ALA Launches Elections Campaign

ALA Launches Elections Campaign

On Take Actions for Library Day, the American Library Association announced its "Reader. Voter. Ready." campaign to increase library advocacy and civic engagement in advance of the November 5 elections.
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'Gender Queer' Tops List of Most Challenged Books for Third Year in a Row

SLJ Staff, Apr 08, 2024
The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023 has seven repeat titles from the 2022 list, including Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe at No. 1 and All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson at No. 2.

Reasons to Love Libraries

Mar 08, 2024
Got a reason to love libraries? Download your choice of “Reasons to Love ­Libraries” social assets to tell your own library story. 

 

22 Works of Prized Poetry: NCTE's 2024 Notable Books of Poetry and Verse Novels for Kids

Fifteen outstanding books of poetry and seven novels in verse have been recognized as 2024 Notable Books. Selections include a range of formats—lively nonfiction, fantasy, and moving verse novels—written by familiar poets and debut authors.

Mock Newbery Titles So Far: 21 possible Medal contenders

Steven Engelfried, Apr 08, 2024
Our Heavy Medal list of Mock Newbery suggestions now includes 21 recommended kids' books, with characters ranging from ghosts and spies to time travelers and typewriters.
Marlaina Cockcroft, Jan 04, 2024
Children are eager listeners—of audiobooks, according to a new Library Journal / School Library Journal survey. Libraries are keeping up with the demand as formats evolve.

Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 01, 2023
The incidence of books removed from school library shelves due to a book challenge has risen to 30 percent, up from 19 percent in 2022. The rise in book removals occurred across school levels: elementary, middle, and high schools.

Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 15, 2023
The editors are planning for 2024, SLJ's 70th anniversary year.

Kathy Ishizuka, Sep 30, 2023
School librarians in 2023 are more likely to decline purchasing certain titles based on the content of those books, according to SLJ's survey. The number of high school librarians naming sexual content has increased significantly, from 60% in 2022 to 75% in 2023.

Kathy Ishizuka, Sep 30, 2023
Twenty-four percent of school librarians have been harassed this past year over books or displays in their library. That’s according to a recent SLJ survey, which found the rate even higher among high school librarians, 30 percent of whom have experienced harassment.

Kara Yorio, Oct 05, 2023
With the release of two educator surveys, the organization provides facts and figures on the detrimental impact of book bans on reading and literacy. 

SLJ staff, Jan 19, 2022
Those dreaded summer reading lists. For eons, teachers have been handing out assigned reading, mostly comprised of old “classics.” With this survey, SLJ and NCTE invite teachers and librarians to choose the titles you’d like culled from required reading and those books you would urge students to read instead.

Shelley Diaz, May 10, 2022
SLJ and NCTE collaborated to create 18 booklists of titles to replace, or use as a companion to, canon "classics." 

Marlaina Cockcroft, Feb 21, 2023
More librarians find their work challenging, but most still love what they do, the latest LJ/SLJ Survey shows.

Kara Yorio, Sep 08, 2022
In the past year, school librarians have faced coordinated, hate-filled censorship campaigns that impact available books and collection development decisions. Here, they share their stories.

Illustrated titles about strong women and self-empowerment for girls from the 2024 Rise Booklist. 

This year's best in middle grade includes fierce folklore-inspired adventures, powerful explorations of identity, and tender ruminations on loss and grief. Tweens of all reading levels and interests will find a novel that speaks to them in this curated collection.

SLJ Reviews, Feb 05, 2024
The theme for Black History Month 2024 is "African Americans and the Arts.In these titles, young readers can learn about people who loved to express themselves through visual art, dance, song, and other forms of artistic creation.

SLJ Reviews, Oct 04, 2023
ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) puts out an annual list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books for the year. Here are SLJ 's reviews of titles on the 2022 list.  

Chelsey Philpot, Feb 27, 2024
As Women's History Month kicks off, use these tips to find the best books for your students.

In each of the 41 titles on this year’s United States Board on Books for Young People’s (USBBY) Outstanding International Books list, the authors and ­illustrators empower readers to make sense of themselves and the world at large. Download the full list.

 

 

Alec Chunn, Jan 03, 2024
Mostly realistic fiction, these recent YA novels (and one picture book) cover first love, found family, and living authentically. Each shines a light on queer & trans stories in both past and present settings, proving that LGBTQIA+ youth have always been here—and are not going anywhere. 

There’s something for every middle grader in this roundup curated by the We Are Kid Lit Collective. Up-and-coming chefs, family and friendship drama, and propulsive informational texts will keep tweens engaged beyond the summer months. 

From traditional Indigenous stories to the truth behind the Mexican jumping bean, these picture books, selected by the We Are Kid Lit Collective, offer entertaining and memorable reading experiences for kids over the summer break.

Sujei Lugo Vázquez, Aug 31, 2023
From board books to middle grade graphic novels, these illustrated narratives celebrate Latinx children and their communities.

NCTE & SLJ Reviews, May 04, 2023
'Romeo and Juliet' is ubiquitous in English lit classes and in modern society. As you consider ways to bring Shakespeare's verse to life for students, here are multimedia works that can serve as both supplements and mirrors to the original text.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 19, 2023
In these works, silly creatures impart wise messages.

SLJ Staff, Mar 27, 2023
Star Child by Ibi Zoboi and Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas are among the winners of the annual awards that honor outstanding children's and YA books by African American authors.

SLJ Staff, Jun 21, 2023
The titles by Jack Wong, Angeline Boulley, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka earned the annual award in the picture book, fiction and poetry, and nonfiction categories, respectively.

SLJ Reviews, Sep 14, 2023
Read one book a day for Latinx Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15, and every month after that. From migration and history to food and family, these works capture the many complexities and joys of the Latinx culture.

Sarah Pousty, Sep 06, 2023
Tips for engaging young kids with these works, which can build visual literacy and foster social-emotional skills, plus a video demonstration. 

SLJ Reviews, Aug 24, 2023
Reading about animals who have the same fears and other feelings about going back to school can help young readers face their own.

Marlaina Cockcroft, Oct 03, 2023
If graphic novels are flying off the shelves at your library, that reflects a remarkable trend: The format’s popularity has shot up at over 90 percent of school libraries in the last few years, according to a new SLJ survey.

Nine popular series for elementary and middle grade readers.

U.S. publishers step up to provide age-appropriate new releases for 8- to 12-year-olds. 

Esther Keller, Feb 29, 2024
Two girls get unexpected superpowers in this graphic novel by the co-creator of Miles Morales.

From stunning memoirs to sustainability guides, this year’s Best Graphic Novels list features 25 unforgettable works that take comics to new heights.

Co-authors Kekla Magoon & Cynthia Leitich Smith in conversation about the inspiration behind The Blue Stars Series: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem: "When we set out to write a middle grade graphic novel series about cousins who became superheroes to save their school library, we couldn't have imagined how timely our story would become."

Johanna, Feb 15, 2024
Curlfriends: New in Town demonstrates that honesty is the true key to making friends.
Sammy Savos, Jan 26, 2024
In this guest post, artist Sammy Savos details her creative process and discusses her collaboration with Holocaust survivor Estelle Nadel to create the graphic memoir The Girl Who Sang. "I’m very grateful that she was able to see the finished book, hold it in her hands, and tell me how happy she was with it."

Witches, orphans, gods, and some ordinary folks populate these compelling stories for grades 5 and up.

Brigid Alverson, Oct 04, 2023
In these seven manga works for grades five and up, affable characters cast gentle spells.

Johanna, Dec 21, 2023
Here's a look at some recently signed graphic novel deals—and what we can expect coming up!
Renee Scott, Dec 20, 2023
An OBGYN and an idol pop star find their lives intertwined in a bizarre way in this hit series.
Jess DeCourcy Hinds, Sep 12, 2023
These picture books and graphic novels for elementary students through high schoolers show the power of illustration to convey complex emotions.

Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 15, 2023
The editors are planning for 2024, SLJ's 70th anniversary year.

Kimberly Olson Fakih, Mar 01, 2024
When they were first published, Sydney Taylor’s books not only planted a flag for Jewish identity but also for Jewish joy, and today remind readers that Alcott's March sisters haven't cornered the market on getting by on love and little else. For Women's History Month, we remind readers of Sydney Taylor's origin story.

Kathy Ishizuka, Mar 11, 2024
“Reasons to Love ­Libraries” is a yearlong editorial project and campaign to engage the public in reflecting on libraries to reveal their impact on people and communities.

Kathy Ishizuka, Jan 07, 2024
They care deeply and can't be fired. Retired librarians are bringing experience and passion to the cause of intellectual freedom. With advocacy skills training and opportunities to mentor, retirees could become even more powerful assets.

Co-authors Kekla Magoon & Cynthia Leitich Smith in conversation about the inspiration behind The Blue Stars Series: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem: "When we set out to write a middle grade graphic novel series about cousins who became superheroes to save their school library, we couldn't have imagined how timely our story would become."

Jean Darnell, Oct 18, 2023
School librarian Jean Darnell prompted ChatGPT to write a paper on Black history, and the result had glaring omissions. That's just one part of the problem, she says.

Censorship is delaying the delivery of books to school library shelves. Cue the civics lesson.

Sammy Savos, Jan 26, 2024
In this guest post, artist Sammy Savos details her creative process and discusses her collaboration with Holocaust survivor Estelle Nadel to create the graphic memoir The Girl Who Sang. "I’m very grateful that she was able to see the finished book, hold it in her hands, and tell me how happy she was with it."

U.S. publishers step up to provide age-appropriate new releases for 8- to 12-year-olds. 

Betsy Bird, Mar 05, 2024
These days great swaths of books fill our shelves, full of scintillating facts and jaw-dropping images. The book we're talking about today, I Am Gravity? Case in point.
Florence Simmons, Feb 07, 2024
Just ahead of the release of their YA fantasy novel Infinity Alchemist, author Kacen Callender talked with SLJ about the idea of "chosen ones," reflecting their community and identity in their writing, and more.

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