September 27, 2016

Subscribe to SLJ

Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

longlist_medallion_bw

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.

SLJTeen Live! 2016 Keynotes: Maggie Stiefvater’s Hijinks and Meg Medina’s Librarian “Duende”

SLJTeenLive110px

SLJ’s fifth annual virtual conference on all things teen and YA had a record 4,000-plus registered attendees, and featured author panels, PD sessions, and a charismatic pair of keynote speakers.

Experts Focus on Censorship at Bank Street Conference

THUMB

At “Who Are You To Say?”, an event held in New York City on April 16, authors and kid lit experts weighed in on where to draw the line between being aware and censoring.

Disco Inferno | Watch- and Listen-Alikes for Meg Medina’s “Burn Baby Burn”

25982606

Set in Queens during the summer of 1977, when the Son of Sam terrorized the city of New York, Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn is filled with pop culture references, from Donna Summer to Parliament. Steer teen fans of the book to songs and films from the period.

Teens Review “A Tyranny of Petticoats,” Time Travel YA, and More

tyranny of petticoats

Our teen reviewers tackle feminist historical fiction, time travel YA, and Corinne Duyvis’s On the Edge of Gone.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | February 2016

StarsModule_Feb2016

The best of the best this month includes National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie’s debut picture book; Meg Medina’s latest, an intense YA set in 1977 against the backdrops of the Son of Sam murders; and another dazzler from Mara Rockliff and Bruno Iacopo.

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

When Colleagues Need Clarification About Restricting Books | Scales on Censorship

EH_091814-Scales

Don’t be afraid to enter the discussion about intellectual freedom, and be firm when stating your opinion.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Meg Medina, John Parra, and Others Honored at the Int’l Latino Book Awards | ALA 2014

Medina_Girl Could See Wind

For the first time, the winners of the 2014 International Latino Book Awards were revealed concurrently with the ALA Annual Conference. Among this year’s 231 honorees, recognized during a ceremony at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater on June 28, were well known children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, such as Alma Flor Ada, Meg Medina, and John Parra.

Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

SLJ140301w-FT_Libro-Nino_TN

In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Message or Masterpiece (Or, Does the Problem Novel Still Exist?)

Message or Masterpiece (Or, Does the Problem Novel Still Exist?)

Today we’re running a roundup of books that we think are worth discussing because they are in the top, say, 100 of the year. But they aren’t quite there, and we don’t think they’ll go the distance. And to make the post about more than just a series of short reviews, we’ve limited today’s roundup […]

Pick of the Day: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass | Audio

yaqui

A Latina teen is the target of bullying in Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. In the audiobook version, Roxanne Hernandez’s narration is spot-on. Check out the starred review.

SLJ’s Bullying Prevention Roundup | Resources

bullying2

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, when organizations nationwide unite to raise awareness on how, with education and support, bullying can be obliterated from schools and communities. SLJ has compiled a list of tools for educators and parents, which includes advice on collection development, plus news and feature articles highlighting authors’ efforts against bullying.

NCAC: School Visits Nixed for Medina, Rowell

Rowell-Medina_TN

Planned school visits by YA authors Meg Medina and Rainbow Rowell set to coincide with Banned Books Week (September 22 to 28) have been cancelled due to local challenges over the content of their acclaimed books, the National Coalition Against Censorship reports.

The “Radioactive Energy” of Bullies | An Interview with Meg Medina

Yaqui Delgado

Meg Medina knows firsthand about bullying—the topic of her young adult novel. In ‘Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,’ the author explores its consequences when 15-year-old Piddy Sanchez becomes victimized at her new school.