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How to Help Your Child Deal with Fears About School Violence

Virtually every child in the country has heard--or seen--stories about students like themselves being gunned down, the school shooting in Parkland, FL being the most recent. How do you talk to your kids after something like this happens? How do you address their fears and keep them feeling safe in their home and in their schools? Dr. Alvin Poussaint and the American School Counselor Association have some advice.

This last week, the Parkland shooting has dominated traditional and social media coverage. You're probably wondering how it's affecting your children, and what you can do to help them process it all. Dr. Alvin Poussaint, psychiatrist, professor and Harvard faculty member, answered these questions for us after Columbine, and they still ring true today. How do children experience the media's coverage of these events?How children respond to memories--or news stories--of schoolyard murders will depend on their age, temperament and experience. Some children may be openly…
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We have the winners for the Newbery and Printz Awards and more!

Here they are...

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Three Newbery Honor books also were named:

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut  by Derrick Barnes
Long Way Down  by Jason Reynolds
Piecing Me Together  by Renee Watson

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults is
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down  by Jason Reynolds
Strange the Dreamer  by Laini Taylor
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

The winner of the Coretta Scott King Award recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults is:

Piecing Me Together  by Renee Watson

Three King Honor books also were named:

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut  by Derrick Barnes
Long Way Down  by Jason Reynolds
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

 The King Illustrator Award winner is

Check out the finalists for the 2018 Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards!


DISASTER DIARIES: Spiders! by R. McGeddon

FINDING MIGHTY by Sheela Chari

THE LOSERS CLUB  by Andrew Clements

MALALA by Raphaelle Frier

THIS IS JUST A TEST by Wendy Wan-Long Shang



CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

LONG WAY DOWN, by Jason Reynolds


The children’s award finalists were chosen in pre-voting by thousands of children from different regions of the U.S., with supervision by the International Literacy Association. Teens nominated their favorite books of the year at, and their top picks are the Teen Choice Book Award finalists. Voting for the awards will be open online at from March 1 - May 6, 2018. Teachers, librarians, and booksellers can also collect group or classroom votes to enter online. The winning authors and illustrators will be announced on May 3…

School Library Journal selects Top 42 Diverse YA Books

School Library Journal has selected 42 top diverse YA books in addition to the 100 must-read books originally selected.

The whole list can be found

Some of these titles include:

Does My Head Look Big In This?  by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Dreaming In Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary beth Leatherdale

The Great American Whatever  by Tim Federle

A Step from Heaven by An Na

March Trilogy  by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin

Out of the Darkness  by Ashley Hope Perez

If I Was Your Girl  by Meredith Russo

Enjoy these wonderful titles!

Great Websites for Teen Writers by Iva-Marie Palmer

It’s exciting when your bookworm teen announces his or her plans to be a writer. But teenagers can be a finicky lot: if the adults in their lives are too excited or too supportive of a new goal, suddenly that aspiration is gone. (And having a teen with the writer’s temperament means you’re likely dealing with a moody teenager squared.) Rather than bombard them with fancy pens and motivational reading, direct them to a comfort zone: the Internet. These sites are great resources and landing spots for future storytellers. Suggest them to your teen writer (or maybe just leave this list lying around somewhere where it’ll be seen).
Figment — Specially tailored for the teen reader/writer, Figment is a community dedicated to reading and writing stories online. Addictively fun, users can rate stories by whether they made them laugh, blush, cry, or just say “wow.” The site frequently runs contests and features work from well-known authors and editors who sometimes drop in for Figment chats with…

John Green's New Novel Helped Him Figure Out His Own Mental Illness

In a visit to AM to DM, Green talked about pulling from his early struggles with OCD to write the main character of Turtles All The Way Down.

In a chat on AM to DM's The Sit Down on Tuesday morning, best-selling author John Green talked about the ways in which his own experiences with OCD helped him write his new novel, Turtles All The Way Down.
The book follows 16-year-old Aza Holmes — who, like Green, has OCD and anxiety — as she tries to solve the mystery of a missing local billionaire. Green said he wanted to write a detective story in which the detective's obsessiveness is "distinctly unhelpful" in trying to solve the case.
"A lot of times, detectives are portrayed as obsessive, and that's somehow linked to their observational genius," Green said. "But that's completely opposite to my experience having OCD, which is that when I'm really sick I can't notice anything outside of the world of myself."

Teens Literature Comes of Age

Here are some YA titles that are pushing the upper edge of the age designation, following the stories of teens the summer after graduation, on into college, and beyond:

I'll Meet You There  by Heather Demetrios
Follows Skylar, a recent high school graduate who is ready to escape her small town for art school with a few unforeseen complications.

Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell and All the Feels by Danika Stone
Features college freshman who are deeply engaged in online culture and fandom.

How To Love by Katie Cotugno
Tells a love story in alternating time lines.

A Little Something Different  by Sandy Hall
Revolves around two students in a college creative writing class who have crushes on each other but just can't seem to get together- until they do.

What We Left Behind  by Robin Talley
About Toni and Gretchen, a lesbian couple, who solid relationship starts to crumble when they attend different colleges.

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
A heartfelt story of a long-d…