January 23, 2018

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YALSA Announces 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalists

The shortlist for YALSA’s 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction Award has been revealed. Check out SLJ‘s reviews of the finalists.

Morris and Nonfiction finalists usher in the 2018 awards season!

It’s that time of year when the air is crisp and the breeze will send notes of pine and firewood past your nose. It’s also that time of year when all of the best-of-the-year lists and YALSA award nominations come out! In the past few days the 2018 Morris Award and Nonfiction Award finalists were […]

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

Before we get into Vincent and Theo, I want to acknowledge that the National Book Awards were announced on Wednesday evening and the winner for Young People’s Literature was Robin Benway’s Far From the Tree. I’ll be covering that one later in the season and I’ve been intrigued since before it was longlisted for the NBA. I’m adopted and […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Deborah Heiligman!

It’s back! It’s back! Steve Sheinkin’s regular series of conversations with great writers of books for youth has returned from its summertime hiatus. Steve has such a fantastic ear for the best parts of any dialogue, and considering the sheer amount of buzz that Ms. Heiligman’s novel Vincent and Theo has been garnering in 2017 […]

Teacher Appreciation Day | Authors and Illustrators Remember Early Educators

The impressions our early educators make on us are often indelible. From beloved teachers to wannabe Coach Trunchbulls, here are few reminiscences you won’t want to miss.

“Vincent and Theo” | A Conversation with Deborah Heiligman

In her stunning dual biography of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo, the author delivers a breathtaking portrait of their relationship.

Sydney Taylor Book Awards Honor Heiligman, Borden, Glaser

The Association of Jewish Libraries has given its 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards to Hannah’s Way, by Linda Glaser; His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, by Louise Borden; and Intentions, by Deborah Heiligman.

Review of the Day: The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdős By Deborah Heiligman Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-59643-307-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves June 25th Make a beeline for your local library’s children’s biography section and learn firsthand the shocking truth about picture book bios of […]

Getting it Right, Making it Fun: NYPL Panelists Talk Writing Nonfiction

At a recent New York Public Library panel on Ethics and Nonfiction, four popular juvenile nonfiction authors discussed the challenges of writing entertaining and enlightening works for kids while adhering to the facts.