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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An SLJ reader’s daughter peruses our Early Learning-focused July issue, which featured the iconic Sesame Street character, Big Bird, on the cover.
Beloit (WI) Public Library is celebrating September’s Library Card Sign-Up Month with a campaign that showcases staff members and patrons. Head of Adult Services Tina Kakuske helmed the project, which features eight downloadable posters and bookmarks that highlight the community’s needs and interests.