May 23, 2018

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Last Licks, or ALL the Books

Today, we’re covering all the books! Ok, not all — but the last of the big hitters that we’re covering. (Note that as always, we didn’t get to everything. And this year, which has been an astoundingly rich year, that may just mean we didn’t even get to the winner, because there is SO MUCH […]

Audiobooks: Baba Yaga, Civil Rights, and Advice from an Olympian | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Three extraordinary teens face face high school, their biggest challenge yet; a young girl and her grandfather find a temperamental typewriter; and a multicultural attempt to broaden Eurocentric history feature in December’s audiobook Xpress.

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Take 5: A YA Puerto Rico Booklist and the #PubforPR Auction

As they often do, the KidLit and Publishing community has come together to help the people in Puerto Rico after being hit by a devastating hurricane. You can visit the #PubforPR auction here to bid on a variety of amazing packages and help them raise money for the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Please visit […]

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | SLJ Review

SILVERA, Adam. They Both Die at the End. 384p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062457790.

Gr 9 Up –Everyone who is going to die on a given day gets a call to let them know; not the when, or the how, or the why, but just notification that they will die on that day. Mateo and Rufus each get that call and are facing their last day without a loved one. But there’s an app for that. Combining a well-realized alternative present […]

44 Terrific Titles | August 2017

August’s stars feature Molly Idle’s “Flora” adventures, an illustrated biography of the legendary Arturo Schomburg, and audiobooks of two popular YA titles.

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“Playing Puzzle Master”: Adam Silvera on Complex Narratives, Diversity, and More

Silvera spoke with SLJ about the need for diversity in YA literature and the challenges of penning a novel that successfully incorporates utter joy and emotional devastation.

Kid Lit Community Names Favorites for the Children’s Choice Book Awards

We asked librarians and classroom teachers to predict the 2016 winners—and they were more than happy to give their opinion!