CJ Lyons is an award-winning, critically acclaimed bestselling author of 21 adult novels. Now she has published her first YA novel. And she found the time to launch the “Buy a Book, Make a Difference” campaign that’s funded 54 scholarships to help fight crime and raised an additional $75,000 for charities.
The Oklahoma-Texas oil boom of the early 1900s created fortunes for many landowners, including an 11-year-old girl named Sarah Rector. Her fascinating story is told here by Tonya Bolden.
In a project inspired by a late-night talk show segment, author Marc Tyler Nobleman encouraged his kid lit and YA lit colleagues to record videos of themselves reading aloud their books’ most critical or absurd reviews. Here’s what they had to say about it.
Betty Ren Wright Frederiksen, award-winning author of numerous ghost stories and mysteries for children, died in Racine, WI, on December 31, 2013. She was 86.
The opening post kicks off SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, the sixth edition of the annual event, a competition among 16 of the best children’s books of the year, judged by some of the biggest authors in the industry.
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, 1:00PM – 2:00 PM ET
We are very excited to invite you to join us for a live webcast as we talk with the finalists for the 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; hear a bit about the research, writing, and design of these marvelous books; and learn about what goes into making the best nonfiction titles accessible and engaging to today’s teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event! Archive is now available!
Elizabeth Bird interviews Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the 2013 National Book Award in the category of Young People’s Literature for her “truly original, honestly heartfelt middle-grade novel, The Thing About Luck, in our January 2014 cover story.
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Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has been named the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2014–2015. SLJ blogger and contributor Travis Jonker interviewed the author to learn more about her exciting new platform, “Stories Connect Us.”
Many wonderful authors, illustrators, and other dedicated professionals in the world of children’s literature and libraries passed away in 2013. Their work has enriched our lives and collections and brought joy to countless children.
Award-winning young adult author and screenwriter Ned Vizzini died Thursday, December 19, in New York City. He was 32. According to the LA Times, the NYC medical examiner reports the cause as suicide. He will be remembered as a passionate and talented storyteller, his colleagues and fans say.
Since 2006, School Library Journal has solicited holiday memories from authors and illustrators. In this edition, our eighth, we feature contributions from Jenni and Matt Holm, Steven Kellogg, and A.S. King.
At-risk youth have a new champion in e. E. Charlton-Trujillo—author, filmmaker, and, since the launch of her nonprofit Never Counted Out, a pioneer in empowering kids through the arts. What began as a DIY road trip to talk to kids unexpectedly inspired so much more, she says.
Gas stations, fast food, and low-budget motels blur together with the coming Rapture in Mary Miller’s debut novel, The Last Days of California. “Adult Books for Teens” blogger Angela Carstensen makes her final contribution to SLJTeen after speaking with the author, who was inspired by a newspaper article to write the book.
Lila Perl, author of the award-winning children’s book Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story , has died at the age of 92, according to her editor at IG Publishing. The prolific author was renowned for her strong female characters and, in later years, for her nonfiction titles.
When asked about the name “Slap Happy Larry,” Lynley Stace,the author, illustrator, and developer of haunting original digital stories commented, “In hindsight it’s ridiculously ironic. Neither of us is ‘slap happy,’ we don’t know a single ‘Larry’ between us, and our dark stories are not exactly ‘happy!’”
In her writing, Doreen Rappaport champions those who have wrestled with authority figures and great personal challenges—often risking their lives for a greater good. Her latest book examines the life of Teddy Roosevelt.
Acclaimed kid lit creators Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg chat with SLJ about their new picture book Snowflakes Fall, a celebration of life and a lyrical message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events that took place in Newtown, CT, in December 2012.
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.