February 19, 2017

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An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate

Librarians around the country share how their workday has changed post-election.

World Read Aloud Day

Read aloud. Change the World. This is the motto for LitWorld’s global literacy event–World Read Aloud Day held today on February 16th, 2017.World Read Aloud Day was created in 2010 by LitWorld, a renowned literacy 501(c)3 organization, to share the message that the read aloud is a simple, powerful act of social engagement that can change […]

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Real Friends by Shannon Hale | SLJ Review

HALE, Shannon. Real Friends. illus. by LeUyen Pham. 224p. First Second. May 2017. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781626724167; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781626727854. POP

Gr 3-6 –Hale revisits her elementary school years in this insightful exploration of the ups and downs of friendship. Young Shannon meets her BFF Adrienne in kindergarten, and the two bond until Adrienne moves away. When Adrienne returns, Shannon is thrilled—until Adrienne joins a clique. In over her head, Shannon copes with feelings of inadequacy as she […]

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Ric Hasenyager Departs NYC School Libraries for Rosen Publishing

The head of library services at the New York City Department of Education will become associate director of curriculum solutions at Rosen Publishing.

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Chapter Books for Change | Chapter Book Chat

Topics such as immigration, gender identity, and homelessness are explored in this selection of chapter books for younger readers, with supporting web resources for classroom lessons and discussions.


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A Call to Action in Canada | Picture of the Week

A children’s librarian in Ontario used the poster by artist Calef Brown, included in the February issue of SLJ, as the centerpiece of a book display.

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An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate

Librarians around the country share how their workday has changed post-election.

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Chapter Books for Change | Chapter Book Chat

Topics such as immigration, gender identity, and homelessness are explored in this selection of chapter books for younger readers, with supporting web resources for classroom lessons and discussions.

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Where Empathy Begins | The Work of Bob Graham

Bob Graham’s whimsical stories are tender, childlike, adventurous, and kind.

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Comical Information | Nonfiction Notions

Can the graphic novel format ever be considered “true” nonfiction? For librarian Jennifer Wharton, who recommended several recent favorites, they occupy a space between fiction and nonfiction, offering readers a highly accessible and exciting entry into informational text.

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Celebrating Black History: Real People and Real Lives

Dig into the past and explore the historical events, personal perspectives, and challenges and achievements that have contributed to the black experience in the United States with these recently published titles.

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From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society

Dozens of titles that help promote a deeper understanding and acceptance of our human differences, selected and recommended by the Bank Street College of Education.

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How Schools in the Big Apple Built a PD Program to Cross the District Divide – And You Can, Too!

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017, 3:00PM – 4:00PM ET / 12:00PM – 1:00PM PT
Does the thought of building out a Professional Development (PD) program across an entire school district seem like an insurmountable task to you? Where do you start? How do you overcome obstacles such as distance or diverse needs? Learn from someone who has been there. In this webinar, Melissa Jacobs of the NYC Department of Education shares how they were able to roll out a comprehensive city-wide PD program using ASCD eBooks to improve teacher practice and evaluations modeled after Charlotte Danielson’s rubric.
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Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (Spring 2017)

Thursday, Mar 9th, 2017, 3:00PM-4:00PM ET / 12:00PM-1:00PM PT
Join Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal’s reviews manager, for a rich conversation with four editors and publishing insiders, Jennifer Brown of Alfred A. Knopf, Jean Feiwel of Macmillan, Dierdre Jones of Little, Brown Books, and Namrata Tripathi of Dial Books. They’ll discuss finding great new talent, cultivating relationships with authors and illustrators, and how they feel about award season buzz. Each editor will also offer a special sneak peek at several upcoming titles.
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A Conversation with the 2017 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

Join us for a live webcast featuring the five finalists for the 2017 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. Register now to learn a bit about these terrific titles; hear from the authors about their research and writing processes; and glean some insights into publishing decisions that make the best nonfiction titles accessible and engaging to today’s teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event, which will take place right before the award announcement at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.
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Pictures of the Week | #TakeYourChildToTheLibraryDay

On February 4, libraries across the country celebrated Take Your Child to the Library Day.

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