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Archives for December 2013

Pyrite Results

Happy New Year! Let’s kick off 2014 right, with the Pyrite nomination results. There weren’t too many surprises, but here’s the breakdown: Leading the pack with three people listing it is my own personal frontrunner and favorite, Alaya Dawn Johnson’s sublime The Summer Prince. Then we had a whole cluster of titles with two votes […]

Walking in a Winter Wonderland | Great Books for Snowy Days

Celebrate the season and warm children’s hearts with titles that feature exciting cold-weather adventures, science-based explorations, and bold boredom-vanquishing activities.

Happy New Year!

Test-driving my new iPad mini (thank you Santa-Richard) while vacationing in Provincetowm–reading (Daniel Silva), eating (Chex mix) and shopping (thrilled to find a used CD of Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk about Love, which I’ll be inflicting on my reviewing class at Simmons in a few weeks). Also scrambling to get my reviews written–if I can’t […]

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Pick of the Day: Lost and Found | DVD

Realistic sound effects, such as the oars hitting the waves and the gulls shrieking, Jim Broadbent’s warm narrative voice, and a beautiful soundtrack combine to create a captivating mini-feature, replete with tension, drama, humor, and heart.

Previews: Ring out the old year with Betty and Veronica

We have a double dose of previews from Archie Comics today to finish out 2013 in style. Because tomorrow is a holiday, both these titles are available in comics shops today, and you will find them in other outlets in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, enjoy! Catalog information is after each preview. BETTY […]

Do Nations Have an Illustrative Style?

What does the fox truly say?  That it ain’t from around these here parts. I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to the art found in children’s picture books and those particular styles favored by artists in one nation or another.  All this began when I recently reviewed of Wild by Emily Hughes.  In the […]

Recommended Books on Islam for K-12

Originally posted as a sidebar for a School Library Journal feature in October 2010 entitled “Islam in the Classroom”, the following curated list has been updated with more recent titles. The books below received positive reviews in SLJ. Feel free to add any we might have missed in the comments section.

Page to Screen: A Year’s Worth of New Adaptations

As 2014 peeks around the corner, SLJ looks ahead to future releases in this latest installment of our roundup of the most highly anticipated franchise openers and long-awaited big screen versions of children’s classics.

Whale Watching

PICTURE BOOK  VS. POETRY When last we discussed IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE, Leonard brought up a good question: Should we consider this text as a picture book or a single poem?  Ultimately, I’m not sure that it really matters how we classify it, but it’s definitely helpful to look at it through […]

Pick of the Day: The Little Mermaid: A Pop-up Adaptation of the Classic Fairy Tale

Illustrations and pop-ups that sparkle with shimmering light and graceful motion characterize the latest title adapted by a master bookmaker.

Review: Curses! Foiled Agen

In our GC4K’s Book Club discussion of Foiled, much of the “complaint” was that the book was mostly a set-up for a future story.  But for those who read Foiled, and wanted to know more about Aliera’s world, then they’ll be happy to grab the next installment, because the story continued and it was a […]

Message or Masterpiece (Or, Does the Problem Novel Still Exist?)

Today we’re running a roundup of books that we think are worth discussing because they are in the top, say, 100 of the year. But they aren’t quite there, and we don’t think they’ll go the distance. And to make the post about more than just a series of short reviews, we’ve limited today’s roundup […]

Launching lovely little labels (way more than eight solutions)

Not a week goes by when I don’t find myself looking for a label to represent a blog post, to pin an image-free article or post on Pinterest, to add visual interest to a quote for a slide or our LibGuides. I find my students and teachers seeking similar solutions. Here’s a round-up of my […]

2013: a round-up of wrap-ups

When we return to a new year in school and approach the customary looking back and thinking forward rituals, here are a few models that might inspire reflection and creativity. Google’s #Zeitgeist2013 shares trends relating to the stuff we searched.  You may also explore the Zeitgeists by categories.  Use the pull-down menu to shift to […]

Video Sunday: Ninjas, Snow Queens, and Faux Flash Mobs

Shout-out to my buddy Haddon Kime.  The man wrote the music and lyrics for a new musical version of The Snow Queen now playing at the San Jose Repertory Theatre with dreams of Broadway.  Years ago he created the opening music and words for my now long dead podcast.  It’s great seeing his star on the […]

On metaliteracy and ACRL’s coming standards update

They’re coming and they (will/should) affect us. I hope they affect our seniors, especially those used to using social media thoughtfully, as they meet new librarians and instructors in their college years. The focus of the new ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards will be metaliteracy, a reframing of the […]

Reading a Novel Changes the Brain, Study Shows

Reading a novel appears to produce quantifiable changes in brain activity, according to an Emory University study published this month in the journal Brain Connectivity.

Top ten tech trends (expanded)

A week ago I shared ten digital tech trends within the confines of a word count.  Here’s an expanded version with all the links and details. For a profession situated at the intersection of metaliteracy, education and emerging technologies, forecasting is kind of exciting. For a profession threatened by severe cuts in educational spending and […]

Washington State Representative Introduces Student Privacy Bill

Washington State Representative Elizabeth Scott (R-Monroe) has introduced a state bill that aims to protect the educational privacy rights of students. A parent advocacy group, Stop Common Core in Washington State, is urging residents to offer support for the bill.

Re-reading

Hoping you all had some peaceful time off this week.  Did you do any reading? Read something new, or something you read before?  I always have that tug-of-war over the holidays…  I want the excitement of a new read, but I don’t want to risk a bad one.  So I often end up turning to […]