December 10, 2016

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“March: Book Three” Takes 2016 National Book Award

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

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

Recap: The National Book Award Finalists

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

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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.

#26 Kate DiCamillo – Raymie Nightingale Unraveled (Pt. 1)

Travis: In June we interviewed Kate DiCamillo in front of a live audience at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. We talked to Kate about a lot of different things, so it made sense to break the episode into two parts. Today is the first part – look for part two on Wednesday. Click […]

School Library Journal Welcomes “The Yarn” Podcast

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The Yarn, a popular podcast with the inside story on children’s books, will join SLJ, the magazine announced in the e-newsletter Extra Helping today.

“Be a Summer Reader; Be a Lifetime Reader” Says Kate DiCamillo

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Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo stars in a series of short videos describing her love of libraries and reading.

SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks

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Take a look at SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks featuring books by Jonathan Maberry, Kate DiCamillo, Danielle Paige, Rick Yancey, and Raina Telegemeier.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Walking and Talking with . . . Kate DiCamillo!

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 […]

Review of the Day: Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

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 […]

Kate DiCamillo on Truth, Twirling, and “Raymie Nightingale” | Interview

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Honest, affecting, and peopled with characters that readers won’t soon forget, Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale is a book for every child.

Counting Down to SLJ’s Popular Picks: Part 3

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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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Picture of the Week: Gene Luen Yang Inaugurated as National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

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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.

Gene Luen Yang Is Next Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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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.

Five Reasons Why the 2015 NCTE Conference Was the Best Yet

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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.

USBBY Welcomes International Literary Luminaries to NYC

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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.

Children’s Book Creators and Librarians Flock to 2015 National Book Festival

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National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander were among the 170 authors at the National Book Festival held on September 5 at the District of Columbia’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The Joy of Reading | Q&A with National Summer Reading Champion Kate DiCamillo

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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.

Video Sunday: No. Seriously, Lisa. Hire me.

Video Sunday: No. Seriously, Lisa. Hire me.

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 […]

Rush Limbaugh Takes Author of the Year Award at Children’s Book Choice Awards

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A variety of authors were on hand at the Children’s Book Choice Awards May 14, including conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, Author of the Year winner for his 2013 Simon & Schuster book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans .

Pictures of the Week: National Kid Lit Ambassador Kate DiCamillo Visits ‘School Library Journal’

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En route to host the Children’s Book Week gala in New York City on May 14, National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Kate DiCamillo stopped by the SLJ office. The 2014 Newbery Award-winning author of Flora & Ulysses shared galleys of her next chapter book Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, out this August, and a companion to the “Mercy Watson” books.