Ready, Set, Sci-fi! Books that bring the realm of SFF to transitional readers | Great Books

Ready, Set, Sci-fi! Books that bring the realm of SFF to transitional readers | Great Books

With the growing cultural footprint of superhero stories and other forms of fantasy and science fiction, academics have begun to examine the impact of these genres on young readers. These ten titles are an excellent introduction to the rich possibilities of early speculative fiction.


Four Debut YA Authors on Getting Published in a Pandemic and Staying True to Yourself

Melanie Kletter, Feb 02, 2021
This month’s debut authors share what it has been like to get their first YA book published in the midst of a pandemic. Crystal Maldonado, Louisa Onomé, Marti Leimbach, and Bethany Mangle also discuss some of the research and self-reflection that went into writing their stories, and the importance of staying true to yourself.

What Will “Getting Back to Normal” Look Like?

Wayne D'Orio, Feb 01, 2021
Statistics show the impact of learning loss during the pandemic, while experts offer suggestions for how best to restart in-person education.

"Period Power": 11 YA and Middle Grade Titles That Destigmatize Menstruation

SLJ Reviews, Feb 03, 2021
These fiction and nonfiction titles take on the embarrassment and discomfort associated with menstruation—while urging readers to take pride in their bodies and combat the stigma related to periods.

Crushing on Love: 12 Books Featuring Many Kinds of Love for All Ages

SLJ Reviews, Feb 02, 2021
From first crushes to love of country, a grandmother's fiercely protective love to second grade boys finding the confidence to admit their feelings, we've collected a few titles we think your patrons will really fall for. 

April Witteveen, Nov 02, 2020
The survey showed school librarians using creative approaches to deliver superior library services, leading on tech innovation, collaborating with colleagues, and strengthening relationships with students.

SLJ Staff, Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to a schedule for school from home, how does it compare to the traditional schedule and curriculum? It's a mix, according to School Library Journal's survey of  K-12 librarians, fielded from April 2 to April 12.

SLJ staff, Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to getting materials returned to the library, most librarians don't appear all that concerned, found School Library Journal's survey. In fact, 48 percent haven't made a plan for that.


Kathy Ishizuka, Dec 03, 2020
In an unprecedented year, managing the pandemic dominated attention. SLJ covered the gamut, from publisher policies adjusted to accommodate remote learning, to tips on running a virtual book club for middle schoolers. Despite all, fostering literacy and celebrating great books persisted as key topics of interest for our readers.

One in four kids tuned in to a podcast in 2020, drawn to stories and discussions about the coronavirus, money, activism, racial justice, and other topics.

SLJ Staff, Feb 28, 2020
The discussions in the spring set of free, one-hour professional development programs will tackle serving striving readers, information inequity, and news literacy.


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.

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.

One school library's Graffiti Books program lets students connect and have "conversations" by writing in books. It also keeps some previously weeded titles in the stacks.

SLJ Staff, Jan 06, 2021
These engaging picture book biographies spotlight two influential Black female tennis players: Althea Gibson and Serena Williams.

Whether you are a media specialist seeking excellent additions to your collection or titles to recommend, or an educator seeking gold for both remote and in-person learning, you’ll find plenty of options here, with accurate and authentic books by and about Native Americans and First Nations people.

Twenty-four exceptional titles made SLJ's list of the best picture books published in 2020.

Twenty-five outstanding works made SLJ's list of the best middle grade books published in 2020. 

Fifteen books made SLJ's list of the best graphic novels for children and teens published in 2020. 

Marva Hinton, Jan 12, 2021
More time, less social pressure, and more flexible scheduling has helped some kids flourish.

Amanda MacGregor, Jan 04, 2021
Some educators abandon teaching the Bard's work, while others update and enhance Shakespeare curricula.

Amanda MacGregor, Jan 04, 2021
From a choose-your-own-path Romeo and Juliet to a Macbeth retelling that channels #MeToo, there's something here for all teen readers and fans of the Bard. 

Brigid Alverson, Jan 21, 2021
Isekai manga are some of the wildest fantasy stories on bookshelves right now. What are they? And which titles are must-haves for your collection?

Brigid Alverson, Nov 30, 2020
Latinx creators have been receiving more recognition in recent years, and there is now a flourishing Latinx comics scene that includes a strong body of work for young people.

Brigid Alverson, Oct 29, 2020
From the very beginning, comics have been a part of the Star Wars franchise. Check out these intergalactic must-read manga titles for teens.

Brigid Alverson, Dec 17, 2020
The manga that made our best-of-the-year list all have a little something extra: high school stories that go a bit deeper, a classic series published in a gorgeous hardcover edition, animal tales filled with heart and humor.

Brigid Alverson, Jan 18, 2021
Guest writer Martha Cornog offers a varied list of graphic novels with Black protagonists

The post Graphic Novels with Black Protagonists appeared first on Good Comics for Kids.

SLJ staff, Nov 10, 2020
Fans of Nathan Hale can cross the country alongside the best-selling author this month. With stops from Boston to Honolulu, the virtual tour celebrates Blades of Freedombook 10 in Hale’s "Hazardous Tales" series of graphic novels.

Moni Barrette, Jan 06, 2021
The term graphic medicine was coined by Dr. Ian Williams—comics artist, physician, and editor of—to “denote the role that comics can play in the study and delivery of healthcare.”

The post Graphic Medicine for Kids & Teens appeared first on Good Comics for Kids.

Oct 01, 2020
Frank Waln, Dec 28, 2020
On December 29, 1890, the United States Army killed 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Frank Waln, an award-winning Lakota music artist from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, discusses the 130th anniversary of the massacre and Native representation in the U.S. education system.

Kathy Ishizuka, Dec 17, 2020
Curricular bazaar Teachers Pay Teachers has never been more popular. But questions about quality, cultural insensitivity, and plagiarism beg expert guidance. Consider your librarian.  

Ashleigh Williams, Dec 23, 2020
The debut author spoke with SLJ about releasing her first book during a pandemic, writing novels as a tween, and the key to balancing stories of loss with plenty of love.

Mahnaz Dar, Dec 01, 2020
New books inspired by The Princess Bride, Grease, Empire Records, and The Phantom of the Opera correct the sexism, homophobia, and racial privilege in their source material.

Kathy Ishizuka, Dec 03, 2020
Our most viewed stories reflect a significant, collective journey. 

Moni Barrette, Oct 01, 2020
“Honestly, I think learning loss is the least of our worries. It’s essential to give them space to talk about how they are feeling. If things are falling apart, we have to take care of them rather than push on with a lesson.” —”In This Together: School Librarians Help Address Learning Loss, Upheaval,” SLJ It’s […]

The post You’re Not Alone in Feeling Alone appeared first on Good Comics for Kids.

Miles McKenna, Nov 02, 2020
Miles McKenna, actor and author of Out!: How To Be Your Authentic Self (Abrams/Amulet; Gr 8 Up) reflects on his childhood love of reading and J.K. Rowling's recent anti-transgender social media posts.

Amanda MacGregor, Dec 03, 2020
Pinguicha urges readers to question history, ask who wrote the stories, and present and amplify the narratives that have been ignored, hidden, and distorted.

The post Questioning Your History Lessons, a guest post by Diana Pinguicha appeared first on Teen Librarian Toolbox.


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