August 21, 2017

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Middle Grade: New Titles from J.K. Rowling, Margarita Engle, & More | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

Mysteries abound in this month’s middle grade reviews! Sherlock’s creator gets a tween-aged overhaul in Robert J. Harris’s new novel, and Susan Vaught’s super sleuth Max solves mysteries when she’s not drag racing in her wheelchair.

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A Forest of Poems: Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle

Engle discusses her poems and books in verse, Cuba, and her first career as a botanist.

Listen to New Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle on The Yarn

Travis: How’s that for timing, folks? Last week we released our episode with Margarita Engle and then the Poetry Foundation goes and names her Young People’s Poet Laureate. If you missed the episode, you can listen below. Subscribe below to catch every episode of The Yarn. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn Newsletter

Margarita Engle is the Newest Young People’s Poet Laureate

The Poetry Foundation bestows the title every other year in recognition of an exceptional career in writing poetry for youth.

‘I Write Because I Read’ – Margarita Engle Visits The Yarn

Colby: Sitting down and interviewing with Margarita Engle at NCTE was truly an honor. She has given so much to the world of children’s literature. I hope you enjoy listening to her talk about her book Lion Island, her hope for her books, and why she writes. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here […]

4 Poetry Titles to Share with Tweens

Margarita Engle’s moving exploration of Latinx in U.S. history, Nikki Grimes’s tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, and other works of poetry to share with tweens.

Celebrate Black History Month with Afro-Latinx Kid Lit

SLJ reviews manager Shelley Diaz highlights children’s and YA books with Afro-Latinx roots.

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Cover Reveal: Miguel’s Brave Knight by Margarita Engle, ill. Raul Colon

When I worked in the Donnell Central Children’s Room I got used to handling all kinds of interesting reference requests.  One that I got frequently was parents looking for child-friendly versions of Don Quixote.  The pickings were, to say the least, slim.  There was Eric A. Kimmel’s Don Quixote and the Windmills and one other […]

The Yarn is Headed to #NCTE16

Colby: The National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference is one of my favorite conferences. Last year, in Minneapolis,  I spent the Saturday of NCTE conducting interviews. I interviewed book creators non-stop from 8 AM until 4 PM. It was a rewarding and exhausting day. This year I’m spreading things out a bit more. If […]

Viva Cuba | Focus On

A selection of fiction and nonfiction, memoirs and poetry titles about the island nation of Cuba.

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Neighboring Nations | Margarita Engle on Her Work, Cuba, and the History That Binds Us

Prolific poet, novelist, and storyteller, Margarita Engle has long enchanted readers through folktales and portrayals of figures from Cuban cultural and natural history. Read on for a glimpse of her writing life.

Still Too Many Books, or, a Tale of Even More Hanging Chad

And we’re back with even more more books, in part 2 of our mega roundup of all (not really all) the books. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, Don Brown HMH Books for Young Readers, August 2015 Reviewed from final copy (6 stars) With six starred reviews, I wish we’d had time and space to […]

YALSA Reveals 2016 Excellence in Nonfiction and Morris Finalists

Among YALSA’s excellence in nonfiction and William C. Morris Award finalists for debut YA novels are several SLJ’s Best Books of 2015. Check out all of the finalists, plus SLJ’s reviews and resources for each title.

Long-Awaited Mirrors: Latino Lit for Teens | Libro por libro

In recent years, we have seen an explosion of Latino authors writing for young adults. These works offer much-needed windows (and mirrors) for all readers.

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Hands-on Projects and Titles that Celebrate Maker and Latino Cultures | Libro por libro

Making and tinkering have long-been staples of the Hispanic community. Tim Wadham shares Spanish-language, bilingual, and Latino-focused books and crafts that are just right for maker spaces looking to diversify their offerings.

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Margarita Engle Wins PEN Literary Award

Margarita Engle, the first Latino author to receive a Newbery Honor, was honored with the top prize in the 24th Annual PEN Literary Awards for The Lightning Dreamer.

SLJ’s Top 10 Latino-themed Books of 2013

This has been a stellar year for Latino-themed titles for children. SLJ’s Libro por Libro columnist, Tim Wadham, selected 10 of the best works published this year that represent the vibrant Hispanic cultures united by a single language and heritage.

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