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Students Worldwide Choose Bank Street’s Children’s Literature Prize Winners

Students from classrooms all over the world have chosen the two winners for the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature top prizes for the Irma Black Award and the Cook Prize.

H-H-H-Hashtag Holdshelf is Coming Soon

I want to start this post with a YouTube clip, but the choices! Should I go for the heartstrings with Hold On by Wilson Philips? Should I go indie with Hold On by Alabama Shakes? Should I go Parental Advisory with Hold On by 50 Cent? Or Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake? The […]

Heads will roll?

  I was showing a friend around Boston yesterday (do make a stop at the Mapparium if you’re ever in the Back Bay; it’s awesome) when we ran into this sculpture  parked outside the Museum of Fine Arts. It’s one of a pair by Antonio López García but of course I thought of Harriet the […]

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Google Announces It has Stopped Mining Student Gmail

Following a lawsuit filed last year against Google by students and other Gmail users in California claiming Google’s data-mining of student email violated wiretaps laws, Google has announced it has ceased data mining students’ Gmail.

A Young Saudi Arabian Girl Refuses to Conform in Wadjda | DVD Pick

This nuanced, achingly poignant, and sensitive story of a rebellious girl navigating the difficult terrain of a repressive culture will invite comparisons to Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Persepolis.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin, the popular YA author of Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the Birthright series, has a wonderful new adult novel out this month. Although there is nothing specifically teen about The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, this is the kind of book that anyone who loves bookstores and books will simply […]

Announcing a New Challenge: Re-Potterfy Harry Potter!

Betsy Bird launches her latest fan-art challenge.

Morning Notes: Hop on Pop Damages Edition

STEVEN SPIELBERG MEETS ROALD DAHL If a children’s book is going to be turned into a movie, can you do any better than Steven Spielberg directing? Yes, in fact – you can have Melissa Mathison (the screenwriter responsible for E.T.) to handle the script. Click here for more details. DON’T HOP ON POP My friend […]

Request to Ban ‘Two Boys Kissing’ from Virginia High School Library Denied

On April 23, Virginia’s Fauquier County Public Schools held a review and public hearing to consider a parent’s appeal to remove David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing—an LGBTQ-themed book—from the school district’s libraries. The board voted a unanimous decision to keep the title in the school district’s libraries.

What’s Old is New: Recent YA Books with Allusions to Classic Lit | SLJ Spotlight

Nine books that will take readers back in time with their allusions to classic literature.

What Makes a Family?: Novels for Middle Grade Readers | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Today’s families are increasingly blended, made up of different cultures and circumstances. Children’s literature reflects this growing trend with books that feature biracial kids, matriarch-led households, and more. Offer these new titles by award-winning fan favorites selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Law to Protect LGBT Students

Massachusetts is the 17th state to pass anti-bullying legislation to protect LGBT students with Governor Deval Patrick signing the bill into law on April 24.

Interview: Danica Novgorodoff on ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’

In 2007, artist Danica Novgorodoff was reading through an issue of The Economist magazine when she came across an article about the persistence of the tradition of “ghost marriages” in China—apparently, when some young unmarried men die early, their family members will try to secure a so-called “corpse bride” to bury with them, so that […]

Press Release Fun – Peter Sis: Cartography of the Mind

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mary Van Akin (646) 307-5210 | Mary.VanAkin@macmillan.com Czech Center New York Presents Exhibition of the Work of Acclaimed Artist, Illustrator, Author, and Filmmaker Peter Sís Peter Sís: Cartography of the Mind Peter Sís: Cartography of the Mind on View May 8 through September 2, 2014 Media Preview and Opening Reception Wednesday, May […]

A Conversation with Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen

For author Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Chris Van Dusen, August 26th marks a triumphant return to the Mercy Watson Universe. That’s when Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, the first book in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series is released. It’s also the first time since the Mercy Watson series wrapped up 2009 in that readers get […]

School Librarian Unravels Mystery of Robert McCloskey Art Work Found in Westchester Elementary School

Pequenakonck Elementary School Librarian Noel MacCarry discovered a piece of art in his school 28 years ago that he suspected was the work of two-time Caldecott winner Robert McCloskey. It took MacCarry nearly 28 years to confirm this and to unearth the painting’s unusual origin story.

How Author G. Neri and Librarian Kimberly DeFusco Changed a Life

The Chess Rumble author and a Tampa school librarian helped turn a young at-risk non-reader into a Shakespeare-loving poet. (As told by the author, the librarian, and the poet.)

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Go Ebook

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, allows her Pulitzer Prize winning classic to go ebook; the ebook will be released July 8.

Hartford Public Library Wins $25K High Impact Literacy Award

Hartford (CT) Public Library was recently awarded the “Hi-5” High Impact Literacy Award from the NewAlliance Foundation that comes with a $25K windfall for the library’s embodiment of vision, responsiveness, innovation, spirit, and results in the field of literacy.

Pressure to Succeed

Today I’m combining two books about pursuing competitive, pressure-filled fields — dance and basketball. One is nonfiction, one fiction. Both are full of struggle, family difficulties, and the stress of expectations. Misty Copeland is a phenomenon, and her book is a gift to the many young people obsessed with ballet (or dance of any kind). […]