February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Fox and Sheep’s Movie Creator | Touch and Go

With a variety of backgrounds, characters, and special effects to incorporate, Movie Creator will spark creativity and imaginative play.

10 Books To Read After “The Hate U Give”

Ten more YA titles that explore the lives of Black teens, police brutality, and systemic racism.

How To Make Electricity | Touch and Go

Introducing interactive experiments on the iPad that demonstrate principles of electricity.

13 Book-to-Screen Titles To Look for in 2018

A Wrinkle in Time, The Hate U Give, Paddington, and more are coming to a theater near you in the new year.

New Titles from Old Friends John Scalzi, Tracy Chevalier, and Lee Child | Adult Books 4 Teens

These acclaimed authors present an intriguing short story anthology, a Shakespeare retelling, and a novel whose characters literally defy death.

A Passion for Words: Three Bibliophiles Who Changed the World

Three 2017 picture book bios present a uniquely envisioned portrait of its subject, while also celebrating the power of books to express ideas, rouse imaginations, and inspire discussion.

Digging In: Underground with Nature Books

Explore all the wondrous ups and downs of nature—earth and life science has never been so fascinating.

Dark and Inventive: New Retellings of Familiar Tales | Fall Fantasy 2017

There is plenty of light fare to tempt fantasy readers, but for those who are ready to enter the Dark Forest three new works open the way.

Private School Confidential | SLJ Spotlight on YA

Five gripping teen tales expose the darker sides of prep school.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Collecting Comics: December 2017 Edition, by Ally Watkins

Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Collecting Comics! Here are a few suggestions of things coming out this month that your teens and tweens will enjoy! Gotham Academy, Second Semester, Volume 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock by Brendan Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl, illustrated by Adam Archer (DC Comics, December 5). In […]

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Diversity, Encouragement, and Dogs Top Scholastic Spring 2018 List

What do Malcolm Mitchell, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, Brian Selznick, creator of Wonderstruck (Scholastic, 2011), and Marley Dias, organizer of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, have in common? They all have books on the Scholastic Spring 2018 List.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA November and December 2017

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 […]

25 Titles and Resources To Explore the Vietnam War

Fifty years after the Vietnam War, authors revisit and examine the conflict and its aftermath with appropriate content for their audiences.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

7 Dazzling Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

From Middle Eastern–set epic fantasy to gritty memoir to thought-provoking speculative fiction, these seven unforgettable works from first-time authors are sure to enthrall.

The Power of Possibility: Dreamers Who Changed the World

New inspiring picture book biographies introduce individuals who fought against impossible odds, and persevered to achieve magnificent things.

The Land of Fire and Ice | Iceland’s “Upstart Island”

Author and scientist Loree Griffin Burns reports on a trip to Surtsey with a group of Icelandic scientists.

Choosing Kindness Online | Tips & Tools

Tips and tools to create a culture of kindness online.

Puberty, Consent, and Sexuality: A Few New Titles

A year ago, I read 75 books about puberty and sexuality for a “Focus On” article for School Library Journal. You’re welcome.

Sim Cell by Touch Press | Touch and Go

A new app from Touch Press puts students inside a cell on a mission.

18 YA Titles To Inspire Budding Authors for #NaNoWriMo

The following works might be just what aspiring authors need to kickstart their first novels for National Novel Writing Month this November.