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July 23, 2014

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Guadalajara | Consider the Source

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How can we bring high quality Spanish-language books into American libraries? The Guadalajara International Book Fair is one answer.

SummerTeen 2014 Authors Hit the Mark with New Releases │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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SLJ’s SummerTeen 2014 is nearly upon us. This free event on July 24 features some of the best YA authors―up close and personal. Check out the latest releases from the featured guests. Resources for the selected titles are included in this column’s award-winning LiveBinder.

Tag Team: Collaborations in Books

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What happens when more than one author works on a single book? Find out.

Kids Solve Global Problems, Buy Tractor for Village in Zambia | ISTE 2014

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The ISTE session “Teaching Kids to Harness Technology to Solve Global Problems” showed how a group of Michigan fifth and sixth graders used compassion, curiosity, and 21st-century skills to raise money and buy a tractor for a village in Zambia.

Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’ to Be Released in Theaters This August

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YA author Gayle Forman has a big summer coming up, keynoting the upcoming SLJ SummerTeen free virtual event on July 24 and awaiting the release of the page-to-screen adaptation of her 2009 hit novel If I Stay.

Laughter, Tears, and Gratitude at ALA Youth Media Awards Ceremonies | ALA 2014

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At the Printz Award Ceremony and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, the authors’ acceptance speeches ranged from moving to side-splitting, and the enthralled audience was dressed to the nines.

SLJTeen Does Las Vegas and Lives to Tell the Tale | ALA 2014 Highlights

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SLJTeen editor Dodie Ownes highlights her favorite events and programs at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

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“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.

Diversity Movement Gains Visibility at ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Addressing the groundswell of support for more diverse children’s literature, Lee & Low publisher Jason Low spoke at the ALA Annual Conference about where the movement is now and what still needs to happen.

Early Learning, Partnerships Top Trends at 2014 ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Prevailing topics for youth librarians included the influence of the Guerrilla Storytime movement, the increased collaboration and cooperation between schools and public libraries, and a nostalgia for some favorite authors.

U.S. World Book Night Announces Its End

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After three years, U.S. World Book Night has announced it will be suspending its operations due to a lack of ongoing funding.

ALSC President’s Program: Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, and Communities | ALA 2014

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At the ALA conference on June 30, over 200 youth librarians spent an hour and a half listening to three dynamic presentations during ALSC President’s Program, “The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities and Beyond.”

Meg Medina, John Parra, and Others Honored at the Int’l Latino Book Awards | ALA 2014

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For the first time, the winners of the 2014 International Latino Book Awards were revealed concurrently with the ALA Annual Conference. Among this year’s 231 honorees, recognized during a ceremony at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater on June 28, were well known children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, such as Alma Flor Ada, Meg Medina, and John Parra.

Scenes from the American Library Association Annual Meeting | ALA 2014

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Views from the floor of the American Library Association Annual Meeting, from the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet to the Ultimate Picture Book Sketch Off.

Kid Lit Authors Share the Love During ALA Speed Dating Event | ALA Annual 2014

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Ding! With the peal of a bell, 21 children’s and YA authors started chatting eagerly to tables of librarians during a ‘speed dating’ event at the ALA Annual Conference.

Neil Gaiman at Carnegie Hall: Finding “Truth” in Caves and Comics

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Thousands turned up for author Neil Gaiman’s performance at Carnegie Hall on June 27. The evening was touted as a “multimedia storytelling event” and showcased the prolific author’s premiere U.S. reading of The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains and Hansel and Gretel accompanied by visuals and a live score.

Your Guide to Brand New & Upcoming Titles | ALA 2014 Galley Guide

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Your galley guide for ALA Annual 2014. Perfect for those attending the conference looking to snag their next great read, and for any librarian interested in a sneak peek of upcoming Fall 2014 titles.

Junior Library Guild To Roll Out New EBook Service For Libraries| ALA 2014

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On June 26 at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, Junior Library Guild will release a new ebook product, JLG ebooks, for libraries across the country.

Sponsored: Griffin Teen @ ALA Annual—Viva Las Vegas

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Griffin Teen (a division of Macmillan) invites librarians to visit booth #528 at ALA Annual in Las Vegas for author signings, giveaways, and more. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Coming Soon: Association of American Publisher’s Author Speed Dating Event | ALA 2014

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For those attending the upcoming American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas this year (June 26 – July 1), the Association of American Publishers is holding a Children’s and Teen Author Speed Dating Event on June 28; RSVP to attend.