December 13, 2017

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SLJ Chats with National Book Award Finalist Elana K. Arnold

Check out SLJ’s Facebook Live chat with National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold.

Robin Benway Wins 2017 National Book Award

Benway took home the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her YA novel “Far From the Tree.”

Finalists Announced for 2017 National Book Awards

Here are the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, announced this morning, along with their School Library Journal reviews.

Erika L. Sánchez On Unlikable WOC Protagonists and “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”

Sánchez, who will be featured at SLJ’s first-ever Day of Dialog Brooklyn on Friday, September 15, talks about her path to publication, feminism, and why characters of color should be allowed to mess up just like anyone else.

Ten Titles Make the 2017 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The 2017 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes two previous National Book Award finalists. Nine of the ten authors are women, and two are debut novelists.

Our Post-Election Commitment | Editor’s Note

We’re in an unprecedented place for education and library coverage. It’s time to speak to the staff as well as to our readers.

“March: Book Three” Takes 2016 National Book Award

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

Interview: Noelle Stevenson on Webcomics, Fan Art, and “Nimona”

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blog editor Brigid Alverson chats with award-winning comics creator Noelle Stevenson, whose graphic novel Nimona was a National Book Award finalist and an SLJ Best Book of 2015.

Neal Shusterman Takes NBA Prize for “Challenger Deep”

“I hope that ‘Challenger Deep’ will open up a dialogue about mental illness and [help it] lose its stigma,” Neal Shusterman said while accepting the National Book Award. The novel was inspired by his son Brendan’s experience with schizoaffective disorder.

Five Finalists Announced for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

The National Book Foundation has revealed the finalists for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Jacqueline Woodson and Ursula K. Le Guin Shine at the National Book Awards Ceremony

Highlights of the National Book Awards ceremony on November 19 included speeches by Young People’s Literature Winner, Jacqueline Woodson, and Distinguished Contribution to American Letters medalist, Ursula K. Le Guin.

Pictures of the Week: The 2014 National Book Awards Ceremony

Ursula Le Guin is honored at the National Books Awards ceremony on November 19 and steals the show with her speech.

2014 National Book Award Finalists in the Young People Literature’s Category

The five finalists in the Young People’s Literature category for the 2014 National Book Awards have been announced.

He must have been pissed.

In hunting down a quote in the June 1972 issue of the Magazine, I happened upon a note that resonates with the recent debate over the ALA awards and confidentiality. Under “Staff Notes,” in the Hunt Breakfast (yesteryear’s Impromptu column) the first entry is: “Paul Heins [the then-Editor of HB], as one of the three […]

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SLJ Talks to National Book Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata

Elizabeth Bird interviews Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the 2013 National Book Award in the category of Young People’s Literature for her “truly original, honestly heartfelt middle-grade novel, The Thing About Luck, in our January 2014 cover story.

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National Book Award’s Kid Lit Finalists Reach Out to Teens

National Book Award finalists Kathi Appelt, Cynthia Kadohata, Tom McNeal, Meg Rosoff and Gene Luen Yang addressed an audience of secondary students Tuesday at the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference.

Round Up Of NBA Short List

I’ve now had the opportunity to read and review all five books on the National Book Awards Shortlist for Young People’s Literature!   The Young People’s Literature list: Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster). My review. “Appelt is telling us a story, and it’s written as […]

Review: The Thing About Luck

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: Summer Miyamoto’s family has had bad luck the past year. Summer got malaria and was very sick; her grandmother is having painful back problems; her little brother’s only friend moved away. That doesn’t […]

Review: Picture Me Gone

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin. 2013. Library copy. National Book Award short list. The Plot: Twelve year old Mila and her father, Gil, are in New York, visiting her father’s friend and his family. Or, rather, were supposed to be. Matthew has disappeared, and Mila and […]

Review: The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2013. Library copy. NBA Shortlist. The Plot: Raccoons Bingo and J’miah are the two newest True Blue Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp, charged to watch over the swamp and in case of […]