October 21, 2017

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Thought-Provoking Picture Books | A Selection of 2017 Titles for Older Readers

Short on text and provocative in theme, these picture books are guaranteed to engage students into middle school and beyond.

The Playbook by Kwame Alexander | SLJ Audio Review

ALEXANDER, Kwame. The Playbook: 52 Rules To Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. 1 CD. 1 hr. Recorded Bks. Feb. 2017. $15.75. ISBN 9781501949180. digital download.

Gr 5-8 –Alexander delivers 52 inspiring rules and motivational life lessons using notable sports figures, terminology, and stories. Sections include “Warm-Up: The Rules,” in which Alexander reminisces about his childhood involvement in sports and the lessons he learned. Four “Quarters,” with a “Half Time” and an “Overtime,” comprise the rest of the book. Each section […]

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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Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

Jamming to Kwame Alexander’s “Solo” | BookExpo 2017

A group of booksellers, librarians, and publishing industry professionals were treated to a night of music and poetry at an event celebrating the Newbery Medalist’s latest work Solo, which took place at the Gibson Guitar Studio.

Surprise! It’s Kwame Alexander

The Newbery Award winner delighted a stunned group of seventh grade fans with an impromptu concert. Yes, a concert.

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.