March 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox
Shelley Diaz

About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz ( is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

Check Out SLJ’s National Poetry Month Pinterest Board

Teen librarian Dawn Abron curates a poetry-themed Pinterest board filled with ideas for programming, displays, and more.

Flights of Fancy: Magical Realism in YA | SLJ Spotlight

Two new young adult titles that blur the boundaries of realism and fantasy.

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

Emily X.R. Pan On Grief, Mental Health, & Her YA Debut “The Astonishing Color of After”

The debut author talks about the novel’s many iterations, why it’s important to talk about mental health in YA, and what she’s working on next.

Comic About Students’ Rights Released Ahead of “March for Our Lives”

CBLDF and the NCAC are publishing a free, downloadable comic by Kai Texel, just in time for National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives on March 24.

Amy Reed & Amber Smith On Trauma, Writing, & Self-Care

The YA authors chat about meeting teen readers, rape culture, and what advice they would give their teen selves.

2018 Notables, American Indian Youth Lit, and More Announced

In addition to the much-celebrated Youth Media Awards, there are other kid lit awards that have been revealed. Here is a roundup of bibliographies, finalists, and lauded titles that have recently received acclaim.

Close Encounters: Leah Thomas Chats About “When Light Left Us”

The Morris Award finalist shares what inspired her latest sci-fi mash-up, the soundtrack that helped her keep writing, and what she’s working on next.

Teens Review True Crime, Memoirs, and More

Our latest batch of reviews by teens include evaluations of a gothic romance, a stirring refugee story, and a heartrending memoir of abuse and redemption.

Was the Cat in the Hat Black? by Philip Nel | SLJ Review

In five essays, children’s lit expert and Seuss scholar Nel (The Annotated Cat) critiques the insidious nature of racism in kids’ books.

A Sneak Peek At What’s New in Spanish-Language Publishing

The Northeast chapter of REFORMA had their second annual Spanish-language Book Buzz on Friday, January 12, with keynotes by authors Emma Otheguy and Ernesto Quiñónez. Here are some highlights.

YA Lit Talk Show; Quick Picks, Amazing Audiobooks Announced | SLJTeen News

Check out our latest roundup of news for librarians who serve teens.

25 Authors for Teens Share Their 2018 Writing Resolutions

SLJ reached out to authors from our 2017 Best Books for Teens list to compile their writing and creative goals for 2018.

10 Books To Read After “The Hate U Give”

Ten more YA titles that explore the lives of Black teens, police brutality, and systemic racism.

Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan Launch a Platform for YA Short Stories

The YA authors and editors-in-chief of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology share what inspired this new venture and their future plans.

Private School Confidential | SLJ Spotlight on YA

Five gripping teen tales expose the darker sides of prep school.

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

Cynthia Hand On Retelling “A Christmas Carol” for Teens

The YA author of the “Unearthly” series talked to SLJ about what inspired her to revisit the beloved A Christmas Carol and why we all deserve second chances.

SLJ Chats with National Book Award Finalist Elana K. Arnold

Check out SLJ’s Facebook Live chat with National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold.

SLJ Welcomes New Teen Reviewers

A group of seniors from The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (TYWLS) in Queens, New York, will be sharing their candid thoughts on recently published and upcoming YA books in our monthly Teen Reviews column.

5 Highly Anticipated Titles from YA Authors | SLJ Spotlight

They’re finally here! Five new titles that teens have been waiting for.

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

18 YA Titles To Inspire Budding Authors for #NaNoWriMo

The following works might be just what aspiring authors need to kickstart their first novels for National Novel Writing Month this November.