David Bowles on Writing for Border Kids in the Age of Trump

David Bowles on Writing for Border Kids in the Age of Trump

Middle grade author David Bowles makes the case that all writing—especially that which upholds and does not challenge the status quo—is inherently political. 

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Travis Jonker, Dec 10, 2019
Counting down the Top 20 Children’s Books of 2019.
Katie Cunningham, Dec 10, 2019
With each turn of the page, Here and Now celebrates the beauty, magic, and wonder of every moment and the interconnectedness of all things. Written as a “real-time meditation” (author’s note), the spare picture book reads like a recipe for living life more fully present.
Annisha Jeffries, Dec 09, 2019
Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Nominations are now open for December. In Steven’s November 14 post, he mentioned that for November, 49 Heavy Medal readers each put three titles forward. November 21 post, Roxanne tallied that 18 titles reached top contender status (4 nominations or more by 59 Heavy Medal readers). We are now calling for […]
Brigid Alverson, Dec 09, 2019
BOOM! Studios jumps on the graphic nonfiction bandwagon with 'Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers,' a graphic novel series that will debut in September 2020.
Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 21, 2018
The majority of public and K–12 librarians consider it "very important" to have a diverse book collection for kids and teens, according to SLJ's nationwide survey. But there are hurdles, including a lack of quality titles in specific areas.

Librarians respond to the challenge of where to put diverse books once they have them in their collections.

SLJ Staff, Jan 31, 2019
On the Diverse Books Survey page, users can access related content, newly updated, as well as our Diverse Books Survey report.

Lauren Barack, Jun 11, 2019
These services meet the needs of children and families across the country, with programming ranging from robotics to summer meals to ever-popular reading challenges.

Kara Yorio, Jun 11, 2019
Nearly  100 percent of public libraries use incentives in their summer reading programs, according to SLJ's survey. Still, respondents had a lot to say about prizes as well as what motivates kids to read over vacation.

SLJ Staff, Mar 20, 2019
Scholastic releases its latest Kids and Family Reading Report.

Kara Yorio, Aug 09, 2019
Survey shows parents and teachers agree public schools—and teachers—need more money, but have differing opinions on the role of public schools and how to evaluate them.

Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
While in the minority, the SLJ Diverse Books Survey reveals some librarians are declining to purchase books with diverse characters to avoid a challenge.

Seventeen titles made SLJ's list of the most distinguished young adult books published in 2019. 

Cindy Shutts, Jul 08, 2019
A game-loving librarian's suggestions to raise the level of your collection. With recommended games for elementary, tweens, and teens, from Candy Land, Uno and Oregon Trail, to Exploding Kittens and Sushi Go.

Wayne D’Orio, Sep 04, 2019
Here's an information literacy action plan to support college-bound students.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 25, 2019
Superheroes and comics go together like mac and cheese. These 10 graphic reads celebrate heroes, from Black Canary and Green Lantern to Dog Man, Super Potato, and, yes, Rainbow Brite.

Twenty-one exemplary titles made SLJ's list of the best picture books published in 2019.

Twelve wonderful middle grade and young adult #OwnVoices titles that reflect Indigenous life and culture. They include historical and contemporary fiction as well as anthologies, graphic novels, and speculative science fiction.

Kelly Jensen, Dec 03, 2019
In the last few years, there's been a rise in YA anthologies hitting shelves, and the trend isn't slowing down. Librarians weigh in on these books' popularity and how to use them in schools and public programming.

Fourteen outstanding titles made SLJ's list of the best graphic novels for children and teens published in 2019. 

Cicely Lewis, Sep 20, 2019
Sports-themed titles to empower all young readers.

Shelley Diaz, Nov 06, 2018
Check out the recording of Acevedo’s 2018 SLJTeen Live! keynote, in which she talks about her path to publication, the importance of literacy and seeing yourself books, and more.

SLJ Staff, Sep 28, 2018
Just hours before the 13th annual Carle Honors gala, SLJ reviews managing editor Luann Toth talked to the 2018 Carle Honors recipients at the legendary Algonquin Hotel in New York City on September 27 on Facebook Live

Kara Yorio, Oct 28, 2018
There was a lot to take in on the first day at SLJ's Leadership Summit, which was full of moving speakers, inspiring panels, and breakout sessions with ideas for attendees to take back to school and implement.

SLJ Staff, Oct 15, 2018
What is Read Woke? School librarian Cicely Lewis and students at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA, explore the idea that led to a reading revolution at their school—and internationally.

Kathy Ishizuka, May 31, 2018
In a talk that ranged from her Mississippi roots to her personal influences, including a certain young reader who inspires her today, author Angie Thomas delivered a forceful keynote at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.
SLJ, May 14, 2018
Get out the pliers and roll up your sleeves: All you need to know to lead a toy-take apart session with students.  

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