February 20, 2018

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SLJ’s Popular Picks

A monthly selection of must-have new titles for kids and teens chosen by SLJ’s book review editors.

“Olympians” Author George O’Connor Shares His Tricks of the Trade

George O’Connor speaks with SLJ about Hermes: Tales of the Trickster, the latest in his beloved “Olympians” series and an SLJ Popular Pick.

SLJ’s January 2018 Popular Picks

Harrison spotlights brave black women; two teen boys struggle with an evolving friendship; an aquatic twist on “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” and more in our first 2018 Popular Picks!

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

Thinking BIG with Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Five new picture books explore “big” characters; what the small ones lack in size, they make up for in heart!

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Private School Confidential | SLJ Spotlight on YA

Five gripping teen tales expose the darker sides of prep school.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Latest Win Is for Teens

The living legend pens a contemplative look at basketball, family, and systemic racism.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s October 2017 Popular Picks

An aspiring ninja tries to catch Father Christmas in the act; 16-year-old Ruby Karp pens a guide to teenage survival; a new action-packed fantasy from Holly Black in this month’s Popular Picks!

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s September 2017 Popular Picks

Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper sequel will thrill old and new fans; Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is illustrated for a young audience; and a city mouse finds food and adventure in this month’s Popular Picks!

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson On ‘Dream March’ and Carla Hayden

The award-winning author chats with SLJ about her latest work, an SLJ star and popular pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s August 2017 Popular Picks

Welcome readers back to school with August’s Popular Picks! This month brings lost picnics, runaway pasta, potato chip history, tons of high-octane YA, and much more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Gale Galligan On “Dawn and the Impossible Three”

Gale Galligan presents an inspired graphic novel version of one of Ann M. Martin’s beloved “Baby-Sitters Club” books.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s July 2017 Popular Picks

A little train peruses a tiny town, a young Wonder Woman finds a warbringer, girls learn to code, and bestselling fantasy authors continue exciting new series in this month’s popular picks!

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Jason Reynolds On “Miles Morales,” Spider-Man, and His Secret Superpower

SLJTeen Live! panelist Jason Reynolds talked with SLJ about superpowers, how he fleshed out the Afro-Puerto Rican webslinger’s backstory, and his favorite superhero.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s June 2017 Popular Picks

Celebrate summer’s return with these June Popular Picks! This month’s list includes a new mythical creature nonfiction series that kicks off with Bigfoot and Nessie, a case of mistaken identity and taboo romance with a sci-fi twist, and the latest Narwhal and Jelly book, in which the duo team up to be heroes for the day.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s May 2017 Popular Picks

A bevy of titles sure to circulate: profiles of queer figures through history, Steve Light’s latest, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Winning Is Contagious: Saul Ramirez on “The Champions’ Game”

Saul Ramirez, a middle school art teacher in Texas, challenged his mostly Latinx student population to becomes chess champions, setting them on a path to victory.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

You’ve Come a Long Way, “Feminist Baby”!

Loryn Brantz’s Feminist Baby tackles gender equality for the youngest set.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s April 2017 Popular Picks

The latest thriller from Cristin Terrill, a feminist primer for little ones, and a heartfelt memoir by a BuzzFeed editor.

SLJ’s March 2017 Popular Picks

Spring is around the corner, and with it comes SLJ’s March Popular Picks!

SLJ’s February 2017 Popular Picks

These materials will fly off the shelves, from a story about a young boy who loves his green pants to a timely YA novel centered on gun violence and Islamophobia by Barry Lyga.

Prejudice, Gun Violence, and Suicide: Barry Lyga Tackles It All in “Bang”

Barry Lyga talks about what inspired his hard-hitting novel Bang, an SLJ February 2017 Popular Pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.