June 21, 2018

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28 Top Titles | June 2018

A refreshing anthology for teen readers; more middle grade adventures from Kekla Magoon and Matt Phelan; Hesselberth’s feline-centered nonfiction title explores the science of maps.

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41 Fresh Titles | May 2018

New picture books from Cynthia Alonso and Philip C. Stead; a documentary on HBCUs; teen-friendly poetry from Rupi Kaur; a graphic novel guide to they/them pronouns for young folks and adults alike.

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34 Thrilling Titles | April 2018

New YA audiobooks from Holly Black and Erika L. Sánchez; “Animorphs” creator Katherine Applegate’s middle grade series debut; picture book explores a saffron summery treat.

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34 Can’t-Miss Titles from SLJ’s April 2018 Issue

From stellar sophomore offerings by Kelly Loy Gilbert and Tiffany D. Jackson to the latest collaboration by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, check out SLJ’s April 2018 starred picks.

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38 Exciting Titles | March 2018

A delightfully unpredictable piggy potluck; Acevedo’s lyrical coming-of-age tale; a parenting book discusses gender identity and allyship for caregivers.

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39 Thrilling Titles | February 2018

Highly anticipated titles from Justina Ireland, Jillian Tamaki, and Junot Diaz; professional reading on racism and inclusivity in children’s lit; a graphic novel anthology explores trailblazing women throughout history and the world.

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41 Stellar Titles | January 2018

Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel Speak in graphic novel format; Vashti Harrison’s charming, informative exploration of black women throughout history; an audio edition of Philip Pullman’s much-anticipated latest.

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2018 Geisel Award Predictions

Here we are, here we are – it’s the end of the year and time to start making some predictions. Last year I hit on two of my four Geisel picks – allowing me to puff out my chest out with just enough foolish confidence to give it another go. And if you’re into the […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 5-1

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, illustrated by Frank Morrison [Amistad | Grades 3-7] Because it contains 176 perfect pages. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 4. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson [Dial | Grades 4-7] Because even if your family re-enacts […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 10-6

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls [Scholastic Press | Grades Pre-K-3] Because it celebrates curiosity, a hard-to-answer question, diversity, you, and me in a beautiful and genuine way. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 9. The Good for […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 15-11

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo [Little, Brown | Grades K-2] Because you will never look at a pink cupcake the same way again. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 14. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 20-16

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 Some things to know about this list: It’s a collaboration between John Schumacher and I. It’s a collection of our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. It’s a countdown from 20 to 1, with five books revealed each day. In terms of format, anything goes. You’ll see picture books, graphic […]

Top 10 DVDs | 2017

Environmental studies and early language arts were the dominant themes this year. However, there were plenty of surprises from an eclectic range of subject matter.

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2017 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Dedication of the Year: I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris and Lane Smith (feat. Molly Leach) (Click to Enlarge) This lol-worthy dedication sets the perfect tone for one of […]

Top 10 Apps 2017

Gaming apps reign this year—incorporating logic, spatial awareness, and strategy skills into the mix.

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40 Fantastic Titles | December 2017

Audio editions of stellar titles by Mitali Perkins and David Barclay Moore; a book on autism for young audiences; educator and activist Betty Shabazz’s early years are explored.

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Top 10 Music 2017

This was another stellar year for children’s music that saw the release of an incredible mix of outstanding albums featuring a wide range of musical genres. While the diverse styles range from country to rock, and hip-hop to jazz, these selections do have one thing in common: their universal themes. These albums cover issues that children are facing every day: acceptance, empowerment, friendship, and love. Chosen by the reviewers from SLJ’s ClefNotes music column, these albums will appeal to […]

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Top 10 Audiobooks 2017

These 10 titles represent the best of October 2016 to October 2017 audiobook releases, with selections for all age groups and interests. They tell fascinating stories—both fiction and nonfiction—that are enhanced by exceptional narration.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. HarperAudio. Gr 9 Up. Read by Bahni Turpin.

When Starr witnesses her friend’s death by a white officer, she must deal with the reactions of her family, her inner-city neighbors, and her upscale private school friends—not to mention […]

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Top 10 Graphic Novels 2017

SLJ’s “Good Comics 4 Kids” bloggers curate their annual top 10 list of graphic novels for kids and teens.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2017

The Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers select the best adult books of 2017 with teen appeal.

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