Iconic picture book creator Byron Barton chats with SLJ about his process, his influences, and his unique style.
This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
On July 24, SLJ’s SummerTeen virtual event, attended by nearly 800 conference goers, was chock full of popular and thought-provoking YA authors, such as keynoters Gayle Forman (If I Stay) and Matthew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock), who reveal some of the more personal asides, challenges, and stories behind novel writing. It was Quick who said, “Good literature, he said, “[comforts] the disturbed and [disturbs] the comforted.”
SLJ was in San Francisco for Chronicle’s Fall 2014 Preview where illustrated children’s books with vibrant visuals were the showstopping hits.
Illinois school librarian and winner of the “Soon to Be Famous Author Project” with her book The Things We Save, has had a huge year—and it almost didn’t happen.
SLJTeen chats with debut author and choral singer Emily Kiebel about her novel Serenade, which focuses on a teen overcoming her grief at her father’s death while learning that she comes from a long line of sirens.
Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.
SLJ catches up with Matthew Quick, author of the page-to-screen hit The Silver Linings Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.
YA author Gayle Forman has a big summer coming up, keynoting the upcoming SLJ SummerTeen free virtual event on July 24 and awaiting the release of the page-to-screen adaptation of her 2009 hit novel If I Stay.
Hachette authors James Patterson and JK Rowling, and John Green of Penguin/Random House, are just some of the authors embroiled in the ongoing public battle between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over the renegotiation of their contract on profit share. Amazon has been cited with using bullying tactics, Hachette books sales have suffered, and authors, like John Green, are speaking out.
“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.
I thought, “I cannot do another princess story. We “oooh” and “aaah” over the Fabergé eggs and palaces and court life, the happy family, and the royal romance between Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. But the story of the Romanovs often excludes the rest of the history. They weren’t minding the store.
“We haven’t just lost a great author. We’ve lost a man that filled a very great need in our children’s literary landscape,” writes Betsy Bird.
Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.
Hard core fans of The Simpsons may recognize Mimi Pond’s name—she wrote the first full-length broadcast episode in 1989. Librarian Jeremy Engel chats with her about her graphic novel debut and coming-of-age story Over Easy.
Ding! With the peal of a bell, 21 children’s and YA authors started chatting eagerly to tables of librarians during a ‘speed dating’ event at the ALA Annual Conference.
On June 23, Caldecott-winning Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat and Kevin Brooks’s The Bunker Diarytook top honors in the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards for children’s literature. Backlash surrounding the Carnegie pick continues to develop.
Creating a blockbuster with diverse characters requires years of commitment, collaboration, and buy-in from every segment of the publishing community.
Librarian and author Marybeth Zeman recounts her experiences working with incarcerated teens awaiting trials for offenses from misdemeanors to murder. Interview by Alicia Eames.
SLJ interviews author Gene Luen Yang, whose latest work, The Shadow Hero, is an informative and entertaining exploration of the superhero.
This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.