February 22, 2018

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Walking and Talking With . . . Tim Federle!

Steve Sheinkin returns once more to write up and illustrate his “Walking and Talking” series.  As with other posts in the series, Steve will have a conversation with an author or illustrator and then pluck out and bring to life the parts that really define something about the process.  Part of the reason I love […]

Princeton Children’s Book Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Sees Record Book Sales

Rocco Staino reports on this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Fesitval and chats with authors, illustrators, and librarians.

Ten Titles Make Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

The 2015 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes a previous National Book Award winner and a two-time National Book Award finalist. Three novels are by debut authors.

Walking and Talking with . . . Deborah Wiles!

I’m happy to say that Steve Sheinkin’s “Walking and Talking” series is back in full swing. For those of you unaware of the Sibert winner’s predilection for drawing his conversations with his fellow literary luminaries, this is a bit of a treat. And for me, to see David Levithan fully drawn . . . well […]

Four NYC Publishers, One Epic Season: Rocco Staino’s Peek at Upcoming Fall Titles

SLJ contributing editor Rocco Staino shares highlights from this past spring’s NYC publisher previews and offers a peek into some of the books coming out this fall season.

Fuse #8 TV: Steve Sheinkin

Allo, folks! Hosting Steve Sheinkin on Fuse #8 TV this month does have a bit of the old bringing coals to Newcastle feel to it.  After all, Steve’s been generous in sharing his Walking and Talking comic series with us on this site regularly.  So regularly, in fact, that it would be easy to forget […]

“Port Chicago 50” Wins Seventh Annual Battle of the Kids’ Books

In BOB’s final round, The Closer, Newbery Medalist Clare Vanderpool, selects Steve Sheinkin’s Port Chicago 50 as the victor of the yearly virtual tournament of books for children and teens.

Walking and Talking with . . . Andrew Smith

That’s right. Andrew Smith. And it’s fantastic. The latest in Steve Sheinkin’s series “Walking and Talking”. Enjoy it. Big time thanks to Steve for putting these together and for this one in particular. Previous editions of this series include: Walking and Talking with John Corey Whaley Walking and Talking with Jenni Holm Walking and Talking […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Laura Vaccaro Seeger!

Behold the latest entry in Steve Sheinkin’s “Walking and Talking” series.  When he’s not winning a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honor for Port Chicago 50 Steve can be found interviewing his fellow authors and illustrators and bringing their talks to comic life.  In his latest episode we see not just a drawn version […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Gene Luen Yang!

Author and artist Steve Sheinkin continues his marvelous “Walking and Talking” series with us today. The subject? Gene Luen Yang, who draws connections between immigration and superheroes in ways I’ve never really ever considered before. Enjoy! Previous editions of this series include: Walking and Talking With John Corey Whaley Walking and Talking with Jenni Holm

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook Press, January 2014 Reviewed from final copy This is a difficult review to write. The reason I’m struggling has nothing to do with Steve Sheinkin’s book, and everything to do with it. My thoughts keep turning to Michael Brown, […]

SLJ Reviews of the 2014 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature

School Library Journal reviews of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, as well as some relevant pieces from our bloggers and interviews with the authors.

Walking and Talking with . . . Jenni Holm!

This is our second “Walking and Talking” installment by the clearly multi-talented Steve Sheinkin.  This week?  Jenni Holm discusses how she works and gives some background on the blood, sweat and tears that went into The Fourteenth Goldfish. Be also sure to check out the first Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey […]

National Book Award Finalists

And we have finalists! With yesterday’s announcement of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category it’s really starting to feel like awards season. Last month, Karyn wrote about the longlist, observing that social conscience seemed to be a common thread among the nominees. Now that we’re down to five titles, her […]

Minding the Gaps, Part II: Highlighting Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Recipients │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

In anticipation for The Horn Book’s “Mind the Gaps” event at Simmons College on October 10, brush up on the winning titles that will be showcased by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

Introducing the all new “Walking and Talking” series by Steve Sheinkin! I’m always on the lookout for folks I consider double threats.  In the children’s and YA book biz that translates to mean people who can both write and draw.  Take someone like Kadir Nelson, for example.  One day he’s doing his spectacular art, merry […]

Cybil Awards Honor Palacio, Sheinkin, Hartman

Though the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz awards have all been announced, the excitement isn’t over yet! The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards have been revealed. Included among the winners are several previously recognized titles, such R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb, and Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina.

Pyrite Redux: Recently Reviewed Nominees

We’ve been bringing the Pyrite* books back up for a second round of discussion, but a number of them were discussed so recently — and with their Pyrite nominations in mind — that it seems silly to post again about each one. However, we didn’t want anyone to forget what makes these books at the […]

Whiskers, Dreams, and Grave-Robbing Schemes | More on Abraham Lincoln

From fabulous picture books to top-shelf literary nonfiction, 2013 brings a number of new titles about America’s favorite president, Abraham Lincoln.

Bomb

Guest blogger Joy Piedmont is back (and I think we’ll be taking advantage of her at least once more before the season is done!), covering another major nonfiction title of 2012. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, Steve Sheinkin Flash Point, September 2012 Reviewed from final copy When I say, “World […]