June 28, 2017

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James Patterson To Give $1.75 Million To Bolster Classroom Libraries

In the third installment of Patterson’s School Library Campaign in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, grants of $500 will be given to 3,500 teachers.

Video Sunday: The Other Man in Purple

So many good videos to choose from today!  First and foremost, I begin with a very special message from Jon Scieszka.  It seems you still have two days to vote in the Children’s Book Choice Awards and . . . well . . . Jon would really like your kids to do so.  Seriously. I […]

James Patterson Puts Cash Behind his Convictions with the Help of Scholastic Reading Club

The YA author will personally donate $1.75 million in grants to save school libraries.

Counting Down to SLJ’s Popular Picks: Part 3

In advance of the print debut of SLJ’s Popular Picks in the April 2016 issue, SLJ editors have chosen must-have works for kids and teens that appeared in the March 2016 issue.

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Hitting Shelves Now: 40 New Middle Grade Titles Out in March

March comes in like a lion, offering a strong selection of brand new middle grade titles perfect for readers in grades four through six. Looking for slightly more sophisticated reads for middle schoolers in grades six to eight? Check out our list of new YA Middle School titles publishing in this month.

APPELT, Kathi & Alison McGhee. Maybe a Fox. 272p. ebook available. S. & S./Atheneum. Mar. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442482425.
Gr 4-6–Twelve-year-old Sylvie, the older of the two Sherman sisters, is […]

James Patterson’s School Library Grants to Be Announced June 30

School libraries across the country will enjoy a collective $500,000 gift when the first winners of James Patterson’s $1.5 Pledge to Libraries grants, in partnership with the Scholastic Reading Club, are announced on June 30.

New Titles by Molly Idle, William Joyce, & Steve Jenkins | SLJ Sneak Peek

New picture books by Molly Idle and William Joyce; a middle grade superhero tale by James Patterson; a picture book biography about New Orleans musician, Trombone Shorty; and more. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the upcoming April issue.

James Patterson Raises School Libraries Grant to $1.5M

On March 23, best-selling author James Patterson announced that he is donating an additional $250,000 to the $1.25 million school libraries grant he and Scholastic Reading Club publicized earlier in March.

James Patterson asks: What would your school library do with $1,000–$10,000?

James Patterson might just make your library a little better and your students a little happier this year. Well-known, well-loved author and literacy activist, James Patterson is donating $1.25 million to school libraries because he believes that: fewer children are growing up in a household full of books – and that the effects of this […]

James Patterson Gives Last of $1M Pledge to Indie Bookstores

“We want going to the bookstore to be an event itself,” says Francine Lucidon, owner of The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, NY, and one of the 178 recipients of James Patterson’s $1M grant awarded to independent bookstores across the country.

Star-crossed Love, Diabolical Mean Girls, and Unsolved Historical Mysteries | What’s Hot in YA

Looking for titles to share for the summer reading crowd? The following picks will intrigue teens looking for their next YA fix, whether it be the latest in science fiction, graphic novels, DIY guides, or heartbreaking true stories.

Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives

Two-time Children’s Choice Book Award nominee James Patterson is a passionate advocate for reading and libraries, but he tells SLJ he was a late-blooming reader who didn’t come into his love for reading until he was 20-years-old. This year, Patterson pairs up with NBA player Dwayne Wade for their second webcast stressing the importance of reading to air April 24.

Patterson’s Passion: Revitalizing School Libraries Will Take Big Ideas—and Bold Action | Feedback

James Patterson’s print editorial “My Say: Man on a Mission” and its online version, “Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries” continues to create a stir. His challenge to “embark on a crusade to get kids reading more books” has generated dozens of ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

James Patterson: Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries

Blockbuster author James Patterson treasures school libraries—and challenges you to help preserve them.

James Patterson, Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade to Partner for Literacy Webcast

Bestselling author James Patterson and Miami Heat champion Dwyane Wade will be teaming up for a free national webcast for kids next month that aims to highlight the importance of reading for success in life. It will air on April 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET.

JLG’s On the Radar: Middle School Novels with Strong Male Characters

Though facts and figures often grab the interests of middle school boys, adventure, fantasy, and reality stories also weigh into their decision-making when it comes to choosing books. The following titles selected by Junior Library Guild editors will not only entertain middle grade readers, but help them see that they are not alone in trying to survive middle school.