April 30, 2017

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Uprooted and Displaced | The Japanese and Japanese Americans During World War II

A trio of new titles looks at how the United States treated a group seen as “other” during World War II.

A Kaleidoscope of Cultures | New Books on Immigration

These new books can be appreciated on many levels, shared to help encourage empathy for others, and utilized to initiate further research and discussion of immigration and refugees from around the world.

The Bridge to Brilliance | Professional Shelf

Despite, or because of, discouraging statistics, an educator commits herself to improving student performance in a struggling urban neighborhood.

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

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

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.