February 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Unpacking Anne Ursu’s Survey and the Fallout, with Changes Coming to Events | Sexual Harassment in Children’s Publishing

Anne Ursu wanted to start a conversation about sexual harassment and spur change in the children’s publishing industry.

SLJ Blogger’s Personal Call for Action after Parkland Shooting

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth shared her personal high school tragedy to move people to action after the Parkland shooting.

2018 Notables, American Indian Youth Lit, and More Announced

In addition to the much-celebrated Youth Media Awards, there are other kid lit awards that have been revealed. Here is a roundup of bibliographies, finalists, and lauded titles that have recently received acclaim.

We Closed the Comments. Here’s Why. | Editor’s Note

The comments section enables readers to provide feedback and engage in conversation. In this case, we’ve far exceeded the standard function of comments on a news story.

A Call to Action on Proposed 2019 Federal Budget

EveryLibrary and ALA are calling on library advocates to contact Congress and spread awareness about the impact of proposed federal budget cuts.

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2018

Our reviews of this year’s YMA winners, as well as past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

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.

Winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2018

The 2018 Youth Media Award winners were announced on February 12 in Denver at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting.

Caldecott and Newbery Medal Wins Bring Instant Boost to Book Sales

Winning a Newbery or Caldecott Medal boosts sales and interest in the selected books—and moves publishers and bookstore staff into immediate action.

Big-Name Authors Sign on for DC’s New Graphic Imprints for Middle Grade, YA

DC Entertainment announces new YA and middle grade imprints for Fall 2018.

2017 Newbery and Caldecott Winners Look Back, Offer Advice to the 2018 Honorees

Javaka Steptoe and Kelly Barnhill managed a year of award winner demands in different ways and now offer their advice to the 2018 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners.

Librarians Love to Share Award Winners with Kids

Excitement is building for the YMAs announcement on February 12. For librarians, it can dictate displays, future lesson plans and what books to buy.

Ishta Mercurio Goes Public as David Díaz Accuser

Ishta Mercurio says the successful children’s book illustrator fondled her hair and made a sexually suggestive comment at the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) annual conference.

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Celebrating Judy Blume—Her Work and Impact—on Her 80th Birthday

Authors Jacqueline Woodson, Rachel Vail, and others spoke about the influence of Blume’s novels during a birthday event at New York’s Symphony Space.

Pictures of the Week | A Book Launch for Jillian Tamaki

Celebrating Jillian Tamaki’s first picture book, They Say Blue.

YALSA Award and Grant Winners; Wolk Wins O’Dell; New Imprint for Scholastic | News Bites

The YMAs aren’t the only awards out there. Here are some people and books honored in advance of the ALA’s big day, along with some other industry news.

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.