Three Picture Books to Celebrate Black History

Three Picture Books to Celebrate Black History

These three picture books capture the hardship and joys that Black people have experienced in the United States, with nuance and sensitivity to a young audience.  
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2023 Youth Media Award Winners

SLJ Staff, Jan 30, 2023
Here is the complete list of the winners at the 2023 Youth Media Awards.

'Freewater' Wins Newbery Medal; 'Hot Dog' Awarded Caldecott; 'All My Rage' Earns Printz at the 2023 Youth Media Awards

Kara Yorio, Jan 30, 2023
The Youth Media Awards ceremony returned in person as children's literature celebrated its biggest day, honoring the best titles of the year.

Doug Salati on the Making of 'Hot Dog,' 2023 Caldecott Winner | Youth Media Awards

Kara Yorio, Jan 30, 2023
In this story of a little dog stressed out by the sights, sounds, and feelings of the city on a summer day, Salati wanted to share a universal experience of feeling overwhelmed that would resonate with kids. 

That Flag: An Interview with Tameka Fryer Brown

Betsy Bird, Jan 27, 2023
A picture book about a young girl coming to understand what a Confederate flag means would be a tricky topic for anyone to tackle. Today I speak with Tameka Fryer Brown about writing such a book.
Kara Yorio, Sep 08, 2022
In the past year, school librarians have faced coordinated, hate-filled censorship campaigns that impact available books and collection development decisions. Here, they share their stories.

May 21, 2021
Kara Yorio, Sep 16, 2022
Ahead of Banned Books Week, which begins Sunday, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom released data on challenges from January to August of this year.

SLJ Staff, Sep 20, 2022
The first comprehensive look at book bans in the 2021-22 school year breaks down the numbers by state, author, title, content, and legislative pressures. 

SLJ Staff, Aug 05, 2022
K.C. Boyd, Amanda Jones, Cicely Lewis, and other School Librarians of the Year share new plans and perspectives for 2022-23.

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.

Impeccable art and lyrical and child-friendly text set these 27 titles apart from everything else we read this year.

Kara Yorio, Nov 17, 2022
An emotional Tahir said winning the prestigious award felt like "an impossible dream."

Rollicking adventures, coming-of-age woes, and long-lasting friendships are part and parcel of middle grade books, and these outstanding 25 picks fit the bill.

These 27 picks for teens offer so much for young people pushing to define themselves--first love, fantastical worlds, betrayal, political upheaval, and more.

Striking images, stunning narratives, rich colors, and complex panel designs are prime examples of why these 22 works of sequential art belong in the classrooms and on library shelves.

Chapter books are such an important part of literacy, and these six selections are not only perfect stepping stones on the learning journey, but also fun gems to secure children’s love of reading.

These 27 picks for teens offer so much for young people pushing to define themselves--first love, fantastical worlds, betrayal, political upheaval, and more.

Stellar research, unexplored histories, scientific breakthroughs, and heartbreaking truths loom large in this whopping list of 52 choice nonfiction works.

SLJ Staff, Sep 08, 2021
This month, we feature John Lewis's follow-up to the "March" trilogy, Samira Ahmed's middle grade debut shines, Tiffany D. Jackson delivers another winning suspense novel, and two nonfiction titles discuss Charles Dickens.

Striking images, stunning narratives, rich colors, and complex panel designs are prime examples of why these 22 works of sequential art belong in the classrooms and on library shelves.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 28, 2022
Graphic novels deliver on the thrills and chills, and middle grade readers have plenty to choose from. Brigid Alverson examines the format and recommends 13 titles that deftly blend scary and fun.

Johanna, Nov 15, 2022
Here's a roundup of recent graphic novel acquisitions.
Brigid Alverson, Nov 12, 2021
A booklist, resources, and an interview with Sasha Bouché, editor at HighWater Press.

Brigid Alverson, Nov 02, 2022
While publishers turn out an ever-growing array of young adult graphic novels, plenty of adult titles have strong teen appeal, too. These works across a range of genres offer mature takes on topics with potential teen interest.

Laura Gao, Jul 12, 2022
With her graphic memoir Messy Roots, Laura Gao followed an unconventional publishing path from viral tweet to indie bestseller. She illustrates her path to publication in this SLJ-original comic.

Johanna, Aug 29, 2022
A packed journey through changing attitudes towards settings of natural beauty and historical importance.
Oct 01, 2020
Kathy Ishizuka, Dec 22, 2022
Driven by conspiracy theories and memes, contemporary antisemitism is spurring new strategies to inform youth, empower allies, and hold social sites to account.

Steven Engelfried, Dec 30, 2022
With the Newbery Medal announcement just a month away, bloggers Emily and Steven share some of their memories of what the last month of a Newbery year is like for the 15 committee members.
Karen Jensen, MLS, Dec 28, 2022
Teen Librarian Karen Jensen talks about the importance of Young Adult literature in the lives of teens
SLJ staff, Dec 20, 2022
A roundup of recent feedback.

Kathy Ishizuka, Nov 15, 2022
As climate learning shifts to climate action, libraries are uniquely positioned to participate in a big way.

Emily Mroczek-Bayci, Dec 16, 2022
85 titles were suggested on Heavy Medal this year, then 68 titles were nominated. We narrowed it down to 6 for an “Early 6 Booklist” and then 16 for our final Heavy Booklist. Getting it down to 16 was not easy and we wanted to share some of the titles that sadly “didn’t make the […]
Steven Engelfried, Dec 23, 2022
Of all of the literary elements named in the Newbery Criteria, "style" may be the most difficult to evaluate. Emily and Steven share thoughts on how important an author's style can be when trying to determine the winner of the Newbery Medal.
Amanda MacGregor, Mar 03, 2022
A Thousand Steps into Night started with a seemingly straightforward idea: A girl is cursed to turn into a monster. But what makes a monster? Maybe there's power in being a monster. Maybe it's worth it.

The post What Makes a Monster? A guest post by Traci Chee appeared first on Teen Librarian Toolbox.



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