November 17, 2017

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7 Snowy Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Seven delightful picture books about winter wonderlands.

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To Be Or Not To Be Retold—YA Edition | SLJ Spotlight

4 stellar YA titles that put a fresh, contemporary spin on the classics.

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#Resist: 3 Nonfiction Titles on Social Justice

Introduce kids and teens to activism with titles from Innosanto Nagara and former Earth Guardian leader Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.

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Coding for Tweens and Teens | SLJ Spotlight

Two nonfiction titles about coding will keep young minds active during the winter months.

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Middle Grade Standalones and Sequels from Favorite Authors | SLJ Spotlight

These 10 titles from favorite authors will delight readers whether they’re seeking a standalone or series sequel.

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4 Middle Grade Books To Tug the Heartstrings | SLJ Spotlight

Four poignant middle grade titles for analytical and introspective young readers.

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3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies

These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

Take a Bite Out of Summer Reading with Shark Week–Themed Titles

What could possibly make the end of the school year even better…shark week! Here are a few nonfiction titles straight from SLJ archives sure to please novices and experts alike.

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

“Pride and Prejudice” YA Redux | SLJ Spotlight

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s classic continues to inspire new YA adaptations every year. Give these titles to budding Janeites or teens looking for YA romances with a unique spin.

Sexual Violence in YA Lit | SLJ Spotlight

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Share these recently reviewed YA titles and resources with teen readers.

YA Tales from Down Under | SLJ Spotlight

From a nuanced look at abuse to a fun read about a teen who communicates with ghosts, these latest works set in Australia are sure to wow U.S. teens.

Hiding in Plain Sight | SLJ Spotlight

Whether it’s a story about a game of counting and scouting for hidden friends or looking for cleverly concealed visual clues, these books sharpen children’s observation skills and allow them to succeed vicariously by paying attention, honing sharp-eyed reflexes, and having fun along the way.

The Real Deal: Three New Realistic Middle Grade Novels

Three new titles that tackle the pathos and humor of the here-and-now.

Brand New Middle Grade Debuts | SLJ Spotlight

From quirky mysteries and intricate steampunk adventures to environmental allegory and multi-layered fantasy, this crop of fresh new voices on the middle grade scene should find a place on library shelves and in the hands of eager young readers.

Our Bodies, Our Shelves | SLJ Spotlight

From sex and gender to reproductive rights, these recent offerings make complex topics accessible and ensure that teenagers will be informed about issues that affect them.

Blast to the Recent Past | SLJ Spotlight

The following YA titles take place from the 1970s to the mid-aughts, each offering a glimpse of the recent past, and perhaps a little bit of hindsight.

Saying Goodbye | SLJ Spotlight

These tender and affecting picture books deal with loss in an honest and age-appropriate way. While diverse in their subject matter and style, all of the books have a gentle tone, and offer positive and hopeful ways to cope with them.

Family Matters | SLJ Spotlight

From struggling to find footing as a foster kid to having a mom with depression, these YA titles are about working through real-life situations.

Hillary: Beyond the Headlines | SLJ Spotlight

Several recently reviewed books take a close look a presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.