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Miguel’s Brave Knight by Margarita Engle | SLJ Review

ENGLE, Margarita. Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote.illus. by Raúl Colón. 32p. photos. Peachtree. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781561458561.

Gr 3-6 –In a collection of poems, Engle explores the great Spanish writer’s early beginnings. Miguel Cervantes’s vivid imagination and love of storytelling are presented against the backdrop of his difficult childhood as the son of a vagabond barber-surgeon who often gambled away his family’s money. Despite the constant relocation across Spain because of his father’s debts, […]

Cover Reveal: Miguel’s Brave Knight by Margarita Engle, ill. Raul Colon

When I worked in the Donnell Central Children’s Room I got used to handling all kinds of interesting reference requests.  One that I got frequently was parents looking for child-friendly versions of Don Quixote.  The pickings were, to say the least, slim.  There was Eric A. Kimmel’s Don Quixote and the Windmills and one other […]

Big Anniversaries and Strong Debuts | Random House Children’s Books Spring 2016 Librarian Preview

Random House revealed some of the top titles on their 2016 Spring list, including a special anniversary edition of The Book Thief and several offerings by debut authors.

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.

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SLJ’s Top 10 Latino Books of 2014

From works by Pura Belpré Award-winners to debut authors hailing from Argentina, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, SLJ’s top selections for children and teens about and by Latinos are as diverse and multidimensional as the culture they represent.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Old Friends and New at Random House | Spring 2015 Preview

At the Spring 2015 Random House Preview, rich and unusual stories were abound: a man without a leg who bicycles across Ghana; Leontyne Price, one of the first African-Americans to perform at the Metropolitan Opera; and a dessert’s journey across time and four families.

Raúl Colón: The Boy Who Loved To Draw

Raúl Colón’s latest book, ‘Draw!’ unfolds entirely through pictures, as a boy confined to his bed, takes readers on a journey of the imagination to the Serengeti plains of Africa.

A Picture Paints 1,000 Words: Books About the Power of Art │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

The following selections by the editors of Junior Library Guild are sure to encourage budding artists and can be incorporated into a school’s art curriculum.

How Wordless Picture Books Empower Children | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Wordless picture books allow children to project their own imaginations upon a story and “own it,” as author/illustrator Bob Staake, along with Aaron Becker, Raul Colón, and Molly Idle discussed during a lively panel at School Library Journal’s 2014 Day of Dialog.

JLG’s On the Radar: Stars to Chocolate Bars—New Science Nonfiction for Elementary Students

These new nonfiction titles can inform and inspire young readers as they learn about their world―from roots to stars. Junior Library Guild editors select the latest informational books for budding scientists.