November 21, 2017

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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.”

“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.

Finalists Announced for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Here are the five finalists for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, with the corresponding SLJ reviews. Winners of the 67th annual NBAs will be revealed November 16.

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.

Nimona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson HarperTeen, May 2015 Reviewed from final copy I’ve been considering this a graphic novel roundup — we’re short on time, you may have heard? — but now that I’m sitting down to write it, I’m finding myself with a lot to say about Nimona. I can’t guarantee that we’ll have a […]

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.

Jacqueline Woodson’s ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ Wins 2014 National Book Award

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming takes the top prize at the 2014 National Book Awards. Finalists in the young people’s literature category include Eliot Schrefer’s Threatened, Steve Sheinkin’s The Port Chicago 50 , John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, and Deborah Wiles’s Revolution.

Threatened

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer Scholastic, February 2014 Reviewed from an ARC The art of reading for Printz is an interesting one; the pile adds and drops titles throughout the course of the year. With two stars and some buzz, Threatened was a back-and-forther for me — sometimes in the pile, sometimes to the side, sometimes […]

Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives

Two-time Children’s Choice Book Award nominee James Patterson is a passionate advocate for reading and libraries, but he tells SLJ he was a late-blooming reader who didn’t come into his love for reading until he was 20-years-old. This year, Patterson pairs up with NBA player Dwayne Wade for their second webcast stressing the importance of reading to air April 24.