October 18, 2017

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ALA 2017: Find the SLJ Team at These Sessions

Like kids in a candy store, conference attendees are making tough choices on which sessions to savor. Here, the SLJ team reveals what’s on their short lists.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

2017 Pura Belpré Author Winner: Juana & Lucas

Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award Juana & Lucas Written and illustrated by Juana Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-7208-9   Grades K-3     Book Review   Prepare to be utterly charmed by Juana, the exuberant grade school protagonist of the Pura Belpré Author Award winning book Juana & Lucas. […]

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2017

Our reviews of the YMA titles, plus past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

Fusenews: “You have no power over me”

Fast fast, like lightning, fast!  It’s a Fusenews round-up of epic quickie proportions!   First up, my buddy Warren Truitt used to work with me in the Central Children’s Room of New York Public Library.  Then he moved to Alabama.  He’s kept busy, since that time with a long-term personal project.  This one man machine […]

How Pura Belpré Paved the Way for Latino Firsts at 2016 YMAs | Libro por libro

The 2016 Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña, and other Latino authors/illustrators honored at this year’s Youth Media Awards, have long been recognized by the Pura Belpré Awards, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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

Making Storytime and Curriculum Connections to 2015 Pura Belpré Award Winners

This year’s Pura Belpré winners and honor books provide the ideal opportunity to get to know their authors and illustrators—such as Susan Guevara, Yuyi Morales, and Duncan Tonatiuh—better and use these distinguished titles in a library or classroom setting.

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

Coming in March: “A Crossover Year”

A preview of our March issue.

Margarita Engle Wins PEN Literary Award

Margarita Engle, the first Latino author to receive a Newbery Honor, was honored with the top prize in the 24th Annual PEN Literary Awards for The Lightning Dreamer.

Resources for Finding Latino Kid Lit

SLJ has compiled a list of tools for locating books and program ideas for not only Spanish-speaking patrons, but for all of those interested in reading more diverse titles.

Between Violence and Tenderness: Aristotle and Dante Author Sáenz Talks to SLJ

Monday was a very good day for Benjamin Alire Sáenz. His sensitive young adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, was named for three Youth Media Awards, distinctions that left him both stunned and grateful. SLJ caught up with Sáenz for a revealing chat about his reaction to the YMA wins, his personal inspirations for the book, his writing process, and his next YA project.

Librarians Sound Off: Not a Lack of Latino Lit for Kids, but a Lack of Awareness

Librarians who serve children in predominantly Latino communities were shocked this past December to read a New York Times article claiming that there is a dearth of Latino characters in books written for young readers—a notion that is at odds with their own experiences. In fact, they tell School Library Journal, there is actually a wealth of resources currently available to these kids, and librarians have the power (and the responsibility) to make those meaningful connections.