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28 Picture Book Picks by BIPOC Creators | We Are Kid Lit Collective

School Library Journal has proudly partnered with We Are Kid Lit Collective to share and promote the group's annual summer reading recommendations. Check out their 28 picture book selections. A PDF of the full list is also available for download.

18 Transitional Books to Entice Emerging Readers | We Are Kid Lit Collective

School Library Journal has proudly partnered with We Are Kid Lit Collective to share and promote the group's annual summer reading recommendations. These 18 beginning readers and chapter books are just right for kids starting to read on their own. A PDF of the full list is also available for download.

Back to School Means Bullies, Too: These Recent Books are Here to Help

SLJ Reviews, Jul 18, 2022
Bullies. We've gathered new books and old, in an attempt to equip children for a perennial troublemaker who, adults know, shows up outside of childhood as well. 

SCBWI Accepting Applications for School Library Micro-Grants, Stephen King Testifies Against Publishing Merger, and More | News Bites

SLJ Staff, Aug 03, 2022
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has launched its inaugural micro-grants program with a school library grant; author Stephen King testified about the negative impact the merger of Penguin Random House and S. & S. would have on writers, and it's time to vote for a library to get a makeover in this edition of News Bites. 

SLJ staff, Jan 19, 2022
Those dreaded summer reading lists. For eons, teachers have been handing out assigned reading, mostly comprised of old “classics.” With this survey, SLJ and NCTE invite teachers and librarians to choose the titles you’d like culled from required reading and those books you would urge students to read instead.

Jennifer Snelling, Feb 18, 2022
Creative and fun ways to use Clubhouse, Flipgrid, Green Screen, and more tools with students and teachers. 

SLJ Staff, Feb 24, 2022
A recent CBS News/YouGov poll showed Americans do not support removing books about race from schools and believe that students should be taught the history of race and racism in the United States.

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. 

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.

Florence Simmons, Jun 21, 2022
These 10 titles can help young children process their emotions as they go through some thrilling firsts associated with the summer holiday, whether it's flying in an airplane or jumping off a diving board.

Cathy Camper, Jun 17, 2022
These 14 dinosaur resources celebrate the unique traits of these creatures and share evolving discoveries and theories about them and their prehistoric habitats.

SLJ Staff, Jun 15, 2022
These four contemporary and historical fiction middle grade titles center LGBTQIA+ characters who fight to live authentically across time, and serve as important reminders that mantras like “protect trans kids” require both words and action.

Brigid Alverson, Jun 07, 2022
Romance, humor, and unrequited love are all at play in these recent works.

Mark Twain's books have been a part of U.S. American literary canon since their inception. Here are nine YA books that tackle similar themes, presenting stories full of tenacity. perseverance, and self-awareness. 

Amanda MacGregor, Mar 09, 2022
Not OK? That's OK. A reading list with diverse characters and authentic representation of mental health.

Abby Johnson, Feb 10, 2022
Hand these school capers to elementary and middle school kids who are excited about the show based on the Lincoln Peirce series.

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, Jun 07, 2022
Romance, humor, and unrequited love are all at play in these recent works.

Thomas Maluck, Jun 02, 2022
A lot of returning faces are headed for the graphic novel shelves, but some of them may still be brand-new to your patrons. Our reviews evaluate each title on its own merits, including a verdict advising whether the title functions as a fresh start or is strictly a continuation.

Brigid Alverson, May 12, 2022
New types of manga have proliferated—and students can’t get enough. This overview of genres, publishers, formats, and more, will help get you up to date.

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

Emily Mroczek-Bayci, Jun 09, 2022
Librarians call for more funny, fast-paced YA for teens who've outgrown the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" stage.

Colleen Connolly, Apr 12, 2022
As adults try to pull books from school library shelves across the country, students are responding with book clubs centered on the challenged titles.

Amanda MacGregor, Apr 13, 2022
When a student asked for graphic novels about boys dealing with friendship, school, and life issues, he got me thinking.
Oct 01, 2020
Kara Yorio, May 26, 2022
It's Jewish American Heritage Month, and SLJ spoke with authors about the importance of writing Jewish characters and stories.

Kathy Ishizuka, Jun 09, 2022
Spurred by COVID, 18.3 million have turned to gardening—cultivating the benefits of physical activity, greater connection to nature, homegrown food, and restorative, sustainable practices, aiding the environment.

Karen Jensen, MLS, Jun 26, 2022
Teen librarian Karen Jensen talks about parenting an LGBTQ teen in this time of book bans
Kathy Ishizuka, May 05, 2022
Reporters and editors—we at SLJ included—want to get the story right, to bear witness, and to provide readers with accurate, relevant information. But the tenor of an increasingly polarized debate, with efforts to limit discussion of racism and LGBTQIA+ topics in the classroom, challenges journalists—much less educators and students—who must navigate a volatile climate.

Luann Toth, Jan 04, 2022
The  celebrated Newbery Medal-winning author shares thoughts on the new wave of censorship in schools, her deep respect for librarians, and dancing hamburgers in The Giver.

Kathy Ishizuka, Jan 06, 2022
In the main, awards season will celebrate honored books and their creators. Yet such a high-profile occasion presents a unique opportunity to celebrate and honor, too, the right of kids and teens to read and access content.

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, 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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