June 20, 2018

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SLJ’s March 2018 Popular Picks

A new “Charlie and Lola” adventure concerns canines; a middle-grade fantasy series opener that incorporates Hindu mythology; gymnastics champ Aly Raisman’s biography; and a young reader’s edition of Hidden Figures are just a few of this month’s Popular Picks.

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A Recap of the HOPE NATION Launch Event at Irving Public Library – and a GIVEAWAY

Yesterday The Teen and I attended the HOPE NATION launch party at Irving Public Library. One of her best friends, a big reader and also the daughter of a YA librarian, was there with us as well. We were excited to learn more about this anthology, get copies signed, and to hear the authors share […]

Funny Girls

Today is going to be one of those ALL THE BOOKS posts, loosely linked by being by and about women and featuring humor. Which is a pretty loose thread, but let’s roll with it. As is often the case with these roundups, we don’t think any of these are books that are likely to go […]

Top-Shelf Chapter Book Read Alouds for A New School Year

Looking for books to recommend as read alouds? Our readers and reviewers weigh in on new books worth sharing.

Kings of the Court & Loving Lizards | Middle Grade Audio Coming in May

Titles from Rita Williams-Garcia, Matt Christopher, Gail Carson Levine, and more coming to audio this spring.

Thumper’s Dad (A Roundup)

Once upon a time ago, over on Heavy Medal, Jonathan very boldly (and wittily) ran a post with just a title and the cover of the book. His point was that sometimes you just don’t have anything good to say about a book, so why say anything at all? I’m not nearly as bold, nor […]

Julie Murphy and Aaron Hartzler Chat About Self-Image, Media, and Their New YA Titles

Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ celebrates body acceptance, and Aaron Hartzler’s What We Saw tackles rape culture. SLJ sat in on their conversation about what inspired their latest YA novels and the importance of self-image, body acceptance, and media for today’s teens.