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Building Better Collections; Diversity in YA | SLJ Feedback

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Readers reply to Nina Lindsay’s question: What qualities make a book a good one for kids? A school librarian challenges major publishers to stop ghettoizing “diverse” and “multicultural” children’s books.

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Welcome Back to Heavy Medal, Someday My Printz Will Come Blogs

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Labor Day has come and gone, and this week marks the start of a new school year and the return of millions of students. Here at School Library Journal, we’re also celebrating two triumphant returns this week: those of our popular blogs Heavy Medal and Someday My Printz Will Come.

Heavy Medal Is Back

Crystal Ball with possible Newbery contenders

It’s here. Heavy Medal, SLJ’s mock Newbery blog, resumes September 4.

There, bloggers Nina Lindsay, supervising librarian for children’s services at Oakland (CA) Public Library, California and Jonathan Hunt, library media teacher for Modesto (CA) City Schools, return to discuss and debate potential titles in the running for this year’s Newbery Award. Bestowed annually by the American Library Association (ALA), the Award honors “the most distinguished American children’s book” of the year.