November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

It’s Shoe Time! by Bryan Collier & Mo Willems | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Anthropomorphic shoes clamor to be selected by a girl preparing for a “Daddy-and-Me day!”

Dream March by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson | SLJ Review

NELSON, Vaunda Micheaux. Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington. illus. by Sally Wern Comport. 48p. (Step into Reading: Step 3). Random. Dec. 2017. lib. ed. $12.99. ISBN 9781101936702; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781101936696. POP

K-Gr 3 –The narrative opens with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, then traces the March on Washington back to the 1950s and 60s when “black Americans organized and fought extra hard. Their fight was called the civil rights movement.” Early protests […]

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek Guide to Spring/Summer 2017 Titles

Over 150 of the most hotly anticipated spring and summer titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

Benny and Penny in How To Say Goodbye by Geoffrey Hayes | SLJ Review

HAYES, Geoffrey. Benny and Penny in How To Say Goodbye. illus. by Geoffrey Hayes. 32p. Toon. Sept. 2016. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9781935179993.

K-Gr 2 –In this addition to the celebrated series, Benny and Penny, the mouse siblings who are prone to squabbling but quick to hug and make up, learn about death. Penny notices that Little Red, a salamander, has died, but when she tells big brother Benny, he brushes her off. With soft lines and a muted palette, […]

Making the Transition: Spanish-Language and Latin@-Focused Beginning Readers and Chapter Books

Libro por libro columnist Tim Wadham presents some classic and new works for emerging readers that either feature Latin@ characters or have been translated into Spanish.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems | SLJ Review

WILLEMS, Mo. The Thank You Book. illus. by Mo Willems. 64p. (An Elephant & Piggie Book). Disney-Hyperion. May 2016. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781423178286.
PreS-Gr 2–A sweet and pitch-perfect swan song to a wildly popular series. Reflecting on her good fortune and many blessings, Piggie decides to thank everyone who is important to her. Gerald thinks this is a bad idea, in that she runs the very big risk of forgetting someone. Piggie will not be dissuaded and embarks on her “Thank-o-rama!” She […]

Something Old, Something New | Old Favorites and New Trends in Easy Readers

While favorite authors from Dr. Seuss to Mo Willems remain perennial favorites with our earliest readers, each year brings new authors and titles to share with this audience.

Dibujado por Enriqueta/Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers | SLJ Review

LINIERS. Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta. ISBN 9781935179917.
––––. Written and Drawn by Henrietta. ISBN 9781935179900.
ea vol: illus. by Liniers. 64p. (TOON Books). Toon Graphics. Sept. 2015. Tr. $12.95.
Gr 2-4–Henrietta is a young girl who has just received a new box of colored pencils, which she describes as “owning a piece of the rainbow.” And that is exactly how this book is illustrated, with bright, thickly applied colors in childlike drawings that reinforce the mood and action of the text. Liniers […]

One Step at a Time | Beginning Readers

An array of titles on the reading primer spectrum, offering sight clues and decoding practice for newbies and newly independent readers.

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There’s a New Cat on the Scene | Beginning Readers

Appealing selections to enliven beginning reader collections.

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Princess Problems, Dance Drama, and Rainbows Galore | Beginning Readers

These beginning readers present a variety of kid-friendly scenarios, from Princess Pistachio, the story of a young girl who knows she’s destined for big—and royal—things, to a quest to discover what really lurks at The End of the Rainbow.

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SLJ Reviews Reorganized into Librarian-Friendly Sections

After conducting surveys and focus groups with subscribers and reviewers, SLJ’s reviews editors have instituted some subtle but key changes, all with the goal of making collection development decisions easier and more efficient for our readers.