December 12, 2017

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A Passion for Words: Three Bibliophiles Who Changed the World

Three 2017 picture book bios present a uniquely envisioned portrait of its subject, while also celebrating the power of books to express ideas, rouse imaginations, and inspire discussion.

Digging In: Underground with Nature Books

Explore all the wondrous ups and downs of nature—earth and life science has never been so fascinating.

Dark and Inventive: New Retellings of Familiar Tales | Fall Fantasy 2017

There is plenty of light fare to tempt fantasy readers, but for those who are ready to enter the Dark Forest three new works open the way.

Private School Confidential | SLJ Spotlight on YA

Five gripping teen tales expose the darker sides of prep school.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Collecting Comics: December 2017 Edition, by Ally Watkins

Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Collecting Comics! Here are a few suggestions of things coming out this month that your teens and tweens will enjoy! Gotham Academy, Second Semester, Volume 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock by Brendan Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl, illustrated by Adam Archer (DC Comics, December 5). In […]

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Diversity, Encouragement, and Dogs Top Scholastic Spring 2018 List

What do Malcolm Mitchell, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, Brian Selznick, creator of Wonderstruck (Scholastic, 2011), and Marley Dias, organizer of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, have in common? They all have books on the Scholastic Spring 2018 List.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA November and December 2017

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a […]

25 Titles and Resources To Explore the Vietnam War

Fifty years after the Vietnam War, authors revisit and examine the conflict and its aftermath with appropriate content for their audiences.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

7 Dazzling Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

From Middle Eastern–set epic fantasy to gritty memoir to thought-provoking speculative fiction, these seven unforgettable works from first-time authors are sure to enthrall.

The Power of Possibility: Dreamers Who Changed the World

New inspiring picture book biographies introduce individuals who fought against impossible odds, and persevered to achieve magnificent things.

The Land of Fire and Ice | Iceland’s “Upstart Island”

Author and scientist Loree Griffin Burns reports on a trip to Surtsey with a group of Icelandic scientists.

Choosing Kindness Online | Tips & Tools

Tips and tools to create a culture of kindness online.

Puberty, Consent, and Sexuality: A Few New Titles

A year ago, I read 75 books about puberty and sexuality for a “Focus On” article for School Library Journal. You’re welcome.

Sim Cell by Touch Press | Touch and Go

A new app from Touch Press puts students inside a cell on a mission.

18 YA Titles To Inspire Budding Authors for #NaNoWriMo

The following works might be just what aspiring authors need to kickstart their first novels for National Novel Writing Month this November.

Can’t-Miss Titles from Jillian Tamaki, Marissa Moss, and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

A bevy of graphic novels and nonfiction books for teens interested in STEM, adaptations of classic literature, and much more.

Doing a Diversity Audit: Resources and Sources (Part 3)

In this final post on doing my diversity audit, I just wanted to share my sources and resources with you. It’s also available in the PDF outline of my process, but since these are clickable links you may prefer to access them this way. Also, if you know of additional book lists or titles that […]

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: The How To (Part 2)

So yesterday I began telling you about doing my diversity audit. I began in a place that many people wouldn’t suspect, by doing a local community needs and assessment evaluation. I thought if I wanted to understand why I was building a diverse/inclusive collection, I also wanted to understand who I was doing it for. […]

Writing About Addiction for Kids | Opinion

Some say that middle grade readers are too young for books that involve addiction. That argument is increasingly hard to support.

Children’s Books Promoting Peace Honored at 2017 Jane Addams Award Ceremony

Authors Deborah Hopkinson, Caren B. Stelson, Russell Freedman, and others spoke at the organization’s 65th awards celebration in New York City.