca at his Brooklyn studio, where the author illustrator shared the backstory of his award-winning picture book Locomotive and what he might wear to the June banquet.

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RSVP Now: Breakfast with Rainbow Rowell at PLA 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Breakfast with Rainbow Rowell—say what? If you’re going to PLA, keep Friday, March 14 open for the AAP Children’s Book & Author Breakfast and you might be asking Rainbow to please pass the croissants.

Raw Honesty | Author Jay Asher Talks to SLJ About ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

Jay Asher Pic

In anticipation of the live event with New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why on March 3, SLJ caught up with Jay Asher to chat about his work and inspiration for the popular YA novel.

Memorial Service for E. L. Konigsburg Held at Metropolitan Museum


Friends and family of E. L. Konigsburg gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate her life and work on February 21. The memorial took place in the museum’s Patron’s Lounge over looking a snowy Central Park in NYC.

Poetry Book by Teens Removed from Arizona School


“Things I Have to Tell You,” a compilation of more than 30 poems by teens from ages 15 to 18, was pulled from Arizona’s Stapley Junior High School due to references to drugs and boys’ bodies, among other issues.

Rowell, Yang Are L.A. Times Book Award Finalists; Green Honored as an Innovator

John Green Author photo

The finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Wednesday, February 19. Among the 50 books that made the short list, five acclaimed titles for young people were selected, including Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints. Bestselling YA author John Green is also being honored with the Innovators Award.

Beyond Magenta: SLJ Talks to Susan Kuklin About Her Book on Transgender Teens

Susan cover

Author Susan Kuklin offers some insight and backstory about meeting her teen subjects and helping to shape their compelling narratives.

The Debut: Nathan Filer on ‘Where the Moon Isn’t’ | Adult Books for Teens

Where the Moon Isn't

Author Nathan Filer recently was given the Book Of The Year Award at the 2013 Costa Book Awards for his debut, Where the Moon Isn’t (St. Martin’s). A former mental health nurse, Filer used his own experiences in this examination of schizophrenia, grief, and guilt. SLJ reviewer Diane Colson caught up with him to talk about writing his process British trivia, and more.

Through a Child’s Eyes | A Conversation with Marilyn Nelson

How I Discovered Poetry

In unrhymed sonnets, the acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson traces her early years from age four to 14, describing her family’s many moves, her growing self-awareness, and her awakening as a poet.