June 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Margaret A. Edwards Award and 30 Years of Young Adult Literature

Angela Carstensen takes a look back at three decades of YA—its evolution, groundbreaking titles, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award that honors its authors.

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

Woodson named 2018 Laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature has earned another honor.

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.

Video: Jacqueline Woodson Inaugurated as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

“Books change us. They can help us have the bigger conversations,” Jacqueline Woodson said during her inauguration ceremony at the Library of Congress.

Jacqueline Woodson Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Woodson, who won the National Book Award for her memoir in verse Brown Girl Dreaming, succeeds Gene Luen Yang in the position.

Writing About Addiction for Kids | Opinion

Some say that middle grade readers are too young for books that involve addiction. That argument is increasingly hard to support.

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Of Bunnies, Cats, Monsters and More

It continues! As ever, folks just can’t seem to write books without slipping references to children’s books into them, left, right, and center. And while it seems an odd exercise to collect these titles, it’s also oddly informative. I’m still trying to piece together a unified theory about why this happens at all. No answers […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Of Bunnies, Cats, Monsters and More

It continues! As ever, folks just can’t seem to write books without slipping references to children’s books into them, left, right, and center. And while it seems an odd exercise to collect these titles, it’s also oddly informative. I’m still trying to piece together a unified theory about why this happens at all. No answers […]

Jacqueline Woodson Honored by Lambda Literary

Among the 22 Lammys presented in New York City was the Visionary Award, which went to Jacqueline Woodson. The winner in the children’s/YA category was M.E. Girard.

Library of Congress Launches Teen Internship; 2017 Lammys Announced | SLJTeen News

A roundup of tidbits and news bites that librarians working with teens will want to know about, including a new internship at the Library of Congress and the winners of the Lammys, Audies, and Teen Choice Book awards.

PEN America To Hold NYC Rally in Defense of Free Expression

“Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression” will be held on the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

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.”

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.

Therapy by the Book

Help students find solace, insight, and inspiration while reading. Plus, trauma-response resources for educators.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Hook Them with Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

Historical fiction may not be every teen’s idea of a gripping read, but these titles are bound to immerse readers—and may even please educators, too.

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

It’s back!  I’ve been doing my thing, buying lovely adult titles for my library system, and time and again I’ve run across ideas or names that fall squarely in the children’s book realm.  Here then are some real beauties. Things you just might not know about otherwise. I know and like Elisha Cooper but I’m […]

NYC DOE Conference: Reaching Diverse Learners

“Libraries for ALL Learners” was this year’s theme at the New York City Department of Education’s Library Services Annual Fall Conference, which convened at CitiField in Flushing. The session encompassed diversity in culture, ability, learning styles, gender and sexual identity.

Woodson, Riddell, Herrera Selected as Laureates; “Minus Me” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

Juan Felipe Herrera has been selected as the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate for 2015–16. Jacqueline Woodson began her two-year tenure as the U.S. young people’s poet laureate on June 1. Illustrator and writer Chris Riddell has been named the UK’s ninth children’s laureate. Check out more industry news in the latest SLJTeen News roundup.

Ferguson Library Director Wins Lemony Snicket Prize

Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson (MO) Municipal Public Library, has been awarded ALA’s second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler and Jacqueline Woodson will co-present Bonner with the prize in June during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco.

A Fight to the End Paper: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books 2015

While for some March calls to mind college basketball, at SLJ, March 9 heralds the start of our Battle of the Kids’ Books (aka BOB). From Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming to Cece Bell’s El Deafo, these mighty contenders are ready for a (literary) fight. May the best book win!

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.