May 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Kiera Parrott is the reviews director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children's librarian. Her favorite books are ones that make her cry—or snort—on public transportation.

Kiera Parrott

About Kiera Parrott

Kiera Parrott is the reviews director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children's librarian. Her favorite books are ones that make her cry—or snort—on public transportation.

Exclusive Cover Reveal! Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown

The new cover and title of Jeff Kinney’s 13th installment in the blockbuster “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series has been revealed! Fans, though, will have to wait until October 30 to get their hands on a copy.

Rebound by Kwame Alexander | SLJ Review

Gr 6 Up –In this prequel/companion to the acclaimed The Crossover, readers meet a young Charlie Bell, father of the twins from the first book.

3 Questions for Katherine Applegate

Applegate, author of the Newbery Medal–winning The One and Only Ivan, talks about her new fantasy novel, Endling: The Last.

Meet the SLJ “Book Nerds” LIVE on Facebook

Ready to get your kid lit geek on?! Join “Book Nerds” editors Shelley and Kiera for a live Facebook chat on Tuesday, April 17 at 1 p.m. (ET).

Starring Tween Introverts | SLJ Spotlight

These three new middle grade titles shine a light on the quieter kids in class.

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

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss | SLJ Review

Kids may or may not understand the overt and subtle political references to Pence and his beliefs, but the enduring, empowering lesson is important.

A Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit

A list of videos, articles, and other resources to help librarians be more culturally literate.

Stellar New Tween Reads

A roundup of recently starred titles perfect for tween readers.

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick & David Serlin | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Selznick and Serlin take the easy reader format to new creative heights.

Finding the Words to Talk About Abuse: Tony Abbott on “The Summer of Owen Todd”

Abbott discusses his latest book and the need for fiction that addresses the all-too-often ignored subject of child sexual abuse.

Two New Middle Grade Novels Explore Racism, Past and Present | SLJ Spotlight

Two powerful middle grade novels explore the tough yet crucial topic of racism.

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

Middle Grade Novels Set in the Last Century | SLJ Spotlight

Four middle grade titles explore childhood in the 1900s.

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

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman | SLJ Review

The latest novel from the author of the beloved and award-winning “His Dark Materials” returns with a prequel that will delight fans and newcomers alike.

Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level

Creators of a widely used reading and book leveling system say their system is intended as a tool for educators—not as a means of labeling or restricting reading choices for students.

Middle Grade Standalones and Sequels from Favorite Authors | SLJ Spotlight

These 10 titles from favorite authors will delight readers whether they’re seeking a standalone or series sequel.

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

4 Middle Grade Books To Tug the Heartstrings | SLJ Spotlight

Four poignant middle grade titles for analytical and introspective young readers.

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

Middle Grade Tales of True Grit | SLJ Spotlight

The characters in these five new titles show dedication and determination to overcome hardships great and small.

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

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett | SLJ Review

BARNETT, Mac. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse. illus. by Jon Klassen. 40p. Candlewick. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763677541.

K-Gr 2 –When a little mouse gets gobbled up by a hungry wolf, all seems lost until he makes an unexpected friend in the belly of the beast: a duck that may have been swallowed but has “no intention of being eaten.” Indeed, life is not so bad inside the wolf. There’s a comfortable bed, a grand dining room table, and a fully […]

16 Novels with Tween-Appeal

New and forthcoming middle grade and YA titles—covering a range of genres—with high appeal for tweens and young teens.

Thinking Outside the Bin: Why labeling books by reading level disempowers young readers

Leveled reading systems are popular in many school districts but are they doing more harm than good?

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