June 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

20 Books To Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month

We rounded up picture books, middle grade novels, and YA titles from the past year that either center the Caribbean American experience or are written by authors of Caribbean descent.

SLJ Facebook Live Chats with Authors at Day of Dialog & Book Expo 2018

Did you catch our behind-the-scenes live video chats with book creators during Book Expo? In case you missed them, we’ve rounded up some of our recent talks with Kwame Alexander, Eoin Colfer, Ngozi Ukazu, and more.

Exclusive Cover Reveal! SWING by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

Today at 1 p.m. EST, SLJ editors Shelley Diaz and Kiera Parrott—aka the “Book Nerds”—revealed the cover of Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess’s latest book, Swing (Blink), on Facebook Live.

Gentrification, Friendship, & Disappearing Black Girls in Tiffany D. Jackson’s “Monday’s Not Coming”

Tiffany D. Jackson discusses the inspirations for her latest work, a thriller about a black girl whose disappearance is noticed only by her best friend.

Mark Does YA: The Prolific Critic and Creator Talks About “Anger Is a Gift”

The debut author and creator of the “Mark Does Stuff” universe chats about his road to publication, teen activism, and what he’s working on next.

Dana L. Davis On Hollywood, Defying Stereotypes, & “Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now”

The debut YA author and actress shares what inspired her to write this tale of grief, family, and identity.

Teens Review Alternative History, Epic Fantasy, and More

The latest crop from our young adult reviewers includes ringing endorsements of Ash Princess, The Pros of Cons, and Living in Infamy.

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.

Teens Review Thrillers, “I Am Alfonso Jones,” and More

SLJ’s teen reviewers tackle a suspenseful romance, Tony Medina’s latest graphic novel, and an action-packed true crime tale.

Emily X.R. Pan On Grief, Mental Health, & Her YA Debut “The Astonishing Color of After”

The debut author talks about the novel’s many iterations, why it’s important to talk about mental health in YA, and what she’s working on next.

Tune in to These 7 YA Lit Podcasts

Kelly Jensen shares some young adult literature–focused podcasts that will not only help up your librarian game, but also entertain and expand your reading world.

The 2018 In the Margins Book Awards Announced

The In the Margins Book Awards has revealed the top picks from books published in 2016 and 2017 that appeal to the reading needs and wants of marginalized teens.

Close Encounters: Leah Thomas Chats About “When Light Left Us”

The Morris Award finalist shares what inspired her latest sci-fi mash-up, the soundtrack that helped her keep writing, and what she’s working on next.

Two Teen Titles On Gladiators | SLJ Spotlight

Two YA titles that highlight women warriors, including Lesley Livingston’s follow-up to The Valiant.

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

Robin Benway Opens Up About Her National Book Award–Winning YA Novel

The YA lit expert talks to the author about her acclaimed adoption-focused YA novel, her writing process, and what’s next.

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

25 Authors for Teens Share Their 2018 Writing Resolutions

SLJ reached out to authors from our 2017 Best Books for Teens list to compile their writing and creative goals for 2018.

Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan Launch a Platform for YA Short Stories

The YA authors and editors-in-chief of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology share what inspired this new venture and their future plans.

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.

SLJ’s Reviews of YALSA’s 2018 Morris Award Finalists

YALSA has just announced the five finalists for the 2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Award, including SLJ Best Book The Hate U Give. Check out our reviews of the finalists.

Cynthia Hand On Retelling “A Christmas Carol” for Teens

The YA author of the “Unearthly” series talked to SLJ about what inspired her to revisit the beloved A Christmas Carol and why we all deserve second chances.