June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Great Books: Summer Adventures

These summer-themed picture books focus on getting outdoors, nurturing imaginations, and savoring time spent with family and friends.

25 LGBTQAI+ Titles for Pride Month—and Onward

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

Librarians Collaborate to Support English Language Learners and Their Families

To properly serve immigrant communities, libraries are partnering with local organizations—and the patrons themselves—to boost collections in the populations’ native languages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Behind the Scenes with Henry the VIII’s Wives: “Fatal Throne”

Erudite scholarship. Conspicuous consumption. Music. Bawdy revels. The reign of Henry VIII is known for many contradictions. But it is likely most known for the monarch’s treatment of his wives, who tell their stories in the recently released Fatal Throne.

Summertime…and the Reading Is Easy

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

Get Busy! Fun with Interactive Books

Inject some entertaining challenges into your summer reading lists, programs, or displays with these puzzle, seek-and-find, and participatory storybooks.

Gorogoa: A Thought-Provoking, Elegant Puzzle | Touch and Go

This game, which offers opportunities for cooperative play and team problem solving, will be appreciated for its design and deceptively simple, thought-provoking puzzles.

Libraries of Things | Library Hacks

Looking for short-term use of cake tins, camping equipment, or bikes? These libraries lend out all of those items and a lot more.

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.

13 Manga Series To Share with Teens This Summer

This has been a bountiful year for manga, in terms of both quantity and quality, and there’s more on the way! Stock your shelves with these series, perfect for summer reading.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA June 2018

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a […]

“A More Perfect Nation” | Focus On

Books about U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the social movements and court cases that have forced our nation to reexamine the “unalienable” rights afforded only to select citizens in the 18th century.

11 Mind-Boggling Thrillers

These new works of suspense will grip readers—and push them to consider challenging topics such as the criminal justice system, anxiety, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Mary Shelley” and Her Creature Return to the Screen | Movie Review

The author has the spotlight all to herself in the latest film retelling of the origins of Frankenstein. SLJ reviews the recent biopic about the teen author.

An Appealing Slice–of Fractions | Touch and Go

Appealing graphics and a series of solid foundational skill-building exercises make this app a winner.

Bully Principal Missed Opportunity | Scales on Censorship

Parent with Caldecott concerns, a librarian fears “Vincent and Theo” content issues (again), and an administrator who cracks down on students’ rights: Pat Scales sets them straight.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

When Cosby’s ‘Little Bill,’ Alexie and Asher are on the Shelf: What Should A Librarian Do?

School and public librarians struggle with how to handle the books of Bill Cosby, as well as authors Sherman Alexie, Jay Asher, and James Dashner, who have been accused of sexual harassment.

Soccer: “The Beautiful Game” | A World Cup Bookshelf

The world’s most-viewed sporting event kicks off next month. Here are some books to have on your turf as the excitement builds.

Dinosaur Books You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

For many children, the interest in dinosaurs extends well beyond their first introductions. Expect this quartet of new titles to be devoured by enthusiasts.

Great Books: Things That Go!

Peruse these recently published selections to rev up your picture book shelves, create an attention-grabbing display, or put together a fun-packed storytime.