May 21, 2018

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SLJ’s May 2018 Popular Picks

A day in the life of an ice cream truck; Mariko Tamaki’s take on Supergirl; three dinosaur tales on DVD; a heartwarming return to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and much more in our May Popular Picks!

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

Fusenews: O my cabbage stalks, I must leave you behind!

It’s been a while! You can tell when I’ve been flush with content because my Fusenews posts become a bit less frequent. But here we go. I’m back, and I just have so MUCH to tell you! Where to start, where to start . . . . I know! Let’s begin with everyone’s favorite subject. […]

9 New Perspectives on WWII | SLJ Spotlight

Nine titles across various genres will fuel fresh discussions of World War II.

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

40 Fantastic Titles | December 2017

Audio editions of stellar titles by Mitali Perkins and David Barclay Moore; a book on autism for young audiences; educator and activist Betty Shabazz’s early years are explored.

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

All-Star Reviews from Seanan McGuire, Jane Yolen, & More | Adult Books 4 Teens

The Adult Books 4 Teens columnists present some of their favorite titles that haven’t been featured yet.

Poetry Picks | New Titles for Young Readers

Kwame Alexander honors beloved poets; Chris Raschka illustrates Keats; and Marilyn Singer dances the salsa in Feel the Beat.

Counting Down to SLJ’s Popular Picks: Part 1

In advance of the print debut of SLJ’s Popular Picks in the April 2016 issue, SLJ editors have chosen must-have works for kids and teens that appeared in the January 2016 issue. Santat’s latest, a hamster princess, and poignant YA debuts top our list.

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

Ghostly Guinea Pigs, Time-Travelers, and Seelie Wars | Fiction Series Update

These latest updates in ongoing series, these books encompass a wide variety of topics: a dark and haunting title about Vietnam from Chris Lynch, more drama from the world of the Seelies from Jane Yolen and son Adam Stemple, and time-traveling adventures with Mira.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How Do You Feel Today?: Great Books about Emotions

Told with sensitivity, perception, and heartwarming humor, these recent picture books treat a range of experiences and feelings that are all part of a youngster’s everyday world. Share them with kids to build empathy, foster self-awareness, and invite discussion.

Nonfiction Notes | Inching Toward Women’s History Month

This month, Curriculum Connections’ newest column “Nonfiction Notes” highlights the latest quality nonfiction titles, with a special emphasis on books about women.

Interview: Jane Yolen on Curses: Foiled Again

Teenager Aliera Carstairs has a pretty good head on her shoulders. She doesn’t have much patience for angst or drama; she describes herself as “A smart, lonely girl with a singular talent for swordplay.” By swordplay, she means fencing, which she is serious about and which forms the motif for both Yolen’s first book, Foiled, […]

Children’s Sci-fi/Fantasy Writer Josepha Sherman Dies at 65

Science fiction and fantasy writer Josepha Sherman died on August 23 in New Haven, CT, after a long illness, in which she battled dementia. She was 65. Sherman’s works include Gleaming Bright (Walker, 1994), a story of a resourceful young princess who goes in search of a magic box to avoid marrying a cruel king, and an adult fantasy, The Shining Falcon (Avon, 1989), a tale of love, hate, and magic that’s filled with Slavic mythology.