August 25, 2016

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Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Native American Comics Anthology

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AH Comics, the publisher of 2015 SLJ Best Book Moonshot Vol. 1, has spearheaded a crowdsourced funding campaign to finance the second installment of the award-winning anthology of Native American comics.

Family, Magic, and Identity: Zoraida Córdova on “Labyrinth Lost”

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Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost combines teen angst, Latinx traditions, and the power of love. SLJ caught up with the YA author to chat about her writing process, favorite characters, and more.

A Hit Play About Libraries, Censorship, and Civil Rights Resonates with Audiences

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“Alabama Story,” based on controversy surrounding Garth Williams’s book “The Rabbits’ Wedding,” has struck a chord with theatergoers.

Then and Now: Wendy Mills on 9/11 and “All We Have Left”

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SLJ chats with Wendy Mills, who explores September 11 through the perspectives of a present-day white teen whose brother died on that fateful day and a young Muslim American woman who is trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

“When We Was Fierce” Pulled as Demand Grows for More #OwnVoices Stories

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Amid increasing controversy around author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s use of a made-up dialect along with what some deem as stereotypical characters in her most recent book, Candlewick Press has postponed publication.

Schools Look To Talk Race, Violence, and Tolerance with Students

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As the start of school approaches, educators around the country are grappling with the best way to support students who have questions about the shootings in the news.

How Canada Publishes So Many Diverse Children’s Books

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With Groundwood Books’s Bologna win, the Canadian publishing industry’s reputation for quality and diversity is getting tough to beat.

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Graphic Novels Portray Bicultural America

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Works by Gene Luen Yang, Dan Santat, Nidhi Chanani, and others reveal the commonality of experience among Americans who have immigrant parents.

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Reyna Grande on Immigration and “The Distance Between Us”

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A timely call for awareness and understanding. Reyna Grande on her upcoming young readers edition of her memoir The Distance Between Us.

“There Is a Tribe of Kids” Generates Controversy Among Librarians

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Lane Smith’s picture book has sparked debate around connecting the word “tribe” with images of children in lush natural surroundings with feathers in their hair.

Brendan Kiely’s and Jason Reynolds’s CSK Author Honor Speeches for “All American Boys”

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Coauthors Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds each delivered remarks about their Coretta Scott King (CSK) Author Honor win for All American Boys on June 26 during the CSK Award’s Breakfast at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando. SLJ presents both speeches, published together for the first time.

ALA 2016: Highlights of Diversity Panel Discussion

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“Not Your Granny’s Dinner Conversation: Diversity, Race, Sex and Gender” featured seven children’s literature experts, all addressing tough questions and hot topics.

Learning to Like Mother Goose Scripts | First Steps

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During early learning programs with patrons who speak Russian, Turkish, and other languages at home, handouts with the words to rhymes and songs become adult learning tools.

“LGBTQ Writers in Schools” Program Coming to New York City

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Lambda Literary has partnered with the New York City Department of Education to bring 20 authors to visit K–12 schools in the nation’s largest district.

How Remix Culture Informs Student Writing & Creativity

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Artistic remix influences kids’ creativity on almost every level. Here’s how, and why you need to understand it.

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Making the Transition: Spanish-Language and Latin@-Focused Beginning Readers and Chapter Books

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Libro por libro columnist Tim Wadham presents some classic and new works for emerging readers that either feature Latin@ characters or have been translated into Spanish.

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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.