November 21, 2017

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SLJ’s Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

Following Kwame Alexander’s closing keynote at SLJ’s ninth annual Day of Dialog, Alexander and Roger Sutton announced this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners, all of which were starred by SLJ. Check out the full reviews, author interviews, and much more.

How Conferences Could Be Better

Attendees describe how they’d like ALA and other big conferences to evolve—and why smaller and virtual gatherings can be fine alternatives.

2015 Cybils Finalists Announced; YALSA Accepting Symposium Proposals | SLJTeen News

The finalists in the 2015 CYBILS awards have been revealed; YALSA is accepting proposals for its YALSA Symposium. These tidbits and more in the first SLJTeen news roundup of 2016.

Q&A: Katherine Applegate Talks about Her Upcoming Novel, “Crenshaw”

Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate chats about her forthcoming novel, about a boy with an imaginary friend named Crenshaw, who is a very large cat.

Book Expo 2015 (Part I)

On Thursday, May 28th, I was lucky enough to be released from my regular duties as a middle school librarian so I could hop over to the City and spend a day at Book Expo America. The first thing I noticed when walking into the exhibit hall at BEA was that Star Wars was everywhere. […]

Slideshow | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Authors, (free) books, zany hats! Scenes from School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, held May 28, 2014, at the McGraw-Hill headquarters in New York City.

Author Speed Dating | BEA 2014

At Book Expo America this year, 18 authors were given three minutes to tell each of the 18 tables filled with booksellers about their new books at the “Author Speed Dating” event.

Veronica Roth in Conversation with Alex London | BookCon 2014

Two stars of the YA book world, the “Divergent” series’ Veronica Roth and the “Proxy” series’ Alex London, joined a packed room of wildly enthusiastic fans at BookCon 2014 on the main event stage of the Javits Center in New York City on May 31.

Illustrators Share Their Storied Lives | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Real life, childhood, and relationships often serve as the inspiration for the titles on our bookshelves, and during the “Storied Lives” panel at SLJ’s Day of Dialog on May 28, we find out from the authors/illustrators the fascinating stories behind the stories.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Not a Trend, But Here to Stay | BEA 2014

Over 300 people attended the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel on May 31 held at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center as part of BookExpo America’s consumer-focused BookCon event; the session was added late to the program after the grassroot campaign’s hashtag went viral following its launch, eliciting more than 162 million tweets since May 1.

SLJ and BookExpo America | BEA 2014

SLJ attends this year’s BookExpo America (May 28-30) at the Javits Convention Center in New York City and took the opportunity to catch up with award-winning authors, like A Plague of Unicorns (Zonderkids, 2014) Jane Yolen, and even famous actors like “How I Met Your Mother’s” Jason Segel whose children’s book Nightmares!M/em> comes out in September through Delacorte.

Round Up | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

On May 28, school and youth services librarians joined authors/illustrators and publishers to kick off Book Expo America by gathering at the McGraw-Hill building in New York City for SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog. Catch up on the day’s happenings here.

BookExpo Preview 2014

BookExpo America is one of my favorite events of the year. It’s all books all the time. And now that the availability of e-galleys effectively lessens my need for paper galleys (well, in some cases), the pressure of making it to this or that booth at a particular time is off. More time and energy […]

Masters of Informational Picture Books | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

Attendees of SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog received an information boost from the pre-BEA event’s first panel of authors and illustrators. Moderated by Kathleen T. Isaacs, author of Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children, the lively discussion offered Jim Arnosky, Jennifer Berne, Elisha Cooper, Thomas Gonzalez, and Jonah Winter the chance to share with librarians more about their creative processes, who they write for, and why they choose to create nonfiction for young readers.

David Wiesner on Visual Storytelling | video

Simply put, “The pictures tell the story,” says David Wiesner. The three-time Caldecott Medal winner Wiesner shared his thoughts on visual storytelling,—along with fellow panelists, Lizi Boyd, Oliver Jeffers, Matt Phelan, and Chris Raschka—at SLJ’s 2013 Day of Dialog held May 29 at Columbia University.

Masters of Real-World Horror | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

A panel of YA authors shared with nearly 250 children’s librarians what inspired them to write about “tough stuff” at SLJ’s annual pre-BEA Day of Dialog event. Moderated by Karyn Silverman—SLJ blogger and librarian and educational technology department chair of the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School—the panel’s discussion flowed from dark to light, touching on topics such as school shootings and Nazi Germany.

Matt Phelan on Visual Storytelling in Graphic Novels (Video) | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

From a scratchy nib pen to splatter from a toothbrush, author illustrator Matt Phelan describes the special quality he derives from using traditional media in this clip recorded at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.

Photos from the Floor at BookExpo of America 2013

The publishing industry’s BookExpo of America took place from May 30 to June 1. An annual gathering of authors, publishers, booksellers, and of course librarians, it held signings, panels, and events at the Javits Center in New York City.

Holly Black Shares a Poem | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

In a charming keynote, bestselling author Holly Black shared a poem that she wrote in seventh grade, to the hysterics of the audience at School Library Journal’s annual event held during BookExpo America.

Masters of Visual Storytelling | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013

Author/illustrators Lizi Boyd, Oliver Jeffers, Matt Phelan, Chris Raschka, and David Wiesner spoke about picture books and the art of visual storytelling at SLJ’s annual Day of Dialog event this week. The panel was moderated by kid lit specialist and storyteller Rita Auerbach.