February 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Coming in March: “A Crossover Year”


“The announcement of the Youth Media Awards is always a high point of the year,” writes Nina Lindsay in our March cover story. “But something ticked up a notch on February 2, 2015. When I tried to explain it, I found myself breaking into tears. I was not alone. The emotional response that day, while focusing on different aspects of the award outcomes, seemed to stem from a single current. What was it?”

Lindsay, children’s services coordinator for the Oakland (CA) Public Library, who writes, with Jonathan Hunt, the SLJ blog Heavy Medal, unpacks this special awards season in “A Crossover Year.” Representing diversity on several levels, are the 2015 YMAs a harbinger of real change? It’s an opportune time to consider the possibilities, given an especially long, brutal winter, when we look hopefully to spring and, with it, renewal.

Also in this issue, we introduce a new element from our enewsletter Curriculum Connections: a standards-aligned lesson plan based on the new picture book Bird & Diz (Candlewick) by Gary Golio and Ed Young.

Our Libro por Libro column takes the 2015 Pura Belpré winners and shows how these outstanding titles can be used in libraries and classrooms. In the feature story “Serving Conservative Teens,” an educator recommends titles for teen patrons of diverse faiths.

And librarian Tiffany Whitehead offers tips on helping students game the Web with research tricks using, of all things, Google.

We look forward to your comments. The cover story posts here Monday, March 2.

Happy spring.



Above illustration for the March cover story “A Crossover Year” by Lee White.

Kathy Ishizuka About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com@kishizuka on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.

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