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SLJ Announces Best Books 2018

SLJ Announces Best Books 2018

SLJ's reviews editors have made their choices for the year's top titles.

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Amanda MacGregor, Nov 20, 2018
Teen Librarian Toolbox is excited to be partnering with Marie Marquardt for her #ReadForChange project. Hop on over to this post to learn more about the initiative. Today, she and Jennie Liu join us for a conversation about China’s One-Child Policy, political action, abortion, and Liu’s 2018 book, Girls on the Line.        “The only effect I ardently […]
Travis Jonker, Nov 20, 2018
Question: What is one of the most effective ways to improve a kid’s desire and ability to read? Answer: Access to books. Que up Can it Be All So Simple by Wu Tang Clan Research tells us this, but how do we make it happen? Nerdy Book Club co-founders Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp have […]
NEWS & FEATURES
Elizabeth Bird, Nov 20, 2018
Every year in December I do this 31 Days, 31 Books series. On each day I present a different list full of the best of the year. Board Books one day. Funny picture books another. And somewhere in there I put out a list I like to call Transcendent Holiday Books. These are the books […]
BLOGS
Travis Jonker, Nov 20, 2018
The author talks about how one of the most beloved picture books in recent memory—Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut—came to be.

NEWS & FEATURES
Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 22, 2018
The majority of public and K–12 librarians consider it "very important" to have a diverse book collection for kids and teens, according to SLJ's nationwide survey. But there are hurdles, including a lack of quality titles in specific areas.

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Librarians respond to the challenge of where to put diverse books once they have them in their collections.

NEWS & FEATURES
SLJ Staff, Oct 26, 2018
The Diverse Books Survey page will offer resources and related content, as well as the full Diverse Books Survey report.

NEWS & FEATURES
Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
SLJ's Diverse Books Survey reveals that many librarians are not aware of the term and movement toward better representation.

NEWS & FEATURES
Kara Yorio, Oct 25, 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.

NEWS & FEATURES
Linda Jacobson, Sep 26, 2016
Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.
NEWS & FEATURES
Lauren Barack, Apr 28, 2017
School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.
NEWS & FEATURES PREMIUM
Linda Jacobson, Mar 01, 2018
School librarians see declining budgets, but many have influence over spending, our survey shows.
BLOGS
Grace Enriquez, Nov 14, 2018
Lessons for two picture books with the same title: "Imagine!" illustrated by Raúl Colón and "Imagine" by Juan Felipe Herrera. The former is a wordless tale of a boy's first trip to an art museum. The latter, the personal story of the immigrant author.

NEWS & FEATURES
Kara Yorio, Nov 06, 2018
Take a deeper dive into the results of a question about summer reading lists in SLJ's Diverse Books Survey.

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Jessica Ralli, Nov 13, 2018
Train-loving children get a coding primer as they play.

NEWS
Carly Okyle, Apr 15, 2015
What does a summer vacation with required reading look like? For 16-year-old Heather Smith, every Friday last summer meant making sure her reading assignment was done. A junior at Golden West High School in Visalia, CA, Smith had to read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms and write weekly journal entries

NEWS & FEATURES
Brian Seto McGrath, Nov 06, 2018
Using technology to forge literary and artistic connections with today's preteens.

NEWS & FEATURES
Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 22, 2018
The majority of public and K–12 librarians consider it "very important" to have a diverse book collection for kids and teens, according to SLJ's nationwide survey. But there are hurdles, including a lack of quality titles in specific areas.

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SLJ, Nov 05, 2018
We spotlight the best of children's and YA materials reviewed in our November issue, including the latest from Kevin Henkes, Sharon Draper, Roshani Chokshi, and Ibi Zoboi.

NEWS & FEATURES
Kara Yorio, Nov 02, 2018
Marjory Stoneman Douglas teachers Eric Garner and Melissa Falkowski, who co-edited the recently released We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting By the Parkland Student Journalists, talk about the book, their students, news instincts, and finding a way to keep going.

NEWS & FEATURES
SLJ Staff, Nov 16, 2018
A new graphic novel, related television series and real life science society, a Library of Congress contest, a new AR app, and more.

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Shelley Diaz, Nov 06, 2018
Check out the recording of Acevedo’s 2018 SLJTeen Live! keynote, in which she talks about her path to publication, the importance of literacy and seeing yourself books, and more.

NEWS & FEATURES
SLJ Staff, Sep 28, 2018
Just hours before the 13th annual Carle Honors gala, SLJ reviews managing editor Luann Toth talked to the 2018 Carle Honors recipients at the legendary Algonquin Hotel in New York City on September 27 on Facebook Live

NEWS & FEATURES
Kara Yorio, Oct 28, 2018
There was a lot to take in on the first day at SLJ's Leadership Summit, which was full of moving speakers, inspiring panels, and breakout sessions with ideas for attendees to take back to school and implement.

NEWS & FEATURES
SLJ Staff, Oct 15, 2018
What is Read Woke? School librarian Cicely Lewis and students at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA, explore the idea that led to a reading revolution at their school—and internationally.

NEWS & FEATURES
Kathy Ishizuka, May 31, 2018
In a talk that ranged from her Mississippi roots to her personal influences, including a certain young reader who inspires her today, author Angie Thomas delivered a forceful keynote at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.
TECHNOLOGY
SLJ, May 14, 2018
Get out the pliers and roll up your sleeves: All you need to know to lead a toy-take apart session with students.  

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