April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Sharks by Joe Flood | SLJ Review

Gr 3-7 –Fascinating, detailed facts about a remarkable variety of sharks, coupled with fun, colorful artwork, make this latest entry in the series a winner.

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. Vandever | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This unique picture book explores how Holden, a Navajo boy with a dramatic imagination, navigates through a typical school day in a rigid residential school.

Erin E. Moulton & Melissa Marr On Rape in YA, Nonfiction, & “Things We Haven’t Said”

Librarian, author, and editor Erin E. Moulton and best-selling author Melissa Marr, a contributor to Things We Haven’t Said, chat about the writing process, harmful tropes in media, and more.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –Jude Duarte, her twin sister Taryn, and her half-fey, half-human sister Vivienne are taken to be raised in Faerieland by Vivienne’s father, Madoc, after he kills their parents.

Among Story Contests, Imaginormous Challenge Stands Out

Five winning story ideas from kids will be developed into an ebook, video game, dessert, musical theater piece, and inspiration for the design of a new toy.

Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition New York City Winners Announced

The winners of New York City’s Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition were announced earlier this week.

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The story opens with readers positioned behind and a little above Bear’s head as she gazes at falling snow, a circle of bare trees, and a small wolf in the distance.

Barbara Bush Leaves Legacy of Championing Literacy

The matriarch of the Bush family is being remembered for her commitment to child and family literacy.

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.

“Teaching For Black Lives” Brings Perspective and a Resource to Educators | News Bites

Find out the best teaching programs in the country, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ); the choices for New York City’s “One Book, One New York” campaign; and who won the Lippincott Award this year.

Otis and Will Discover the Deep by Barb Rosenstock | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This is a true science adventure story of two men, Otis Barton and Will Beebe, who explored the depths of the ocean down to 800 feet in a self-designed round metal diving tank, “a hollow metal ball” called the bathysphere.

Erin Entrada Kelly Talks Newbery Award And Filipino Storytelling Tradition

The author’s character-building approach in “Across the Universe” takes her readers on an honest, authentic journey.

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Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –When the first Being crashed to Earth in December, it was brushed off as a hoax.

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.

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –It’s nearly the end of summer before senior year, and introspective David Bowie fan Noah Oakman feels stuck.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 10 Up–Olga was always the good girl. She stayed home after high school, got a job as a receptionist, took classes at the local college, and always helped her family—until she died in a car crash.

The House That Lou Built by Mae Resipicio | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Lou Bulosan-Nelson’s dream is to build a tiny house—a structure of only 100 square feet—on a plot of land that she inherited from her deceased father, who passed away before she was born.

NCTE 2018 Notable Poetry List

25 exceptional works of poetry and two verse novels made this year’s NCTE Notable Poetry List.

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).

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.