February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Stories for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 5 –This DVD contains two picture book adaptations that highlight the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. to the civil rights movement: March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Dr. Christine King Farris and Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, with art by Bryan Collier.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Since she was in eighth grade, Mara has held onto a secret that has shamed and hollowed her.

Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light | SLJ Review

Toddler-PreS –A delightful journey through a day filled with bright exciting colors.

7 True Historical Adventure Tales for Kids Who Can’t Get Enough “I Survived”

Nonfiction survival stories remain a popular genre for tweens. These seven titles offer unique perspectives and riveting adventure.

Cántale a tu bebé by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer | SLJ Review

Incorporating music and play into curricula and programming is essential to developing early literacy skills in young children.

Portals to New Worlds | Spring 2018 Audio Preview

Spring audiobooks for kids and teens include exciting debuts, intriguing nonfiction, and plenty of heroines to root for.

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Stellar New Tween Reads

A roundup of recently starred titles perfect for tween readers.

Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –French cartoonist Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse; California Dreamin’) offers 29 compelling biographies of renowned female artists, scientists, athletes, explorers, activists, and warriors.

American Panda by Gloria Chao | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Mei Lu is out of place at MIT and everywhere else in her life.

Unpacking Anne Ursu’s Survey and the Fallout, with Changes Coming to Events | Sexual Harassment in Children’s Publishing

Anne Ursu wanted to start a conversation about sexual harassment and spur change in the children’s publishing industry.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Narrated by 17-year-old Marvin Johnson, this novel gives readers a glimpse into the life and the tragic death of his identical twin Tyler.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –McAnulty (Brave) makes a big splash with this series opener. Twelve-year-old Lucy, a.k.a. Lightning Girl, has been homeschooled by her grandmother since she was eight; she’s been a math genius ever since she was hit by lightning and survived.

I Got It! by David Wiesner | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –Set against the backdrop of a pick-up baseball game, Wiesner’s nearly wordless picture book expertly layers elements of relatable emotion, boundless imagination, eye-popping action, and out-and-out fun.

Photographic by Isabel Quintero | SLJ Review

Quintero and Peña have set a new standard in artist biographies.

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.

Education, Inc. | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Filmmaker Brian Malone presents cautionary evidence of the stealth privatization movement of public schools across the country.

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Tamaki’s picture book debut explores color and the seasons in a lyrical, philosophical way that is rooted in a child’s sensibilities.

Americanized by Sara Saedi | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Readers will laugh, cry, and empathize with Saedi’s adolescent journey as an undocumented Iranian immigrant living in the United States.

Islandborn/Lola by Junot Díaz | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –When Ms. Obi asks her students to draw a picture of the country they are originally from, the children are excited. All except for Lola, “What if you left before you could start remembering?”

The 2018 In the Margins Book Awards Announced

The In the Margins Book Awards has revealed the top picks from books published in 2016 and 2017 that appeal to the reading needs and wants of marginalized teens.