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May 24, 2015

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Pictures of the Week: Author Gabrielle Balkan Wows Librarians at Quarto Fall Preview

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On Wednesday May 13, Quarto Publishing USA presented its fall titles, calling attention to its new nonfiction imprint, Wide Eyed Editions. On hand was author Gabrielle Balkan, who discussed her The 50 States.

SLJ’s Guide to 2015 BookExpo America ARCs and Galleys

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Sign up for SLJ’s guide to advanced readers copies and author signings at BookExpo America 2015, May 27-29.

Jane Addams 2015 Award Winners; Apply for Best Buy Teen Tech Grants; NYT Summer Reading Contest | SLJTeen News

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The winners of the 2015 Jane Addams Book Awards include Teri Kanefield’s The Girl from the Tar Paper School. Sarah Hill has been chosen as the President-Elect of YALSA. Teens can participate in a summer reading contest run by the New York Times. Best Buy is offering up to $10,000 to nonprofits working with teens and tech programming.

Brian Selznick’s 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Slideshow

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A series of photos taken at the 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2015. Brian Selznick addressed the history and evolution of how we define family in children’s books.

First Book to Publish 60,000 Copies of Diverse Children’s Titles

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As part of its Stories for All Project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity in children’s literature, First Book has launched a project to offer 60,000 copies of six titles, each reflecting diversity in characters and lifestyle, at a discounted price.

Oneworld to Launch U.S. YA Imprint in July

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The UK publisher Oneworld Publications will officially launch its young adult and children’s imprint, Rock the Boat, on June 2 in the UK and July 14 in the United States. The publisher’s first U.S. title, written for a middle school audience, is Minus Me by Norwegian bestselling YA author Ingelin Røssland.

App that Locates Free Summer Meals Aims to Include Libraries

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The Range app already locates spots for free summer meal sites across the United States. An Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $10,000 to upgrade the app so that it offers locations and hours for public libraries around the country where kids can go to be safe and engaged.

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

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An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

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School Library Journal a Finalist in 2015 REVERE Awards

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SLJ has earned finalist honors in two REVERE Awards categories: single issue editorial and best overall publication.

News Editor Wanted at SLJ

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School Library Journal is looking for a reporter/editor to write, assign, and edit news for our website, e-newsletters and award-winning magazine. If you have serious journalist chops, with an interest in covering libraries, education, and publishing, we’d like to hear from you.

Three-Time Caldecott Winner Marcia Brown Dies at 96

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Celebrated author and illustrator Marcia Brown, whose illustrious career was marked by three Caldecott wins and six Caldecott Honors, died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, CA, due to complications from congestive heart failure. She was 96.

Q & A with Author Deborah Jiang-Stein: Bringing Libraries to Prison Nurseries

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Author and founder of the unPrison Project, Deborah Jiang-Stein, has teamed up with the Children’s Book Council to bring libraries to prison nurseries in honor of Mother’s Day, May 10, the last day of Children’s Book Week.

Survey Seeks to Shed Light on Publisher Diversity

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Lee & Low Books has launched a “Diversity Baseline Survey” on the children’s book publishing industry. To date, 11 publishers and four review journals have committed to participate.

Adopt-a-Library Program Reveals Winners; “Nowhere But Here” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

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The debut authors’ group Freshmen Fifteens announces the winners of its mini-grants. The 2015 International Latino Book Awards finalists are revealed. Enter for a chance to win a copy of Katie McGarry’s Nowhere But Here. Get a preview of Awkward graphic novel from Yen Press.

Picture/Video of the Week: Sixth Grader Osman Yaya Interviews President Obama

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“I’m still a big Dr. Seuss fan—The Sneeches, Horton, and all that stuff,” the President told middle schoolers during his visit to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC. Watch the full video.

President Obama Announces New Library Initiatives

President Obama Announces New Library Initiatives

At a visit to Washington, DC’s Anacostia Neighborhood Library April 30, President Barack Obama announced two new initiatives that promise to rally America’s libraries, publishers, and nonprofit organizations to strengthen learning opportunities for all children, particularly in low-income communities. The plan, dubbed the ConnectED Library Challenge, will engage civic leaders, libraries, and schools to work together to ensure that all school students receive public library cards. Commitments from 30 library systems are already in place.

Illinois Middle School Wins 2015 Follett Challenge

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The O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL, has been awarded the Follett Challenge Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The school will receive $60,000 in Follett products and services. Two semifinalists were also named.

Watch Live: President Obama to Make Announcement About New Partnership to Provide E-books to Low Income Kids

We will update this post with more info as it becomes available. From an Email by Roberto J. Rodríguez: Deputy Assistant to the President for Education (via DPLA): Through greater access to America’s libraries and information resources, you make a difference each day in the education and lifelong learning of youth and adults in your community. […]

Scholastic Sells Ed Tech Business to Focus on Publishing

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Scholastic announced on April 24 that it will sell its education technology and services division to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $575 million to focus on its thriving publishing business.

The 2015 Irma Black Award & Cook Prize Winners Announced

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New York’s Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature named Mac Barnett’s Sam and Dave Dig a Hole the winner of its Irma Black Award and Jean Craighead George’s Galápagos George the winner of its Cook Prize.