February 20, 2018

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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.

‘Notorious RBG’ and Other High-Interest Nonfiction | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Bilingual books and biographies/memoirs take center stage in this month’s web-only reviews.

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Picture Books: Pioneer Tales, Princess Tresses, and Tantrums | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

A mischievous baby visits a West African market with mama; Ludwig helps out a friend in a creative, multi-textual adventure; animal friends make time for one another in a gentle Spanish-language title; and much more in this month’s Xpress.

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Graphic Novels: America Chavez, Alex Rider, and a Soccer King | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Graphic novel adaptations of classics by Twain and Poe; a sweet story of a Jurassic New York resident; Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” for fans and newcomers; and much more in this month’s Xpress.

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Pyrite Slate, 2018

It’s official! We have done it! We named our winner last week, and now we’ve got our honor books. Votes came in, spreadsheets were made, and many other things happened — and it was all done in the passive voice, I guess. But who can think about grammar, really, when we have a completely fictional […]

An Interplanetary Middle Grade Paradox | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

A adventurous middle grade debut centers an super-galactic heroine in this month’s Xpress.

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YA: Dangerous Aristocrats, Hijinks in Berlin, and an Asexual Romance | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Eight novels explore the perils of elite boarding schools, the Irish War of Independence, supervillain parents, and much more in this month’s YA Xpress.

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Chapter Books: Fairy Moms and Pulverizing Princesses | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Four chapter books explore magical moms sharing wisdom; a princess with knightly aspirations; and a shy student uplifting her loved ones in this month’s Xpress.

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Review: ‘Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775′

Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775 Edited by Jason Rodriguez Fulcrum Publishing, $29.95 For ages 12 and up This anthology of 18 historical comic stories aims “to focus on the people and events that tend to get ignored in American history classes.” It’s an admirable goal, and one that succeeds, opening readers’ eyes to lesser-known but […]

Friday Finds: February 2, 2018

This Week at TLT World Languages Collection Development Resources for Teen Librarians by Michelle Biwer #MHYALit: Small Towns and Mental Illness, a guest post by This is Not a Love Letter author Kim Purcell Book Review: I Love This Part by Tillie Walden Book Review: The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis B […]

1st Ballot Results – Far from the End

The Heavy Medal 15 have cast their first ballots, and the results are below.  There is no winner at this point because a Medal winner needs to receive 8 first place votes (VINCENT AND THEO has 3) and the margin between 1st and 2nd place must be at least 8 (I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING leads […]

Battle of the Kids’ Books, 2009-2017

For those eagerly checking this site for this year’s contenders, we need to let you know that last year was the final Battle of the Kids’ Books. We enjoyed tremendously our nine years doing the Battle and hope you enjoyed it too. Thank you to everyone involved over the years — those at SLJ, our wonderful judges, the […]

YMAs to Include Multicultural Awards in 2019 Ceremony

ALA will add multicultural awards announcements to 2019 YMAs ceremony.

Horn Book starred reviews March/April 2018

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Also in March/April: summer reading camp, easy readers, gender in picture books, and an interview with Viking’s Regina Hayes. It’s a good issue.     Love; by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Loren Long(Putnam) This Is the Nest That […]

SLJ’s Poetry Section Debuts with 13 Buzzworthy Collections

Our first-ever quarterly poetry section features the stellar lyrics of Nikki Giovanni, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others.

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Pyrite 2018: Honor Vote

We’ve done some of the hard work, in voting for and naming our winner. And what a winner — can you imagine getting to call Angie Thomas and say, “we loved your book and are giving you an award”?! I mean, we are not actually giving an award, let’s be clear. We are a mock […]

Friday Finds: January 26, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: That Delicate Balance Between Quality Patron Services and Employee Personal Boundaries A Collection of Tweets on the Discussion of YA Books Set in College/Post High School Take 5: New YA Booklists You’ll Want to See (January 2018) New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about Book Review: Love, […]

Review: ‘Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out’

Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out Writer: Sina Grace Artists: Alessandro Vitti, Edgar Salazar, Ibraim Roberson and others Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up There have been two big announcements regarding Marvel’s Iceman ongoing monthly comic book since the release of the first trade paperback collection of the series. One was that […]

Pyrite 2018: It’s Official!

Last week, we opened the polls for one of our favorite things to do around here: vote for the Pyrite Winner! (Get it? Pyrite? Like not-quite-gold? Because while we read, discuss, and overall mimic RealCommittee’s work, we aren’t RealCommittee? So our medal is sort of an imitation gold sticker? That is in no way a […]

Program | SLJ Day of Dialog 2018

Program

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