August 20, 2017

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YA Lit or New Adult? Six Titles for Older Teens | SLJ Spotlight

Six sophisticated titles for teens that explore life beyond high school.

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SLJ’s August 2017 Popular Picks

Welcome readers back to school with September’s Popular Picks! This month brings lost picnics, runaway pasta, potato chip history, tons of high-octane YA, and much more.

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Reading on the Go! Two Transportation Titles | SLJ Spotlight

Two picture books about public transit for kids on the move.

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Middle Grade Titles on Surviving and Thriving | SLJ Spotlight

Three new middle-grade titles feature protagonists overcoming illness and physical challenges.

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Perfect Summertime Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Five titles perfect for celebrating—or reliving—the long, lazy days of summer.

Funny YA Favorites | SLJ Spotlight

Not all of young adult literature is dark and cry-inducing.

Standout STEM Reads | SLJ Spotlight

Most children’s and YA books on STEM subjects can be a tad didactic; however, these recent offerings are anything but dull.

Daring Middle Grade Debuts | SLJ Spotlight

Five new and forthcoming middle grade debuts to watch out for.

4 Picture Books Celebrating the Importance of Family

A wide array of titles that show the warm and sometimes wacky world of familial interactions.

5 Nonfiction Titles (and a Graphic Novel!) for Those Who Love the Sea

Just in time for summer are a number of well-written titles for beachgoers and budding marine biologists alike

5 Middle Grade Titles Perfect for Reading Aloud

The following middle grade titles feature strong vocabulary, detailed settings, and authentic dialogue, along with themes that will spark discussion.

4 Novels on the Trials and Tribulations of Middle School

The following novels feature characters smack-dab in the middle of those tumultuous middle school years.

Eco-conscious Poetry Books for Earth Day

Just in time for April, here are two titles that are perfect for both National Poetry Month and Earth Day–related lessons.

2 YA Tales of Some Not-so-Witchy Witches

Teen witch books aren’t all “hocus pocus” and “eye of newt.”

5 Picture Books Celebrating Dads (and Granddads)

5 warm and tender titles with male-focused parent-and-child interactions that celebrate the special bonds between father (or grandfather) and child

9 Refugee Stories for Kids and Teens

These nine titles—from picture books to YA—explore the many dangers, factors, and effects that refugees and immigrants face every day.

3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies

These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

3 Adorably Fox-y Picture Books

Dispel the negative connotations surrounding foxes in children’s stories with these three cuddly tales.

5 Middle Grade Titles Featuring People of Color

Looking for new middle grade novels starring main characters of color? Here are five standout titles suitable for most collections.

Checking the Bear-omator | SLJ Spotlight on Picture Books

Bear stories are perennial favorites for the toddler and preschool set to curl up with and these new titles are no exception.