February 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

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.

Affiliates Excited to Share Stage at ALA’s “Oscars”

The Youth Media Awards will have a few new announcements in 2019 – and this may be only the beginning.

Newbery winner Kwame Alexander to Curate New Young Readers Imprint

Author and poet Kwame Alexander takes on new publishing challenge.

Comics Writer Don McGregor Talks “Black Panther”

Writer Don McGregor redefined the “Black Panther” comic series in the 1970s with an all-black cast. He talks to SLJ about his work, returning to the character, and the upcoming film adaptation.

YMAs to Include Multicultural Awards in 2019 Ceremony

ALA will add multicultural awards announcements to 2019 YMAs ceremony.

Book Review: Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias

Publisher’s description In this accessible guide with an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Marley Dias explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from […]

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Launches New Policy Toolkit

The toolkit is a valuable resource for all libraries to help create or revise selection and reconsideration policy.

A Sneak Peek At What’s New in Spanish-Language Publishing

The Northeast chapter of REFORMA had their second annual Spanish-language Book Buzz on Friday, January 12, with keynotes by authors Emma Otheguy and Ernesto Quiñónez. Here are some highlights.

Linda Blackmon Lowery, Youngest Selma Marcher, Inspires Students

Civil rights activist marched from Selma to Montgomery as a teenager. Now she seeks to inspire the next generation.

Award-Winning Author Julius Lester Leaves Behind Storied Legacy

Lester, the legendary children’s book author, musician, and civil rights activist, died at his Massachusetts home on January 18.

#ReadForChange: Confronting Racial Injustice with Justyce in Nic Stone’s Dear Martin, a guest post by Marie Marquardt

Teen Librarian Toolbox is excited to be partnering with Marie Marquardt for her #ReadForChange project. Hop on over to this post to learn more about the initiative. Today, she and Nic Stone join us for a conversation about racial injustice and Stone’s phenomenal debut novel, Dear Martin.    It’s so amazing to be living in this time […]

‘The Hate U Give’ Returns to H.S. Shelves in Katy, TX

The Texas school district returned the book to high school libraries pending review.

Chronicle Acts To Replace Image in ‘The Ultimate Book of Space’

Image of girl having dress lifted by a robot draws criticism, will be removed from future reprints.

Reynolds, Weatherford Named Winners of 2018 Walter Dean Myers Award

The winners and honorees of the third annual “Walter Award,” given by the We Need Diverse Books organization, have been announced.

Video: Jacqueline Woodson Inaugurated as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

“Books change us. They can help us have the bigger conversations,” Jacqueline Woodson said during her inauguration ceremony at the Library of Congress.

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.

2018: A Year to #ReadForChange, a guest post by Marie Marquardt

Teen Librarian Toolbox is excited to announce that we’re partnering with Marie Marquardt for her #ReadForChange project. Here’s some more about the initiative!    Hello, 2018. Hello, Change. Throughout 2017, I traveled around the United States talking with students, librarians, teachers, and other YA and MG authors. And, wow. From Bowling Green, Kentucky to Santa […]

Why That Book Isn’t in the Library; or, no starting your own small press isn’t always the answer to diversity

Earlier this week, The New York Times posted an article about sensitivity readers that prompted a heated discussion on Twitter. Because of the holidays I didn’t follow all of the conversations happening, though I did see that author Joyce Carol Oates suggested that historically marginalized authors start their own small presses and literary magazines to […]

Five Ways I Created Opportunity at My Title I School

Manage the money, amplify student voice, and more tips from SLJ‘s 2017 Hero of Equitable Access.