How To Run a Virtual Book Club with Middle Schoolers

Laura Gardner, Mar 26, 2020
School librarian Laura Gardner offers best practices to stay connected with students and keep the fun factor high. 

Social Justice: Fifteen titles to address inequity, equality, and organizing for young readers | Great Books

Taylor Worley, Mar 05, 2020
A collection of titles across all genres to build up resources for budding young activists. 

Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators

SLJ Staff, Mar 18, 2020
In an effort to help educators move to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic, children's publishers are changing their policies on copyright infringement.

A Crisis—as in School Closures Due to Coronavirus—Justifies Fair Use, Say Librarians

Kara Yorio, Mar 14, 2020
A group of college, university, and public librarians released a statement outlining why they believe the extraordinary circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic meet qualifications for fair use within copyright law. 

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.

SLJ staff, Feb 25, 2020
A curricular guide for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You  by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, geared for educators and students, ages 12 and up.

Jennifer Baker, Mar 09, 2020
Three recent YA nonfiction works—Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and YouAn Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People; and A Queer History of the United States for Young People—are "remixing" history to put marginalized people front and center. 

Laura Gardner, Mar 26, 2020
School librarian Laura Gardner offers best practices to stay connected with students and keep the fun factor high. 

Drew Himmelstein, Mar 11, 2020
A wealth of information is available about the Holocaust, but many students don't know much about it. Educators supplement curricula by exploring patterns of genocide and the power of propaganda.

Thomas Knowlton, Mar 09, 2020
The relatively low-priced subscription service offers an opportunity to try out a large selection of newly released titles.

As educators turn to remote programming and classroom management due to the COVID-19 outbreak and school closures, ed tech providers are offering free access. Here’s a list. 



SLJ Reviews, Mar 23, 2020
Essential and exceptional titles reviewed in our March 2020 issue, including picture books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, graphic novels, and audiobooks for children and teens.

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

Wayne D'Orio, Feb 03, 2020
Debates over leveling focus on how to best teach reading versus how to foster passionate readers who choose their own books. How did we get here?




Mahnaz Dar, Feb 06, 2020
Back in print at long last, the "Owly" series is now in full color, with words. Here's how author Andy Runton adapted his beloved books.

SLJ staff, Mar 25, 2020
The at-home program offers downloadable superhero-themed activities, previews of graphic novels, and how-to videos from DC's roster of middle grade authors and illustrators, including Minh Lê, Gene Luen Yang, Shannon and Dean Hale, Meg Cabot, and Amanda Deibert.

Brigid Alverson, Mar 09, 2020
Malaka Gharib of the NPR blog Goats and Soda has created a comic that explains COVID-19 in simple terms for children. The comic can be printed and folded into a zine, and it has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and other languages and made into a video. That second link has some examples of […]
Brigid Alverson, Jan 12, 2020
It’s looking like 2020 will be a big year for graphic novels for young people.

Kathy Ishizuka, Feb 25, 2020
When it comes to understanding racism, kids are ready for the conversation, says Jason Reynolds, co-author with Ibram X. Kendi of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. And us?

SLJ Staff, Mar 05, 2020
The articles are just the beginning. Don’t miss the ongoing Facebook and Twitter discussion about SLJ's stories.

Chris Barton, Mar 24, 2020
Best-selling author and Sibert Honor-winner Chris Barton talks about his new book, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing, and how parents, educators, librarians, and authors can discuss difficult topics with young children. 

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Feb 24, 2020
Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder of the 1619 Project, spoke to Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi about their collaboration on Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

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