Recently I hosted a Literary Salon where an attendee asked at the end whether or not it was true that Kate DiCamillo deleted every draft she wrote, right after finishing it, so that she could rewrite it again. As it turns out, this isn’t exactly the case, but it did lead a lot of us […]
Raymie Nightingale By Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-8117-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now My relationship to Kate DiCamillo’s books is one built entirely on meaning. Which is to say, the less emotional and meaningful they are, the better I like ‘em. Spaghetti loving horses and girls that live in tree houses? Right up […]
Honest, affecting, and peopled with characters that readers won’t soon forget, Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale is a book for every child.
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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Our most memorable shot of the week is of a trio of grinning ambassadors. It’s sure to make you smile, too.
The new 2016–2017 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is Gene Luen Yang. He will be the youngest ambassador ever, as well as the first to come from a graphic literature background.
Two big book award announcements, plus appearances by Kadir Nelson, Chelsea Clinton, Kate DiCamillo, and Kwame Alexander: The annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Minneapolis had all the makings of an event to remember.
On a crisp mid-October weekend, children’s book enthusiasts, experts, and creators—including Lois Lowry, Chris Raschka, Susan Cooper, and David Almond—flocked to New York City’s Leman Manhattan Preparatory School to join IBBY’s 11th regional conference.
SLJ talks to the captivating Kate DiCamillo, who is not only an award-winning author and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature but has also been recently named National Summer Reading Champion by the Collaborative Summer Library Program.
Howdy, folks. I have news for you. Did you have any idea that a children’s literature online show called KidLit TV was in the works? Nor did I until I stopped by Roxie Munroe’s studio the other day. She informed me that man-about-town Rocco Staino had been by with an honest-to-goodness film crew to talk […]
It’s always the filler. I have this little file where I jot down ideas for posts on days when my brain is mush, and most recently I jotted down the old “casual diversity” question a friend asked me once. Figured it would make for a good quickie blog post and then I’d be on my […]
Junior Library Guild has called it: of the Youth Media Award winner and honor books, 35 were JLG selections.
With the award season in full swing, how can you make the best use of the wonderful books you’re adding to your collection? Junior Library Guild’s Deborah B. Ford offers booktalks and resources for acclaimed fiction titles for elementary readers.
At last! The Commanders of School Library Journal’s sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) have revealed the 16 contenders! Though the first round of the virtual book elimination tournament doesn’t start until March 10, let the speculating begin! Which title will end up on top?
Some weeks can go by without a single solitary interesting video in sight. Other weeks, you drown in brilliance. This week inclines far more towards the latter than the former. I could not lead off today with anything other than the latest bit of Bookie Woogie brilliance. You keened to their 90-second rendition of Where […]