February 24, 2018

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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.

Can’t-Miss Titles from Jillian Tamaki, Marissa Moss, and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

A bevy of graphic novels and nonfiction books for teens interested in STEM, adaptations of classic literature, and much more.

Doing a Diversity Audit: Resources and Sources (Part 3)

In this final post on doing my diversity audit, I just wanted to share my sources and resources with you. It’s also available in the PDF outline of my process, but since these are clickable links you may prefer to access them this way. Also, if you know of additional book lists or titles that […]

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: The How To (Part 2)

So yesterday I began telling you about doing my diversity audit. I began in a place that many people wouldn’t suspect, by doing a local community needs and assessment evaluation. I thought if I wanted to understand why I was building a diverse/inclusive collection, I also wanted to understand who I was doing it for. […]

Writing About Addiction for Kids | Opinion

Some say that middle grade readers are too young for books that involve addiction. That argument is increasingly hard to support.

Children’s Books Promoting Peace Honored at 2017 Jane Addams Award Ceremony

Authors Deborah Hopkinson, Caren B. Stelson, Russell Freedman, and others spoke at the organization’s 65th awards celebration in New York City.

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Schools Maximize Ebook Access by Sharing Across Districts

K-12s are pooling resources to build larger digital collections. The reason is simple…

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA October 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 […]

Graphic Novelist Katie O’Neill Talks Tea Dragons

The creator of Princess, Princess Ever After chats about her new book.

SLJ TV: “Book Nerds” Discuss Stellar Nonfiction Featuring Women

“Book Nerds” hosts Shelley Diaz and Kiera Parrott chat with SLJ nonfiction editor Della Farrell and talk up some of their favorite recent children’s and YA nonfiction about groundbreaking women.

7 Nightmarish Reads | Adult Books 4 Teens

Witch trials, a coven’s curse, a doppelganger, and more: we present seven supernatural and strange tales perfect for Halloween.

Just In Time for Día de los Muertos: The “Little Skeletons” | Touch and Go

Delightful animations and lively music will make this holiday and concept app a favorite all year round.

“Magic Tree House” Renumbering Catches Librarians Off Guard

A slight update to the phenomenally popular series presents shelving challenges.

Fiete Cars & Sports: Way To Go! | Touch and Go

The playful, skill-building “Fiete” apps from Ahoiii Entertainment are ever popular with children. The latest just picked up an award at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

25 Terrifying Horror Novels for Kids and Teens

From totally innocuous through safe scary, all the way to “holy moly!”, the following fiction titles offer a scary experience for a range of readers and their comfort levels.

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

All-Star Reviews from Seanan McGuire, Jane Yolen, & More | Adult Books 4 Teens

The Adult Books 4 Teens columnists present some of their favorite titles that haven’t been featured yet.

They’ve Got Moxie | In Conversation with Celia C. Pérez and Jennifer Mathieu

Two authors geek out on Sassy, punk bands, zines—and their new books.

Dialing Up the Creepy | New Graphic Titles for Teens

This selection of new and forthcoming graphic novels range in subject and tone—from mildly creepy to spine-tingling.