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Archives for May 2012

An Unconventional Tour, Day Four

Day Four of An Unconventional Blog Tour
Thursday, May 31
Sarah Bean Thompson (Green Bean Teen Queen) on Everything I Need To Know About Conferences I Learned in Kindergarten: Conference Professionalism
Kim Ukura (Sophisticated Dorkiness) on Objectiv…

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Animal Stories for Browsers and Early Readers

The elephants, snakes, chickens, dogs, and other animal friends in these titles will have your young set clucking, slithering, and jumping, so be sure to make room before you start reading! Stellar illustrations make these a joy to share with small and large groups of kids.

SLJ Talks to Mark Ray, School Librarian and Slayer of Information Ignorance

It’s not often that a school librarian shakes hands with the president, talks policy with government officials, and hobnobs with our nation’s top lawmakers—but that’s what Mark Ray, a 20-year veteran of Washington’s Vancouver School District, did as 2011 State Teacher of the Year.

Adult Books 4 Teens: BookExpo Preview, 2012

BookExpo 2012 is right around the corner, so I spent some time this weekend compiling my wish list. For this post I am limiting myself to adult books that have potential teen appeal. Please keep in mind that I haven’t seen most of these yet, so I am working off of instinct. That being said, these are the books and authors I am looking forward to encountering at the event.

Children’s Author and Activist Ellen Levine Dies at 73

Ellen Levine, an activist and award-winning children’s book author whose Henry’s Freedom Box (Scholastic, 2007) was named a Caldecott Honor, died May 26 after a 19-month battle with lung cancer. She was 73.

Palacio’s ‘Wonder’ Launches Companion Anti-Bullying Campaign

Those of you who were moved by R.J. Palacio’s debut novel, Wonder (Knopf, 2012), will be pleased to know that her publisher has launched a campaign called Choose Kind to encourage kids, educators, and readers of all ages to join the fight against bullying.

News Bites: ‘Deadtime Stories’ Will Debut on TV

Please send news releases to Phyllis Levy Mandell, pmandell@mediasourceinc, for possible inclusion in the “News Bites” section of School Library Journal’s newsletter, Extra Helping.

Two poetry books you must have before we leave SLJ

As of tomorrow, June 1st, Practically Paradise will no longer be hosted on the SLJ page, but instead on our new domain site at www.practicallyparadise.org I am very excited about the new opportunity and cannot wait for you to follow us over there. Please pop in and leave a comment.
In the meantime, I cannot leave […]

Two poetry books you must have before we leave SLJ

As of tomorrow, June 1st, Practically Paradise will no longer be hosted on the SLJ page, but instead on our new domain site at www.practicallyparadise.org I am very excited about the new opportunity and cannot wait for you to follow us over there. Please pop in and leave a comment. In the meantime, I cannot […]

Two poetry books you must have before we leave SLJ

As of tomorrow, June 1st, Practically Paradise will no longer be hosted on the SLJ page, but instead on our new domain site at www.practicallyparadise.org I am very excited about the new opportunity and cannot wait for you to follow us over there. Please pop in and leave a comment. In the meantime, I cannot […]

The Year’s Must-See Movie So Far: “Pink Ribbons, Inc.”

It’s as if certain entities create brands that are so powerful that we never question their partnerships, politics, or their reification of particular practices and slogans. Then again, that’s probably one of the main goals of successful branding…

Privacy and Getting ebooks on your reader

Students come to peer over my shoulder and see what books are on my Kindle Fire. Sometimes I’m willing to show them, sometimes I’m not. Many of my Kindle ebook titles are lendable. I obtain many to share with students and my new grandchildren. However…, I have some titles that are for adult eyes only. […]

Privacy and Getting ebooks on your reader

Students come to peer over my shoulder and see what books are on my Kindle Fire. Sometimes I’m willing to show them, sometimes I’m not. Many of my Kindle ebook titles are lendable. I obtain many to share with students and my new grandchildren. However…, I have some titles that are for adult eyes only. […]

Privacy and Getting ebooks on your reader

Students come to peer over my shoulder and see what books are on my Kindle Fire. Sometimes I’m willing to show them, sometimes I’m not. Many of my Kindle ebook titles are lendable. I obtain many to share with students and my new grandchildren. However…, I have some titles that are for adult eyes only. […]

The Sister Queens

The Other Boleyn Girl fans — welcome new kid on the block, Sophie Perinot and her historical fiction debut about two very different, very strong sisters. Word on the street (rather, consensus among historical fiction bloggers) is that this is an author to watch whose book is a page-turner, fast-paced, emotional, passionate, well-written and carefully […]

Aren’t we already the “digital literacy corps”?

I asked Fran Bullington, fabulous blogger and media specialist from South Carolina, if she’d allow me to share the post she wrote yesterday in response to Matt Ricthel’s New York Times piece, Wasting Time is New Divide in Digital Era.
The article pointed to studies pointing to a new divide–that children of poverty spend more time […]

GC4K Elevator Pitch: The Ferret’s a Foot (and Eisner voting)

Hey! Hey, librarians! Hey, librarians who collect comics and graphic novels for your libraries! YEAH, YOU!
Did you know that as one of the “graphic novel librarians” you are considered an industry professional and can vote for the Eisner Awards? I know, right? How cool is that?!? Here’s the scoop straight from the San Diego International […]

Joy at Macmillan!

(I couldn’t resist the bad play on Joy’s name, although if I do it too often she might just up and leave me with no right hand.)
Please read on for excellent coverage from my colleague Joy Piedmont for the Macmillan preview none of us were able to attend the week before last—Joy’s debrief back at […]

Is Flocabulary the “Schoolhouse Rock” for Today’s Students?

Have you heard anything about Flocabulary? I received an email advertisement that’s subject stated “The “Schoolhouse Rock” for Today’s Students” yet in the advertisement at the bottom it clearly states that it is not affiliated with The Schoolhouse Rock.
I am definitely a child of Schoolhouse Rock. Meet me at the ALA Conference and sing the […]

Is Flocabulary the “Schoolhouse Rock” for Today’s Students?

Have you heard anything about Flocabulary? I received an email advertisement that’s subject stated “The “Schoolhouse Rock” for Today’s Students” yet in the advertisement at the bottom it clearly states that it is not affiliated with The Schoolhouse Rock. I am definitely a child of Schoolhouse Rock. Meet me at the ALA Conference and sing […]