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Archives for March 2014

BiblioNasium Releases Reviews Feature that Allows Kids to Express Opinions

BiblioNasium, a free social networking site where young readers connect with friends, teachers, librarians, and parents, recently announced the launch of advanced book review features on its web network.

Superheroes and Villians Star in New Middle Grade Fiction

Five new middle grade books feature caped crusaders and their rivals.

Using Ebooks to Serve Different Student Populations

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. Archive is now available!

Berkeley Eighth Graders Raise Over $78K on Kickstarter, Build a School Library

The eighth-grade students at a charter school in Berkeley, CA, designed and crowd-funded their own school library, complete with student-conceived geometric shelving, furniture, and more.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

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#whylib: sharing our origin stories

Note/update: the #whylib origin stories are now being collected on this Padlet.  See the embed below.This weekend a new hashtag meme emerged as a result of a little Twitter conversation. Sherry Gick wrote to explain It happened during a casual Saturday morning Twitter convo, but I think it’s amazing!  #WhyLib is the new hashtag to […]

Pick of the Day: Secrets of the Sky Caves

The author takes readers on a fascinating journey, blending adventure, science, and history.

Touchstones of American History

A new novel by Alice Hoffman is always cause for celebration. The Museum of Extraordinary Things conjures up the sights and sounds of early 20th century, Gilded Age Coney Island and New York City. Hoffman’s many teen readers will appreciate the magical love-at-first-sight between her two young protagonists, and fans of The Night Circus will […]

Review: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second; $17.99 In writing about the heroic journey in his influential Hero With a Thousand Faces, pop comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell cited “the call to adventure” as the beginning of a mythic quest. James Kochalka’s Glorkian Warrior, a pink-skinned, three-eyed alien dude with a “super […]

The Winner of the 2014 Undead Poll Is…

So was this year’s Undead Winner a dark horse? Did a scientist come along and cause his or her favorite to win? Or did perhaps a certain famous conservative radio commentator-and-now-best-selling-children’s-author get his followers to vote often and well for his favorite? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)  Nope, not to worry. This year’s winner started out in […]

Review of the Day: Curiosity by Gary Blackwood

Curiosity By Gary Blackwood Dial (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3924-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 10th Blackwood’s back, baby! And not a minute too soon. Back in 1998, the author released The Shakespeare Stealer which would soon thereafter become his best-known work. A clever blending of historical fiction and adventure, […]

Round 2, Match 3

My prediction: “March Book One v P.S. Be Eleven, Judge Joseph Bruchac. Having not read either one, I’ll go with P.S. Be Eleven.” The actual match: Hokey Pokey vs P.S. Be Eleven judged by Joseph Bruchac And once again — I began half-right. What did Bruchac pick? P.S. Be Eleven! See, sometimes for brackets it doesn’t matter if you’re only half-right, as long […]

#Holdshelf: March 2013

A glimpse at the hold shelf is a glimpse into the minds of young readers. – Guy I. Madeup It’s time to take a look at the books kids are lining up to read. Thank you to everyone who sent in their shelves. First up, John Schu’s school library: Here’s my hold shelf: Amy M: […]

Round 2, Match 2

Once I realized it was going to be impossible to write up and post my reactions to the various matches, it became freeing! So yes, I’m a day (or more) late. But rest assured, late as my commentary is and will be — it’ll still be here! My prediction: “Doll Bones v Far Far Away, Judge Rae […]

Gynzy, handy beyond the whiteboard (and a list of other goodies)

My very dear friend, Eileen Welsh teaches kindergarten. This morning I asked her, “What’s the most effective teaching tool you’ve discovered for your little ones?” Without hesitation she answered Gynzy. Eileen shared: When it is time to create collaborative groups or partners in my Kindergarten classroom,  I no longer use the “popsicle stick” method to […]

Video Sunday: Football players, grateful artists, and tambourine players galore

Time to up the bar. Years ago N.D. Wilson made what has to be the most ambitious book trailer created by an author I ever did see (it was for The Ashtown Burials and if you missed it you can watch it here and see what I mean). Now, after copious Florida research trips where […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post. The PFTSTA students have spoken! […]

Puppet-Savvy Nashville Librarian Earns the Toyota Family Teaching Award

A Nashville librarian who created family literacy workshops and carefully tracked her programs’ outcomes is the winner the 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award.

School Libraries Can Now Access Over 17,000 Ebook Penguin Titles through OverDrive

What was now only available to public libraries is now open to school libraries. Beloved authors—including Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, John Green, and many others—are now at school libraries’ fingertips.