January 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Review of the Day: Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

Baby Monkey, Private Eye By Brian Selznick and David Serlin Illustrated by Brian Selznick Scholastic Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-338-18061-9 Ages 3 and up On shelves February 27th Brian Selznick. Honey. We’ve got to talk. Now look, it was all well and good when you started getting a little crazy and shaking up notions of what […]

More Previous Winners, with a Side of Uh-Oh

Two books today, both fantasy. All the Crooked Saints technically belonged in last week’s previous winners cluster, as Stiefvater received an honor for 2012’s The Scorpio Races, but it ran over the word count. And That Inevitable Victorian Thing seemed like a good book to pair with it; Johnston, like Stiefvater, loves to play with old stories in new forms, […]

Previous Winners, Part Two

And here is part two of our previous winners posts! Again, we’re looking at past winners, honorees, and generally lauded authors who have a new book out this year, and again we’re wondering if lighting can strike twice (or, if you’re Marcus Sedgwick, four times). Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart Delacorte, September 2017 Reviewed from ARC; 5 […]

Move Over, Scholastic: Follett Launches Book Fairs

As Scholastic fields complaints about merchandising included in book fair materials, Follett builds its own book fair program.

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Diversity, Encouragement, and Dogs Top Scholastic Spring 2018 List

What do Malcolm Mitchell, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, Brian Selznick, creator of Wonderstruck (Scholastic, 2011), and Marley Dias, organizer of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, have in common? They all have books on the Scholastic Spring 2018 List.

Review: ‘Swing It, Sunny’

Sunny Side Up, the story loosely based on the lives of sister-and-brother team of Jennifer and Matthew Holm, wrapped up so well that it never occurred to me there would be a sequel. But lucky for me, there is! Although the story will be better understood by those who have read the first volume, this […]

Realistic Roundup

Here on this holiday weekend (for some, but not for others, I know!), I thought we could have a brief whirlwind of a realistic roundup. We’ve already featured a grouping of funny girls, today we have a slightly smaller set of lady-centric fiction. They’re not all funny, but they are all realistic, they are all […]

Review: Graveyard Shakes

Released in time for Halloween, Graveyard Shakes was an excellent choice to help get the spook on. But though Halloween is gone for another year, horror is always in high demand in my library! Graveyard Shakes By Laura Terry. Graphix. 2017. ISBN 9780545889544 PBK, $12.99. 204pp. Grades 4 and up Sisters Katia and Victoria both […]

Review of the Day: Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say

Silent Days, Silent Dreams By Allen Say Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $21.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-92761-1 Ages 8-12 On shelves October 31st I have never written a biography, nor have I any inclination to do so. Biographical subjects don’t interest me, but the people that choose to write the biographies of others? Those […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: James L. Swanson’s “Chasing King’s Killer”

James L. Swanson’s new biography, Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassin, out next spring from Scholastic, marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. See SLJ’s exclusive cover reveal.

Get $500 to Spend at the Scholastic Book Store. Here’s how.

Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year, is giving away his prize money in a raffle. But be quick: you have only five days to enter.

Review of the Day: The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy, ill. Eugene Yelchin

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! By Carmen Agra Deedy Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-72288-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Allegorical tales are not supposed to make you giggle. They’re steeped in seriousness. Rooted in meaning. Awash in heartfelt feelings that are meant to make you think deeply about the state […]

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Getting Through to Kids with Graphic Novels

Featured in Scholastic’s upcoming Teach Graphix Week, Kazu Kibuishi is the artist/writer behind Amulet, The New York Times bestselling graphic novel fantasy series, published by Scholastic Inc.

Scholastic’s New Study Looks at Equity in Education

The report looks at barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, the role of families and communities, and the needs for learning supports and professional development.

Morris and Turner Contendas

Hello! It’s roundup time, today focused on contendas for awards other than the Printz. One of these awards is a real actual award, the William C. Morris YA Debut Award; the other is imaginary but no less real in my heart. The Morris you all know about, of course, and we’ve been covering several debut/Morris […]

Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books

While ebooks have stalled, the outlook for the children’s book market looks good. That data and coming trends were unpacked at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit.

How Librarians Help Kids With ADHD Thrive

Students with this special need can require more attention in school, including in the library. Here’s how media specialists are guiding them to stay on task, and succeed.

When Good Authors Go Bad

Ok, I confess: the title of this post is mostly clickbait. I’m too much of a libra (and librarian) to be able to call these books anything as absolute as “bad.” The less clickbait, more classic title could be: In which the reader is disappointed in not one but two four-star books, by authors she […]

More questions than answers here

Like Joy, I’ve got a double feature: two titles with strong reviews (My Name is Not Friday has three stars; The Bitter Side of Sweet has four), good writing, and memorable characterization. These two titles are both important reads. But are they Printz contenders? My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter Scholastic, January 2016 […]

Tips in Time for International Literacy Day

In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Scholastic is sharing tips culled from four countries that can help children everywhere become lifelong readers.