December 9, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Cynthia Hand On Retelling “A Christmas Carol” for Teens

The YA author of the “Unearthly” series talked to SLJ about what inspired her to revisit the beloved A Christmas Carol and why we all deserve second chances.

SLJ Chats with National Book Award Finalist Elana K. Arnold

Check out SLJ’s Facebook Live chat with National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold.

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.

Useni Eugene Perkins On Adapting His Iconic Poem into Picture Book Form

The acclaimed poet, playwright, author, and activist discusses the origins of “Hey Black Child” and the work’s new format.

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Interview: ‘The Once and Future Queen’

It’s a pretty daring move to try retelling the King Arthur legend one more time, but in The Once and Future Queen, writers D.J. Kirkbride and Adam Knave and artist Nick Brokenshire rise to the task by moving beyond the usual tropes and reinventing not just the characters but the whole structure of the story. […]

Cherie Dimaline On Erasure, the Power of Story, and “The Marrow Thieves”

The acclaimed Cherie Dimaline chats with SLJ about her YA debut, the importance of language, the colonization of Native peoples, and how teens are the hope for the world’s future.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Latest Win Is for Teens

The living legend pens a contemplative look at basketball, family, and systemic racism.

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Graphic Novelist Katie O’Neill Talks Tea Dragons

The creator of Princess, Princess Ever After chats about her new book.

Malinda Lo and Stephanie Perkins On Genre Hopping, Slasher Films, and More

YA authors Stephanie Perkins and Malinda Lo share what inspired them to venture to the scary side, how their writing process changed, and their feelings on “unlikable” characters.

Putting “Wunder” into the Ordinary: An Interview with Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend’s debut fantasy is as delightful and optimistic as the author herself.

Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level

Creators of a widely used reading and book leveling system say their system is intended as a tool for educators—not as a means of labeling or restricting reading choices for students.

YA Authors Nic Stone and Jared Reck Chat About Crafting Characters, Their Paths to Publication, and More

Debut authors Jared Reck (A Short History of the Girl Next Door) and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) share thoughts on the writing process, developing their characters, and what they’re working on next.

They’ve Got Moxie | In Conversation with Celia C. Pérez and Jennifer Mathieu

Two authors geek out on Sassy, punk bands, zines—and their new books.

Cover Reveal (and Interview!): The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

I don’t know about you but I haven’t read nearly enough fantasy novels this year. It’s so funny that I’ve been so bad, since fantasy was the genre I loved the most when I was a kid. Remember when they released those Dragonriders of Pern books starring Menolly as children’s middle grade novels (Dragonsong, Dragondrums, […]

SLJ Chats with 123 Andrés | ClefNotes

123 Andrés discusses his background, his music, and why he loves performing for children.

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Back to the Future: A Trip Back in Time Can Help Students Embrace Other Cultures

“I can’t even imagine not being excited about history,” says Dori Jones Yang, author of The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball (Spark Press). This historical novel for readers aged 10 and up focuses on the little-known Chinese Educational Mission of the 1870s.

It Takes One Brilliant Artist… | A Q & A with Marla Frazee

Artist Marla Frazee talks about the inspiration for and the concepts behind the picture bookIt Takes a Village.

Chatting with Dusti Bowling, Author of “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus”

Aven Green, who was born without arms, moves to a new state, makes a new friend, and uncovers a mystery. We chat with Bowling about her inspirations, how she worked with sensitivity readers to develop Aven, and her deep love for the Arizona desert.

Interview: Ermahgerd! ‘Goosebumps’ Comics!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of R.L. Stine’s first Goosebumps book, and the series seems to be aging gracefully, with plenty of spinoffs, a movie, and a graphic novel adaptation. Now there are more comics, as IDW announced a new Goosebumps series at Comic-Con International in San Diego last July. The comics will feature […]

Erika L. Sánchez On Unlikable WOC Protagonists and “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”

Sánchez, who will be featured at SLJ’s first-ever Day of Dialog Brooklyn on Friday, September 15, talks about her path to publication, feminism, and why characters of color should be allowed to mess up just like anyone else.