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April 26, 2015

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Playing with the Alphabet, “Metamorphabet” | Touch and Go

Only two months out of the gate and ‘Metamorphabet,’ a new app created and developed by Patrick Smith and Vectorpark, has received accolades, including recognition by the 2015 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award Committee. Take a peek at the trailer and you’ll see why.

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SLJ Reviews the MaKey MaKey | Test Drive

The popular Arduino kit makes a game of learning and banana pianos are just a start. School Library Journal Test Drive columnist unpacks the learning potential of MaKey Makey.

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Taking It to the Stage With Readers Theater

Readers Theater gets kids up on their feet and learning—and it’s lots of fun.

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Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

During librarian Dawn K. Wing’s time as a high school ESL teacher years ago, she developed curricula that enabled English language learners to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives.

The letter N from (Vectorpark) Patrick Smith

Playing with the Alphabet, “Metamorphabet” | Touch and Go

Only two months out of the gate and ‘Metamorphabet,’ a new app created and developed by Patrick Smith and Vectorpark, has received accolades, including recognition by the 2015 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award Committee. Take a peek at the trailer and you’ll see why.



School Library Journal’s Build Something Bold Award, sponsored by LEGO® Education, honors creativity in programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning and its meaningful infusion in the library or classroom as led by the librarian or media specialist.

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Famous Chef, Chickens with Superpowers, and Hurricane Katrina Lead the Pack at Random House Preview | 2015 Spring Preview

Bullying leads to an ecological disaster in Newbery winner Louis Sachar’s Fuzzy Mud, and world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson shares a young adult version of his autobiography Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life.

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Winners Announced for IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Lit | News Bites

In the latest News Bites, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

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2015 Banned Books Week to Focus on YA Lit

This year’s Banned Books Week (BBW, September 27 to October 3) will celebrate books written for the teen audience, the BBW National Committee announced on April 22.

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What Does “Excellence” in Nonfiction Mean to YALSA? | Consider the Source

A look at YALSA’s Nonfiction Award for Excellence leaves the author with some questions about the award’s criteria.

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We Need More International Picture Books, Kid Lit Experts Say

“Where the Wild Books Are,” an event organized by author/illustrator Etienne Delessert, celebrated international picture books and asked why some of these titles encounter resistance in the United States.

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Library Police: Who Determines What Is “Appropriate”? | Scales on Censorship

Pat Scales responds to a kindergarten educator who questions the age-appropriateness of This One Summer as a Caldecott Honor Book and an English teacher who grapples with what to do about her student teacher from a Christian university who has asked to opt out of working with To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Turning the School Library into a Community Hub: Here’s How

Massachusetts school librarian Liz Phipps-Soeiro opens her space for weekly “Coffee & Conversations.” Participants have included Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher.

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Make ‘Em Laugh | Listen In

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Diverse Voices: A Discussion on Crafting Fiction, Nonfiction, and Audiobooks that Reflect and Celebrate Diversity

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join authors Sharon Draper, Jason Reynolds, Christy Hale, and Sandra Moore, along with librarian Thom Barthelmess, and SLJ editor Kiera Parrott for a conversation about diversity in kid and YA lit.
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Blending Print & Digital Resources in K-12 Classrooms: More Personalized, More Engaging, More Collaborative

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join SLJ and Brain Hive for a FREE one-hour webinar on best practices for supporting K-12 literacy initiatives in the digital age! We’ll explore how librarians, curriculum directors, and teachers can make teaching and learning sweeter by combining print and digital resources to differentiate and personalize instruction.

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Creepy Thrillers and Seriously Wicked Titles for Spring | Hot Books for Teens

Join SLJ reviews senior editor Shelley Diaz as she moderates a free one-hour webcast featuring presentations on teen romances, gripping sci-fi, and insightful postapocalyptic works that will keep teens buzzing. Archive is now available!

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Pictures of the Week: Kwame Alexander Named Bank Street College of Education’s First Writer-in-Residence

On April 6, 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander was celebrated at Bank Street College of Education as the school’s first Writer-in-Residence for its Center for Children’s Literature.

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