April 29, 2017

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Poetry Picks | New Titles for Young Readers

Kwame Alexander honors beloved poets; Chris Raschka illustrates Keats; and Marilyn Singer dances the salsa in Feel the Beat.

Not On The Yarn: Kwame Alexander

Last week the one and only Kwame Alexander appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition to talk about his book Out of Wonder. Previous Not On The Yarn Posts Amy Krouse Rosenthal Daniel Handler  

Kick Off Poetry Month with These YA Titles

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kwame Alexander, Christine Heppermann, and more.

“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.

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Picture by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess & Deanna Nikaido | SLJ Review

ALEXANDER, Kwame with Mary Rand Hess & Deanna Nikaido. Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Picture. photos by Joel Sartore. 48p. National Geographic. Feb. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781426327674.

K-Gr 3 –Opening with an earnest invitation to “see what we can save—together,” Alexander and Sartore have crafted a stunning journey through the animal kingdom. The book implores readers to pause and look each animal in the eye, to soak in the majesty and diversity of nature. […]

APALA, Bloomer, YALSA Awards Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

The Youth Media Awards aren’t the only prizes in town. SLJ rounds up other children’s and young adult selection lists announced during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

It Begins with Listening | Up Close with Kwame Alexander

SLJ discusses poetry and animal conservation with the award-winning author.

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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.

Teens Review the Latest from Kwame Alexander, Deb Caletti, and More

Our young adult reviewers tackle the latest offering from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, and Deb Caletti’s Essential Maps for the Lost.

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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How Kwame Alexander Gets Teens Reading and Writing Poetry

What’s love got to do with it? A lot, writes Kwame Alexander, who recommends reading love poems with teens to engage them in reading and creating their own poetry. Also, listen to Alexander read four of his poems aloud.

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Five Reasons Why the 2015 NCTE Conference Was the Best Yet

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.

Pictures of the Week | Kwame Alexander at NCTE 2015

Author Kwame Alexander at NCTE 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

A Flurry of Fresh Children’s and YA Titles Presented at the AAP Book Buzz

Librarian Robbin Friedman attends and reports back on the recent AAP Book Buzz, highlighting new and upcoming titles for children and teens.

Pictures of the Week: Kwame Alexander Named Bank Street College of Education’s First Writer-in-Residence

On April 6, 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander was celebrated at Bank Street College of Education as the school’s first Writer-in-Residence for its Center for Children’s Literature.

Graphic Novels, Diversity Dominate in SLJ’s 2015 Battle of the Kids’ Books First Round

The opening round of the annual virtual tournament featuring children’s and young adult books in a March Madness—like competition has come to a close. Graphic novels This One Summer and El Deafo and celebrated titles Brown Girl Dreaming and Port Chicago 50, among others, have continued on to fight another day.

Black Authors and Self-Publishing

Systematic exclusion in traditional publishing has fostered a community of self-published authors of color who are committed to social justice.

Video Sunday: La la la!

Morning, folks.  We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you.  First up, a short film.  A very short film, actually.  I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books.  This film seems to believe that children’s books […]

SummerTeen 2014 Authors Hit the Mark with New Releases │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Like No Other

SLJ’s SummerTeen 2014 is nearly upon us. This free event on July 24 features some of the best YA authors―up close and personal. Check out the latest releases from the featured guests. Resources for the selected titles are included in this column’s award-winning LiveBinder.

Video: “Do You Write About Race?” | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Authors address the topic of the day in this 12-minute clip from the “Diversity in Middle Grade Fiction” panel at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, held in New York on May 28, 2014.