February 20, 2017

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Chapter Books for Change | Chapter Book Chat

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Topics such as immigration, gender identity, and homelessness are explored in this selection of chapter books for younger readers, with supporting web resources for classroom lessons and discussions.

Where Empathy Begins | The Work of Bob Graham

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Bob Graham’s whimsical stories are tender, childlike, adventurous, and kind.

Comical Information | Nonfiction Notions

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Can the graphic novel format ever be considered “true” nonfiction? For librarian Jennifer Wharton, who recommended several recent favorites, they occupy a space between fiction and nonfiction, offering readers a highly accessible and exciting entry into informational text.

Celebrating Black History: Real People and Real Lives

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Dig into the past and explore the historical events, personal perspectives, and challenges and achievements that have contributed to the black experience in the United States with these recently published titles.

From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society

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Dozens of titles that help promote a deeper understanding and acceptance of our human differences, selected and recommended by the Bank Street College of Education.

A Little Heart | New in YA Romance

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From coming-of-age stories with a dusting of romance to a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, there’s something here to suit everyone.

Ox & Gazelle? A Valentine’s Day Love Story| SLJ Book Review

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A lumbering yet loquacious ox wins over a glamorous yet conceited gazelle via the power of the pen in this epistolary picture book.

The Importance of Play | Professional Shelf

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When block and housekeeping corners give way to flash cards and workbooks, children don’t necessarily benefit academically.

Love Is In the Air | Great Books

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Filled with heartfelt hugs, satisfying smooches, and unbounded affection, these appealing picture books are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year.

Lucy & Pogo | Touch and Go

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A digital story imbued with activities and a message about tolerance.

Showcasing Marginalized Voices | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Now more than ever in America, young girls, people of color, and LGBTQ people need stories relevant to their lives. The following titles highlight these voices.

#SJYALit Reading Lists: Disabilty in YA Lit, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

As part of our 2017 Social Justice in Young Adult Literature project, we will be posting reading lists on various social justice-related subjects. Guest blogger Natalie Korsavidis pulled together this one on disabilities. We will mainly be focusing on books published after 2000. We encourage you to add any other titles you can think of in […]

Grandma’s Great Gourd | Touch and Go

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This vibrantly drawn, interactive app features strong female characters and offers a look at another culture (with lots of complementary extras).

A King for All Seasons | Focus On

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A selection of books and media that explore Arthurian legend and stories that it inspired. From scholarly works to popular culture references, these stories continue to captivate our collective imaginations.

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All the (Psychological) Feels | Adult Books 4 Teens

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It’s been an emotional time for many, and these rich reads, with their deep explorations of the psyche, are bound to resonate with teens.

Great Books: Celebrating Winter

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Picture books filled with cold-weather escapades, charismatic characters, and crystalline emotions are the perfect accompaniments to hot cocoa as readers and listeners await spring.

Series for Every Type of Reluctant Reader | Nonfiction Notions

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Librarian Jennifer Wharton explains the three major reluctant reader types and recommends high-interest titles for each.

Boldly Venturing into “Space” with Tinybop | Touch and Go

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Space, the most recent addition to Tinybop’s “Explorer’s Library,” was released last month, and like the other titles in the series, exploration is the name of the game.

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek Guide to Spring/Summer 2017 Titles

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Over 150 of the most hotly anticipated spring and summer titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

On the Screen | Black History Month

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From the world of sports, music, dance, and politics, these portraits of tenacious trailblazers will give a boost to curricula and offer a varied range of subject matter year round.