February 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Linda Blackmon Lowery, Youngest Selma Marcher, Inspires Students

Civil rights activist marched from Selma to Montgomery as a teenager. Now she seeks to inspire the next generation.

Award-Winning Author Julius Lester Leaves Behind Storied Legacy

Lester, the legendary children’s book author, musician, and civil rights activist, died at his Massachusetts home on January 18.

History Has Its Eyes on Her: Biographies of women are a hot trend in children’s publishing

Betsy Bird on the state of women in kids’ books, with stellar titles on girls who run the world.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Five Ways I Created Opportunity at My Title I School

Manage the money, amplify student voice, and more tips from SLJ‘s 2017 Hero of Equitable Access.

SLJ Editors Respond to DACA Decision

The latest White House move to terminate DACA is shameful, crushing the dreams of 800,000 young people and striking a blow to the core principles of this country. This is not who we are.

New Reading Lists Aid Advanced Readers

A new resource from the Children’s Book Council offers challenging but age-appropriate titles to children reading at advanced levels.

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt | SLJ Review

BRITT, Paige. Why Am I Me? illus. by Selina Alko & Sean Qualls. 40p. Scholastic. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338053142.

PreS-Gr 2 –Britt tackles the metaphysical for the picture book crowd. Two (presumably) parent/child pairs approach a subway from different directions: an African American father and son and a light-skinned mother and daughter. The boy reads a book while riding a skateboard; the girl has a musical instrument case strapped to her back. As the kids notice each other, he wonders: “Why […]

Drag Queen Story Hours Flourishing on Both Coasts

Inclusive stories, music, snacks, treasure hunts, and a liberal dose of “fabulousness” mark these storytimes trending in libraries.

Imagine Yourself a Young Reader in the Margins | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

A professor of education maintains that #OwnVoices books are the basis of today’s literacy curriculum.

Gene Luen Yang Comic Available for Download

Download a high-res PDF version of “Comfort Zone,” Gene Luen Yang’s original comic for SLJ.

5 Middle Grade Titles Featuring People of Color

Looking for new middle grade novels starring main characters of color? Here are five standout titles suitable for most collections.

The Life & Legacy of Dwayne McDuffie, Diversity in Comics Pioneer

The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, now in its third year, is named for the man whose influence on the comics industry is still being felt.

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Feminism for Everyone: Kelly Jensen on “Here We Are”

Kelly Jensen discusses her new book, Here We Are, an empowering look at feminism that highlights diverse voices.

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

Immigrant Students Worry as Librarian Lends Support | Opinion

Libraries are for learning—no matter where you come from, insists a librarian at an alternative high school in Virginia.

Making the Personal Political | Angie Thomas on “The Hate U Give”

Angie Thomas, debut novelist of The Hate U Give, a stirring work on police brutality and racial violence, spoke with SLJ about bigotry, the influence of real life on her book, and the power of literature.

An Open Letter to School Librarians: Silence Is not Golden | Opinion

Every day students of different races, nationalities, and sexual orientations walk through our library doors. The library must be a safe space for them, since the outside world has become increasingly unsafe.

Showcasing Marginalized Voices | Adult Books 4 Teens

Now more than ever in America, young girls, people of color, and LGBTQ people need stories relevant to their lives. The following titles highlight these voices.

“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.