April 15, 2014

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Free Booktrack Education Tool: Engage Students with a Soundtrack to Stories


Following a controlled study conducted by the University of Auckland, Booktrack has released a free global education tool that synchronizes a soundtrack to stories, which study shows increases reading comprehension and reader engagement.

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB


While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang’s innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books.

Sesame Street Launches First Digital Magazine Available on iTunes March 27


On March 27, Sesame Workshop launches Sesame Street S’More, a new digital publication for families and Sesame Workshop’s first digital magazine optimized for iPad and available on iTunes.

Lorax Spruce Up Your School Grant Program

Lorax Spruce Up Your School

How would you use $2500 to give your school a makeover? Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. have established the first annual Lorax Spruce Up Your School Grant Program to provide necessary funds to school employees to beautify their surroundings.

Diversity 101: Addressing the Need for Diversity in Materials for Kids | ALA Midwinter 2014

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In a lively ALA Midwinter panel moderated by Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein, three children’s book editors, one librarian and the Children’s Book Council’s Diversity Group discussed ways to promote diversity in the content of books for young people.

Spring 2014 Graphic Novels for Teens: Mix and Match


Brigid Alverson, the editor of SLJ‘s Good Comics for Kids blog, curates a list of must-read graphic novels set to publish in Spring 2014. From a slice-of-life drama, teenage wastelands, a trek across the Antarctic, and crazy shoujo manga goodness, these reads make great picks for teens.

Get Your 2014 ALA Midwinter Guide to ARCs & Signings


Before making your plans for 2014 ALA Midwinter, be sure to check out SLJ’s ARC’s & Signing Guide.

Free Mackin Ebooks; Qlovi’s Common Core Platform; E-Rate Filing Opens | News Bites


Here are our latest briefs on a digital publishing mini-MOOC, free Mackin ebook bundles, Qlovi’s Common Core platform, an archived copyright tweetchat, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Philadelphia’s Year of the Bard, the E-Rate filing window, and the NAACP Image Awards.

From Serial Killers to Fairy Tales

From Serial Killers to Fairy Tales

We do run the gamut here at AB4T. Quite a variety to introduce today, but all three fall under the broad category of speculative fiction.

Building Better Collections; Diversity in YA | SLJ Feedback


Readers reply to Nina Lindsay’s question: What qualities make a book a good one for kids? A school librarian challenges major publishers to stop ghettoizing “diverse” and “multicultural” children’s books.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Curriculet—Formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins on Enriched Ebooks for Schools

Curriculet—formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins to offer Enriched Ebooks to Schools

Curriculet (formerly Gobstopper), a digital reading platform designed for teachers and stocked with interactive educational and social media features, has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a flexible book buying program for schools.

Kissing Cousins, Killing Fields | SLJ Reviews ‘How I Live Now’ Film

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For those who can’t wait two more weeks to see Catching Fire, relief is at hand. The taut How I Live Now offers a slimmed down dystopian world at its most bucolic—a survival tale meets hot-and-heavy first love with a punkish swagger. The screenwriters have tweaked the snarky-but-soft-hearted narration of Meg Rosoff’s absorbing novel (Random, 2004), but given the heroine a still-defiant voice.

SLJ Diversity: A Roundup of Kid Lit, YA, and Features | Resources

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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.

Celebrating Trev Jones, SLJ Book Review Editor | Slideshow

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SLJ celebrated Trevelyn Jones, Book Review Editor, who retired after three decades, and more than 100,000 reviews under her helm. The event was held on October 29, and was attended by SLJ and Library Journal staff, representatives from several children’s publishers, and longtime friends and reviewers.

Pictures of the Week: Bookworms Unite at the Brooklyn Book Festival

At Comics Quick Draw! program, award-winning graphic novelists (l. to r.)  Gene Yang (Boxers & Saints), Raina Telgemeier (Drama), and Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Platypus Police Squad: the Frog who Croaked) faced off in fast-paced battle for sharpies.

Book lovers of all ages came out in droves to the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 22. It is the largest free literary event in New York City, and showcased a diverse group of authors and illustrators that live or work in the borough. Gene Luen Yang, Raina Telgemeier, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka were just a few of the acclaimed and bestselling children’s books creators that were present.

Simon & Schuster Pilot Program Offers Select Ebooks to PreK–12 Classrooms


Simon & Schuster has announced the creation of a pilot program that would make available as digital editions a specially selected collection of its most popular and award-winning PreK–12 books for school classrooms nationwide. Each ebook purchased may be used in the classroom for one year from the purchase date, and may only be used by one student at a time.

Embracing Diversity in YA Lit


From social media to publishing industry-led initiatives, the call for diversity in children’s and young adult literature has steadily grown into a loud roar in the past months. As part of School Library Journal’s SummerTeen virtual conference, the “Embracing Diversity” panel featuring Karen Arthurton, Jonathan Friesen, James Klise, and Amanda Sun, led to a lively and ongoing conversation about the importance of not only publishing books for kids by and about diverse people, but also getting them in the hands of readers. SLJ spoke to industry professionals who are raising awareness on the need for different perspectives in young adult books, and compiled a list of resources to find these titles.

Poetry Writing Contest for Kids; Eric Carle’s ‘Friends’ Exhibit | News Bites

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Publisher Kane Miller is cosponsoring a nonfiction writing contest for budding poets. Educators can enter the “Pin It to Win It” MathMovesU sweepstakes via Pinterest. From September 17, 2013 through March 24, 2014, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is featuring the artwork from Carle’s new picture book, Friends. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has announced the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards.

Civil Rights Legend Congressman John Lewis Tells His Story in ‘March’ Graphic Novel


In time for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, John Lewis—former chairman of SNCC and now Congressman—collaborated with his comics-obsessed staffer Andrew Aydin and veteran graphic novelist Nate Powell on a powerful new graphic novel memoir, March.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pictures of the Week: New Book Cover Unveiled for Harry Potter 7

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On July 31, 2013 (Harry Potter and author J. K . Rowling’s birthday), Scholastic unveiled a new look for ​Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Author/illustrator Kazu Kibuishi created new covers for each of the titles in the beloved series. The book covers were revamped in time for the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Rowling’s series opener.