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November 21, 2014

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Pictures of the Week: The 2014 National Book Awards Ceremony

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

Pictures of the Week: Librarians Get a Shout Out at MN Hockey Game | SLJ Summit 2014

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Last weekend, librarians flocked to St. Paul, MN, to attend the SLJ Leadership Summit (October 25–26), and while at a Minnesota Wild hockey game, they got a special shout out from ABDO Publishing.

Pictures of the Week: “Take Your Child to Work Day” at School Library Journal

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While the official “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” isn’t for a few months, the kids of SLJ/LJ staffers visited our offices on Monday, October 13 for a day of arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and creative tech fun. One of the many highlights of the day? They had their own SLJ cover shoot.

Pictures of the Week: Queens Library’s First Pre-K; Joshua David Bellin Launches ‘Colony 9’

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Queens Library opened its first-ever pre-kindergarten class at the Woodhaven branch on September 22. Author Joshua David Bellin celebrated the publication of his YA debut at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA.

Pictures of the Week: Huck Scarry at Book Launch for ‘Best Lowly Worm Ever’; Lonesome George Unveiled

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Huck Scarry presents a new and never before seen picture book from his father, Richard Scarry, while the subject of Jean Craighead George’s Lonesome George is unveiled at the Museum of Natural History.

Pictures of the Week: Scieszka and Barnett Keynote Bank Street Book Awards Ceremony

Former National Ambassador of Children's Literature Jon Sciezka and award-winning writer Mac Barnett, coauthors of Battle Bunny were the keynoters of XXX.

Former National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Jon Sciezka (l.) and award-winning writer Mac Barnett (r.), coauthors of the recent Battle Bunny, were the keynoters at the Bank Street College of Education’s annual book awards ceremony.

Pictures of the Week: National Kid Lit Ambassador Kate DiCamillo Visits ‘School Library Journal’

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En route to host the Children’s Book Week gala in New York City on May 14, National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Kate DiCamillo stopped by the SLJ office. The 2014 Newbery Award-winning author of Flora & Ulysses shared galleys of her next chapter book Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, out this August, and a companion to the “Mercy Watson” books.

Pictures of the Week: Authors Celebrate at Abrams Books

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Authors Chris Raschka, Lauren Myracle, and others came together for a night of festivities at Abrams Books.

Pictures of the Week: ‘War Within These Walls’ Creators Visit Flanders House in NYC

Author Aline Sax reads from graphic novel War Within These Walls as illustrator Caryl Strzelecki draws an image from the book.

In celebration of the National Jewish Book Awards, the creators of the acclaimed The War Within These Walls, author historian Aline Sax and Flemish illustrator Caryl Strzelecki, presented readings, shared songs, and discussed their unique partnership at the Flanders House in New York City on March 4.

Pictures of the Week: A Sneak Peek at SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books

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SLJ is ramping up for this year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, a March Madness-type online competition taking place from March 10 to April 2. Once again, director of art and production Mark Tuchman’s quirky illustrations will be enhancing the tournament’s design; here’s a sampling of what’s to come.

Pictures of the Week: Neil Gaiman Reads ‘A Christmas Carol’ at NYPL

Neil Gaiman dressed in Victorian attire reads from Charles Dickens's classic, A Christmas Carol.

Celebrated author Neil Gaiman, complete in Victorian garb, gave a special reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol on December 15 at New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Following edits and prompts Dickens himself used for readings of the classic tale, Gaiman entertained a packed crowd just in time for the holiday season.

Pictures of the Week: NYC Educators, Advocates Rally for End of Standardized Testing

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Members of the United Federation of Teachers, parents, and students joined hundreds of other union members, activists and community leaders for a rally in Foley Square in Manhattan on December 5. The advocates were calling for smaller class sizes, sufficient materials, and an emphasis on teaching instead of test-prep and standardized testing.

Pictures of the Week: Red Balloon Bookshop (MN) Celebrates 29th Anniversary

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Authors Rebecca Fjelland Davis, Jill Kalz, Nancy Loewen, and Trisha Speed Shaskan helped the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minnesota celebrate its 29th anniversary on November 23 and 24 with signings and storytimes.

Pictures of the Week: White House Honors Librarian; CPL Bookamania

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The White House honored 10 connected educators, including SLJ columnist and school librarian, Carolyn Foote. The Chicago Public Library celebrated families and early literacy with its 20th annual “Bookamania 2013: All Families, All Year”, a free, daylong children’s book festival.

Pictures of the Week: Graphic Novelists Entertain at Author Breakfast | AASL 2013

Graphic novelists (l. to r.) Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Holm, Jenni Holm, Faith Erin Hicks, and  Raina Telgemeier closed off the AASL Conference in their pajamas.

The American Association of School Librarians’s 16th National Conference closed with an author-led breakfast that featured bestselling children’s graphic novels creators Faith Erin Hicks, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Raina Telgemeier—dressed in pajamas.

Pictures of the Week: Librarians React to Smith’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’; Walkup’s ‘Second Verse’ Book Launch

Librarians Jennifer Thompson of Brooklyn Public Library (l.) and Jeanne Lamb of New York Public Library (r.) chat with author Andrew Smith (c.)

Librarians Jennifer Thompson of Brooklyn Public Library (l.) and Jeanne Lamb of New York Public Library (r.) chat with author Andrew Smith (c.) about his upcoming Grasshopper Jungle. Debut author Jennifer Walkup presents her young adult mystery, Second Verse at WORDS Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Pictures of the Week: Jerry Pinkney Honored at Special Event; POW! Imprint Launch Party

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Little, Brown celebrated the art of Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney at a special event on October 29. The Powerhouse Arena, home to art book publisher powerHouse Books, recently launched its brand-new children’s imprint, POW! on October 25.

Pictures of the Week: Rundell and Almhjell Cross the Atlantic to Launch New Kids’ Books

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London-based writer Katherine Rundell met with librarians and booksellers in New York City this week to chat about her middle grade novel, Rooftoopers. Illustrator Ian Schoenherr and Norwegian author Tone Almhjell celebrated the release of Almhjell’s debut fantasy novel, The Twistrose Key.

Pictures of the Week: Celebrating Teen Read Week 2013

Teens at Lawrence Public Library, Kansas created terrariums for the favorite young adult novels. Above, an example engineered by young adult librarian assistant Molly Wetta http://mollyiswrappedupinbooks.tumblr.com/post/63053233936/one-of-our-programs-for-teen-read-week-is-story, based on Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012). The project was inspired by Teen Library Toolkit and Library as Incubator.

Teen Read Week, YALSA’s annual national adolescent literacy initiative, was held this year from October 13-19. Librarians who serve teens organized events, displays, and programs to encourage them to be lifelong readers and library users. This year’s theme, “Seek the Unknown @ your library,” is illustrated in this terrarium based on Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, created by Molly Wetta of Lawrence Public Library, Kansas.

Pictures of the Week: Susan Cooper at the Puyallup (WA) Public Library’s Festival of Books

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The Puyallup Public Library in Washington State celebrated its first annual Festival of Books from September 27-28. In partnership with Fantasium Comics and Valley Arts United, the library hosted a mini-comic convention, the Fandom Dance, an art-inspired poetry contest, and a guest lecture by the acclaimed author Susan Cooper—known for her “Dark is Rising” series and recent Ghost Hawk.