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December 19, 2014

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SLJ’s Top 10 Latino Books of 2014

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From works by Pura Belpré Award-winners to debut authors hailing from Argentina, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, SLJ’s top selections for children and teens about and by Latinos are as diverse and multidimensional as the culture they represent.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Books to Increase Awareness of the Cycles of Poverty, Race, and Incarceration

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By listening to the voices of those who have experienced racism, time in prison, and life on the streets, readers of these titles can begin to learn how to break the cycle, and be inspired by those have.

Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson to Speak at BookCon 2015

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A year after heavy criticism for only featuring white authors on panels, BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books for two gatherings with authors of various backgrounds, including National Book Award winners Alexie and Woodson.

Teaching “Black Lives Matter” | SLJ Talks to Educator, Author Renée Watson

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In the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, educator Renée Watson offers advice on how teachers and students can broach recent events.

‘Street Dreams’ Come True at a Bronx School Library

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Tracey Wong brought a garden, nutritional literacy, dozens of computers, and more to her elementary school library at P. S. 54 in the Bronx.

Bringing World Voices into Your Library | Consider the Source

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Briony Everroad and Daniel Hahn, in conjunction with Words Without Borders, have crafted an online magazine issue entirely comprised of young adult writing in translation. It’s a tool to that opens the door to connecting US teens with their global peers.

Inside Special Education: Gail Giles and ‘Girls Like Us’

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Girls Like Us by Gail Giles takes readers into the hearts of two distinctly different teens with cognitive impairment, and shares her thoughts on special education, imperfect people, and the challenge of writing grammatically incorrect dialogue.

January Deadline for 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Grants

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Enrich your library collection with 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators by applying for one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants administered by the American Library Association.

Ditch Holiday Programming | Opinion

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Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever. Instead, get creative—and offer programs in which everyone in your community can participate.

We Need Diverse Books Announces Publishing Internship Project

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The new WNDB Publishing Internship Project will help support initiatives that give greater opportunities to individuals from diverse backgrounds who wish to begin careers in publishing.

St. Louis School Librarian Offers LibGuide on Ferguson

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“As a librarian, I always feel like I have to share what resources are out there and the best of what is out there,” says St. Louis school librarian Katie Voss, who created an online LibGuide of materials related to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

2014 Jane Addams Book Awards Highlight Human Rights

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Winning and honored titles included Sugar, a novel set on a plantation in the Reconstruction South, and Razia’s Ray of Hope, about the struggle for girls’ education in present-day Afghanistan.

Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction

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A public librarian’s interaction with teens affirms her faith in bibliotherapy, as does her research. Read her story, along with a recommended list of realistic YA fiction. We invite you to suggest more titles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Why the Great Green Room is Green, Facing Censorship, and More from BookFest @ Bank Street

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During the event at Manhattan’s Bank Street College of Education, Leonard S. Marcus, Brian Pinkney, Jason Chin, Coe Booth, Tim Federle, Matt de la Peña, and others talked about why they do what they do.

We Need Diverse Series Nonfiction | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Inclusivity has been a hot button issue for fiction—but it’s equally important for series nonfiction. Librarians, publishers, and authors weigh in on the diversity debate.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fighting for a Cause: From the Past to the Present | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inform, inspire, and guide today’s change makers by opening their eyes and spurring them to action.

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Stories for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In addition to the classic holiday books, these new, diverse selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to please kids and can be used to celebrate upcoming festive occasions, such as Halloween, Nochebuena, Chanukah, and Chinese New Year.

We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo Campaign Aims to Raise $100K

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We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) kicked off an indiegogo campaign to raise $100K on October 23, and it’s taken off like gangbusters. Also, check out John Green’s #SupportWNDB video, which debuted October 28.

Hostile School Environments the Norm for LGBTQ Youth, Says GLSEN Report

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A recent report released by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network found that hostile school environments have adverse academic and social effects on LGBTQ youth.

We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal Announce Collaboration

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The collaboration between We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal will involve a variety of initiatives concerning diversity in children’s literature, including an event during the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting.