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October 23, 2014

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Fight What You Know: Debunking Traditional Writing Tropes | New York Comic Con 2014

"Fight What You Know: panel at Comic Con 2014. Photo credit: Twitter/@SamMaggs

At this year’s Comic Con, “The Mary Sue” blog hosted a panel that explored eavesdropping and Method Acting—and other tropes—in researching and writing authentic characters.

SLJ Debuts ‘Fuse #8 TV’

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Betsy Bird has a TV show. Spinning off Bird’s blog “A Fuse #8 Production” on School Library Journal, “Fuse 8 TV” is a monthly webcast hosted by Bird—and the first episode is now available.

The Five Coolest Things at New York Comic Con 2014

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The best stuff at New York Comic Con included Wonder Woman, manga, science, and more. Plus: an official anti-harassment statement gave women attendees and cosplayers reason to cheer.

A Focus on Diversity and Savvy Blogging Drive KidLitCon 2014

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For the first time, the Kidlitosphere Conference (KidLitCon) had a theme: “Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next?”

Comics in Schools and Libraries | New York Comic Con 2014

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At this year’s Comic Con (October 9–12) in New York City, panels that focused on comics in both schools and libraries were among its highlights—along with “cosplay” and George Clooney.

Technology in the First Years | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Addressing how technology fits in early learning, a trio of experts described uses of technology that can empower children and caregivers.

Selecting Children’s Books: A Reader’s Advisory by ‘The Horn Book’ Editors | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

The Horn Book editors Martha Parravano and Roger Sutton. Photos by Carolyn Sun.

Humorous quips and nursery rhymes punctuated the lively reader’s advisory discussion at the recent “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event in Ohio.

Slideshow: Ohio Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

During the day's Visit Discovery Learning Stations portion, an attendee plays with a shark puppet that is part of the Cuyahoga County Public Library's literacy program that uses puppets.

On September 19, the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library hosted the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book with Robert Needlman proclaiming tears, Kevin Henkes talking about his children being “built by books,” and Case Western University’s Robert Fischer talking big data.

Arne Duncan Sets the Stage for American Graduate Day with $82 Million in Grants

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicks off the days leading up to American Graduate Day on September 27 with an interview at New York City’s Talent Unlimited High School—and announcing $82 million in college-readiness grants to support at-risk students.

Robert Needlman Keynotes Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read, says there is no panacea for childhood literacy. At the early literacy conference, presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book, at Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library on September 19, he surfaces what can help.

Pictures of the Week: Huck Scarry at Book Launch for ‘Best Lowly Worm Ever’; Lonesome George Unveiled

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Huck Scarry presents a new and never before seen picture book from his father, Richard Scarry, while the subject of Jean Craighead George’s Lonesome George is unveiled at the Museum of Natural History.

Minding the Gaps, Part II: Highlighting Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Recipients │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation for The Horn Book’s “Mind the Gaps” event at Simmons College on October 10, brush up on the winning titles that will be showcased by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

YALSA Hosts Teen Read Week Twitter Chat Today

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With Teen Read Week coming around the bend (October 12–18), gear up and tune into Twitter today—September 15—from 2–3 pm EST for YALSA’s Twitter chat “Marketing Your Teen Read Week.”

Throwback Thursday: Their Professionalism Kicked In

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News editor Andrea Glick reported SLJ’s story on September 11, 2001, which was—for our staff who worked in and had children in affected schools—very close to home.

Early Literacy Picture Books for Fostering Lifelong Learners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation of The Horn Book and SLJ’s “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event, check out the following early literacy selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Gene Luen Yang Rouses the Crowd at DC National Book Festival

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SLJ goes to this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, DC, and several changes were afoot. But one thing was clear—Gene Luen Yang’s stirring speech about diversity left an indelible mark.

Memorial Service to Honor Frances Foster

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The late Frances Foster, a celebrated children’s editor and publisher at Farrar Straus Giroux, will be honored at a public memorial service this month.

Celebrating Titles that “Mind the Gap” at ‘The Horn Book’ at Simmons Event │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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It’s not too late to register for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book award recipients at the Mind the Gap event at Simmons College on October 10. In the meantime, brush up on the winning titles by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

Let’s Geek Out: SLJ Goes to Fifth Annual LeakyCon

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Since 2009, fandom nerds from all over the world have gathered together to geek out over Harry Potter—as well as Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Supernatural, and other fandom niches—and this year the convention took place in Orlando, Florida. SLJ gives a peek into the event and what it’s like to be part of LeakyCon’s exclusive after-hours event at Universal Studios theme parks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Keynotes Early Education Summit in NYC’s Scholastic Headquarters

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On August 5, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio keynoted the Preschool Nation Summit 2014 co-hosted by Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit aimed at providing access to quality early childhood education programs for children in Los Angeles County. If you missed the event, you can catch a video of the happenings here.