November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

“Gay Penguin” Book Allowed to Remain in Singapore Libraries

It’s been two zigzag weeks for the National Library Board in Singapore that has been the focus of international media furor since it announced two weeks ago that all copies of the children’s books containing gay themes were not only been banned from the state’s collections, but would be pulped. The international community pushed back, and in a surprising reversal, the National Library Board changed its mind.

Authors John Green and James Patterson Stuck in Midst of Ongoing Battle of Amazon vs. Hachette

Hachette authors James Patterson and JK Rowling, and John Green of Penguin/Random House, are just some of the authors embroiled in the ongoing public battle between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over the renegotiation of their contract on profit share. Amazon has been cited with using bullying tactics, Hachette books sales have suffered, and authors, like John Green, are speaking out.

American Academy of Pediatrics Says Reading from Birth Can Close Learning Gap

The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced a new policy that tells parents read to their children from birth in order to help close the achievement gap.

Common Core Flip-Flop: Governor Cuomo Changes Mind About Using Common Core Test Results For Teacher Evaluations

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said “change is scary,” but New York State Governor Cuomo, once a staunch supporter of rigorous teacher evaluations based on student testing, has changed his position on teachers evaluations based on Common Core testing following protests and pushback.

Carolyn Sun Joins SLJ as News Editor

School Library Journal welcomes a new staff member. Carolyn Sun, a journalist with 12 years experience, has joined the editorial team as SLJ’s news editor.