November 23, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Incoming ALA President Jim Neal: Supporting School Libraries

Neal, who assumes ALA leadership in June, will bolster support for school libraries, while also prioritizing equity, leadership, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations.

Sandhya Menon on Romance and Diaspora in Her “When Dimple Met Rishi”

Sandhya Menon talks about her inspiration, writing process, and her YA debut When Dimple Met Rishi about two first-generation Indian American teens who (just might) be meant for each other.

A Forest of Poems: Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle

Engle discusses her poems and books in verse, Cuba, and her first career as a botanist.

Dedicated to Building a More Equitable World | Editorial

SLJ examines how librarians are working to promote equity in their communities. When you think about who you serve and how, are you looking through a lens focused on equality or equity? What can you do about what you see?

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Friendship, Family, and Food: Hena Khan and Karuna Riazi on Writing for Salaam Reads

Two Muslim American authors, Hena Khan and Karuna Riazi, discuss the new imprint, Salaam Reads, writing for young readers, and bringing new voices to library shelves.

Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic

In these comics and graphic novels for tweens, LGBTQ characters are no big deal. Any romance stays in the background—and is G-rated.

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How Fair Is Your Maker Space?

No matter your budget, the key to a successful program is getting everyone to the table.

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Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on the “Seeds of America” Trilogy

Pat Scales speaks with the prolific author about conducting historical research, creating authentic voices, and approaching our nation’s history with honesty.

KitaabWorld | Connecting the World to South Asia, One Book at a Time

Books and games reflecting South Asian cultures are now readily available to parents, teachers, and librarians thanks to a new online bookstore.

Riordan Praised for Removing “Spirit Animal” Reference from Novel

The blockbuster author will cut a passage from his novel “The Sword of Summer” that some readers felt improperly appropriated Native American culture.

How Universal Design Will Make Your Library More Inclusive

Universal Design involves designing spaces, products, programming, and more to make them as usable as possible for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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

Conversations in the Classroom | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable when discussing #OwnVoices books with kids, advises this school librarian.

Imagine Yourself a Young Reader in the Margins | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

A professor of education maintains that #OwnVoices books are the basis of today’s literacy curriculum.

Collection Development: Reflecting Our Communities | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

A children’s materials specialist provides practical advice for building a relevant #OwnVoices collection for kids.

Local Heroes: Librarians Address Inequity Where They See It

The individuals who spearheaded these bold library initiatives were driven by a goal to improve service for all users.

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

Six YA Titles That Epitomize #OwnVoices

Blogger and librarian Sarah Hannah Gómez breaks down the real meaning of #ownvoices, and presents new YA titles about marginalized cultures by authors from the same groups.

College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books

The free iOS app We Read Too taps into books starring characters of color written by authors of color.

Spotlight on Salaam Reads

Last year it was announced that Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing would launch a Muslim children’s book imprint called Salaam Reads. From the S&S website, a Feb 24, 2016 post says this about the imprint: “Salaam Reads will introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids […]

Ex-Cop Tackles Literacy Decline in Appleton, WI

A police-officer-turned-librarian uses her skills to target a community’s early-learning deficit.

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

Día 2017: A Celebration of Literacy and Diversity

Bringing kids and books from every culture together is the goal of El dia de los libros, and plans for this year’s “Day of Books” are more far-reaching than ever.