March 28, 2017

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What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA March 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 […]

Round 1, Match 4: Makoons vs March, Book Three

JUDGE – VARIAN JOHNSON Makoons by Louise Erdrich HarperCollins March, Book III by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell Top Shelf On the surface, this looks to be a match-up between David and Goliath. Spartans vs. Xerxes. The Rock against Kevin Hart. On one side we have Makoons, a short, quiet historical novel about an […]

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies at 51


The author of 28 beloved children’s books was inspiring readers and colleagues to the very end of her life.

Round 1, Match 3: Ghost vs The Girl Who Drank the Moon

JUDGE – JAMES DASHNER Ghost by Jason Reynolds Simon & Schuster The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Algonquian I want you to know that I say the following with all the love I can muster in my heart: School Library Journal is an evil, devious, monstrous entity. When they asked me to participate […]

Caldecott 2018: Spring Prediction Edition

Folks, for 9 years now I’ve been doing these goofy little Newbery/Caldecott prediction posts.  I get ’em wrong far more often than I get ’em right but they’re fun and I enjoy doing them.  March 15th is normally the date of the Spring Prediction Edition, and as tradition states I’m supposed to show you how […]

SLJ Innovator Basecamp 2017 | Schedule

Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 8:30–5:30 PM

A full-day of intensive tracks led by experienced school library leaders. Topics will include:

Topics and trends in collection development
Using multimedia for collaboration
Diversity, collections to connections
Designing a developmentally appropriate and educationally sound learning space
Digital and media literacy and “Future Ready” students
“A School Librarian’s Toolbox”
Effective budgeting
“Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” meet information experts
The nuts and bolts of reviewing
Building a professional network
Getting presentation ready
Maker space […]

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women


A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Round 1, Match 2: Thunder Boy Jr. vs When Green Becomes Tomatoes

JUDGE – LULU DELACRE THUNDER BOY, JR. by Sherman Alexis illustrated by Yuyi Morales Little, Brown WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Julie Morstad Macmillan It’s been ten days now. Ten days that the two titles have been battling each other in my head. The first time I placed the two books next to each other, […]

2017 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

We took a look at books coming in 2017 from past Geisel winners, how about authors and illustrators who have won Coretta Scott King awards (including author, illustrator, and new talent)? If I missed one, let’s hear it in the comments. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (May 9) When’s My Birthday? by […]

SLJ Innovator Basecamp 2017 | Venue & Hotel

Venue & Hotel


Simmons College
300 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Parking on campus is limited. If you require on-campus parking, please RSVP by May 1 by emailing Simmons is conveniently located near public transportation. On-street metered parking and public parking garages are within walking distance. Driving directions and nearby parking garages can be found here.


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02134
Group rate: $259
Cutoff date: April 27, 2017
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Due to graduation and local events, hotels in Boston are limited. […]

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SLJ Innovator Basecamp 2017 | Speakers


Mahnaz Dar is assistant managing editor at School Library Journal, where she handles graphic novels, reference materials, and professional reading titles, among others.

Michelle Luhtala is the department chair at New Canaan High School Library in Connecticut. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2015, and won the New York Times I Love My School Librarian award in 2012. Since 2010, Michelle has facilitated‘s flagship professional learning community, now over 11,000 members strong, where she facilitates monthly […]

SLJ Innovator Basecamp 2017


SLJ’s Innovator Basecamp: Leading from the Library

Build Key Skills to Speed Your Leadership Development, Establish a Network, and Take Your School Library to the Next Level.

School Library Journal is pleased to present a new, full-day intensive learning experience: The Innovator Basecamp: Leading from the Library. Building on the decade-long success of the annual SLJ Leadership Summit, this program is designed to help foster a new generation of school library leaders. Learn how to enhance your skills to effectively innovate in […]

Round 1, Match 1: Freedom in Congo Square vs. Freedom Over Me

JUDGE – DUNCAN TONATIUH Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Little Bee Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan Simon & Schuster I took several writing workshops in college. A student would share a story they wrote with the rest of the class and we all critiqued it. One of my professors […]

On the Eve of the 2015 Battle Let’s Hear from Some Texas HS Students!

Donna Cook has been running a Mock BoB at her Plano, Texas, for many years. We here at SLJ have been wowed by what she has done and have therefore featured in several articles. There is “Texas High School Celebrates Battle of the Books” from 2013 and “How Do You BOB?: Librarians, Parents Share the Ways They’re […]

Friday Finds: March 10, 2017

This Week at TLT Middle School Monday: Preparing for Visiting Authors Book Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz A Day without Women Video Games Weekly: Abzu Book Review: Secrets and Sequences: Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, a guest post by Callum (age 10) Around the Web […]

2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide


The biannual report is a reminder for librarians that parents and kids want good stories, humor, and strong characters. The challenge is improving access.

Watch: 2017 Battle of the Kids’ Books Premieres First-Ever “BOBCAST”

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Watch kid lit experts offer their predictions on which titles might make it all the way in SLJ’s ninth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books.

Book Review: Secrets and Sequences: Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, a guest post by Callum (age 10)

If you follow me on Twitter (@CiteSomething), then you’re familiar with my extremely entertaining 10-year-old son, Callum. He’s a big fan of graphic novels and recently has started pulling books out of my TBR pile. It’s fun to get book mail and have so much of it either appeal now to him or know it […]

2017 Books from Geisel Winners

Around this time I start getting the itch to track down all the books coming out from previous Youth Media Award winners. We’ll begin with Geisel today, but look for other batches (Coretta Scott King, Newbery, etc.) headed your way soon. Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, because it’s an […]