April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox
Della Farrell

About Della Farrell

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

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Thornhill returns to questions on adaptation, conservation, and extinction, all raised in her 2016 award-winning title The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, but here posed in a different light—one of triumph.

Juan Felipe Herrera’s Latest Is a “Blue-Cheesy” Triumph of Poetry & Storytelling

The former Poet Laureate of the United States reveals deep truths while discussing his latest collection for young people.

Putting Black Girls Front and Center: 5 YA Nonfiction Reads

A quick look at recently published nonfiction titles, aimed at older readers, that center Black girls.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Magnificently crafted, Acevedo’s bildungsroman in verse is a stunning account of a teen girl’s path to poetry.

30 Realistic & Historical Fiction Books with Black Main Characters

A bevy of 2018 YMA winners and forthcoming 2018 middle grade and YA titles to excite readers.

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.