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Book honors, they’re coming. The 2022 titles longlisted for the National Book Award help kick things off and mock Newbery deliberations are in high gear. As for Banned Books Week, the not-a-celebration event drew plenty of announcements, commentary, and ongoing attention from our readers.

Book honors, they’re coming. The 2022 titles long-listed for the National Book Award help kick off awards season. Mock Newbery efforts are in high gear, with “Heavy Medal” hosting crowdsourced suggestions and related conversation. On “100 Scope Notes,” Travis Jonker calls the best in illustrated children’s books in advance of the times.

on the home front, SLJ Best Books deliberations continuous apace. Stay tuned.

As for Banned Books Week, the not-a-celebration commemorative event drew plenty of news, commentary, and ongoing attention from our readers.

The top stories of the week are:

Uniting Against Censorship: A First-Person Account from Banned Books Week Youth Honorary Chair
Former Katy, TX, student Cameron Samuels writes about their experience fighting book bans and rallying fellow students to join them.

Banned Books Week 2022: A Time for Education, Advocacy, and Action
This is not the year for reflection, but a call to action.

Censorship Attempts Will Have a Long-lasting Impact on School Library Collections, SLJ Survey Shows
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.

Librarians Share Their Plans for Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week (BBW) starts on Sunday. While some school librarians are avoiding the week-long event because of censorship attempts and community controversy, others will engage students in BBW activities and conversations.

Longlist for the 2022 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Announced
The National Book Foundation has longlisted 10 titles for the 2022 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

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