October 8, 2015

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Mr. Schu on His New Role as Ambassador for School Libraries

John Schumacher

SLJ catches up with John Schumacher, aka Mr. Schu, to learn what he’s up to in his new role at Scholastic and what’s on his to-read list.

SLJ Chats with Teen Author and Bullying Survivor Aija Mayrock


Bullying awareness advocate, speaker, and now published author Aija Mayrock shares how she was able to overcome bullying and what inspired her to write The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen.

Review: ‘The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea’

Was it in honor of Scholastic’s 10th anniversary or was it because Raina Telgemeier titles are in such high demand? Is that why Scholastic reissued the Babysitter’s Club in color? Back in May, I spoke to a Scholastic rep at Book Expo and she said that both were considerations. Mostly, she explained, it had to […]

Apply for Summer Grants; “Ghostlight” Giveaway; NZ Banned Book Coming to the U.S. | SLJTeen News


SLJ readers can enter to win a copy of the spooky Ghostlight. Nominations are open for the 10th annual Cybils Awards. Polis Books has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the recently banned Into the River by Ted Dawe. Celebrate Teen Read Week with Blink authors. These news bites and more in the latest SLJTeen news roundup.

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano | SLJ Review

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SLJ’s starred review of Sonia Manzano—Sesame Street‘s “Maria”—YA memoir.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2015 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners


Today, School Library Journal and Scholastic recognize Kristina Holzweiss, Lakisha Brinson, and Sally Smollar, three school librarians who display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir


SLJ had the opportunity of pairing two Latino authors—Daniel José Older and Sonia Manzano, an award-winning author and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of “Maria” on Sesame Street—in a conversation about Manzano’s first memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

Fuse #8 TV: Kevin Sherry

After a brief hiatus I’m back with my regular interview series, Fuse #8 TV. By complete coincidence (fortune favors the busy) I didn’t have an interview slated when I was in the thick of my move to Evanston. Now that I’m safely ensconced in Illinois (albeit with oddly empty bookshelves) I’m fully ready and prepared […]

Review of the Day: The Case for Loving by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage By Selina Alko Illustrated by Sean Qualls Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0545478533 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. When the Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015 that same-sex couples could marry in all fifty states, I found myself, like many […]

Book Expo 2015 (Part I)

On Thursday, May 28th, I was lucky enough to be released from my regular duties as a middle school librarian so I could hop over to the City and spend a day at Book Expo America. The first thing I noticed when walking into the exhibit hall at BEA was that Star Wars was everywhere. […]

Video Sunday: The Lord of the Jello

Morning, folks.  What’s that?  Why, yes. Yes, I would like to watch this video about Nathan Hale’s newest GN The Underground Abductor. Thank you! Seems to me the man has lucked out in terms of timing too. With people rallying to put Ms. Tubman on the $20 bill, it is now vastly important to learn […]

Scholastic Sells Ed Tech Business to Focus on Publishing


Scholastic announced on April 24 that it will sell its education technology and services division to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $575 million to focus on its thriving publishing business.

Video Sunday: “You fill me with inertia.”

Video Sunday: “You fill me with inertia.”

Hallo, folks! So today is the last day of National Library Week.  In celebration, enjoy this delightful video from Common Craft for your average non-library literate layman.  If you are a librarian, show this video to those members of your family who heard you had to get a Master’s degree and asked you, “What? So […]

James Patterson Raises School Libraries Grant to $1.5M


On March 23, best-selling author James Patterson announced that he is donating an additional $250,000 to the $1.25 million school libraries grant he and Scholastic Reading Club publicized earlier in March.

Interlude Press Launches LGBTQ Imprint; Marvel Comics Partners with Scribd; Follett Challenge | News Bites


In the latest News Bites: Interlude Press launches an LGBTQ imprint for young adult readers, Lerner Publishing acquires Egmont USA’s remaining titles, and Follett announces three semifinalists for the 2015 Follett Challenge.

Graphix Announces New Books by Telgemeier, Kibuishi, and More!

Scholastic celebrated the 10th anniversary of its graphic novel imprint Graphix last week with a raft of announcements that should make fans of their existing books happy: New titles from Raina Telgemeier, Kazu Kibuishi, and Mike Maihack, plus the news that they have added not only Craig Thompson (Blankets) but also the brother-sister team of […]

Picture Books for … Teens?

Picture Books for … Teens?

It’s rare that there are true all-ages picture books. This year, we have two of note. Both are beautiful, thought-provoking, unusual, and skew way up. All the way to adolescence and beyond. I’ll eat my hat if either receives a silver from the RealCommittee. Hell, I’ll eat all y’all’s hats. BUT. These are gorgeous books […]

Scholastic’s New Report Examines Kids’ Attitudes on Reading


The “Kids & Family Reading Report, 5th Edition” survey from Scholastic launched on January 8 with findings, including what kids are reading for fun, the makings of a frequent reader, and what kids want to read.

Review: NNewts

Review: NNewts

Doug TenNapel does it again: With a mix of creepy, bizarre, and endearing, another book series comes to life. Young readers will be transported to a world of amphibians, magic, and adventure. Nnewts: Book One. Escape From the Lizzarks By Doug TenNapel Scholastic, 192 pp. January 2015. ISBN 978-0-545-67647-2 hc $19.99, 978-0-545-67646-5 pbk $10.99 Recommended […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 15-11

Top 20 Books of 2014: 15-11

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton [Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. With its combination of suspense and broad humor, Shh! We Have a Plan plays like the best Chuck Jones Merrie Melodies cartoon that never happened. You can practically […]