June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Over 600 Teens Attend NYPL’s Annual Anti-Prom—A Night of Glitter, Fashion, & Acceptance

NYPL has hosted an alternative prom for teens in New York City for ever 14 years. The young adult programming manager give highlights from this year’s festive, inclusive event, which took place on June 8.

Game Changers by Lesa Cline-Ransome | SLJ Review

Gr 3-5 –This lovingly crafted picture book biography centers on the incredible bond between Venus and Serena Williams and one of their signature accomplishments: being the first two sisters in tennis history to rank numbers one and two in the world.

Free Primary Sources To Engage Students

Librarian Tom Bober curates a strong set of resources, with tips on how to make the best use of these websites.

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No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –Felix Knutsson lived in four different homes before calling a van his home.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice by Ilene Cooper | SLJ Review

Gr 6-9 –An eye-opening journey through Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, career, and social justice work.

Drawn Together by Minh Lê | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –An American-born child tells about his visit to his grandfather.

Inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards Announced

New awards celebrate graphic novels, and the first winners were revealed at Denver Comic Con.

School Librarian Legislation, Summer Jobs, and More | News Bites

Legislation, book vending machines, summer jobs at the library, and more, in this edition of News Bites.

SLJ’s June 2018 Popular Picks

A playful bug book from Eric Carle; two friends liven up a rainy day indoors with a hearty dose of make-believe; a dinosaur loves wordplay and helps build young readers’ vocabulary; and adorably unconventional animals with Jess Keating in this month’s Popular Picks!

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28 Top Titles | June 2018

A refreshing anthology for teen readers; more middle grade adventures from Kekla Magoon and Matt Phelan; Hesselberth’s feline-centered nonfiction title explores the science of maps.

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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –This middle grade story, set in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, pulls together important themes of family, identity, bilingualism, friends, and bullying.

Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Cartoonist Kaye, who is transgender, reveals the many ups and downs of starting hormone replacement in this collection of strips from her webcomic Up and Out.

My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz | SLJ Review

Gr 6-8 –An adapted version of Guerrero’s Alex Award–winning In the Country We Love: My Family Divided for middle schoolers.

The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Rhee tells the legend of Sun-sin and his best friend, a turtle named Gobugi, and how they came to invent the Turtle Ship.

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Franklin’s first full-length graphic novel follows a love story between two black women.

Teen Interns Get Innovative with Display Ideas at VA High School Library

Librarian interns at Western Albemarle High School use hot glue gun, metal washers, super magnets, and creativity to display student artwork in the library.

Librarians Collaborate to Support English Language Learners and Their Families

To properly serve immigrant communities, libraries are partnering with local organizations—and the patrons themselves—to boost collections in the populations’ native languages.

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Behind the Scenes with Henry the VIII’s Wives: “Fatal Throne”

Erudite scholarship. Conspicuous consumption. Music. Bawdy revels. The reign of Henry VIII is known for many contradictions. But it is likely most known for the monarch’s treatment of his wives, who tell their stories in the recently released Fatal Throne.

How We Roll by Natasha Friend | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Most girls have to select which outfit to wear on their first day of high school. Quinn McAvoy, who has the autoimmune disorder alopecia, must decide which wig to choose.

Pass Go and Collect $200 by Tanya Lee Stone | SLJ Review

Gr 1-4 –Readers are treated to a colorful historical account of a well-known board game, and the socioeconomic factors that affected its development.