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Herewith, our top posts of the week past on SLJ.com and the blogs. The clip featuring late congressman Elijah Cummings and the role that librarians played in his young life touched many readers.

Among them, Suzanne Summers LaPierre wrote on Facebook, “This makes me proud to be a librarian.”

1. “The People Who Helped Me the Most Were the Librarians” — Rep. Elijah Cummings
Speaking about the librarians who stayed past their regular hours at the Enoch Pratt Free Library to help him with schoolwork, the longtime Baltimore congressman got emotional. “There are a lot of good people who really care,” he said.

2. Getting Better: YA lit reflects a more nuanced representation of mental health | Great Books
Not only is the representation of various mental illnesses in YA literature expanding, but so is the ­sensitivity of their portrayals. Kelly Jensen cites 13 standout titles.

3. Exploring Students’ Decision-Making Processes in Information Literacy
The actor-oriented transfer perspective can help librarians learn how are students using information literacy skills and why they decide to use skills in the ways that they do. By Karen Sobel and Scott McLeod.

4. Friendly Haints and Macabre Adventures | 36 Seasonal Titles for Middle Grade and High School Readers
From stories of affable ghosts to tales of encounters with the undead, these 36 books offer middle grade and high school readers plenty of thrills.

5. Transforming the Canon | Pondering Printz
In this month's Pondering Printz column, Lalitha Nataraj considers titles that center underrepresented voices and the inherent value of all books, whether or not they take home the award.

6. The Trouble with Dewey
The Dewey Decimal System is in many ways an outdated mess, and many of its flaws are more insidious than examples of old-fashioned conventions.

7. Who Will Be the 2020 School Librarian of the Year?
School Librarian of the Year nominations are being accepted, now through Dec 2. Let us know what you or a librarian in your district is doing.

On the blogs:

100 Scope Notes:

An Interview with Jeff Kinney and an EXCLUSIVE Excerpt of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' #14 
The 14th installment of Kinney’s "Diary of a Wimpy Kid series"—Wrecking Ball—won’t arrive in stores until November 5. Travis Jonker has an exclusive excerpt of the book to share.

A Fuse #8 Production:

Betsy Doesn’t Have Time for Your Nostalgia Today
Over the years, I've heard lots of adults make comments about the tawdry state of children's books today. So allow me now to address these concerns. What, I ask, makes you think children's books today don't cut it?

Good Comics for Kids:

This Week’s Comics: Smashing the Overworld — Good Comics for Kids
Dark Horse and DC Comics get the spotlight with titles to entertain and enlighten all readers of any age.

Heavy Medal:

Where are the Nonfiction Newberys?
Nonfiction history books have not fared well in Newbery announcements in recent years. This year's contenders to break that streak could include a history of the first cross-country women's air race and a look at a year's worth of major events from exactly one century ago.

NeverendingSearch:

Building Beautiful Book Bentos
Highly visual, creative, and interactive, the book bento strategy invites book lovers to create, hyperlink, and share book titles in an artfully arranged interactive collage.

Teen Librarian Toolbox:

Dyslexia Awareness Month: Books Featuring Main Characters with Dyslexia, a Discussion and a Book List
For Dyslexia Awareness Month, Karen Jensen set out to find titles for kids and teens that feature characters that have dyslexia. Here's a look at the very short list she discovered.

The Classroom Bookshelf:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears, a Lesson Plan and Resource List
Teaching ideas for Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal.

The Yarn:

Bob Shea on the Return of Unicorn and an Unexpected Author Visit
Author Bob Shea takes us behind the scenes of his books Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All before telling what Travis Jonker thinks might be the best author visit story of all time.

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