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Archives for June 2012

The 2012 Alex Awards Program

Many thanks to reviewer Priscille Dando for sharing her experience attending the Alex Awards program last weekend at ALA in Anaheim:
Fans of AB4T probably already know all about the Alex Awards, the YALSA award “given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.” A highlight of […]

HarperCollins Launches EpicReads.com for YA Readers

Librarians working with teens have a new website to talk about: EpicReads.com, an interactive community that connects readers with some of their favorite authors and books.

‘The Brooklyn Bridge,’ ‘The Parthenon,’ and The ‘Taj Mahal’: Mikaya Goes Digital

In her “Wonders of the World” series (Mikaya Press), author Elizabeth Mann has been exploring humankind’s greatest architectural and engineering feats. Now those titles, known for their superb visuals and accessible texts, are available for the iPad.

Who Really Created Batman? Marc Tyler Nobleman Talks About His Eye-Opening and Quietly Tragic New Picture Book

“I tried to end the story proper on a hopeful note but at the same time, I tell kids that we must learn the bad with the good; nothing but happy endings gets boring!”

Mud, Sweat and Tears

Although far from being his first book, this is the first full autobiography by Bear Grylls, star of Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel. After 7 seasons, the show closed this spring, but Grylls’ fans are many.
In 1998, at 23 years old, Bear Grylls became the youngest British climber to successfully climb Everest. This was […]

All ages comics and manga for 6/27/12

With summer coming into full swing, and hot days discouraging moving around, some light reading is the perfect solution! Archie Comics is ready with a whole line of Double Digests out this week. Boom Studios releases another picture book in conjunction with the new family movie Ice Age: Continental Drift, and get some shade with […]

Cyndi Lauper’s Youth Homelessness Awareness Project Reaches Out to Librarians

Grammy Award-winning artist Cyndi Lauper wants to put an end to homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens (LGBT)—and she’s hoping her new Forty to None Project will raise enough awareness about the problem to make a difference.

Scenes from ISTE 2012

A slideshow of images from the International Society for Technology in Education conference held in San Diego, CA, June 24-27.

The Virgin Cure

Ami McKay discovered the idea for her second historical novel (following The Birth House) while researching her own family. Her great-grandmother was a doctor on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the late 19th century, caring for the homeless children living in the alleys and tenements of the area. McKay describes her research in an Author’s […]

ALA Annual: Comics creators speak!

I don’t have much to say today because the comics creators are doing all the talking: Check out this awesome page of video interviews with Faith Erin Hicks, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, and Chris Giarrusso, among others, all done in the Artist Alley of the ALA Annual Meeting. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, […]

Presidential Elections, the Media Literacy Way: A Conversation with Frank W. Baker (2)

“Media literacy teaches us, among other things, that media are businesses designed to make a profit. This is a huge point that should be taught. Ask students who benefits when candidates purchase time for their messages, and they may not think to answer: the broadcasters themselves.”

DC Mayor Signs Law Requiring Youth Anti-Bullying Policies in Libraries, Other City Agencies

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Friday signed a bill that requires public libraries, schools, recreation centers, and other city agencies that work with young people to adopt and implement antibullying policies.

Presidential Elections, the Media Literacy Way: A Conversation with Frank W. Baker (1)

“The experts hired to work on the presidential campaigns know that in order to reach younger voters, they must position their candidate, and his message, in front of their eyeballs. Like good marketers they’re going to consider: what media/technology do young voters attend to and how can I get my message (and my candidate) in front of them?”

How Many Stars Does it Take to Catch a Printz?

A guest post by Elizabeth Fama (YA author) and John Cochrane (Professor of Economics), with heroic data collection by Jen Baker (Librarian).
[Note from Karyn: Usually when someone is kind enough to write a guest post, I labor over a worthy introduction. But true to her detail-oriented self—see post, below—Elizabeth wrote her own introduction. […]

ALA Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution Supporting School Libraries| ALA Annual 2012

Drafted by the Special Presidential Task Force on School Libraries, the resolution was “formed out of necessity” in response to the ongoing budget cuts and school librarian layoffs, says Sara Kelly Johns (right), the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Division Councilor and a media specialist at New York’s Lake Placid Middle/High School, who last Friday proposed the resolution at an ALA membership meeting, where it also passed unanimously.

News Bites: There’s Still Time to Apply for Civil War Programming Grant


Library grants: Applications are being accepted through July 15 for grants to develop public programming around the free traveling panel exhibition, “Civil War 150.” The $1000 grants, offered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with The Library of America, will be awarded to 50 sites to host the exhibition and plan accompanying public programming. The winners will also be given written materials, such as discussion guides, and access to a multimedia website that contains digital resources. […]

Vacation Time: Take a Break with Graphic Novels | On the Radar, Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild

Your teens have spent the year slogging through European history, sociology, chemistry, and classic books all year. Before they completely forget what it’s like to read for fun, get a graphic novel in their hands. These titles range from strangely humorous to uncomfortably serious, and there’s a reader out there for every one of them, guaranteed.

SLJ Talks to S.E. Hinton On ‘The Outsiders’ Turning 45

SLJ spoke to Hinton about the 45th anniversary of her most popular novel, experience with writer’s block, and her most recent fascination with Twitter.

Consider the Source: Hello Again

More than five years ago, I stopped writing my monthly SLJ column, “Consider the Source,” and began a blog, “Nonfiction Matters.” Since the end of May, I’ve put down my blogging gear and now I’m shifting back to my column. So, hello again to my old column readers and my recent blog readers—and welcome aboard to any new friends who’d like to join us.

A Super Special Giveaway: “Supergods” by Grant Morrison

“What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human” —the subtitle to “Supergods”