Stories That Soar: Interview with 2022 Best Books Cover Illustrator Guojing

Stories That Soar: Interview with 2022 Best Books Cover Illustrator Guojing

Acclaimed creator Guojing talks with SLJ about her creative process, the cover image for SLJ's 2022 Best Books issue, and the timely and timeless themes in her stunning chapter book graphic novel The Flamingo.
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Best Graphic Novels 2022 | SLJ Best Books

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.

Best Poetry 2022 | SLJ Best Books

Florence Simmons, Nov 21, 2022
These six selections can boast powerful verse, calls for action, and moving imagery—and poems about animals that sip, slurp, and suck, too.

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SLJ Staff, Nov 08, 2022
New Jersey high school librarian Martha Hickson is the NCAC's 2022 recipient of the Judith Krug Outstanding Librarian Award.

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.

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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
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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.
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Kathy Ishizuka, Nov 21, 2022
It’s a constant, Best Books, an annual ritual that nevertheless inspires us anew, lending a welcome element of anticipation, delight, and discovery at year’s end.

Pat Scales, Nov 04, 2022
A school librarian worries about a vocal parent; a public librarian shares concerns about possible challenges; and a trans student takes on the school board.

Amanda MacGregor, Nov 22, 2022
Somewhere, in this storm, we need relief. We need a soft place to land. For me, books have always been comfort, companions, and escape.
Marva Hinton, Nov 01, 2022

Cynthia Leitich Smith, Joseph Bruchac, Carole Lindstrom, and more share how the market for children’s books by Indigenous authors has changed for the better.

Abraham Elder, Aug 05, 2022
A district chief technology officer makes the case for giving students their Chromebooks permanently, saying it is not only a move toward more equitable education and but also better for a school's edtech department and budget, too.

Steven Engelfried, Oct 05, 2022
From a solo canoe journey to the 1989 Romanian Revolution, this year's best children's historical fiction titles represent a wide range of styles, settings, and time periods. Will one or more wind up with a Newbery Medal?
Amanda MacGregor, Sep 01, 2022
Verse novels have this unique ability within non-illustrated literary forms to convey a message both through words, like standard prose novels, but also through visuals.
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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