February 26, 2017

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SLJ’s February 2017 Popular Picks

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These materials will fly off the shelves, from a story about a young boy who loves his green pants to a timely YA novel centered on gun violence and Islamophobia by Barry Lyga.

2017 Judge: Brendan Kiely

Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. Someone once told him that if he became a writer he could read for a living. He can’t. He has deadlines. They loom. He loves to write, but reading […]

Download SLJ’s 2017 Battle of the Kids’ Books Brackets

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Need a fun, colorful way to keep track of which book advances to the next round in SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books? Download our handy 11 x 17 PDF of the brackets.

2017 Judge: Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her son and […]

Friday Finds: February 10, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Dear World, Here’s What We Want You to Know about Teen Girls Middle School Monday: It’s All About the Memes #SJYALit Reading Lists: Disability in YA Lit, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis Book Review: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson Love and Justice: What […]

2017 Judge: Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of six novels, including the Jackson Greene middle-grade caper series. The first novel in the series, The Great Greene Heist, was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year among other accolades. In addition to middle grade, Varian writes novels and short stories […]

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” A Take 5 List, plus 1

Last night, Senator Elizabeth Warren was warned, then given an explanation, but nevertheless, she persisted in reading the words of another woman who was warned, given an explanation, and persisted: Coretta Scott King. In honor and in recognition of these and other women who, despite warning and explanation, persist in their efforts, we offer you this […]

2017 Judge: Sara Farizan

Sara Farizan is the author of the Lambda award winning If You Could Be Mine and the non-award winning but super fun Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel. She lives in Massachusetts, misses Prince and George Michael, and thanks you for reading her work.You can follow her on twitter @SaraFarizan even though tweeting […]

Programming 101 | Cupcake Wars with Teens

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See how a team of librarians got teens from L.D. Fargo (WI) Public Library to participate in a (delectable) YA program.

2017 Judge: Lulu Delacre

Lulu Delacre was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She studied art at L’Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques in Paris, France, and released her first title, Arroz con Leche (Scholastic) in 1989. Since then, she has written and illustrated many titles for children and young adults, striving to create quality literature incorporating her own life experiences […]

Love, Loss, and Saving Yourself | Audio In Advance April 2017 | Young Adult

Loyalties tested, new worlds explored.

Pandas, Spies, and Planes| Audio in Advance April 2017 | Middle Grade

Some stories must be heard to be loved. A roundup of middle grade titles coming to audio in April.

Stories, a Princess, and a Lighting Fixture | Audio in Advance April 2017 | Early Grades

Disney movie tie-in titles and a classic family of bears always entertain.

2017 Judge: James Dashner

James Dashner is the author of many books, including the Maze Runner series, and the Mortality Doctrine series, some of them read by people. When he dies, he wants to be buried in between Stephen King and Charles Dickens. Books are his everything, and judging a battle over books has been the ultimate goal of […]

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | February 2017

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Another stunning folktale adaptation from Jerry Pinkney, Steve Sheinkin’s latest work of narrative nonfiction, and Laini Taylor’s strangely beautiful new novel.

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Lilead Fellows, EveryLibrary Share Out ESSA Strategies | ALA Midwinter 2017

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Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.

Friday Finds: February 3, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: My Fellow Americans, You’re Breaking My Heart Cover Reveal: 27 HOURS by Tristina Wright Middle School Monday: What We Say—and Don’t Say—Matters Book Review: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley Book Review: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu So You’re a Librarian (or Library), What […]

In the Margins Book Committee Announces Winners for 2017

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Now in its fourth year, the In the Margins selection committee has released its full list of 2017 winners. The group identifies quality and meaningful resources for librarians and library workers who work with teens in lockdown, foster care, homeless shelters, and other nontraditional venues in the margins.

Looking Ahead to 2018

(Image thanks to Spell with Flickr) The YMA dust has settled (even if nothing else has, or seems likely to) and so we’re turning our attention to the bright spots of 2017: the books we can’t wait to get our hands on, with special attention for the ones that seem likely to be on the […]

Day of Dialog 2017 (print redirect)

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