June 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Latinx Literature Gives Students A Voice | #Representationmatters

An educator reflects on representation in the classroom.

All We Need Is Love: Matt de la Peña sends a Valentine to the world | Up Close

A Q & A with the Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña about his empowering poem about love.

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

Love by Matt de la Peña | SLJ Review

Gr 2-5 –How do we love and care for one another? Award-winning author de la Peña sets out not only to count the ways but also to help young people recognize and take these tender mercies to heart, especially when times are tough and beyond the control of the adults around them.

Social Justice and Mental Health: Accessibility to Treatment in YA Literature, a guest post by Alyssa Chrisman

Today we are honored to present to you a Mental Health in YA Literature guest post that looks at the accessibility to treatment in YA literature. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here or by clicking on the tag below. When I was 12-years-old, I went to therapy for the first time. Seventh grade […]

Video Sunday: Sure hope you like music . . .

The news, man. It’s overwhelming. I look on my Facebook and my Twitter and it’s all I can see. The days when I could stroll along in blissful ignorance are long gone. This past week was particularly bad so . . . let’s watch Chance the Rapper sing the Arthur theme song with Ziggy Marley, […]

Scenes from the American Library Association Annual Meeting | ALA 2014

Views from the floor of the American Library Association Annual Meeting, from the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet to the Ultimate Picture Book Sketch Off.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Not a Trend, But Here to Stay | BEA 2014

Over 300 people attended the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel on May 31 held at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center as part of BookExpo America’s consumer-focused BookCon event; the session was added late to the program after the grassroot campaign’s hashtag went viral following its launch, eliciting more than 162 million tweets since May 1.

‘One Teen Story’ Hosts Short Story Writing Contest for Teens

Calling all teen writers. One Teen Story, a literary magazine for young adults, is looking for original, unpublished fiction written by teens ages 14-19.

Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

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

Something Louder, Something New | SLJ Talks to Matt de la Peña About ‘The Living’

Like most people who have grown up in southern California, author Matt de la Peña has always feared the arrival of the “Big One”—a massive earthquake that would decimate the US West Coast. In his latest young adult novel, The Living, de la Peña explores issues of race, class, and identity, set against the backdrop of a cataclysmic event that hurls humanity into a fight for survival.

Latino Writers Convene at 2nd Annual Comadres Conference

A group of aspiring Latino writers gathered in Brooklyn, NY, earlier this month at the second annual Comadres and Compadres Latino Writers Conference held at Medgar Evers College. Approximately half of the 75 writers and publishing professionals in attendance to exchange advice, tips, and words of inspiration participated in panels dedicated specifically to children’s literature.

SLJ Giveaway: Signed ARC of Matt de la Peña’s Infinity Ring Bk. 4: ‘Curse of the Ancients’

SLJ is giving away 25 author-signed copies of the latest book in the format-bending “Infinity Ring” series (Scholastic). Written by Matt de la Peña, the middle grade novel Curse of the Ancients continues the adventures of Dak, Sera, and Riq, who are on a quest to set history back on course by traveling to different cataclysmic events in time. Leave comment to enter.

Children’s Librarians, Architects of Dreams | SLJ’s Public Library Think Tank

“The power of books is profound, but power does start in the children’s room. When we connect children with books…we are introducing them to the world,” says Pam Sandlian Smith, director of Colorado’s Anythink Libraries and opening keynote speaker at our first Public Library Leadership Think Tank on Friday. Among the day’s emerging themes: dreaming big, collaboration, innovation, creating community, and believing in the power of kids (and kids’ librarians) to change the world.

Photos: SLJ’s 2013 Public Library Leadership Think Tank

Check out images from the SLJ 2013 Public Library Leadership Think Tank, our first leadership event dedicated to those working in children’s services in public libraries.

Hear Matt de la Peña’s Keynote | SLJ’s Public Library Think Tank

As a self-described nonreader, Matt de la Peña could never have imagined as a kid that books would play an important role in his life. But key encounters with libraries and, more importantly, librarians, who actively sought to engage him, helped open a new world to de la Peña. The author of novels for young adults, including Ball Don’t Lie and Mexican Whiteboy, de la Peña recounted his “path to books” in the closing keynote of SLJ’s Public Library Leadership Think Tank, held April 5 at the New York Public Library.