Here are the five finalists for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, with the corresponding SLJ reviews. Winners of the 67th annual NBAs will be revealed November 16.
The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.
Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.
Engaging kids with the latest of tech? It’s all in a day’s work for these PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program winners.
Are you one of those people who laments “I never win anything?” If you’re a superstar school librarian (and you are, of course) then your luck may be about to change.
If you’re confident that you’ve gone above and beyond finding innovative ways to equip students with 21st-century literacies—or know a colleague who has—check out all the details on SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award.
The win strikes a chord of redemption for supporters of the controversial book following a wide-ranging discussion over the main character’s prejudiced outlooks.
Our most memorable shot of the week is of a trio of grinning ambassadors. It’s sure to make you smile, too.
Pat Scales, School Library Journal’s Scales on Censorship columnist, has been named this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Association for Library Service to Children.
The new 2016–2017 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is Gene Luen Yang. He will be the youngest ambassador ever, as well as the first to come from a graphic literature background.
The winners include a librarian who works with incarcerated youth at a school within a juvenile hall and another whose efforts helped raise student reading scores significantly at an underserved elementary school.
Read about the winner, first runner-up, and editor’s choice for SLJ’s 2015 Build Something Bold Award, honoring creativity in school library programming that incorporates hands-on learning led by the librarian or media specialist.
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The 2015 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes a previous National Book Award winner and a two-time National Book Award finalist. Three novels are by debut authors.
A student in high school today just might become the scientist who develops a cure for cancer. PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) are giving 300 students such an opportunity over the next three years with The Emperor Science Award.
Registration is now open for the annual festival of book love known as KidLitCon, for people who write about children’s and young adult literature.
Today, School Library Journal and Scholastic recognize Kristina Holzweiss, Lakisha Brinson, and Sally Smollar, three school librarians who display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.
School libraries across the country will enjoy a collective $500,000 gift when the first winners of James Patterson’s $1.5 Pledge to Libraries grants, in partnership with the Scholastic Reading Club, are announced on June 30.
SLJ has earned finalist honors in two REVERE Awards categories: single issue editorial and best overall publication.