SLJ caught up with master storyteller Neil Gaiman, who penned a spooky graphic novel adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” inspired by Lorenzo Mattotti’s dark and gloomy art. Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video chat with Gaiman.
Training high school students in digital research and partnering them with a school librarian can instill a high level of confidence during college, according to preliminary observations of a study underway by EBSCO.
Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a nonprofit organization that’s working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes “the new standard in child care.” First Steps columnist Lisa Kropp urges libraries to sign on as partners in the effort.
A public librarian asks if merging her teen and adult collection will reduce the challenges to the YA literature collection; a school librarian writes about the superintendent’s restriction on teaching some of the classics listed on the Facts on Fiction website. SLJ censorship columnist, Pat Scales, provides answers to these matters and more.
Tim Wadham presents worthy and exemplary informational books for bilingual and Spanish-speaking communities that should be on display not only during Hispanic Heritage Month, but also incorporated into nonfiction bibliographies year-round.
This roundup of eerie titles, just in time for Halloween, is guaranteed to keep readers up at night, turning pages as their hearts pound. These dark and creepy tales offer vicarious chills to be enjoyed in the warmth and comfort of one’s own room.
Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.
While graphic novels are increasingly used as teaching tools, their strong imagery can be a double-edged sword.
Nintendo’s Streetpass as a form of outreach targets gamers directly and encourages connections to the library in an unconventional way.
Get the inside scoop behind the whale who inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, take a walk on the wild side with The Accidental Highwayman, and blast off with Sally Ride, in the September stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.
Among the DVDs, the possible location of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are discovered, and in audiobooks, Deborah’s Wiles’s Revolution and Lynn Sherr’s Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space reach for (and get) a star.
Preapocalyptic Time-Travel, Turn-of-the-Century California, and High School Drama | YA Fiction Series Update
SLJ presents the latest updates in YA fiction series and the conclusions of some trilogies you won’t want to miss. Your teens won’t want to miss these series continuations, from dystopic science fiction to realistic high school stories to historical fiction.
These timeless stories from Aesop and Prokofiev will be appreciated by a range of readers and listeners at home and in the classroom.
Before They Were Famous: Young Carl Sagan, Golda Meir, and Alice Waters | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4
This month, SLJ highlights some picture books about famous figures—before they made it big. Barbara Krasner details Golda Meir’s first stab at leadership, Stephanie Roth Sisson offers a glimpse of Carl Sagan’s childhood dreams about the stars, and Jacqueline Briggs examines foodie Alice Waters, starting with the early years.
Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Transgender Teen Memoir, a Guide to Puberty, and Guys vs. Girls | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up
The latest nonfiction for older readers spotlights gender and bodies, from a frank and original look at puberty to a memoir by a transgender teen.
Laurice Elehwany Molinari responds to a SLJ’s March review of her book The Ether: Vero Rising, in which reviewer Rhona Campbell writes of a Jewish character whom, she says, seems to embody evangelical beliefs.
It is with great excitement that we present Michelle Colte, the first SLJ School Librarian of the Year.
Michelle Colte, SLJ‘s first School Librarian of the Year, is the librarian at Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where 99 percent of the students are from military families.
Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, strives to “expect the miraculous”—his school library’s motto, an idea drawn from Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning book.