March 24, 2018

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Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Weaving two stories together—that of Attia, a 17-year-old Thracian warrior princess, and of Xanthus, a gladiator—Wyk crafts a cast of relatable characters whose lives have been thrown together as a result of massacre.

Newbery winner Kwame Alexander to Curate New Young Readers Imprint

Author and poet Kwame Alexander takes on new publishing challenge.

Morris + Printz?

In our frantic dash to the finish line, we’re taking today to look at the Morris finalists. A Morris nod has nothing really to do with the Printz slate, though there’s been overlap in years past. And a lack of a Morris nod doesn’t rule any author out for the Printz, either. They’re not correlative. […]

Presenting: The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen members, thank you all so much for having read all the long listed titles and for volunteering to take part in the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Committee!  Your ballot will be emailed to you tonight. When serving on the real Newbery committee, all members would know each other’s age/age range, […]

Battle of the Kids’ Books, 2009-2017

For those eagerly checking this site for this year’s contenders, we need to let you know that last year was the final Battle of the Kids’ Books. We enjoyed tremendously our nine years doing the Battle and hope you enjoyed it too. Thank you to everyone involved over the years — those at SLJ, our wonderful judges, the […]

Comics Writer Don McGregor Talks “Black Panther”

Writer Don McGregor redefined the “Black Panther” comic series in the 1970s with an all-black cast. He talks to SLJ about his work, returning to the character, and the upcoming film adaptation.

Asian American Voices in Young Adult Literature, a #YAAtoZ guest post by Kristyn Dorfman

Today for YA A to Z we are delighted to present with you a discussion of Asian American Voices in YA Literature by library Kristyn Dorfman. The need for diverse narratives has always been important but that has not always been apparent in the books we see published. Now, finally, diverse stories have been gaining […]

B is for Brothers *and* Sisters; a Take 5 List

Today is the last day of January, so it’s our last day with the Letter B (though we will still post something if we get it because we like this discussion). Today TLTer Heather Booth is discussing brothers (and sisters). If you are in a mixed gender sibling group, you might have noticed the relative […]

YMAs to Include Multicultural Awards in 2019 Ceremony

ALA will add multicultural awards announcements to 2019 YMAs ceremony.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –Nisha writes to her Muslim mother, who died giving birth to her and her twin brother, Amil, in a diary she receives on their 12th birthday.

Two Teen Titles On Gladiators | SLJ Spotlight

Two YA titles that highlight women warriors, including Lesley Livingston’s follow-up to The Valiant.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Morning Notes: Road Trip Edition

THE 2019 YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS: ENHANCED Good news time. The most prominent awards in children’s literature is about to get more diverse. Beginning in 2019, the Youth Media Awards will “highlight titles selected by the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)“. Click here to read the full announcement. THE CROSSOVER Author Kwame […]

Not In Any History Books: Digging Deep Into the Past of the New York Times Best Illustrated List

Leave it to the experts, that’s what I always say. Some time ago I was contacted by librarian Cecilia Horn, currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library in Northern Kentucky. Cecilia was researching the New York Times Best Illustrated List, which is presented yearly to ten different picture books. It’s […]

A Look Back: Ursula Le Guin Talks Writing and Her Readers

In a 2004 interview with SLJ, Ursula K. Le Guin discusses her family, influences and evolution as a writer.

Books in Brief: Sand, Swine, and Shadows

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel ISBN 978-1-101-93586-6 $18.99 hc Random House, c2017 The first in a presumably five-part series, Sand Warrior creates a unique and colorful world. Oona’s sister was destined to light the ancient beacon to restore their planet and make it healthy again, but Oona is unable to control her […]

World Read Aloud Day Adds Magic Night This Year

Every child likes to be read to, even those irritable tweens, according to the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading research.

Building Our Way Back: School Libraries Recover from Disasters

Librarians impacted by flooding and hurricane describe their recovery efforts and suggest disaster planning points.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Reporting on Hurricanes, and then Fleeing One

Marva Hinton had just reported a story on Hurricane Harvey for SLJ when she was forced to evacuate her home due to Hurricane Irma.

Horn Book starred reviews March/April 2018

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Also in March/April: summer reading camp, easy readers, gender in picture books, and an interview with Viking’s Regina Hayes. It’s a good issue.     Love; by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Loren Long(Putnam) This Is the Nest That […]

Between the Lines by Sandra Neil Wallace | SLJ Review

Gr 1-4 –The pursuit of dreams and the resilience of the human spirit shine in this illustrated biography of one of the world’s greatest sports artists.