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Morning Notes: See You in 2114 Edition

Morning Notes: See You in 2114 Edition

FEAR THE SMOKING SCARECROW In shaking my head news, Bookshelves of Doom points to an article about a minor brouhaha concerning picture book The Scarecrows’ Wedding, in which the bad guy smokes a cigar. Click here to read. SLOW BOOKS Trees today, books in 100 years. That’s the goal of Future Library 2014-20114, an art project by [...]

Out West and Underwater | Multimedia Reviews, August 2014

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Bionic pets, great white sharks, and snow monkeys dart across the screen in three DVD documentaries while Brian Floca’s award-winning Locomotion arrives as an audiobook. Or, plunge under the sea with Jacques Cousteau or hop into the box ring with Joe Louis in two adaptations of acclaimed picture books

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Preview: Steven Universe #1

BOOM! Studios is debuting another all-ages title in its kaBOOM imprint: Steven Universe, based on the Cartoon Network show by Adventure Time alumna Rebecca Sugar. Here’s a look at the first issue, but first, here’s the 411: WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: A comic about a boy and his friends living in a small beach community, [...]

White House Declares June 18 “National Day of Making” and Launches Maker Initiatives for Libraries

President Barack Obama looks at Lindsay Lawlor’s 17-foot-tall, 2,200-lb robotic giraffe on the South Lawn of the White House during the first White House Maker Faire, June 18, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On June 18, the White House hosted its very first Maker Faire, where the Institute of Museum and Library Services and LEGO Systems announced STEM and STEAM initiatives for libraries across the country.

More from the Class of 2014 YA Debut Novelists | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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The Class of 2014 YA debut novelists continues to launch into literary fame. The assembled titles have already gathered nine starred reviews and are sure to leave their mark on readers and YA literature.

‘Eleanor & Park’ Wins 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

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The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee has selected Eleanor & Park from among five finalists as the 2014 winner of the annual award presented by Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Holiday House Presents a Menagerie of New Animal Characters | Fall Preview 2014

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The Holiday House’s Fall 2014 Preview showcased titles that featured animals as their superstars, including: Pants for Chuck, Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, and There’s a Pig in My Class.

How do you keep up? Part 1: slideshare & authorSTREAM

How do you keep up, Joyce? Part 1: slideshare & authorSTREAM

Whenever I share at a conference, I get asked a couple of questions:  “How do you learn about all this stuff?”  “How do you keep up?” Most of us did not learn strategies for the type of keeping up we now need to do when we were in library school. New tools for current awareness, [...]

The State of Photography Illustration in 2014

The State of Photography Illustration in 2014

What is the summer if not a time for short blog posts about random things? Today we have a classic case of “Am I just noticing it more, or is it happening more?” The topic? Photography as picture book illustration. While commonly used in works of nonfiction, it’s pretty rare in the fiction picture book [...]

Notes on July 2014

Notes on July 2014

In July… …I set a 192 page limit for middle grade novels. It was fun to play What If, and hear what you had to say in the comments. …we got wild. The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 brought the odd and unusual. …we remembered the American Library Association annual conference. Newbery, Caldecott, doughnuts and [...]

Fall 2014 Graphic Novels Are out of This World

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Aliens visit from outer space, the real world intrudes in an online game, a city boy goes to the country—many of this season’s teen graphic novels feature strangers in strange lands. Whether you prefer fact or fantasy, there’s plenty of good reading here to curl up with as the days grow shorter.

‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

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SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

Star YA Authors Reveal Inspirations and Challenges | SLJ SummerTeen 2014

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On July 24, SLJ’s SummerTeen virtual event, attended by nearly 800 conference goers, was chock full of popular and thought-provoking YA authors, such as keynoters Gayle Forman (If I Stay) and Matthew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock), who reveal some of the more personal asides, challenges, and stories behind novel writing. It was Quick who said, “Good literature, he said, “[comforts] the disturbed and [disturbs] the comforted.”

Chronicle | 2014 Preview

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SLJ was in San Francisco for Chronicle’s Fall 2014 Preview where illustrated children’s books with vibrant visuals were the showstopping hits.

SummerTeen 2014 Authors Hit the Mark with New Releases │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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SLJ’s SummerTeen 2014 is nearly upon us. This free event on July 24 features some of the best YA authors―up close and personal. Check out the latest releases from the featured guests. Resources for the selected titles are included in this column’s award-winning LiveBinder.

2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced

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The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has announced the finalists for the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 30.

All Middle Grade Novels Should Be 192 Pages. No Exceptions.

All Middle Grade Novels Should Be 192 Pages. No Exceptions.

Imagine a world… Where all middle grade fiction is 192 pages. No exceptions. There’s been talk for a few years now about the expanding page counts in books for young people. Some point to Harry Potter as the reason. One type of book that hasn’t ballooned is the humble picture book. There are exceptions, but [...]

Kids Solve Global Problems, Buy Tractor for Village in Zambia | ISTE 2014

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The ISTE session “Teaching Kids to Harness Technology to Solve Global Problems” showed how a group of Michigan fifth and sixth graders used compassion, curiosity, and 21st-century skills to raise money and buy a tractor for a village in Zambia.

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

“What follows are a few 2014 books that made me and Salvador Dali double take – in a good way,” writes Travis Jonker, introducing this year’s edition of an annual feature on his blog 100 Scope Notes.

School Library Journal, May 2014 Issue: Table of Contents

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Cover Story

Still an All-White World?

Nancy Larrick’s landmark 1965 study on race and children’s books was supposed to have been a wake-up call. Not much has changed.

By Kathleen T. Horning

Features

The Publishing Perspective: The book community reflects on the issues, successes, and trends in addressing diversity
By Karen Springen
Windows & Mirrors: Top recent titles that reflect the multicultural experience
By SLJ’s Reviews Editors
The Power of One: A teacher librarian offers practical tips that will make a difference
By Crystal Brunelle
Not Part, Not Half But Whole: The [...]