March 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

A Most Unusual Day by Sydra Mallery | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –A young girl named Caroline moves through her unusual day at school, preparing for the impending arrival of her new baby sister.

Grants, Book Drive and a Reading Challenge | News Bites

Information about upcoming We Need Diverse Books internship grants, Native American enhancement grants, the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge, and more.

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry & Eric Fan | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –The Fan brothers’ elegant illustrations and understated yet emotion-packed storytelling create a picture book that is at once mystical, magical, and magnetic.

Resources on Women’s History, Wild Things at UConn, & a Book Challenge in Boise | News Bites

Maurice Sendak goes to the University of Connecticut, Looking for Alaska is challenged once again, and more.

The Story Behind ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ & the New Biography of Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters talk about their new biography of the late, great author; the upcoming feature film adaptation; and the enduring qualities of the beloved classic.

March On!: 23 Titles To Celebrate Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month with this inspiring array of informational picture books, featuring literary figures, scientists, and pioneers in their given fields, and help shine a light on their impressive accomplishments.

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From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Aspiring filmmaker Twinkle Mehra wants to dismantle the patriarchy and show the world that a woman of color has stories worth telling.

Graphic Novels Offer Windows, Mirrors on Mental Health

A small but growing YA category, graphic novels that deal with mental illness reflect readers’ own experiences and help them better understand and empathize with others.

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Sherman Alexie Breaks Silence on Sexual Harassment Allegations

In his first public statement about sexual harassment allegations, the author apologized for behavior, while denying some specific accusations and claiming a lack of memory on others.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton & Jodi Meadows | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –This standalone alternate history novel inserts teenaged aspiring author Charlotte Brontë into the world of her own making (with the addition of ghosts) as she chronicles the life of her best friend at Lowood, Jane Eyre, as inspiration for her first novel.

Incarcerated Teens Write Graphic Novels

Students at Birchwood High School, a South Carolina juvenile justice facility, wrote “AIDS in the End Zone” and “Shootout: A Tale from the Streets.”

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –When 12-year-old Della finds her mom digging black seeds from a watermelon in the middle of the night, she worries that the schizophrenia that put her mom in the hospital several years ago is back.

SLJ’s February 2018 Popular Picks

A playful, pajama-clad addition to the “Bear Family” series; two women fight in a cosmic battle a thousand years apart in “Furyborn”; #1000BlackGirlsBooks creator Marley Dias shares some tips for young success; and much more in this month’s Popular Picks!

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What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Fifteen-year-old Gerta Rausch did not know she was Jewish until the day she was picked up by the Nazis and taken to a concentration camp.

Granted by John David Anderson | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Magic isn’t what it used to be.

Bolivar by Sean Rubin | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –Eight-year-old Sybil lives in Manhattan, on West 78th Street, next door to Bolivar, the world’s last dinosaur.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –This debut novel examines modern relationships in the age of smart phones.

NatGeo Starts Children’s Fiction Imprint

The new imprint will launch in September with the release of “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret.”

Book To Be Re-Illustrated to Remove Díaz | Sexual Harassment in Children’s Publishing

Charlesbridge Publishing to have “Mario and the Hole in the Sky” re-illustrated after sexual harassment allegations against original illustrator David Díaz.

Democracy in America | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 8 Up –This series contains many primary source documents including images of period maps, political cartoons, paintings, and newspaper headlines.