Posts Tagged ‘School Library Journal’

John Green‘s Looking for Alaska won the 2006 ALA Michael L. Prinz Award and was the 2005. School Library Journal’s Book of the Year. Sumner County Schools in Tennessee have just banned the book, considering a brief oral sex scene as too racy for the teen audience. They are not the first to do so: […]


It’s hard to find something new to say about this wonderful, but I’ll try. The Graveyard Book was published in September of 2008 and has won, among other things, the 2009 Hugo and Newbery Awards. It was, of course, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean. In an interview with the Scottish Book […]


The 2010 Phoenix Award was announced this week, and it is The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff. I have not read it, but it sounds truly intriguing, and I plan on reading it. I wasn’t aware of the Phoenix Award until I heard about it on the School Library Journal blog. Turns out I’ve read […]


School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books wound up today with Katherine Paterson judging the final round. The last contestants: The Frog Scientist by Pamela Turner–which was resurrected from the dead by strong reader support, The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge and Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge. Katherine Paterson’s comment on having to choose […]


Short post today. Some people follow college basketball, I follow kidlit. If you’re not following The School Library Journal Battle of the Books, you should. Tomorrow Anita Silvey decides whether The Storm in the Barn or The Sweethearts of Rhythm advance to the next level. In the interests of full disclosure I should say that […]