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April 24, 2014

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YMA Medalists Applegate, Klassen Say Librarians Are Marketing Mavens

Plush gorilla Ivan visits his book on the shelf at the Indianapolis Public Library. Photo credit: John Schumacher.

As School Library Journal caught up with Newbery and Caldecott Medalists Katherine Applegate and Jon Klassen this week, a common theme emerged in our talks. In what surely comes as no surprise to SLJ’s readers, both authors credited the library community for helping to champion their books to a wide circle of readers.

KidLitCon 2012: Critical Reviewing in the Age of Twitter

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Facebook, Twitter, and blogs have made authors and book reviewers more visible—but have they also suppressed genuine literary criticism? Several book bloggers gathered at the New York Public Library September 29 for a KidLitCon 2012 panel discussion entitled “How Nice is Too Nice?: Critical Book Reviewing in the Age of Twitter” to explore the impact of social media on the book industry.