October 22, 2016

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Monsters On Their Minds | New YA Fiction


A new crop of horror titles offers a mix of historical fiction, fantasy, and even humor, spawning a slew of tales sure to have teens biting their nails.

“Most Magical” Girls | New Fall Fantasy


In their new books, middle-grade luminaries Karen Cushman, Karen Foxlee, and Jennifer A. Nielsen bring new meaning to the words, “girl power.”

Choice Chapter Book Read-Alouds for a New School Year


School Library Journal’s readers and reviewers weigh in on the best new read-alouds.

Ashley Bryan’s “Freedom over Me” | An Interview


In his most recent book, the three-time Coretta Scott King award winner imagines the lives and dreams of 11 enslaved men and women, who, in the summer of 1828, were offered for sale.

How Draw a Fox, Jeremy Tankard–Style


Author and illustrator Jeremy Tankard invites readers in for a look at his artistic process.

It’s Back to School in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


A librarian in an international school shares information about the library, her school’s student population, and a lesson learned.

An American Library in Seoul, South Korea | A View from Abroad


It’s back to school for a group of young Americans in Seoul, South Korea.

Just the Facts: Reader-Ready Nonfiction for Secondary Students


These thoroughly researched and visually appealing new nonfiction titles are sure to reel in older readers right from the get-go.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”


For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

The Magical and Messy Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat | A Conversation with Javaka Steptoe


In his dazzling Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe explores the life and art of Basquiat through words and pictures.

A “Buzzwangling,” “Dahl-icious” Centennial


Looking for ways to celebrate the Roald Dahl centennial in September? Look no further.

Conquering Middle School Miasma

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There’s no need for kids to muddle through middle school—books can guide the way.

Life (and Learning) After High School: Exploring the Options


For every young adult with clear career goals, there are many more still seeking a niche that fits. These titles will help them navigate the path ahead.

Demystifying an Election Year | From Special Interests to the Candidates

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If it is a challenge for adults to make sense of this year’s election season, how much more so is it for children and teens? These books will help.

Writes & Wrongs | When Authorship and Adolescence Converge


Several new YA titles explore the world where authorship and adolescence converge—dramatically.

Great Books for a Summer’s Eve


A selection of books to initiate discussions of nature’s nocturnal mysteries, and inspire dream journeys.

“What’s on Your Summer Reading List?” Authors Respond


Curious to know what books are on your favorite authors’ coffee tables and bedside stands? Here’s your chance to take a peek. Our annual query yielded lists of eagerly anticipated new titles, guilty pleasures, and inspirational reads. Two authors were inspired to respond in verse.

Grab Them with Graphic Novels

Dog Man

Featuring concise narratives, vivacious artwork, and page-turning comic book formats, these recently published graphic novels make compelling choices for encouraging and empowering young readers.

Growing Up Under the “Strain of Suspicion” | Marina Budhos’s “Watched”


Marina Budhos’s new book explores the impact surveillance has on a Muslim teen, his family, and his community.

Armchair Adventures | Travel the World in Books

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Stock your library shelves with this collection of profusely illustrated titles that will take readers from legendary routes traversed years ago to cities and countries around the globe.