The 20th Century | By the Book

The 20th Century | By the Book

This past year has seen a number of 20th-century histories published for secondary students on topics ranging from women's suffrage and World War l to the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Here's a select list, with reviews.


Amanda MacGregor, Jan 24, 2019
These forthcoming books from Penguin Random House will keep you busy this spring and summer. Novels about grief, secrets, guilt, breaking free, and so much more. Get ready to add a bunch of new titles to your TBR list!
Travis Jonker, Jan 24, 2019
DEAR ZOO: WHERE ARE THE FEMALE ANIMALS? You ever notice how in Dear Zoo, there are no female animals? This blog did. And now, for some reason, people are mad that the blog called it out??? Where’s an eye-roll emoji when you need it? (Related note: A couple weeks ago Brian Lies wrote an excellent post […]
Elizabeth Bird, Jan 24, 2019
What the heck is 'Creators IRL'?". Apparently this is something Penguin created to "offer a safe space for conversations, questions, revelations, and reflections between readers and some of their favorite creators. Featuring candid discussion from some of the book community’s most beloved creators, each video will center on a particular topic and explore how that topic has influenced the creator’s life and career." Today, I'm premiering the third video in the series. Its focus? “Identity”.
Karen Jensen, TLT, Jan 23, 2019
Feminist, fashion and the best accessory of all: Books!
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.
Daryl Grabarek, Jan 07, 2019
Fans of Eric Carle will rejoice in this well-presented, comprehensive app.

Daryl Grabarek, Jan 15, 2019
This past year has seen a number of 20th-century histories published for secondary students on topics ranging from women's suffrage and World War l to the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Here's a select list, with reviews.

Joyce Valenza, Jan 17, 2019
On behalf of my library/educator colleagues, thank you, John Green. Thank you, John, for offering us a new tool in introducing media literacy and credibility awareness with our learning communities. Thank you for lending your honest voice and passion to this mission. John recently introduced a new 10-episode Crash Course series, Navigating Digital Information, developed […]
Kara Yorio, Jan 03, 2019
When it comes to teachable ­moments, nothing beats commemorative dates. 

SLJ Staff, Jan 16, 2019
Students can study the science of baseball—and the sport can help teach the kids key STEM concepts—thanks to this new multi-year content collaboration.

Drew Himmelstein, Dec 27, 2018
With  systemic harassment and assault in the news, educators are working age appropriate lessons about boundaries, safety, and sexual assault into the school day.

SLJ Staff, Jan 09, 2019
There are a wealth of opportunities in this edition of NewsBites—from a earning school library grant or a social media superstar award, winning book donations and an exhibition possibly stopping at your branch.

SLJ Staff, Jan 09, 2019
As we celebrate multiple space exploration anniversaries in the next few years, these are just some of the recent crop of titles that will spark kids’ interest.

Addie Matteson, Dec 20, 2018
The subscription-based software specifically designed for education gives students more augmented and virtual reality options.

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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