February 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Set during the Zoot Suit riots, this novel in verse tells a fictional account of a dark time in American history.

Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You by Marley Dias | SLJ Review

Gr 5 Up –Dias pens an eminently readable and nuanced personal narrative of her #1000BlackGirlsBooks campaign and her tips, tools, and strategies for effecting positive change in the representation of Black girls in children’s literature and beyond.

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.

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2018

Our reviews of this year’s YMA winners, as well as past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

A Newbery Medal First At 2018 YMAs

The Newbery went to “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly; the Caldecott was won by “Wolf in the Snow” by Matthew Cordell; and “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour won the Printz.

Winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2018

The 2018 Youth Media Award winners were announced on February 12 in Denver at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting.

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –The day before 13-year-old drummer Melly heads to Camp Rockaway, her parents drop a bombshell: They’re getting divorced.

Caldecott and Newbery Medal Wins Bring Instant Boost to Book Sales

Winning a Newbery or Caldecott Medal boosts sales and interest in the selected books—and moves publishers and bookstore staff into immediate action.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-8 –A teacher discounted young African-Puerto Rican student Arturo Schomburg’s heritage, stating, “There were no Negro heroes worth noting.” Rather than discourage him, that comment spurred his lifelong quest for the facts.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Slavery comes to a halt when the dead on Civil War battlefields begin to rise and eat their compatriots.

Big-Name Authors Sign on for DC’s New Graphic Imprints for Middle Grade, YA

DC Entertainment announces new YA and middle grade imprints for Fall 2018.

Presenting 38 must-have titles | USBBY’s 2018 Outstanding International Books List

Presenting the 38 titles selected by USBBY’s 2018 Outstanding International Books committee, featuring books set in such far-flung locales as Brazil, Nunavut, Australia, Lebanon, Sweden, and India.

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9 Poetry Books by Master Wordsmiths: Nikki Grimes, Andrea Davis Pinkney, & Others

As part of our continuing coverage of Black History Month, here are a number of stunning poetry collections by Black women poets and illustrators.

Trash Revolution by Erica Fyvie | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Using the contents of an average kid’s backpack as a starting point, the author explores the production, use, and eventual end of products involving water, paper, food, plastic, clothing, metals, and electronics.

Deej | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –David James Savarese, or Deej, was adopted at age three after his abandonment by his birth mother.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –When Zarin and her friend Porus die in a car accident in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, everyone, from the religious police to Zarin’s classmates, is suspicious—was Porus one of Zarin’s many romantic liaisons? Only the deceased teens know the truth, and as their spirits hover above the wreckage, they look back on what led up to this point.

2017 Newbery and Caldecott Winners Look Back, Offer Advice to the 2018 Honorees

Javaka Steptoe and Kelly Barnhill managed a year of award winner demands in different ways and now offer their advice to the 2018 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners.