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Archives for October 2012

Embracing National Novel Writing Month, Librarians Help Kids Turn Off their “Inner Editor”

Thousands of students are meeting the challenge to start and complete a novel over the course of a month this November for National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo). Librarians and teachers trying to get students interested in writing have a ton of resources from the Young Writers Program, including lesson plans that align to the Common Core.

Does Never Fall Down Stand Up to the Hype?

Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormick
Balzer + Bray, May 2012
Reviewed from ARC
National Book Award Finalist. Three stars. Patricia McCormick. Never Fall Down is a critical and popular darling, and there is absolutely no question about the emotional impact of the story. You would need to be a stone to stay dry-eyed reading about the atrocities Arn […]

Native American Heritage Month: Teaching Tips and a Call for Responsible Student Research

November marks National Native American Heritage Month, and librarians aiming to help students become well-versed in the culture and history of Native people have plenty of options to engage kids of all ages, from ways to visually make the library a welcoming place to books and encyclopedias to use with students.

Interview: Rebecca Stead on ‘Liar & Spy’

SLJ talks to Newbery Medal-winner Rebecca Stead about her latest book, Liar & Spy (Random, 2012), a middle grade novel about friendship, bullies, spies, and family.

BrainPop Game(s)Up the election

At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district.
Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks […]

BrainPop Game(s)Up on the election

At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district.
Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks […]

BrainPop Game(s)Up on the election

At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district.
Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks […]

We’re still here

but a little hard to reach. Boston was barely brushed by Sandy–we had wind and some rain but never lost power–but our email server sits in Soho in a currently shuttered building. Our LJ and SLJ colleagues are all working from home (or friends’ homes!) via the web, Twitter, Facebook and cell phone. Prayers and […]

“Oddities and Prodigies” | A Day at the Renaissance Fair

Author Karen Cushman is no stranger to the medieval and Renaissance world. Her first novel, the Newbery Honor book “Catherine Called Birdy,” examined the period from the perspective of a noble-born girl waiting to be married off. The author’s latest work, “Will Sparrow’s Road,” is set during 16th-century England and its title character lives a life that Birdy could only “[fantasize] about as she sat inside embroidering.”

Sandy & Libraries: Photos of Libraries in the Storm’s Aftermath

Sandy blasted through the East Coast from October 28-29 leaving its record-breaking mark. Despite major damage, libraries have risen to the challenge of serving their communities, offering internet access, electrical power, and even storytime.

Pick of the Day: My Book of Life by Angel

LEAVITT , Martine. My Book of Life by Angel. 244p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-35123-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-374-35124-3.
Gr 9 Up–A 16-year-old caught up in a life of drugs and prostitution finds the strength to protect a younger girl in this lyrical novel in verse. Angel describes how her pimp, Call, lured her from her family with promises and “candy,” the drug her body craves even as she tries to resist it, and onto street corners in Vancouver, […]

Review – LEGO Batman: The Visual Dictionary

LEGO DC Super Heroes – Batman Visual DictionaryWritten by Daniel Lipkowitz
DK Publishing, September 2012
96 pages, ISBN 978-0-7566-9787-7 $21.99

One of the most enduring comic book heroes is the Dark Knight himself, Batman. He’s been forever immortalized in comic books, film, animation, and video games, as well as decade’s worth of toys and collectibles. In 2006 he […]

Picture Books

In the vein of looking at some shorter fare, let’s look a little more closely at some texts in picture book format that have been mentioned in comments here. While I like each quite a bit, I’m not sure if any of them rise to my top ten for this year in Newbery potential.  Anyone […]

Hurricane ah-coming, hurricane ah-here, hurricane ah-gone

Howdy, folks.
As you may have heard a hurricane recently decided to take an extreme weather-sized bite out of the Big Apple.  Because I live in a blessed bit of high ground in Harlem, my family and I are safe and sound with ample food, electricity, and internet.  Many are not as lucky.  I’ll resume regularly […]

Storms in New York

Although they’re probably not reading it right now…here’s some best wishes to those weathering Hurricane Sandy in New York.  The hardest part of a storm can be its aftermath.  In that vein, some of our New York colleagues are still watching another approaching storm: the merger of Penguin and Random House.  Those with jobs in […]

Storms in New York

Although they’re probably not reading it right now…here’s some best wishes to those weathering Hurricane Sandy in New York.  The hardest part of a storm can be its aftermath.  In that vein, some of our New York colleagues are still watching another approaching storm: the merger of Penguin and Random House.  Those with jobs in […]

Hosoi

Christian Hosoi is one of the top skateboarders in history. He turned pro at 14.
He was at the top of the world until he started using. A methamphetamine addiction landed him in prison, where he found freedom in reading the Bible. Hear it from the man himself.
Hosoi’s 300-page memoir includes more than 100 color and black-and-white […]

Hosoi

Christian Hosoi is one of the top skateboarders in history. He turned pro at 14.
He was at the top of the world until he started using. A methamphetamine addiction landed him in prison, where he found freedom in reading the Bible. Hear it from the man himself.
Hosoi’s 300-page memoir includes more than 100 color and black-and-white […]

Review: White Devil

White Devil by Justin Evans. HarperCollins. 2011. Personal copy. Part of my Holiday Reads for Grown Up series; and what better book to pick than one that is not just a ghost story, but is a haunted boarding school story?
The Plot: American Andrew Taylor has been sent to an exclusive British boarding school, Harrow, for […]

Interview: Jess Smart Smiley on Upside Down

Top Shelf Comix has carved a niche in the kids’ comics market by publishing high quality series that are both quirky and sweet like Andy Runton’s Owly, James Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and more. Now, Top Shelf has a new addition to their kids’ comics family: Upside Down: A Vampire Tale by Jess Smart Smiley introduces […]