June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

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.

Kid Lit Community Condemns Border Policy, Acts To Help Immigrants and Families

Members of the Kid Lit community put out a call to action to colleagues and readers. ALA president Jim Neal adds his voice to the outcry.

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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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.

LGBT Pride Month Brings Extra Challenges for Librarians

Over the last two years, challenges of LGBT books, displays, and programming have risen. During June, library staff handle even more challenges and complaints than usual.

Unlimited Engagement: Helping Teen Readers by Giving up the Struggle

Nearly a quarter of third graders who aren’t reading at grade level will not graduate from high school by the time they are 19. Here are ways to help them.

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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.

25 LGBTQAI+ Titles for Pride Month—and Onward

The 25 books here have received glowing reviews from SLJ throughout the previous year.

Summertime…and the Reading Is Easy

25 summer-themed titles for tweens and teens for reading all year ’round.

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.

20 Books To Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month

We rounded up picture books, middle grade novels, and YA titles from the past year that either center the Caribbean American experience or are written by authors of Caribbean descent.