September 30, 2016

SLJ’s Best Books 2011: Twitter chat and a sneak peek at our December cover


Dec 1 Update: The Best Books are posted.

SLJ’s book review editors will take to Twitter today, Tuesday, November 29 from 4-5pm EST for an informal chat about Best Books. The hashtag is #SLJBB11

Editors Trev Jones, Luann Toth, Daryl Grabarek, Chelsey Philpot, Marlene Charnizon, and Henrietta Thornton will discuss:

  1. This year’s trends (fewer dead protagonists, dystopian’s still strong, and what’s up with picture books)
  2. Their process (how they decided the final 60+—and all got out alive)
  3.  Personal favorites
  4. Your questions (Ask the editors. Anything, ask them)


Throughout the conversation we’ll reveal a good bit of our Best Books list.


Here’s the cover by Maurice Sendak, per our annual tradition, based on the theme of stars:


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On October 14, 2015 Library Journal, School Library Journal, and thousands of library professionals from around the world gathered for the 6th annual Digital Shift virtual conference to focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries, their communities, and partners. Now available on-demand, this year’s program provides actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public and features thought-provoking keynotes from John Palfrey, author of BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, and Denise Jacobs, tech leader, author, and creativity evangelist.
Kathy Ishizuka About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (, @kishizuka on Twitter) is Executive Editor of School Library Journal.


  1. Pamela Zendt says:

    When you say this year’s trends, do you mean 2011 or 2012?