Download a PDF of SLJ’s 2021 Best Books

Download a PDF of SLJ’s 2021 Best Books

Download the full list of SLJ’s 2021 Best Books as a nifty PDF that you can share with patrons, educators, and other readers.  

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Best Chapter Books 2021 | SLJ Best Books

Seven superb titles made SLJ's list of must-have chapter books, including a retelling of Don Quixote and charming take on the “new sibling” genre.

Best Nonfiction 2021 | SLJ Best Books

A whopping 35 books were selected for this year’s Best Nonfiction list---our longest yet. From STEM works to eye-opening historical accounts, these titles will fill all of your curricular needs.

Best Young Adult Books 2021 | SLJ Best Books

Malinda Lo’s National Book Award-winning Last Night at the Telegraph Club, the blockbuster Blackout, and Angie Thomas’s latest are just some of the 25 YA titles that made our Best Books of 2021. 

Authors Share the Emotions, Impact When Their Books Are Banned

Kara Yorio, Nov 16, 2021
Authors Jerry Craft, Grace Lin, and others discuss the personal and professional impact of having parents call to remove their books from schools and libraries.

SLJ Staff, Nov 01, 2021
In the November issue of SLJ, we examine the state of U.S. school libraries and librarian ­positions—the fight to preserve the institutions and the vast range of critical services performed by library professionals nationwide.

Kathy Ishizuka, Nov 01, 2021
Our School Libraries 2021 project goes beyond statistics to tell the human story of the profession. With reporting from across the country, we assess the scene from Washington, DC, and Seattle to tiny Crandall, TX, and New York City.

Marva Hinton, Nov 01, 2021
Battling threats to library funding and positions and educating the community on the value of librarians often becomes like a second job, taking up nights and weekends with conversations, events, and social media posts. 

Lauren J. Young, Nov 02, 2021
Legislation that mandates certified librarians in every school seems like the solution to librarian loss, but it isn’t always that simple—as Washington State shows.

Rebecca Tolley, Oct 01, 2021
While school policies around masks, social distancing, and vaccination policies differ, librarians can share common goals to promote social-emotional learning.

SLJ Staff, Feb 28, 2020
The discussions in the spring set of free, one-hour professional development programs will tackle serving striving readers, information inequity, and news literacy.

 

SLJ Staff, Jan 31, 2019
On the Diverse Books Survey page, users can access related content, newly updated, as well as our Diverse Books Survey report.

Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
While in the minority, the SLJ Diverse Books Survey reveals some librarians are declining to purchase books with diverse characters to avoid a challenge.

Stephanie Klose, Nov 30, 2021
The top 10 audiobooks represent the best of November 2020 to October 2021 releases, with selections for all age groups and interests. Realistic fiction, speculative fiction, poetry, and more are represented, and exceptional narration enhances the fascinating stories.

SLJ Reviews, Nov 30, 2021
COVID-19 is still a very real part of our daily lives and front of mind for young people. Here are four books a­ddressing ­viruses and germs that ­educators can share with students.

Brigid Alverson, Nov 12, 2021
A booklist, resources, and an interview with Sasha Bouché, editor at HighWater Press.

SLJ Staff, Nov 10, 2021
November is Native American Heritage Month. As we celebrate and honor Native and Indigenous peoples and nations, here are 22 titles to share with children and teens.

Seven superb titles made SLJ's list of must-have chapter books, including a retelling of Don Quixote and charming take on the “new sibling” genre.

For the first time in years, we created a breakout list of poetry titles. These six selections include the latest from powerhouse poets Joyce Sidman, Jack Prelutsky, and Nikki Grimes.

SLJ Reviews, May 06, 2021
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and these titles, which include YA and middle grade fiction, picture books, and nonfiction, are perfect to recommend to readers both this month and year-round.

The 2021 list of best middle grade books counts with 26 novels, including unforgettable works by Joseph Bruchac, Jasmine Warga, and Kate DiCamillo.

Amanda MacGregor, Jan 04, 2021
From a choose-your-own-path Romeo and Juliet to a Macbeth retelling that channels #MeToo, there's something here for all teen readers and fans of the Bard. 

Brigid Alverson, Nov 30, 2021
From graphical COVID diaries to investigative journalism, these comics are a time capsule of the pandemic experience.

With a range of grade levels (kindergarteners to high schoolers) and genres (fantasy and horror, among others), there’s something for everyone in these 17 comics picks.

Brigid Alverson, Oct 28, 2021
This manga category focuses on relationships between two women or girls, usually romances. 

Brigid Alverson, Nov 12, 2021
A booklist, resources, and an interview with Sasha Bouché, editor at HighWater Press.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 23, 2021
Younger readers, seeing older kids read “Dog Man” and Raina Telgemeier’s books, want comics, too. Here’s a look at some new and upcoming graphic novels for early readers, ages four to eight.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 09, 2021
Creators hone in on previously untold stories and lesser-known figures. Plus: 12 recommended titles.

Moni Barrette, Jan 06, 2021
The term graphic medicine was coined by Dr. Ian Williams—comics artist, physician, and editor of graphicmedicine.org—to “denote the role that comics can play in the study and delivery of healthcare.”

The post Graphic Medicine for Kids & Teens appeared first on Good Comics for Kids.

Oct 01, 2020
Kathy Ishizuka, Nov 01, 2021
Our School Libraries 2021 project goes beyond statistics to tell the human story of the profession. With reporting from across the country, we assess the scene from Washington, DC, and Seattle to tiny Crandall, TX, and New York City.

Pat Scales, Nov 18, 2021
Pat Scales answers questions about a recommended booklist; culling biographies for "questionable behavior," and titles that might upset kids in foster care.

Travis Jonker, Nov 02, 2021
Two reasons why the Caldecott should be renamed The Pinkney.

The post The Caldecott Medal Should Be Renamed The Pinkney appeared first on 100 Scope Notes.

Karen Jensen, TLT, Nov 14, 2021
Trigger Warnings: Homophobia, Transphobia, Sexual Violence and Suicide are discussed in this post Today as I write this post there are tons of calls for book banning and, yes, even book burning happening in our country. There have been calls to ban books, burn books, to jail and imprison librarians, and some librarians have now […]

The post Sunday Reflections: Teen Librarians are not Pornographers and Other Things You Should Know About the People Who Have Dedicated Their Lives to Serving Youth in Your Community appeared first on Teen Librarian Toolbox.

Steven Engelfried, Dec 01, 2021
Even in a year full of intense reading, it's impossible for one person to finish every single book with Newbery potential. With a committee of fifteen serious readers, though, the Newbery process still works.

The post You Can’t Read Them All: Widening the net of the Newbery search appeared first on Heavy Medal.

Padma Venkatraman, Oct 04, 2021
From the Walter Dean Myers and Sydney Taylor Awards to the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, 11 honors you should know about. Use them to expand your collection and recommend worthy titles to teachers, parents, and young readers. 

 

SLJ Staff, Oct 26, 2021
When a video of a woman speaking out against the book Out of Darkness at a school board meeting went viral, author Ashley Hope Pérez responded with a video of her own.

Amanda MacGregor, Dec 03, 2020
Pinguicha urges readers to question history, ask who wrote the stories, and present and amplify the narratives that have been ignored, hidden, and distorted.

The post Questioning Your History Lessons, a guest post by Diana Pinguicha appeared first on Teen Librarian Toolbox.

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