February 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ Blogger’s Personal Call for Action after Parkland Shooting

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth shared her personal high school tragedy to move people to action after the Parkland shooting.

Summer Programming Ideas, from Ska Storytime to Outdoor Treasure Hunts

It’s midwinter—a perfect time to start planning your summer programming. Here’s a snapshot of what librarians are putting together for 2018.

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A Call to Action on Proposed 2019 Federal Budget

EveryLibrary and ALA are calling on library advocates to contact Congress and spread awareness about the impact of proposed federal budget cuts.

A Newbery Medal First At 2018 YMAs

The Newbery went to “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly; the Caldecott was won by “Wolf in the Snow” by Matthew Cordell; and “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour won the Printz.

Caldecott and Newbery Medal Wins Bring Instant Boost to Book Sales

Winning a Newbery or Caldecott Medal boosts sales and interest in the selected books—and moves publishers and bookstore staff into immediate action.

Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks

Breakerspace. Toy Takeapart. Break & Make. Whatever you call it, a breakerspace lets kids take stuff apart to see what makes it tick.

Librarians Love to Share Award Winners with Kids

Excitement is building for the YMAs announcement on February 12. For librarians, it can dictate displays, future lesson plans and what books to buy.

Ishta Mercurio Goes Public as David Díaz Accuser

Ishta Mercurio says the successful children’s book illustrator fondled her hair and made a sexually suggestive comment at the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) annual conference.

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Celebrating Judy Blume—Her Work and Impact—on Her 80th Birthday

Authors Jacqueline Woodson, Rachel Vail, and others spoke about the influence of Blume’s novels during a birthday event at New York’s Symphony Space.

YALSA Award and Grant Winners; Wolk Wins O’Dell; New Imprint for Scholastic | News Bites

The YMAs aren’t the only awards out there. Here are some people and books honored in advance of the ALA’s big day, along with some other industry news.

Prime Time for Podcasts

It’s a golden age for young podcast listeners and creators. Tips for using and recording audio content, plus top listening recommendations.

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Newbery winner Kwame Alexander to Curate New Young Readers Imprint

Author and poet Kwame Alexander takes on new publishing challenge.

Comics Writer Don McGregor Talks “Black Panther”

Writer Don McGregor redefined the “Black Panther” comic series in the 1970s with an all-black cast. He talks to SLJ about his work, returning to the character, and the upcoming film adaptation.

YMAs to Include Multicultural Awards in 2019 Ceremony

ALA will add multicultural awards announcements to 2019 YMAs ceremony.

A Look Back: Ursula Le Guin Talks Writing and Her Readers

In a 2004 interview with SLJ, Ursula K. Le Guin discusses her family, influences and evolution as a writer.

World Read Aloud Day Adds Magic Night This Year

Every child likes to be read to, even those irritable tweens, according to the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading research.

Building Our Way Back: School Libraries Recover from Disasters

Librarians impacted by flooding and hurricane describe their recovery efforts and suggest disaster planning points.

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

Reporting on Hurricanes, and then Fleeing One

Marva Hinton had just reported a story on Hurricane Harvey for SLJ when she was forced to evacuate her home due to Hurricane Irma.

Foiled by Curses | Scales on Censorship

Shiloh’s curse words; a visiting author’s objectionable language; complaints about “A Day No Pigs Would Die”

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Book Grants; #StrivingReaders Giveaway; IWitness Video Challenge | News Bites

Here’s a roundup of grant opportunities, contests, and award submissions.