January 15, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Reynolds, Weatherford Named Winners of 2018 Walter Dean Myers Award

The winners and honorees of the third annual “Walter Award,” given by the We Need Diverse Books organization, have been announced.

10 Books To Read After “The Hate U Give”

Ten more YA titles that explore the lives of Black teens, police brutality, and systemic racism.

Long Way Down

There’s a weird kind of bookending happening this year; we opened with the biggest buzz for early 2017 books belonging to The Hate U Give and we’re closing 2017 with the biggest buzz for the end of the year going to Long Way Down, two books that look at violence in largely black, urban communities […]

Long Way Down

There’s a weird kind of bookending happening this year; we opened with the biggest buzz for early 2017 books belonging to The Hate U Give and we’re closing 2017 with the biggest buzz for the end of the year going to Long Way Down, two books that look at violence in largely black, urban communities […]

Long Way Down

There’s a weird kind of bookending happening this year; we opened with the biggest buzz for early 2017 books belonging to The Hate U Give and we’re closing 2017 with the biggest buzz for the end of the year going to Long Way Down, two books that look at violence in largely black, urban communities […]

Long Way Down

There’s a weird kind of bookending happening this year; we opened with the biggest buzz for early 2017 books belonging to The Hate U Give and we’re closing 2017 with the biggest buzz for the end of the year going to Long Way Down, two books that look at violence in largely black, urban communities […]

Book Review: A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Publisher’s Book Description: A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RULE Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows […]

Take 5: A YA Puerto Rico Booklist and the #PubforPR Auction

As they often do, the KidLit and Publishing community has come together to help the people in Puerto Rico after being hit by a devastating hurricane. You can visit the #PubforPR auction here to bid on a variety of amazing packages and help them raise money for the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Please visit […]

Patina by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Review

REYNOLDS, Jason. Patina. 240p. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481450188.

Gr 5-8 –Twelve-year-old Patina Jones not only loves to run, she needs to run—and win. She’s a gifted athlete, and since the death of her father and her mother’s life-altering health problems, Patty’s track club has become the focal point of her life. Running helps her to navigate the changes she and her younger sister, Maddy, are experiencing. They have left their urban neighborhood to live in a different part […]

Ten Titles Make the 2017 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The 2017 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes two previous National Book Award finalists. Nine of the ten authors are women, and two are debut novelists.

Top-Shelf Chapter Book Read Alouds for A New School Year

Looking for books to recommend as read alouds? Our readers and reviewers weigh in on new books worth sharing.

49 Fantastic New Titles | September 2017

Native American Women share their stories in #NotYourPrincess; Anne of Green Gables gets a graphic novel makeover; a children’s bilingual picture book celebrates a Mexican holiday; and two middle grade audiobooks.

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Middle Grade: New Titles from Jason Reynolds, Alan Gratz, Robert Beatty, & More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

Strong female protagonists survive and thrive in Beatty and Reynolds’ sequels; fiction and math mix in a bilingual “One Minute Mysteries” installment.

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Middle Grade Authors on Family, Connection, and Representation | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

A riveting conversation with Tracey Baptiste, Paul Griffin, Katherine Paterson, Jason Reynolds, and Karina Yan Glaser.

“A Flame in Water”: Jason Reynolds on Writing for Middle Grade Readers

Award-winning author Jason Reynolds talks about his transition from writing YA to penning middle grade stories.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Audio Review

REYNOLDS, Jason. Ghost. digital download. 3:29 hrs. S. & S. Audio. Aug. 2016. $14.99. ISBN 9781508230472.

Gr 5-9 –Guy Lockard has assumed the mantle of narrator-of-choice for Reynolds’s fiction: Ghost (2016 National Book Award finalist) is Lockard’s third Reynolds title, following As Brave as You and Rashad’s chapters in All American Boys. Here, as seventh grader Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw, Lockard performs with excitable bravado, ruminating honesty, and trash-talking speed. Ghost runs fast with good reason, having escaped his father, […]

PEN America To Hold NYC Rally in Defense of Free Expression

“Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression” will be held on the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

The Episode Where We Interview The Coolest Author On The Planet: Jason Reynolds

Colby: Jason Reynolds may be the coolest person I have ever met. Interviewing him was nerve racking and inspiring. We talked about his National Book Award Finalist book Ghost. Jason and I discussed his career, his mentors, and his fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records. My favorite part of the episode comes at […]

“March: Book Three” Takes 2016 National Book Award

“This is unreal!” shouted Congressman John Lewis, accepting the award for his graphic memoir of the civil rights movement.

The Yarn is Headed to #NCTE16

Colby: The National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference is one of my favorite conferences. Last year, in Minneapolis,  I spent the Saturday of NCTE conducting interviews. I interviewed book creators non-stop from 8 AM until 4 PM. It was a rewarding and exhausting day. This year I’m spreading things out a bit more. If […]