April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Behind the Scenes with SLJ’s “Best” Cover

To accompany its annual Best Books, School Library Journal commissions luminaries in the field of children’s book illustration to create our December cover. Go behind the scenes of this year’s selection and peruse the gallery of Best Book covers since 1998.

Title Match: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Returns for its Sixth Bout

Sixteen of 2013’s best books for young people are being paired off to engage in a series of one-on-one contests, March-Madness-style. Launching on March 11, the online elimination competition will pit the year’s most acclaimed titles against one another in matches to be decided by author judges.

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Pictures of the Week: A Sneak Peek at SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books

SLJ is ramping up for this year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, a March Madness-type online competition taking place from March 10 to April 2. Once again, director of art and production Mark Tuchman’s quirky illustrations will be enhancing the tournament’s design; here’s a sampling of what’s to come.

So What’s with all the ‘People Covers’?: SLJ’s Art Director Explains the Method to Our Madness

Prompted by a reader’s comment, SLJ art director Mark Tuchman addresses our cover strategy and shares some favorites from recent issues of the magazine.