November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

“March” Madness: Congressman Lewis’s Graphic Novel Wins SLJ’s Battle of the Books

The Closer, Kwame Alexander, picked the ultimate winner: the much-lauded final volume in the “March” graphic nonfiction series by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

March: Book Three – National Book Award, Sibert Medal, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Coretta Scott King Author Award, Printz Award

March: Book Three Written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell Published by Top Shelf Productions ISBN: 978-1-60309-402-3 Grades 7-Up Book Review Many Americans outside of the black community may only understand the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s through the actions of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Many have never […]

Goal: Bury the White House in Books

Responding to President Trump’s statement that he does not read books, a grassroots group is encouraging people to send ones to the White House for Valentine’s Day.

“March: Book Three” Makes History at the YMAs | ALA Midwinter 2017

John Lewis’s “March: Book Three” took four Youth Media Awards, including the Printz, while Javaka Steptoe’s “Radiant Child” won the Caldecott, and Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” took the Newbery.

Nonfiction Round Up

OK, this was supposed to be a nonfiction roundup, and it sort of still is, because I am going to talk about a few titles. However it also sort of isn’t because I definitely have one title that I want to focus on. I’m also slightly skipping around in time (through the magic of this […]

A New Library Card for Rep. John Lewis | Picture of the Week

Staff at the Fairfax County (VA) Library sent a new library card to “March” trilogy author John Lewis, who was denied one in 1956 because of his race.

Books as Allies: SLJ’s Best Books Help Kids Find Their Way | Editorial

SLJ’s 2016 Best Books list celebrates 50 years of acknowledging top titles—and the power of books to transport readers and change lives.

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Our Post-Election Commitment | Editor’s Note

We’re in an unprecedented place for education and library coverage. It’s time to speak to the staff as well as to our readers.

“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.

Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim | SLJ Review

ASIM, Jabari. Preaching to the Chickens. illus. by E.B. Lewis. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399168567.

Gr 2-5 –Luminous artwork and stirring text shed light on the childhood of one of America’s most respected civil rights leaders. Young John Lewis found his calling early in life, tenderly caring for the many chickens on the family farm and emulating his church’s ministers by preaching to the attentive hens: “ ‘Blessed are the peacemakers,’ he’d say when […]

Finalists Announced for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Here are the five finalists for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, with the corresponding SLJ reviews. Winners of the 67th annual NBAs will be revealed November 16.

Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.

Review: ‘March’ Book 3

Volume One of March opens on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. John Lewis and Hosea Williams are leading the protesters and facing the state troopers. Hosea Williams turns to John Lewis and asks: “Can you swim?” “No,” answers John Lewis. “Neither can I,” says Williams. “Then we better pray.” This dramatic scene is powerful and stays […]

Review: March, Book Two

Sometimes when I finish reading a book, it takes me a few minutes to pull out of the world I was engrossed in for hours. It’s because a book was so powerful that while I was entrenched in its pages, I only saw and heard what was in the book. Lately, books that evoke this […]

Highly Anticipated Follow-Ups from Gail Jarrow, John Lewis, and More | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

If your students enjoyed Gail Jarrow’s medical mystery Red Madness and John Lewis’s graphic novel memoir March, they’re in luck. Jarrow’s Fatal Fever takes a look at Typhoid Mary, while Lewis’s March: Book Two delves further into the civil rights struggle. And don’t miss the rest of the nonfiction targeted at older readers this month.

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From Diversity to Civil Rights | Nonfiction Notes, August 2013

The diversity of our nation and our struggle for civil rights are clear themes in this month’s new titles. Among our selections are two books that address the historic 1963 March on Washington, celebrating its 50th anniversary this month: one in graphic format for older students written by John Lewis, and the other, a picture book by Andrea Davis Pinkney.