January 19, 2017

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Junior Library Guild to Sponsor Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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JLG is the honorary sponsor of the MCBD 2017 campaign, which is dedicated to raising awareness about diverse books.

Citing “Bathroom Bill,” Riordan Passes on Texas Honor

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The “Percy Jackson” creator and San Antonio native takes a stand against discrimination.

“Playing Puzzle Master”: Adam Silvera on Complex Narratives, Diversity, and More

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Silvera spoke with SLJ about the need for diversity in YA literature and the challenges of penning a novel that successfully incorporates utter joy and emotional devastation.

Pictures of the Week | Celebrating Chris Jackson, Editor & Publisher

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Latinx in Publishing and POC & Natives in Publishing celebrated the legendary editor Chis Jackson on January 5 in New York City.

#SJYALit: Making a Social Justice Book Display that Engages Teens

After the election, we noticed that some of the teens we talked to were seriously worried about many themes: GLBTQA+ rights and safety, racism, and women’s rights, to name just a few. We heard them talking about them with each other. And sometimes, they talk with us. So we wanted to signal boost books about […]

New York City’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program a Growing Success

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The groundbreaking initiative is bringing authors into schools to talk openly with students about their work.

Books as Allies: SLJ’s Best Books Help Kids Find Their Way | Editorial

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SLJ’s 2016 Best Books list celebrates 50 years of acknowledging top titles—and the power of books to transport readers and change lives.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

NCTE ’16 | The Faces of Advocacy

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Southern hospitality and sunny skies reigned in Atlanta as the city welcomed more than 7000 conference goers to the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference November 17–20.

The Brown Bookshelf’s Open Declaration Garners 691 Signatures

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The declaration expresses commitment to standing with and for children “in the face of attempts to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and to dismiss violence against marginalized people.”

K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers

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A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

After Election, Librarians, Book Creators Vow To Support Children

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Librarians are addressing student concerns with “safe spaces,” support groups, book displays, special programming—and lots of hugs.

Uprooted and Displaced | The Japanese and Japanese Americans During World War II

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A trio of new titles looks at how the United States treated a group seen as “other” during World War II.

A Kaleidoscope of Cultures | New Books on Immigration

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These new books can be appreciated on many levels, shared to help encourage empathy for others, and utilized to initiate further research and discussion of immigration and refugees from around the world.

A Path Forward: How Libraries Support Refugee Children

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Programs and outreach for kids and families adjusting to life in the United States.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How Librarians Help Kids With ADHD Thrive

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Students with this special need can require more attention in school, including in the library. Here’s how media specialists are guiding them to stay on task, and succeed.

Increasing Awareness of Youth “in the Margins” |YA Underground

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Help marginalized teens find stories that speak to their experiences with these books and resources.

Diversity Hashtags Hijacked

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YA authors A.C. Thomas and Laura Silverman were among the latest victims of online hate campaigns, an increasingly common and visible problem.

SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Data and Findings

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Download SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey report, exploring self-censorship among school librarians.

Even More Awards for Spanish, Latin American, and Latin@ Kid Lit

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Looking for more award-winning titles to add to your Spanish-language collections and to include more Latin@-focused acclaimed kid lit? Here are other book prizes that are given in Spain, Latin America, and in the U.S. that can help fulfill that need.

Book Review: Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Publisher’s description From the authors of the New York Times bestselling book Rad American Women A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world. In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and […]