June 19, 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.

SLJ’s June 2018 Popular Picks

A playful bug book from Eric Carle; two friends liven up a rainy day indoors with a hearty dose of make-believe; a dinosaur loves wordplay and helps build young readers’ vocabulary; and adorably unconventional animals with Jess Keating in this month’s Popular Picks!

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

All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –In her latest, which cleverly combines multiple perspectives, Peñaflor provides a psychological study in how the shallow and the profound coexist within the human psyche to foster self-deception.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –“You simply couldn’t out-jerk a jerk like me.” Clara Shin, the protagonist in Goo’s latest, delivers this line with pride.

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –The past year has brought its share of woes for Mariam Sharma and her best friends, Ghaz and Umar. The remedy? A summer road trip.

SLJ’s May 2018 Popular Picks

A day in the life of an ice cream truck; Mariko Tamaki’s take on Supergirl; three dinosaur tales on DVD; a heartwarming return to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and much more in our May Popular Picks!

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

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –In the wake of her younger sister Alex coming into her powers as an Encantrix, everything Lula thought she knew about herself and magic seems less certain.

SLJ’s April 2018 Popular Picks

A bilingual animal adventure; life advice from Cookie Monster; R.L. Stine’s ill-fated romance; a lyrical dedication to dreamers from Jason Reynolds; and much more in this month’s Popular Picks!

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

Rachel Hawkins on Royal Weddings, #SexyHistory, and More

The YA author shares her fascination with royal weddings and history and what inspired her to write her Royals.

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

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.

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

SLJ’s February 2018 Popular Picks

A playful, pajama-clad addition to the “Bear Family” series; two women fight in a cosmic battle a thousand years apart in “Furyborn”; #1000BlackGirlsBooks creator Marley Dias shares some tips for young success; and much more in this month’s Popular Picks!

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

“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.