May 26, 2018

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34 Thrilling Titles | April 2018

New YA audiobooks from Holly Black and Erika L. Sánchez; “Animorphs” creator Katherine Applegate’s middle grade series debut; picture book explores a saffron summery treat.

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Edgar Awards, Ken Burns Classroom Q&A, and More | News Bites

Awards, a grant opportunity, and the chance for students to ask Ken Burns about the Vietnam War.

SLJ’s April 2018 Popular Picks

A bilingual animal adventure; life advice from Cookie Monster; R.L. Stine’s ill-fated romance; a lyrical dedication to dreamers from Jason Reynolds; and much more in this month’s Popular Picks!

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For Every One by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Reynolds dedicates this lyrical masterpiece “to the dreamers, to the courageous, and everyone who wants to be,” though in his author’s note he admits the book-length poem began as a letter to himself “to keep from quitting.”

PBS Releases “America’s 100 Best-Loved Novels” in Advance of “The Great American Read”

What is America’s most-loved novel? PBS gives viewers a list of 100 titles to choose from and an eight-part series to discuss the books and their impact.

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Author Jason Reynolds was on Late Night with Seth Meyers a couple nights back. I would say “Hey, isn’t it cool and unusual that a middle grade and YA writer is on a late night show?” But really, Jason Reynolds is the kind of captivating person where this stuff just makes you say “Of course […]

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Author Jason Reynolds was on Late Night with Seth Meyers a couple nights back. I would say “Hey, isn’t it cool and unusual that a middle grade and YA writer is on a late night show?” But really, Jason Reynolds is the kind of captivating person where this stuff just makes you say “Of course […]

Students Walk Out; Librarian Creates Display to Inform, Support Kids

School librarian Angie Morris pulled books from her collection at Rolesville (NC) Middle School to help students understand the issues as they prepared to take part in the National School Walkout.

30 Realistic & Historical Fiction Books with Black Main Characters

A bevy of 2018 YMA winners and forthcoming 2018 middle grade and YA titles to excite readers.

9 Fantasy Must-Reads Featuring Black Main Characters

From mermaids to Marvel tie-ins and more, the following middle grade and YA fantasy novels will fly off shelves.

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.

Reynolds, Weatherford Named Winners of 2018 Walter Dean Myers Award

The winners and honorees of the third annual “Walter Award,” given by the We Need Diverse Books organization, have been announced.

10 Books To Read After “The Hate U Give”

Ten more YA titles that explore the lives of Black teens, police brutality, and systemic racism.

Long Way Down

There’s a weird kind of bookending happening this year; we opened with the biggest buzz for early 2017 books belonging to The Hate U Give and we’re closing 2017 with the biggest buzz for the end of the year going to Long Way Down, two books that look at violence in largely black, urban communities […]

Long Way Down

There’s a weird kind of bookending happening this year; we opened with the biggest buzz for early 2017 books belonging to The Hate U Give and we’re closing 2017 with the biggest buzz for the end of the year going to Long Way Down, two books that look at violence in largely black, urban communities […]

Long Way Down

There’s a weird kind of bookending happening this year; we opened with the biggest buzz for early 2017 books belonging to The Hate U Give and we’re closing 2017 with the biggest buzz for the end of the year going to Long Way Down, two books that look at violence in largely black, urban communities […]

Long Way Down

There’s a weird kind of bookending happening this year; we opened with the biggest buzz for early 2017 books belonging to The Hate U Give and we’re closing 2017 with the biggest buzz for the end of the year going to Long Way Down, two books that look at violence in largely black, urban communities […]

Book Review: A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Publisher’s Book Description: A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RULE Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows […]

Take 5: A YA Puerto Rico Booklist and the #PubforPR Auction

As they often do, the KidLit and Publishing community has come together to help the people in Puerto Rico after being hit by a devastating hurricane. You can visit the #PubforPR auction here to bid on a variety of amazing packages and help them raise money for the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Please visit […]

Patina by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Review

REYNOLDS, Jason. Patina. 240p. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481450188.

Gr 5-8 –Twelve-year-old Patina Jones not only loves to run, she needs to run—and win. She’s a gifted athlete, and since the death of her father and her mother’s life-altering health problems, Patty’s track club has become the focal point of her life. Running helps her to navigate the changes she and her younger sister, Maddy, are experiencing. They have left their urban neighborhood to live in a different part […]