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September 12, 2017
Upcoming events
Sarah Bayliss, Associate Editor

Here at SLJ, we are gearing up for Day of Dialog Brooklyn on Friday, September 15, featuring celebrated and debut authors including Tonya Bolden, Raúl Colón, Deborah Heiligman, Sarah Moon, and many others. More great speakers will be on deck at the 2017 SLJ Leadership Summit on October 7–8 in Nashville, TN; registration is still open. With the theme Confronting our Literacy Crisis, the stellar Summit lineup features John Green, Cece Bell, Javaka Steptoe, and our 2017 School Librarian of the Year, Tamiko Brown, to name a few.

A new survey we conducted confirms that maker activities are thriving—and librarians are playing a key role as hands-on learning becomes more established in school curricula. Our upcoming Maker Workshop, with speakers including Austin Kleon and Bill Nye, will provide plenty of inspiration and support for those activities. Check out the full schedule for the four-part October course.

We will continue our coverage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma; in the meantime, here are some resources for those displaced by environmental and humanitarian crises.
image Maker Movement Grows in K–12; Librarians Lead the Way
By Linda Jacobson
Maker activities have increased by four percent at the elementary and middle school levels since 2014, according to a new SLJ survey.
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image 10 Titles on 2017 NBA Longlist for Young People's Literature
By SLJ Staff
The 2017 National Book Award longlist includes two previous finalists. Nine of the 10 authors are women, and two are debut novelists.
A  Principal is 'All Over' AR Points. Readers Respond to Leveling.
By Kathy Ishizuka
Our feature story on reading levels, “Thinking Outside the Bin,” is among our most popular stories this year. As expected, there was plenty of feedback from readers.
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image People Trust Librarians Most When Seeking Information
By Gary Price
A Pew Research Center survey found that libraries and health care providers top the list of the most trusted sources for facts and information, with social media last.
"Dr. Seuss and whiteness [reflect] the overwhelming silence in literacy regarding matters of race.”

Steven Grant, National Education Association spokesperson

 

image Recent Titles Celebrating Books and Reading
By Joy Fleishhacker
Share these stories to set the tone for a book-loving school year.
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image Is the Cat in the Hat Racist? Read Across America Shifts to Diverse Books
By Grace Hwang Lynch
The organization will focus on year-round promotion of diverse books, amid attention to representation in kid lit and scrutiny of racial imagery in Dr. Seuss works.
image Framed: Spy Caper Meets Animated Graphic Novel
By Daryl Grabarek
Part noir spy caper, part puzzle game, and part animated graphic novel, this app defies easy categorization.
image Graphic Novels: Germs | September 2017 Xpress Reviews
By Ragan O'Malley
Falynn Koch’s Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield is recommended for graphic novel enthusiasts and for use in science classes.
Asking the editors of SLJ or the Horn Book to stay out of politics is like asking a librarian on the Newbery Committee not to tweet about books she loves.
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image Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | September 2017
By SLJ
New titles from Jason Reynolds, Alan Gratz, Robert Beatty, and others.
image Day of Dialog | Brooklyn

Coinciding with Brooklyn Book Festival, this special-engagement event on September 15 will feature both Festival and metropolitan-area authors with panels modeled on Library Journal and School Library Journal’s long-running and annually sold-out Day of Dialog events. Get the inside scoop on the hottest new books—plus book giveaways and author signings!
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