April 20, 2018

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Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México | SLJ DVD Review

Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México. 22 min. Dreamscape. 2017. $38.99. ISBN 9781520081144.

Gr 2 Up –Animation brings to life Duncan Tonatiuh’s biography of Amalia Hernández, the talented dancer and founder of the Ballet Folklórico de México. Tonatiuh’s distinctive art style is combined with the different folkloric dances of various regions of Mexico. The vibrant illustrations leap off the screen as Hernández begins to learn ballet and travels through Mexico to study the histories and dances of the regions. […]

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison | SLJ Review

K-Gr 4 –An artist’s social media sensation is lovingly brought to life in this standout title.

They She He Me by Matthew Smith-Gonzalez & Maya Gonzalez | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 4 –The authors have succeeded in creating a gorgeous and much-needed picture book about pronouns and gender fluidity.

2017 Flame Con Celebrates Queer Heroes and Representation in YA Lit

Year three of the increasingly popular Flame Con, known colloquially as “queer Comic Con,” offered an excellent array of programming at the bustling New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge from August 19–20.

SLJ’s Guide to Pride: 20 Titles Spotlighting LGBTQA+ Experience

A bevy of YA fiction and nonfiction reviews, author interviews, and resources to to round out Pride Month.

SLJ’s Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

Following Kwame Alexander’s closing keynote at SLJ’s ninth annual Day of Dialog, Alexander and Roger Sutton announced this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners, all of which were starred by SLJ. Check out the full reviews, author interviews, and much more.

Neil Gaiman and Junot Diaz Talk About Graphic Novels and the New “Sandman” Prequel

Junot Diaz chats with Neil Gaiman about his latest addition to the iconic “Sandman” series.

“Rhythm” Fans Find the Groove at Greenlight

The star power of author Andrea Davis Pinkney and the TeeTone’s Motown sounds drew enthusiastic book (and music) lovers to the launch of Pinkney’s Rhythm Ride.

Brooklyn Book Festival Fosters Creativity Among Young Readers and Writers

This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival featured an entire day devoted to children’s author and illustrator events, as well as excellent panels featuring top YA authors.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely | SLJ Review

REYNOLDS, Jason & Brendan Kiely. All American Boys. 320p. ebook available. S. & S. Bks. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481463331.

Gr 8 Up–Rashad Butler is a quiet, artistic teen who hates ROTC but dutifully attends because father insists “there’s no better opportunity for a black boy in this country than to join the army.” He heads to Jerry’s corner store on a Friday night to buy chips, and ends up the victim of unwarranted arrest and police brutality: an event […]

Finding a Creative Frequency: Tuning in to Pat Schmatz’s “Lizard Radio”

Pat Schmatz’s Lizard Radio comes at a key social moment, with trans identities and gender fluidity gaining increasing mainstream recognition. The YA author spoke with SLJ on the nuances of that well-wrought term dystopia and letting characters speak for themselves, including the work’s 15-year-old protagonist, ‘bender’ Kivali.

Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB Award; “Selma for Students” | News Bites

Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB’s Publisher of the Year Award; Paramount will give a “Selma” DVD to all U.S. high schools; ParentSquare CEO receives Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award; and more industry news.

The Only Game | Baseball!

As a new baseball season begins, the hopes of fans everywhere are flying high. This season’s promising line-up of middle-grade sports fiction is sure to please.

Winners Announced for IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Lit | News Bites

In the latest News Bites, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Little, Brown Partners with LEGO; Lambda Literary Award Finalists | News Bites

In the latest News Bites: voting for the Children’s Choice Book Award is wide open until May 3; Little, Brown will release its first LEGO graphic novel in September 2015; and the finalists for the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books published in 2014 have been announced.

Black’s “Forest” is chock-full of magic and mystery | Audio Pick

Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. 8 CDs. 8:30 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2015. $25. ISBN 9781478955894. digital download.
Gr 8 Up–A small town, sibling pairs, a beautiful horned boy who has been entombed in a clear casket for as long as anyone in the town can remember, and a dark forest inhabited by Fae folk of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments—these are just a few of the elements Black blends together to create this riveting and engrossing story that […]

Interlude Press Launches LGBTQ Imprint; Marvel Comics Partners with Scribd; Follett Challenge | News Bites

In the latest News Bites: Interlude Press launches an LGBTQ imprint for young adult readers, Lerner Publishing acquires Egmont USA’s remaining titles, and Follett announces three semifinalists for the 2015 Follett Challenge.

Día Multicultural Book Grants; MyON Adds National Geographic Kids | News Bites

In industry news, Egmont USA has closed, Capstone has added more than 700 new titles to its interactive ebooks collection, and the National Book Foundation is looking for applicants for its $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize.

Awards Roundup: The Cook Prize, Edgar Nominees, Sydney Taylor Award, and More

In the thick of awards season, many children’s and young adult books are being recognized with honors not related to the Youth Media Awards.

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio | SLJ Review

GREGORIO, I.W. None of the Above. 352p. further reading. websites. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062335319; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062335333.
Gr 9 Up–Kristin Lattimer embodies the all-American teenage girl. She’s sporty, well-liked, cool but humble enough to be shocked when elected Homecoming Queen, with two loyal best friends and a loving boyfriend. Even in the wake of her mom’s death from cervical cancer, Kristin’s future is looking pretty bright. Until her first time having sex with Sam goes […]