April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox
Mahnaz Dar

About Mahnaz Dar

Mahnaz Dar (mdar@mediasourceinc.com) is Assistant Managing Editor for Library Journal and School Library Journal and can be found on Twitter @DibblyFresh.

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –After Geraldine and her parents move, she realizes that she’s the only giraffe at her new school.

Monday’s Not ­Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Galvanized by real-life accounts of black girls whose disappearances went unnoticed, the author depicts a young African American teen unwilling to let her best friend fall through the cracks.

Beyond “No Means No”: Resources on Consent

These novels, works of nonfiction, and multimedia offer ways to have conversations on a topic that too often goes unaddressed.

Pignic by Matt Phelan | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –A family of jovial pigs take advantage of the sunny weather by hosting a picnic.

Latinx Authors Discuss Successes, Continued Challenges

At a Bank Street conference, Latinx authors and illustrators agreed that the community has made strides and connected with readers, but voices still need to be amplified.

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Aspiring filmmaker Twinkle Mehra wants to dismantle the patriarchy and show the world that a woman of color has stories worth telling.

Granted by John David Anderson | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Magic isn’t what it used to be.

3 Steps for Introducing Teens to Virtual Reality | ALA Midwinter 2018

Digital Services Librarian Maddie Clybourn offers tips for those curious about using virtual reality with their teen patrons.

A Beloved YA Classic’s Transition to Graphic Novel Format

Author Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrator Emily Carroll describe the challenging yet richly rewarding experience of adapting Speak.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –When Zarin and her friend Porus die in a car accident in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, everyone, from the religious police to Zarin’s classmates, is suspicious—was Porus one of Zarin’s many romantic liaisons? Only the deceased teens know the truth, and as their spirits hover above the wreckage, they look back on what led up to this point.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –With great power comes great responsibility—and even more confusion.

“Olympians” Author George O’Connor Shares His Tricks of the Trade

George O’Connor speaks with SLJ about Hermes: Tales of the Trickster, the latest in his beloved “Olympians” series and an SLJ Popular Pick.

Hermes: Tales of the Trickster by George O’Connor | SLJ Review

Gr 4-8 –Hermes, Greek god of thieves and liars (and much more), gets his due in the latest installment of the “Olympians” series.

Sparking the Conversation Through Graphic Novels

New and forthcoming graphic novels address contemporary social issues.

From Webcomic to Graphic Novel: Melanie Gillman On Queer Representation

The author/illustrator of an insightful graphic novel about a queer teen confronting hostility at a backpacking camp discusses the path to publication, inclusivity, and the power of the visual medium.

As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman | SLJ Review

Gr 6 Up –Charlie, 13, is excited to embark on an all-girls Christian camp’s backpacking trip.

Useni Eugene Perkins On Adapting His Iconic Poem into Picture Book Form

The acclaimed poet, playwright, author, and activist discusses the origins of “Hey Black Child” and the work’s new format.

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Good Night, Planet by Liniers | SLJ Review

PrS-Gr 2 –After a day of playing in the leaves with her deerlike stuffed toy Planet, a little girl gets ready for bed. When the child falls asleep, Planet comes to life, gives her a kiss, and wanders downstairs.

“American Born Chinese” Opens Windows and Shines Mirrors | SLJ Summit 2017

At the SLJ Leadership Summit, Gene Luen Yang and students and educators at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, discussed how Yang’s American Born Chinese helped develop their racial literacy.

Dialing Up the Creepy | New Graphic Titles for Teens

This selection of new and forthcoming graphic novels range in subject and tone—from mildly creepy to spine-tingling.