April 20, 2018

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YA Authors who Give Back, From John Green to Ellen Hopkins

Whether supporting at-risk youth or global causes, these YA authors have a lot to contribute in addition to their writing.

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Page to Screen: Kid & YA Lit Flicks to Look Forward to After ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

With the success of Divergent and The Book Thief, Hollywood continues to tap kid’s books, from classic fairy tales to the latest dystopian, for new ideas. To celebrate the highly the anticipated big screen version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, SLJ has compiled a list of upcoming projects that will be coming to a screen near you.

Video Sunday: Pregnant iguanas galore

This may sound a little crazy, but even though I’m on maternity leave for three months or so, this video made me nostalgic for my system. It’s the rather remarkable Why Libraries Matter short documentary from The Atlantic. Beautifully shot and LOOK! There’s Rita Meade again! Somebody give that gal her own show. While we’re […]

School Librarians: Ask Students to Vote to Get ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Cast to Visit Your State

Here’s a fun activity around the June 6 film release of The Fault in Our Stars. Librarians can encourage students to find their home state on an interactive map, and put in their vote to get the book-turned-film’s cast to visit their state. Vote before April 25.

Rowell, Yang Are L.A. Times Book Award Finalists; Green Honored as an Innovator

The finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Wednesday, February 19. Among the 50 books that made the short list, five acclaimed titles for young people were selected, including Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints. Bestselling YA author John Green is also being honored with the Innovators Award.

Rebecca Stead Is First US Author to Win ‘Guardian’ Kid Lit Prize

Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy has won this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, a literary award that annually recognizes one children’s fiction book written for children or young adults that is published in the United Kingdom. Stead is the first American author to earn this distinction, only recently available to US writers since 2012.

John Green Says ‘Looking for Alaska’ Challenged by Colorado Parents

A group of Colorado parents are challenging the use of John Green’s award-winning young adult novel Looking for Alaska (Dutton, 2005) in 9th grade classrooms, the author wrote on his Tumblr-based blog yesterday. Green is urging supporters to write in solidarity with the teachers and librarians at the school, Fort Lupton Middle and High School, who he says are “heroically” standing by their choice.

Page to Screen: From YA Bestsellers to Big-Screen Blockbusters

While the jury is still out on the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, reviewers are raving about the surprise indie hit The Spectacular Now, based on Tim Tharp’s young adult novel. Children’s books continue to be Hollywood’s go-to source for inspiration, and librarians couldn’t be happier. As readers and movie fans await the book-to-film entries coming this fall, such as Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, SLJ looks ahead to future releases in this latest installment of Page to Screen.

Video Sunday: It was Officer Edgar Mallory that caught me most off-guard

Meet Isol.  Incredibly badass Isol.  The fact that you may not know her name instantly is a crime.  We Americans are fairly . . . how to put this . . . screamingly awful about paying attention to authors and illustrators from other countries.  Isol won the most recent Astrid Lindgren Award, but she’s hardly […]

McCall Smith, Green Win Audie Awards

The winners of the Audie Awards, the audiobook industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, were announced at the 18th Annual Audies Gala held at The New York Historical Society in New York City on May 30, 2013 and hosted by Daniel Handler (author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series written under the name Lemony Snicket). The awards, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Kinney, Glasser Win Children’s Choice Book Awards

“Wimpy Kid” author/illustrator Jeff Kinney and “Fancy Nancy” illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser scored the top prizes last night at the sixth annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards (CCBAs) gala, a charity event organized by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. The honorees were selected by young readers across the country, who cast ballots at bookstores, school libraries, and on bookweekonline.com for their favorite books, author, and illustrator. The gala heralds the official start of the yearly Children’s Book Week celebration. The CCBAs is the only national book awards program in which the winning titles are chosen by kids and teens.

Page to Screen: Upcoming Kids’ Books Set for Film Adaptations

The search for the next big film franchise usually begins with a beloved book or series, and film producers are continually eyeing the publishing world for inspiration. In fact, 2013 already promises a packed calendar of book-related film projects based on popular kid and young adult titles. Check out this roundup of releases that will have your students and patrons heading to the theater—and, hopefully, to bookshelves as well.

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube

Copyright law is arduous enough, but throw in an instance of international remixing by nerdfighters, and you have a real mess. But in the hands of author John Green, it’s also the basis for a pretty cool video.

John Green to ‘Hangout’ with Obama

On Thursday, February 14 at 4:50 p.m. EST, popular young adult author John Green will participate in a Google+ “fireside” Hangout with President Obama, following up on the State of the Union address to Congress.

Video Sunday: What no one tells beginners

I wonder how much of my readership is at the Midwinter ALA Convention right now.  Probably a big old chunk.  That’s okay.  Those of us stuck at home can make our OWN fun, even as we obsessively chew our nails in anticipation of tomorrow’s big ALA Media Awards announcements.  This video should be enough to […]

Pictures of the Week: John Green Fans Outside Carnegie Hall for an Evening of Awesome

Fans outside of Carnegie Hall display their loot from John and Hank Green’s An Evening of Awesome.

‘Nerdfighters’ Sell Out Carnegie Hall to See John and Hank Green Plus Special Guests

New York City’s Carnegie Hall hosted bestselling YA author John Green and his brother Hank this week at “An Evening of Awesome,” a special performance to a sold-out crowd. The event, which featured numerous special guests and a surprise appearance by Neil Gaiman, was lived-streamed through a special partnership with Tumblr.

Photos: John and Hank Green: An Evening of Awesome

Author John Green, brother Hank Green, and special guests the Mountain Goats celebrated the anniversary of ​The Fault in Our Stars​ (Dutton, 2012) with an evening at Carnegie Hall.

The Fault in Our Stars, Pyrite Redux

Back in September, Sarah reviewed The Fault in Our Stars. At the time, she said, “When you add the serious subject matter, the thoughtful treatment of said subject matter, the memorable characters, and the five-hanky tear-jerker of a plot, you know there’s a lot to talk about in terms of Printz-worthiness.” She went on to […]

KidLitCon 2012: The Changing Relationship Between Reader and Writer

Alyssa Sheinmel, Adele Griffin, and other young adult authors came together September 29 at the sixth annual KidLitCon in New York City to discuss social media, the obligations authors have to their fans, and the challenges of interacting with an audience.