10 Nonfiction Titles in Spanish for Curious Young Readers

10 Nonfiction Titles in Spanish for Curious Young Readers

Biographies of world leaders and creators, a rollicking take on the way animals sleep, and a primer on race for kids. These Spanish-language selections are perfect for rounding out nonfiction collections.


42 Stellar Middle Grade | SLJ 2024 Stars So Far

SLJ Reviews, Jul 08, 2024
This year has gone above and beyond with its middle grade offerings! From powerful historical fiction to hilarious magical mayhem, this list features our top titles so far.

2024 Margaret A. Edwards Award Acceptance Speech by Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman, Jul 13, 2024
Neal Shusterman received the 2024 Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors an author "for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." The annual award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by School Library Journal. Here is his acceptance address, delivered June 30 at the ALA Annual conference held in San Diego.


3 YA Novels Featuring Teens Exploring New Hobbies | Spotlight

SLJ Reviews, Jul 17, 2024
Sidelined from sports because of injuries, the teens in these YA novels find new outlets, from gaming to comedy to cooking.

27 Exceptional YA Books | SLJ 2024 Stars So Far

SLJ Reviews, Jul 15, 2024
It's been a great year for YA so far! These starred titles include everything from contemporary coming-of-age stories to high-stakes fantasy to diverse romances, and more.

Marlaina Cockcroft, Apr 04, 2024
With budgets mostly flat, book challenges and rising costs pose hurdles for school librarians.


SLJ Staff, Apr 04, 2024
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center released its latest Diversity Statistics report on children's literature, showing another year of small increases in books with BIPOC primary characters and significant BIPOC content.

SLJ Staff, Apr 03, 2024
The State of K-12 Digital Reading breaks down the data for the 2022-23 school year, showing the popularity of comics and graphic novels in the digital format plus regional differences in reading habits.

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, 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.

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.

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.

SLJ Reviews, Jul 08, 2024
This year has gone above and beyond with its middle grade offerings! From powerful historical fiction to hilarious magical mayhem, this list features our top titles so far.

SLJ Reviews, Jun 21, 2024
Two picture books take on the magic of trees springing up from mere seeds in stories with redemptive themes as well as teaching moments.

SLJ Reviews, Jul 02, 2024
A new thriller from Joelle Wellington, a nonfiction title from Paula Yoo, and an illustrated poem from Ada Limón are of note among this month's stars. Along with poetry, board books and audio are also featured this month.

SLJ Reviewers and NCTE, Apr 17, 2024
In our last round of reviews of banned classics, SLJ and NCTE cover two of Jane Austen's works, the timely Fahrenheit 451, and the heartbreaking I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

SLJ Reviews, Jul 03, 2024
From miniature biographies of icons Selena and El Chavo to more adventures about Juana Martinez-Neal's beloved Alma, these board books will put smiles on little ones' faces.

Chance Lee Joyner, Jul 10, 2024
From multiplayer matches to couch co-op adventures, sometimes two (or more) heads are better than one. Here are six multiplayer video games to add to your collection for building community in the library and at home.

SLJ Reviews, Jun 24, 2024
As the world prepares for the 2024 Summer Paralympic Games, here are a few nonfiction titles about the Games and some of the inspiring athletes who have competed in them.

From magical school fantasies to hilarious sibling stories, these 13 selections will keep middle schoolers turning pages during summer break. Complete with graphic novels, biographies, and poetry, this list has something for every tween.

SLJ Reviews, Jun 25, 2024
This print reference roundup features nonfiction titles for all ages, including a bird guide for kids, a volume on censorship, two research-ready tomes on women's history, and the ultimate bugopedia.

SLJ Staff, Jun 17, 2024
As we find ourselves at the midway point of June, amidst the celebrations of Pride Month, it's an opportune time to reflect on the rich tapestry of narratives within the LGBTQIA+ community with 15 noteworthy graphic novels that can help us celebrate Pride this month, and year-round.

From a TEDx Talk to a manga, these transmedia picks will entice young adults to keep their minds engaged this summer.

Summer Edward, May 17, 2024

Conveying a range of experiences, these stories of family, love, humor, and loss will engage children during Caribbean American Heritage Month and beyond. 

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.



SLJ Reviews, May 22, 2024
From wind to wildlife, bring a touch of nature into kids' reading selections with these books about the natural world.

From the Caldecott-winning Big by Vashti Harrison to a bilingual counting book in Mi’kmaw and English, these illustrated works are guaranteed to engage young readers during summer break and all year around.

SLJ Reviews, Jan 23, 2024
January 27 is designated as a day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. Share these stories of resilience and hope about people of various ages, races, nationalities, and more with young readers today and throughout the year.


Rachel Owens, Jun 05, 2024
Stories of children with parents behind bars are as diverse as the millions of real-life kids familiar with the experience. These 19 fiction and nonfiction titles may offer an empathetic, metaphoric hand for young readers to hold.

SLJ Reviews, Apr 10, 2024
These YA novels pair a lyrical verse format with engaging narratives of teen girls coming of age.

SLJ Reviews, Jul 15, 2024
From early reader to YA titles, these starred graphic novels showcase the very best of the comics medium so far in 2024. Use the downloadable spreadsheet to ensure your collection includes these superb graphic novels.

SLJ Staff, Jun 17, 2024
As we find ourselves at the midway point of June, amidst the celebrations of Pride Month, it's an opportune time to reflect on the rich tapestry of narratives within the LGBTQIA+ community with 15 noteworthy graphic novels that can help us celebrate Pride this month, and year-round.

Brigid Alverson, Jun 13, 2024
In these stories, some grandparents are kind and loving, others carry the trauma of their past. Often, kids turn to them when they feel their parents won’t understand.

Brigid Alverson, May 21, 2024
From a fire-breathing corgi to bunnies with wings, characters in these fantasy titles for elementary and middle school readers hold strong appeal.  

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

Renee Scott, Jul 16, 2024
A nonbinary teen finds themselves in a complicated love triangle in this thought-provoking manga.
Lori Henderson, Jul 22, 2024
Check out this week's list of new comics, manga, and graphic novels for readers 12 and under, featuring a new graphic adaptation of the Warriors novels from Harper Alley and the second volume of Meesh the Bad Demon from Knopf Books for Young Readers.
SLJ Reviews, Jun 03, 2024
Seven new manga releases that are sure to be a hit with YA readers. 

Rosemary Kiladitisis, Apr 23, 2024
Genre-blending books offer readers the opportunity to comfortably expand across boundaries and try something different while still in the safety of their preferred reading choice. Here are 14 middle grade graphic novels that blend genres to perfection.

Nine popular series for elementary and middle grade readers.

Lori Henderson, Jul 15, 2024
Check out this week's list of new comics, manga, and graphic novels for readers 12 and under, featuring Afro Unicorn Volume 1 The Land of Afronia from Andrews McMeel and Jackson's Wilder Adventures Volume 1 Habits and Habitats from Papercutz.
Brigid Alverson, Jul 11, 2024
Today we have a preview of Goblin: The Wolf and the Well, by writer Eric Grissom and artist Will Perkins. This is the second volume of their middle-grade fantasy series about Rikt, an orphaned goblin, and his companion, a wolf named Fish-Breath. Here’s the publisher’s description: After losing his parents, Rikt struggles with a fear […]
Brigid Alverson, Mar 27, 2024
Korean and Chinese comics reach English-language readers.

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

Kathy Ishizuka, Jun 03, 2024
Can exposure in popular media make a difference? Given the sheer reach of these shows, it’s hard to imagine they haven’t raised awareness of libraries and the larger stakes currently at play. 

Pat Scales, Jun 12, 2024
A students entertains classmates with a book some may find objectionable; an elementary principal nixes librarian readers' advisory. Pat Scales offers advice. 

Conservation, intergenerational bonds, joy, concepts of home, and other standout themes in this year’s standout titles.

Kathy Ishizuka, May 10, 2024
To fathom the defacing of images in children’s books, one almost has to process it in stages, beginning with incredulity. The issue, however, is no joke, and librarians are feeling the pressure. In our reporting, the frequency of instances involving the altering of material by school librarians was such that we elevated this to a cover story.


Karen Jensen, MLS, Jul 18, 2024
Young Adult Librarian Jennifer Rummel discusses why libraries should have a middle grade section
Betsy Bird, Jul 22, 2024
With heroes that are essentially paint swatches, we discuss nursery rhymes, gender in language, and what happens when someone calls us a "shining beam of delight" in our letters section.
SLJ Staff, May 30, 2024
 They are a community’s soul, “cathedrals to who we should be as a society,” and so much more. 

Kathy Ishizuka, Apr 16, 2024
Gen A is plugged in and opinionated, as marketers attempt to keep pace. Librarians stay right with young users, knowing that's all a part of the job.

Travis Jonker, Jul 16, 2024
All the 2024 Newbery Honor winners
Kara Yorio, Jun 06, 2024
The 2024 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner talks about hope, collaboration, and the school librarian who changed his life. 

Kathy Ishizuka, Mar 23, 2024
The U.S. ranks second in the world for the most ­Spanish speakers, after Mexico. With shortages of bilingual teachers reported nationwide, librarians and publishers consider meeting an acute need.

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.


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