January 20, 2017

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SLJ’s Popular Picks

A monthly selection of must-have new titles for kids and teens chosen by SLJ’s book review editors.

Debbie Bornstein Holinstat on Holocaust “Survivors Club”

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SLJ recently spoke with Holinstat about her and her father’s book, an SLJ Popular Pick.

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

SLJ’s January 2017 Popular Picks

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SLJ is ringing in the New Year with this January Popular Picks list! This month includes a story about a badger who realizes his obsession with cleanliness has gone too far; the return of Aaron Blabey’s “Bad Guys”; a stunning graphic novel about Artemis, the goddess of the hunt; and an autobiography by soccer star Carli Lloyd, recently voted FIFA’s Best Women’s Soccer Player.

Ben Clanton on “Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea”

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Ben Clanton, author of Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, an SLJ popular pick, discusses this new graphic novel series, why narwhals are having a moment, his love of puns, and more.

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

SLJ’s December Popular Picks

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Featuring a tale about a rooster who refuses to stay silent, a new graphic novel series about a narwhal and his jellyfish companion, and a middle grade Cyrano de Bergerac, this month’s Popular Picks are bound to fly off shelves.

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

SLJ’s November Pop Picks

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This month’s Popular Picks features favorite authors such as Emma Chichester Clark, Deb Lucke, and Kimberly and James Dean.

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

Deb Lucke on her Latest “Lunch Witch” Graphic Novel

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Deb Lucke’s sequel to “Lunch Witch” was just named an SLJ Popular Pick. She reveals what’s next for Grunhilda.

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

Steve Jenkins on Popular Pick “Animals by the Numbers”

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Jenkins connects literacy, design, and the surprising world of animal facts.

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

SLJ’s October Pop Picks

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These are SLJ’s October 2016 Popular Picks, a collection of titles that your kids and teens will want to get their hands on. This month’s Pop Picks list includes a colorful seek-and-find by Brian Cronín, a hilarious “autobiography” by Jim Murphy, another zombie-apocalypse YA thriller, this time from Gregg Hurwitz, and a terrific look at the history of forensic science by Bridget Heos.

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

Fiendish Females and Humanoids: S.J. Kincaid on Popular Pick “The Diabolic”

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SLJ caught up with S. J. Kincaid to chat about the I, Claudius–inspired tale The Diabolic, a September 2016 SLJ Popular Pick.

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

SLJ’s September Popular Picks

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SLJ‘s September 2016 Popular Picks feature some great titles that your kids and teens will be clamoring for: Eoin Colfer’s Iron Man adventure, the latest “Bad Kitty” book, Melissa Sweet’s biography of E.B. White, and more.

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

SLJ’s August Popular Picks

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The latest from Nicola Yoon; Dan Santat’s newest early reader, part of Mo Willems’s “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading” series; and the DVD version of Finding Winnie.

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

Rita Meade on Popular Pick “Edward Gets Messy”

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Librarian and first-time author Rita Meade discusses creativity, the importance of taking risks, and how libraries can foster a sense of adventure.

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

Dav Pilkey on “Dog Man”

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Dav Pilkey’s latest, a graphic novel about a crime fighter who’s part dog, part cop, is all fun. Pilkey weighs in on his process, his appeal among reluctant readers, and more.

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

SLJ’s July 2016 Popular Picks

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This month’s Popular Picks features favorite authors such as Kelly DiPucchio, Kekla Magoon, and Dav Pilkey.

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

SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks

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Take a look at SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks featuring books by Jonathan Maberry, Kate DiCamillo, Danielle Paige, Rick Yancey, and Raina Telegemeier.

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

Interview: Lily Rothman on “Everything You Need To Ace American History”

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SLJ quizzes Lily Rothman, author of Everything You Need To Ace American History about her love of history and her contribution to the forthcoming “Big Fat Notebook” series.

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

Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

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SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.

SLJ’s May 2016 Popular Picks

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Check out SLJ’s May 2016 Popular Picks featuring Monica Brown, Tom Angleberger, Sarah Maas, and more.

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

Three Quick Questions: Sophie Cleverly on Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin

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Sophie Cleverly, whose novel Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin was just named an SLJ Popular Pick, answers three quick questions.

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

SLJ’s April 2016 Popular Picks

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In our inaugural list of must-have titles, SLJeditors have selected choice storytime picks, Cassandra Clare’s latest series opener, and a new work by Avi. You’ll want to purchase multiple copies of these books, which are bound to fly off the shelves.

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