August 17, 2017

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42 Diverse Must-Have YA Titles for Every Library

SLJ editors have chosen the following 42 works as must-have diverse YA titles for every teen librarian’s collection.

Fun First: Make Learning Better with Play | Editorial

While it’s not a new idea that kids learn as they play, adults can take a page from their example: play more as we learn—and play in order to learn.

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The People’s Comics: Using the Graphic Format To Teach About Current Events

Graphic creators’ take on politics, from immigration to women’s rights.

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Book Review: The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

Publisher’s description The Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create. Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends […]

Beyond Bilingual: Making Storytime Inviting to All English Language Learners

Here’s how two Brooklyn librarians are making storytime more inclusive.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

These Teens Started a Sign Language Storytime and YouTube Channel

Members of the ASL Club at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL, lead storytimes for local preschoolers and others via YouTube.

Jason Reynolds On “Miles Morales,” Spider-Man, and His Secret Superpower

SLJTeen Live! panelist Jason Reynolds talked with SLJ about superpowers, how he fleshed out the Afro-Puerto Rican webslinger’s backstory, and his favorite superhero.

Taking a Stand Against Islamophobia | ALA Annual 2017

Deepa Iyer discussed the hostility directed at Muslims and advised librarians on ways they could make a difference.

When Kids Share Banned Books | Scales on Censorship

Columnist Pat Scales fields questions on sharing banned books, trans picture books, and whether teachers should recommend movies to students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Ibi Zoboi On Literacy and Her Work with Haitian American Teens

Debut author and SLJTeen Live! speaker Ibi Zoboi talks about her writing initiatives for teens in immigrant communities.

ALA Recap: Libraries are Not Neutral Spaces (Things I Never Learned in Library School)

This past Sunday I had the honor of presenting with a panel of fabulous librarians about how libraries are NOT neutral spaces. Like most librarians, I spent a major part of my career proclaiming that we were. But over time, I have come to realize that we are, in fact, not. For example, if during […]

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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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.