February 25, 2018

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RITA, Walden Book Awards Announced; Manga Handbook | SLJTeen News

This edition of SLJTeen News highlights the 2016 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award winner and finalists, Hachette and Booktrack’s partnership, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) grants, and this fall’s Banned Books Week.

Cart/Campbell Grant for Teen Service Librarians

The Cart/Campbell Grant offers $500 plus registration for a librarian who would like to attend the ALAN two-day workshop on November 21 and 22. Librarians who work in middle or high schools or teen services at a public library are eligible to apply. Membership in ALAN is required. Applications and criteria are available on the grant’s website. Applications are due by September 1.

StokerCon 2017

The Horror Writer’s Association released the date, location, and lineup for next year’s StokerCon convention. The 2017 StokerCon will be held in Long Beach, CA, from April 27 to 30. The speakers include George R.R. Martin, author of the “Game of Thrones” series; Gretchen McNeil, writer of Possess; and Becky Spratford of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror. For more information about the convention, click here.

booktrackerLittle, Brown and Booktrack Collaboration

Hachette’s imprint, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, has partnered with Booktrack, a technology platform that creates ebooks with movie-like audio components for a more compelling read. These soundtrack-enhanced resources will be available on the Booktrack site, which contains several titles, such as Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Beautiful Creatures” series and Jennifer E. Smith’s Happy Again. More selections will be released on a monthly basis. Check the site for the current list of entries and how to order.

2016 Banned Books Week

Are you ready for Banned Books Week? Defend your right to read from September 25 to October 1. The American Library Association has released 2015’s most challenged books, including titles by John Green, David Levithan, and Jazz Jennings.  For more information and ideas on how to participate, check out the ALA’s Banned Books page and SLJ’s Pinterest board.

Manga Handbooks for Librarians and Educators

Comic Books Legal Defense and Viz Media have released a resource for librarians and educators MangaBookClubHandbook_frontcoverto help with manga book clubs. The Manga Book Club Handbook lays out the basics of manga and offers tools for books clubs. Viz Media distributes, publishes, and licenses Japanese and global content to North America, while Comic Books Legal Defense protects the format and the rights of its readers.

Makeover for NEA Big Read Program

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program will undergo a change in its curriculum for participating communities. Big Read is a national incentive that assigns a pivotal book to a community to discuss and create healthy civic relations. The current list of titles was reworked to include more contemporary options to satisfy the need for different voices and styles. However, with new selections added, some classics have been dropped, such as The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, and poetry by Emily Dickinson. For more information about the program and to apply for grants, visit the program’s site.

New Book Spoilers for Librarians

5 min librarianLet’s face it, although it would be nice to read every book that was published each year, we can’t! However, “Spoilers, Sweetie!,” a spin-off blog from “5 Minute Librarian,” offers insights on award-winning books for all ages. The cobloggers are volunteer librarians who spill the beans about recently esteemed works, such as winners of awards including the Printz, Odyssey Audio, Newbery, and more. Each review is covered by a gray box, and clicking on it reveals the scope of the title. Feel free to investigate the blog yourself.

2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival

The roster of writers, poets, and artists attending the 2016 National Book Festival on September 24 at the Washington Convention Center in DC has been confirmed. The notable and distinguished creators will discuss and sign their works. Speakers include Stephen King, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Raina Telgemeier, who will be on the main stage. Children’s and YA creators such as Raymond Arroyo, Andrea Beaty, Jerry Pinkney, Jason Reynolds, Nadia Hashimi, Juana Medina, Meg Medina, Paul Rudnick, and many more will also be present. A full list of attendees is available here. The National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together authors for talks, panel discussions, book signings, and other activities.

Apply for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Book Groups

Librarians can now apply on behalf of their teens to join YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten book groups. YALSA Teen Top TenPublishers provide advance readers copies of their upcoming YA titles for honest teen reviews. Fifteen book groups will serve two-year terms, January 2017 through December 2018, to review and discuss published works. Librarians must be YALSA members to apply. Please submit the application by October 1.

Romance Writers of America YA RITA and Golden Winners

Romance Writers of America recently announced its RITA and Golden Heart Awards. The RITA award recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas, whereas the Golden Heart Awards highlights unpublished romance manuscripts. The RITA YA Romance winner is The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett and the Best First Book Winner is Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn. The 2016 Golden Heart Winners for the YA category is Meg Kassel’s The Beekeeper.

2016 Walden Books Awards

YA_Reynolds_AllamericanboysThe Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) announces its 2016 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award recipient, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This award, named after YA author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, celebrates a work that demonstrates a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit. The finalists for this prize were All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez, and Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

Matt de la Peña wins NCTE’s Intellectual Freedom Award

NCTE honored Matt de la Peña with its Intellectual Freedom Award for his courage and efforts to fight censorship. De la Peña is a Newbery Award medalist and has written works for children and YA. His 2008 novel, Mexican Whiteboy, was banned in Tucson, AZ. Determined to not have voices and lifestyles silenced, he used his earning from a school talk to purchase copies of the work for the students. His work ensures young readers of all ages can see themselves reflected in books.





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