May 22, 2016

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School Libraries Host Events to Welcome ELL Students and Families

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Read-and-greet evening programs and home visits with culturally relevant books are some of the efforts librarians are making to bring families of English Language Learners into the school community.

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Teaching with “Hamilton”

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Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway musical, this librarian gets kids rapping, listening, and learning American history.

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Pat Mora on Día, the Arbuthnot Lecture, and Diverse Books: 20 Years and Counting

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Author Pat Mora’s April 15 Arbuthnot Lecture at Santa Barbara (CA) City College coincided with the 20th anniversary of the celebration she founded, “El día de los niños/ El día de los libros” (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as “Día.”

After Cancelling 2016 National Institute, ALSC Regroups To Serve Members

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ALSC president Andrew Medlar details reasons for cancelling the 2016 Institute in North Carolina, the costs incurred, and how ALSC will make sure the educational experience isn’t lost.

Death, Destruction, and Destiny: Roshani Chokshi on “The Star-Touched Queen”

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SLJ caught up with Roshani Chokshi to chat about her inspiration for The Star-Touched Queen, life as a first-time novelist, and what she’s working on next.

Book Review: Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson

Publisher’s description For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did […]

Webcomics World

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Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.

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13 Great Webcomics For Kids and Teens

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Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.

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SLJ Webcomic Exclusive: “Economy of Form” by Melanie Gillman

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SLJ presents an original webcomic by “As the Crow Flies” creator Melanie Gillman starring Charlie, a queer 13-year-old girl, and her friend Mei.

Authors Pen Letter of Support to NC Youth

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A North Carolina law seen as LGBT discrimination has prompted roughly 270 members of the kid lit community to show their support for all young readers.

Neighboring Nations | Margarita Engle on Her Work, Cuba, and the History That Binds Us

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Prolific poet, novelist, and storyteller, Margarita Engle has long enchanted readers through folktales and portrayals of figures from Cuban cultural and natural history. Read on for a glimpse of her writing life.

Sunday Reflections: That’s Me in the Corner, Losing My Confidence (as a Reviewer)

I like Science Fiction. Like, a lot. I especially like Science Fiction that has alien invasions. Remember the moment in Independence Day when Will Smith walks out of the house to get the paper and he looks to the left, then he looks to the right, and then he finally looks up and realizes that […]

The 2016 In the Margins Book Awards Are Unveiled

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P.D. Workman’s fictional Tattooed Teardrops and Tewhan Butler’s nonfiction title America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope top this year’s In the Margins Book Awards.

Diversity in Apps | A Movement Grows

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Sandhya Nankani and Kabir Seth, the founders of two independent app companies, teamed up to push the children’s digital media industry toward a “larger commitment to diversity.” In 2015, Diversity in Apps (DIA) was born.

Reading Room for Visually Impaired Kids Incorporates the Power of Touch

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After researching how low-vision kids experience books today, the San Antonio Public Library opened a new reading room with plenty of braille and large-print children’s books, audio and magnifying technology, and tactile art.

How a Library Raised Yuyi Morales, Award-Winning Illustrator of “Thunder Boy Jr.”

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Children’s librarian and SLJ reviewer Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla interviews the Caldecott Honor and Pura Belpré Award–winning author/illustrator about her latest project, Thunder Boy Jr., written by Sherman Alexie, and her love for libraries.

How Pura Belpré Paved the Way for Latino Firsts at 2016 YMAs | Libro por libro

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The 2016 Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña, and other Latino authors/illustrators honored at this year’s Youth Media Awards, have long been recognized by the Pura Belpré Awards, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Simon & Schuster’s Muslim Children’s Book Imprint to Launch in 2017

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Salaam Reads will provide “fun and compelling books for Muslim children” that are also intended to attract a non-Muslim audience.

Sizzling Seventies: Meg Medina on “Burn Baby Burn”

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Meg Medina tackles burgeoning feminism, first love, disco music, and family violence in her stellar Burn Baby Burn. SLJ chats with the award-winning author.

Something Beautiful | Spring 2016 Titles for and About Latinos

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Librarian Lucia Acosta set out to find new books that had a Hispanic character, theme, or backdrop on the floor of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in January 2016. Check out these selections of titles by and about Latinos, publishing this spring.