November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

A Forest of Poems: Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle

Engle discusses her poems and books in verse, Cuba, and her first career as a botanist.

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case Written by Patricia Hruby Powell; Illustrated by Shadra Strickland Published by Chronicle Books, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4521-2590-9   Grades 7 and up   Book Review “Tell the Court I love my wife / and it is just unfair that I can’t live with her […]

Review of the Day: Caminar by Skila Brown

Caminar By Skila Brown Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0763665166 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Survivor’s guilt. Not the most common theme in children’s books these days. Not unheard of certainly, but it definitely doesn’t crop up as often as, say, stories about cupcakes or plucky orphans that have to defeat evil wizards. Serious works of […]

Review of the Day: brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

brown girl dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978- 0399252518 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th What does a memoir owe its readers? For that matter, what does a fictionalized memoir written with a child audience in mind owe its readers? Kids come into public libraries every day […]

Why Verse? Poetic Novels for Historical Fiction, Displacement Stories, and Struggling Readers

There are many reasons to write novels in verse, according to author Terry Farish: To reflect a culture’s music and literary heritage; to offer reprises of a language’s rhythm; to create a fast pace that mirrors the character’s own ride; to bring the cinematic camera intimately close.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.