February 19, 2018

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Della Farrell

About Della Farrell

Della Farrell is an Assistant Editor at School Library Journal and Editor of Series Made Simple

Photographic by Isabel Quintero | SLJ Review

Quintero and Peña have set a new standard in artist biographies.

9 Poetry Books by Master Wordsmiths: Nikki Grimes, Andrea Davis Pinkney, & Others

As part of our continuing coverage of Black History Month, here are a number of stunning poetry collections by Black women poets and illustrators.

Unplugging and Listening with Naomi Shihab Nye

The acclaimed poet’s latest collection is a stunning meditation on place, paying attention, and keeping a “Humanity First” mentality.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Celebrate Black History Month Every Month with Picture Books

Created by titans of kid lit and debut authors alike, the selections featured on this list encompass the everyday and the fantastical.

9 Fantasy Must-Reads Featuring Black Main Characters

From mermaids to Marvel tie-ins and more, the following middle grade and YA fantasy novels will fly off shelves.

33 Titles To Jump-Start Black History Month

In an effort to make our coverage of Black History Month a more nuanced and valuable experience, we’ll be posting several related roundups throughout January and February.

Nonfiction Titles That Do Double Duty | SLJ Spotlight

Two nonfiction titles that offer a wealth of curriculum connections.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Vashti Harrison, From Internet Sensation to Biographer Extraordinaire

Harrison discusses how she researched, wrote, and illustrated Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, a collected biography for all ages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Digging In: Underground with Nature Books

Explore all the wondrous ups and downs of nature—earth and life science has never been so fascinating.

Kids Marching and Organizing for Civil Rights | SLJ Spotlight

Two nonfiction picture books that channel strong kids in history for contemporary young readers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Steps in the Right Direction | Series Nonfiction Editorial

The latest edition of Series Made Simple features two all new sections: early learning and Spanish language.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Latest Win Is for Teens

The living legend pens a contemplative look at basketball, family, and systemic racism.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ TV: “Book Nerds” Discuss Stellar Nonfiction Featuring Women

“Book Nerds” hosts Shelley Diaz and Kiera Parrott chat with SLJ nonfiction editor Della Farrell and talk up some of their favorite recent children’s and YA nonfiction about groundbreaking women.

#Resist: 3 Nonfiction Titles on Social Justice

Introduce kids and teens to activism with titles from Innosanto Nagara and former Earth Guardian leader Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Coding for Tweens and Teens | SLJ Spotlight

Two nonfiction titles about coding will keep young minds active during the winter months.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

23 YA and Middle Grade Books To Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

A mix of fiction and nonfiction titles from such stellar talents as Daniel José Older and Margarita Engle. And, as a bonus, professional reading picks for those serving Latinx communities.

“Know-Nonsense” Guides to Honing Writing Skills

Writing inspiration from the likes of Jack Gantos and Patricia Reilly Giff awaits middle graders.

5 Titles To Inspire Future Artists | SLJ Spotlight

Recent art-focused titles from the likes of Allen Say, Susan Goldman Rubin, and others.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Meet Cindy Sherman by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan | SLJ Review

GREENBERG, Jan & Sandra Jordan. Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon. 64p. bibliog. notes. photos. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781626725201.

Gr 4-8 –The duo’s latest collaboration centers on a contemporary artist so enigmatic that it’s no surprise the authors begin by asking readers, “Who is Cindy Sherman?” The work opens with Sherman’s childhood and early career in New York City before launching into chapters organized around milestone projects/installations (Chapter 4 covers Rear Screen Projections 1980–1981Fairy Tales 1985, and more). […]

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson On ‘Dream March’ and Carla Hayden

The award-winning author chats with SLJ about her latest work, an SLJ star and popular pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.