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April 16, 2014

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Playground Lessons: What Kids Learn at Recess | Focus On

A selection of books to help kids navigate the social and emotional ups and downs of school yard and neighborhood play. With humor and visual storytelling, these books reinforce the importance of patience, following rules, and cooperation when dealing with one’s peers.

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75,000 Free Books Across Colorado: One Book 4 Colorado Launch Event April 7

For this year’s One Book 4 Colorado giveaway, over 75,000 copies of the same book will be given away to 4-year-olds across Colorado. Which book will it be?

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

As evidenced by David Wiesner picking up his third Caldecott Honor in January (joining his three Caldecott Medals), previous winners often pop up and win again. With that in mind, here are the 2014 releases from illustrators who have won Caldecott Medals or Honors.

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It’s an Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report

The majority of students 13 and under are picking up e-readers to enjoy their favorite reads—with 92 percent doing so at least once a week—reveals the report “Exploring the E-Reading Habits of Children.”



School Librarian of the Year Award

School Librarian of the Year AwardPresented by SLJ and sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, the School Librarian of the Year Award honors a K–12 library professional for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens toward fostering multiple literacies. The winning school librarian will receive a $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing, and be profiled in a feature article in the September 2014 issue of SLJ. If you or someone you know raises the bar, we want to hear from you today. Nominations close May 23, 2014.

Visit slj.com/schoollibrarian for the entry form and complete rules.

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Playground Lessons: What Kids Learn at Recess | Focus On

A selection of books to help kids navigate the social and emotional ups and downs of school yard and neighborhood play. With humor and visual storytelling, these books reinforce the importance of patience, following rules, and cooperation when dealing with one’s peers.

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‘Red Madness’ Author Gail Jarrow on Solving a Medical Mystery | Up Close

Author Gail Jarrow uncovered how the medical mystery of the disease pellagra was discovered in her work Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat. She weighs in on the disease, her research process, and the scientific method.

Philadelphia’s Free Library Gives 98,000 Library Cards to Students Without One

In a tough budget year for Philly schools, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the city school district have merged their databases and determined that roughly 98,000 of the district’s 136,000 students don’t have library cards. On April 15, the library and district began distributing personalized library cards to every student without one, reports Newsworks.

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Spring Burst: Upcoming Titles from Little Brown Fall | 2014 Preview

On April 1, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers presented its Fall 2014 list of titles to librarians. Director of School and Library Marketing Victoria Stapleton kicked off the event by highlighting Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones who has written an autobiographical picture book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, coming out this September. Richards’s daughter Theodora Richards, did the artwork.

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Common Core Flip-Flop: Governor Cuomo Changes Mind About Using Common Core Test Results For Teacher Evaluations

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said “change is scary,” but New York State Governor Cuomo, once a staunch supporter of rigorous teacher evaluations based on student testing, has changed his position on teachers evaluations based on Common Core testing amidst protests and pushback.

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It’s an Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report

The majority of students 13 and under are picking up e-readers to enjoy their favorite reads—with 92 percent doing so at least once a week—reveals the report “Exploring the E-Reading Habits of Children.”

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Q&A: Kathleen Krull on the History of Zoos

In her latest picture book What’s New? The Zoo!: A Zippy History of Zoos (illustrated by Marcellus Hall), author Kathleen Krull fills readers in on the ins and outs of fascinating animal collections and menageries from ancient times to the present day.

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Thanks to NBA Star LeBron James, Akron Public School Has One of the Largest E-Libraries in Country

With a generous $100,000 donation from the LeBron James Family Foundation, Akron Public School students have access to one of the largest e-libraries in the country.

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Teens Review Jennifer Brown’s ‘Torn Away,’ Blake Nelson’s Latest, and More

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The Debut: SLJTeen Talks with Laura McHugh, Author of ‘The Weight of Blood’

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Courageous African American WWII Sailors Profiled in The Port Chicago 50 | Audio Pick

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Connected Learning | Professional Shelf

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Fractals, Dinosaurs, and Medical Mysteries | Nonfiction Notes, April 2014

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New Angles on Nonfiction | Editorial Series Made Simple

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American History Comes Alive | Series Made Simple

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Latest Print Issue

Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library

Something about the act of reading calls out for a safe, snug, and comfortable spot. SLJ explores an array of exceptional reading nooks, in libraries from the United States to Australia.


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Lerner Publishing Group Fall 2014 Librarian Preview Webinar

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this fall! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the fantastic new books that will be published Fall 2014. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this Fall. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.
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Using Ebooks to Serve Different Student Populations

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 3:00PM – 4:00PM ET
From reluctant readers and English language learners to kids with special needs, students of all backgrounds and abilities can benefit by using ebooks. Join us as our expert panel of school librarians discusses ways to use ebooks to promote literacy across a variety of student populations. During this free webcast, we’ll explore proven techniques for leveraging ebooks to help meet the instructional needs of different types of students. Plus, you’ll glean practical tips on the best ways to engage readers of all ages and reading levels. Register Now!

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Andy Griffiths Book Talk | Free Livestream Webcast

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT Join us for a FUN and exclusive webinar with the international and New York Times bestselling author as he discusses The Treehouse Series, his newest (and funniest) middle grade series about the writing process. Andy will discuss The 13-Story Treehouse and The 26-Story Treehouse, the first two books in The Treehouse Series that stars himself (Andy) and the illustrator of the series (Terry) and follows them through the creative writing process. The question is: Can Andy and Terry finish writing their next book while living in an amazing treehouse with distractions like flying cats, giant bananas, bumper cars, and a marshmallow shooter?Register Now!

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Pictures of the Week: Authors Celebrate at Abrams Books

Authors Chris Raschka, Lauren Myracle, and others came together for a night of festivities at Abrams Books.

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