June 25, 2017

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Jacqueline Woodson Honored by Lambda Literary

Among the 22 Lammys presented in New York City was the Visionary Award, which went to Jacqueline Woodson. The winner in the children’s/YA category was M.E. Girard.

SLJ Joins Campaign on Democracy, Curates Related Book List

What makes democracy work? That’s the core question posed in a learning campaign launched by Facing History & Ourselves. School Library Journal offers a related book list, “Foundations for Future Voters.”

Drag Queen Story Hours Flourishing on Both Coasts

Inclusive stories, music, snacks, treasure hunts, and a liberal dose of “fabulousness” mark these storytimes trending in libraries.

Gene Luen Yang, Ambassador and Nerd, Inspires | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Gene Luen Yang, U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, kicked off SLJ’s Day of Dialog with a witty, dynamic presentation about superhero comics, computers, reading, and his life as a nerd.

Choices: A Historically Black College, or a Predominantly White One?

A Missouri teen weighed her options among the nine colleges that accepted her.

Kid-Approved Themes for Spanish and Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

Looking for ways to create a monstrously good storytime with bilingual or Spanish-language picture books? Tim Wadham presents sample storytimes suggestions, complete with music and craft ideas.

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Incoming ALA President Jim Neal: Supporting School Libraries

Neal, who assumes ALA leadership in June, will bolster support for school libraries, while also prioritizing equity, leadership, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations.

Sandhya Menon on Romance and Diaspora in Her “When Dimple Met Rishi”

Sandhya Menon talks about her inspiration, writing process, and her YA debut When Dimple Met Rishi about two first-generation Indian American teens who (just might) be meant for each other.

A Forest of Poems: Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle

Engle discusses her poems and books in verse, Cuba, and her first career as a botanist.

Dedicated to Building a More Equitable World | Editorial

SLJ examines how librarians are working to promote equity in their communities. When you think about who you serve and how, are you looking through a lens focused on equality or equity? What can you do about what you see?

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Friendship, Family, and Food: Hena Khan and Karuna Riazi on Writing for Salaam Reads

Two Muslim American authors, Hena Khan and Karuna Riazi, discuss the new imprint, Salaam Reads, writing for young readers, and bringing new voices to library shelves.

Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic

In these comics and graphic novels for tweens, LGBTQ characters are no big deal. Any romance stays in the background—and is G-rated.

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How Fair Is Your Maker Space?

No matter your budget, the key to a successful program is getting everyone to the table.

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Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on the “Seeds of America” Trilogy

Pat Scales speaks with the prolific author about conducting historical research, creating authentic voices, and approaching our nation’s history with honesty.

KitaabWorld | Connecting the World to South Asia, One Book at a Time

Books and games reflecting South Asian cultures are now readily available to parents, teachers, and librarians thanks to a new online bookstore.

Riordan Praised for Removing “Spirit Animal” Reference from Novel

The blockbuster author will cut a passage from his novel “The Sword of Summer” that some readers felt improperly appropriated Native American culture.

How Universal Design Will Make Your Library More Inclusive

Universal Design involves designing spaces, products, programming, and more to make them as usable as possible for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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Conversations in the Classroom | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable when discussing #OwnVoices books with kids, advises this school librarian.

Imagine Yourself a Young Reader in the Margins | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

A professor of education maintains that #OwnVoices books are the basis of today’s literacy curriculum.

Collection Development: Reflecting Our Communities | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

A children’s materials specialist provides practical advice for building a relevant #OwnVoices collection for kids.