The Year in SLJ Covers | 2018

The Year in SLJ Covers | 2018

Herewith, 2018 in School Library Journal, cover by cover. Hat tip, Mark Tuchman, SLJ creative director.


Amanda MacGregor, Dec 13, 2018
New and forthcoming titles include books on Trump, undocumented young adults, being young and Black in America, and a humorous contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility.
Travis Jonker, Dec 13, 2018
Since this blog began over a decade ago, the number of reviews I write has fallen each year. The reason makes no sense: reviews can be difficult and time-consuming to write. Wait. That makes perfect sense. So here, then, are 10 books I loved but didn’t review in 2018. Check them out if you get […]
Elizabeth Bird, Dec 13, 2018
The earliest American picture books had only one goal: To provide some form of moral instruction. These days books with clear messages are exceedingly common. The ones that do it well? Much rarer. Here are the 2018 titles that knew what they were doing this year.
J. Caleb Mozzocco, Dec 13, 2018
It's a new, ongoing series starring the Superhero Formerly Known As Captain Marvel

Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 22, 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, Oct 26, 2018
The Diverse Books Survey page will offer resources and related content, as well as the full Diverse Books Survey report.

Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
SLJ's Diverse Books Survey reveals that many librarians are not aware of the term and movement toward better representation.

Kara Yorio, Oct 25, 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.

Linda Jacobson, Sep 26, 2016
Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.
Lauren Barack, Apr 28, 2017
School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.
Linda Jacobson, Mar 01, 2018
School librarians see declining budgets, but many have influence over spending, our survey shows.
Karen Jensen, TLT, Nov 28, 2018
I spend a lot of time visiting other libraries and talking to my fellow librarians. I like to see what other libraries are doing and find new and creative ways to provide services, organize spaces, decorate, merchandise and more. I recently was visiting a smaller branch where the librarian was talking about how they wanted […]
Jessica Ralli, Nov 13, 2018
Train-loving children get a coding primer as they play.

With the valuable input from our reviewers, we’ve chosen timely, relevant, and necessary titles that will resonate with the older teens in your libraries.

SLJ Staff, Nov 20, 2018
SLJ's reviews editors have made their choices for the year's top titles.

Karen Jensen, TLT, Nov 21, 2018
I am going to be very honest. I have very little acting experience, so when one of my teens asked for an improv night I was nervous.  Improv stands for improvisational theater. I decided to a lot of research. I wanted the teens to know it is okay to make mistakes and they do not […]
Maggie Carson, Nov 14, 2018
Here’s how to get young people to explore creative writing and the arts with a zine-making workshop at your library.

SLJ, Nov 05, 2018
We spotlight the best of children's and YA materials reviewed in our November issue, including the latest from Kevin Henkes, Sharon Draper, Roshani Chokshi, and Ibi Zoboi.

Kara Yorio, Nov 06, 2018
Take a deeper dive into the results of a question about summer reading lists in SLJ's Diverse Books Survey.

SLJ Staff, Nov 29, 2018
Backlash kills publication of graphic novel that is called Islamaphobic and dangerous.

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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