March 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Standing Up to Islamophobia

Libraries address Islamophobia in a time of bans, raids, and walls.

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

The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi | SLJ Review

RINALDI, Tom. The Red Bandanna. 176p. bibliog. photos. Viking. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780425287620.

Gr 6-8 –Before leaving for church one day, Jeff Crowther gave his then seven-year-old son, Welles, a red bandanna to keep in his pocket, similar to his own blue bandanna. For the rest of Welles’s life, that red piece of fabric remained a constant reminder of his special bond with his father while also serving a variety of practical purposes—a handkerchief, a headband worn underneath a hockey helmet, […]

Then and Now: Wendy Mills on 9/11 and “All We Have Left”

SLJ chats with Wendy Mills, who explores September 11 through the perspectives of a present-day white teen whose brother died on that fateful day and a young Muslim American woman who is trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Throwback Thursday: Their Professionalism Kicked In

News editor Andrea Glick reported SLJ’s story on September 11, 2001, which was—for our staff who worked in and had children in affected schools—very close to home.

SLJ’s News Coverage of 9/11

Pulled from SLJ archives, here is a PDF of our original news coverage about the fateful day that the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked by terrorists. Librarians in the New York City and Washington, DC areas rose to the challenge of serving their students and patrons amidst the chaos and confusion of the tragic event. Andrea Glick’s “Responding to Terror: School Librarians in NYC and DC Cope with Frightened Students,” appeared in SLJ’s October 2001 print issue and online the previous month.

SLJ/LJ Resources for September 11

September 11 marks a difficult anniversary. To help children’s and young adult librarians navigate the challenging teachable moments that the day might raise and to guide those librarians working in universities and public libraries to address the potential research needs of their patrons, our editors have compiled these resources.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: A Look Back at Revolutionary War Heroes

Every anniversary of 9/11, we often remember heroes—past and present. Some are elected officials or military personnel. Others are everyday folks who decided to take a stand or try something different. Still, other heroes remain nameless but made an impact, nonetheless. The following books are full of heroes from the American Revolution. Perfect for reading in a history class, most of these are short, informational works with well-researched back matter that shouldn’t be missed.

Not Fade Away: Ten years after 9/11, how do you teach kids about a tragedy they can’t remember?

By Frances Jacobson Harris

September 11, 2001, wasn’t a normal day for most of us. The students at my Illinois high school packed into the library to watch the nonstop news coverage. Those in computer-lab classes kept trying their luck with CNN’s much-overburdened website. Administrators cruised the halls, looking for kids with relatives who worked at or near ground zero or the Pentagon or who were just too upset to […]