October 20, 2016

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How I Spent My Weekend Vacation: The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards & The Scott O’Dell Award Ceremony

Serving on award committees is a time-honored tradition amongst children’s librarians.  The award ceremonies that come after?  Gravy.  This past weekend I was delighted to attend the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Ceremony, the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, and the presentation of the Scott O’Dell Award all in one fell swoop.  To do this I […]

Why “The Hired Girl” Won the 2016 O’Dell Award


The win strikes a chord of redemption for supporters of the controversial book following a wide-ranging discussion over the main character’s prejudiced outlooks.

2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners


“The Farmer and the Clown” by Marla Frazee (S. & S.) has won the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for best picture book, while Katherine Rundell’s “Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms” (S. & S.) took best fiction title and Candace Fleming’s “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Russia” (Schwartz & Wade) won best non-fiction book.

And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today


To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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Children’s Books: Still an All-White World?


Nancy Larrick’s landmark 1965 study on race and children’s books was supposed to have been a wake-up call. Not much has changed.

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Thank You, Trev: SLJ Staff Pay Tribute to Trev Jones


SLJ staff wanted to share their thoughts on Trevelyn Jones, who retired as Book Review Editor after more than three decades. Industry representatives paid tribute in an appreciation of Jones’s career in the October issue. Now, it’s our turn.

Video Sunday: Gingerbread houses, red carpets, and virtual toilet paper

Video Sunday: Gingerbread houses, red carpets, and virtual toilet paper

How do, folks.  Well, as you might have heard, this past ALA Caldecott/Newbery/Wilder Banquet saw me interviewing hoards of famous people alongside the multi-talented Jim Averbeck and partner-in-crime Kristin Clark.  Those videos have now all appeared online at a single solitary location: Kidlit Red Carpet.  It is very unfortunate that my interview with Laura Rodgers […]

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

You know what’s hot these days, topic-wise?  Diversity!  Or maybe just the lack thereof.  Seems its all anyone can talk about this week.  First the First Book blog reported that “at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton, [they] announced First Book’s commitment to create a sustainable solution […]

Lois Lowry Speaks: How Readers’ Concern for Characters in “The Giver” Turned One Book into a Series of Four

Lois Lowry, Author

In a live School Library Journal webcast, author Lois Lowry discussed her dystopian classic “The Giver” and how she came to write its recent released follow-up, “Son.”

Publishing Pros Discuss Kids Books in the Digital Age


When it comes to children’s books, can print survive the digital age? For the immediate future, the answer is yes, say some top publishing professionals who attended the “What Makes a Children’s Book Great?” conference at Scholastic’s headquarters in downtown New York.