April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

The Brown Bookshelf’s Open Declaration Garners 691 Signatures

The declaration expresses commitment to standing with and for children “in the face of attempts to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and to dismiss violence against marginalized people.”

Our Post-Election Commitment | Editor’s Note

We’re in an unprecedented place for education and library coverage. It’s time to speak to the staff as well as to our readers.

After Election, Librarians, Book Creators Vow To Support Children

Librarians are addressing student concerns with “safe spaces,” support groups, book displays, special programming—and lots of hugs.

When Publishing and Reviewing Diverse Books, Is Expertise Overrated? | Opinion

Are publishers and reviewers ill-equipped to evaluate diverse books? Publisher Jason Low takes a look at recent book controversies and the results of the Diversity Baseline Survey.

Banning the Ban On LGBTQ Filters in Libraries

A California congressman’s goal is to make sure LGBTQ sites aren’t blocked on computers at public schools and libraries—where students source information not just for classwork, but for themselves.

SLJ Regrets an Error, Updates Reviewer Guidelines

SLJ has corrected a serious error, which appeared in a 2013 review of Tim Tharp’s audiobook Mojo.

Diversity Hashtags Hijacked

YA authors A.C. Thomas and Laura Silverman were among the latest victims of online hate campaigns, an increasingly common and visible problem.

Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.

Twenty-nine books on ALA’s top 10 challenged books lists from 2001–2015 have diverse content.

“When We Was Fierce” Pulled as Demand Grows for More #OwnVoices Stories

Amid increasing controversy around author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s use of a made-up dialect along with what some deem as stereotypical characters in her most recent book, Candlewick Press has postponed publication.

Schools Look To Talk Race, Violence, and Tolerance with Students

As the start of school approaches, educators around the country are grappling with the best way to support students who have questions about the shootings in the news.

How Canada Publishes So Many Diverse Children’s Books

With Groundwood Books’s Bologna win, the Canadian publishing industry’s reputation for quality and diversity is getting tough to beat.

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“There Is a Tribe of Kids” Generates Controversy Among Librarians

Lane Smith’s picture book has sparked debate around connecting the word “tribe” with images of children in lush natural surroundings with feathers in their hair.

Librarian Creates #BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens

Chelsea Couillard-Smith, a librarian at Hennepin County (MN) Library, created a #blacklivesmatter booklist for teens.

ALA 2016: Highlights of Diversity Panel Discussion

“Not Your Granny’s Dinner Conversation: Diversity, Race, Sex and Gender” featured seven children’s literature experts, all addressing tough questions and hot topics.

Pat Mora on Día, the Arbuthnot Lecture, and Diverse Books: 20 Years and Counting

Author Pat Mora’s April 15 Arbuthnot Lecture at Santa Barbara (CA) City College coincided with the 20th anniversary of the celebration she founded, “El día de los niños/ El día de los libros” (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as “Día.”

Diverse Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

We examine debut authors whose works have unique perspectives on culture, from Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat girl, a novel comprised of short stories that take on fat-shaming, to Kaitlyn Greenidge’s We Love You, Charlie Freeman a rich and complex work about an African American family teaching a chimpanzee sign-language.

After Cancelling 2016 National Institute, ALSC Regroups To Serve Members

ALSC president Andrew Medlar details reasons for cancelling the 2016 Institute in North Carolina, the costs incurred, and how ALSC will make sure the educational experience isn’t lost.