March 23, 2018

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RITA, Walden Book Awards Announced; Manga Handbook | SLJTeen News

Discover new grants and projects to help serve your teens, and read about recent YA award winners in this month’s SLJTeen News.

David Levithan’s Edwards Award Speech, Free Art Resources, and More | SLJTeen News

This month’s SLJTeen News roundup features David Levithan’s heartfelt Margaret A. Edwards Award acceptance speech, Tim Tingle’s remarks on receiving the American Indian Youth Literature Award, and more

New Visions Award Winner Announced; “The Inside of Out” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

Participate in the #DashnerDash Binge Read. The winner of Lee & Low’s New Visions Award was recently revealed. You’ll find these tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

Apply for AASL Inspire Grants; ALAN Grants for Librarians Announced | SLJ Teen News

The American Association of School Librarians invites school librarians to apply for two new grants. The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents has two new awards that may be of interest to librarians working with teens.

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee | SLJ Review

Agee, Jon. Lion Lessons. illus. by Jon Agee. 32p. Dial. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803739086. 

PreS-Gr 2 –“It’s not easy getting your Lion Diploma,” says the human protagonist of Agee’s latest picture book. The nameless lead must master seven lessons to get his degree and is taught by an expert in the field—a lion. Each step highlights the essential characteristics of a ferocious feline, such as speed, agility, the loudest roar, and the ability to […]

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Badass Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood | SLJ Review

Spotswood, Jessica, ed. A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Badass Girls. 368p. Candlewick. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763678487. 

Gr 9 Up –Fifteen notable YA authors come together to write enthralling short historical narratives starring ambitious young women. The contributors include Leslye Walton, Marie Lu, Beth Revis, Elizabeth Wein, Kekla Magoon, and Robin Talley. The stories are arranged chronologically—from British North America in 1710 to Chicago in 1968—and address several eras […]

Doctor Who Comics Day; YALSA’s Teens’ Top 10 | SLJTeen News

This SLJTeen news roundup highlights plenty of opportunities to win prizes and info about upcoming conferences and stipends.

Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle | SLJ Review

Idle, Molly. Flora and the Peacocks. illus. by Molly Idle. 40p. Chronicle. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452138169. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Idle’s story introduces a new dance­­—one of friendship. Flora, holding her Japanese fan, greets two peacocks. However, only one becomes interested by her presence, which inspires jealousy within its comrade. The dance between the characters creates drama that leaves Flora upset. But a graceful end supports the notion that a duo can be a trio, as […]

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake | SLJ Review

Lake, Nick. Whisper to Me. 540p. ebook available. Bloomsbury. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619634565. 

Gr 9 Up –After a devastating find on the beach, Cass is haunted by a voice that is demanding, threatening, and vulgar. It pushes Cass to confront a battle within herself and her new friendships. The latest from the Printz-winning author is a spooky epistolary novel in which the protagonist confesses to her only love about her mental illness and unresolved […]

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley | SLJ Review

Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior. 256p. ebook available. Dial. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525428183. 

Gr 9 Up –Solomon Reed, 16, has not left his house in three years. Regular panic attacks keep him from handling the outside. Yet he is a smart and resourceful teenager with a love for Star Trek, gratifying hobbies, and a supportive family. Solomon is being educated online and doesn’t feel that any social life he might be missing is […]

Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer | SLJ Review

Messer, Claire. Grumpy Pants. illus. by Claire Messer. 32p. Albert Whitman. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807530757. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Penguin is in a snit of unspecified origins. Readers follow him as he tries to shed his ill humor along with his clothing. Then he counts to three and dives into his tub. With a nice, cold bath; his favorite pajamas; and his treasured book and teddy, Penguin redirects his attention to the little things that make […]

NCAC Youth Film Contest Winners; Apply for YALSA 2016 Symposium Stipend | SLJTeen News

The National Coalition Against Censorship has announced the winners of its Youth Free Expression Contest. This year’s Banned Books Week will celebrate titles written by authors of color. These news bites and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

2016 Book Awards Roundup: APALA, Amelia Bloomer Project, and Other Non-YMA Awards

SLJ curates a list of non-Youth Media Awards that were recently announced in the children’s and young adult literature world, including the National Jewish Award, South Asia Book Award, Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature, and more.