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Archives for February 2016

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

At Lesley University, we are eagerly anticipating our annual Evelyn Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture, and are thrilled this year to be hosting illustrator E.B. Lewis. Lewis will be joined by author Susan Goodman, faculty in Lesley’s MFA pr…

Want to Start a STEM Program? Assess Your Community Needs First

Resisting the urge to jump right in to creating a STEM program is smart. Here are three great examples to illustrate what you should do instead.

Making, With a Rube Goldberg Twist

Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.

Reimagined Cover Art for Classic Books Coming to Schools, Libraries Nationwide

Schools and libraries can play host to the Recovering the Classics exhibit of re-imagined covers of well-loved novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Call of the Wild.

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Özge Samanci | SLJ Review

Samanci, Özge. Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey. illus. by Özge Samanci. 200p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374316983. 

Gr 6 Up –Samanci’s graphic novel memoir is a humorous and moving portrayal of coming-of-age in Turkey in the turbulent 1980s. The story makes the political personal in ways that are perfectly accessible to young teens. Samanci’s narrative is peppered with engaging details of her childhood experiences, including her relationships with her parents, uncle, […]

He Named Me Malala | SLJ DVD Review

He Named Me Malala. 88 min. Dist. by Twentieth Century Fox. 2015. $19.99. UPC 0024543225003. 

Gr 7 Up –Shortly after Ziauddin Yousafzai’s daughter was born, a relative shared with him their family tree. Yousafzai saw that although 300 years of his family history were traced in the branches, there was no mention of a single woman. In that moment, he wrote his newborn daughter’s name—Malala (which means sadness)—indelibly on the tree. She was named for a storied Pashtun warrior […]

Middle School Monday – Gruesome Book Talks

It’s Friday afternoon – the last hour of the school day – and you’re about to be visited by a group of ‘too cool for school’ 8th graders, what do you do? Pull out the gruesome books; the ones whose stories will really make them squirm. First, it will hold their attention long enough to […]

Preview: Jughead & Archie Comics Double Digest #19

Let’s start the week off with some comics! Each of the Archie digests starts out with a new story in the traditional style, and in Jughead & Archie Comics Double Digest #19, it’s a classic Archie setup—Archie tries to help out Mr. Lodge—with a thoroughly modern twist: When Mr. Lodge needs some assistance fixing up […]

Friday Finds – February 26, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Goodbye Harper Lee Book Review: Dreamfever (Dreamfire #2) by Kit Alloway, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi Middle School Monday – The Joys and Benefits of Rereading Pushed Too Hard: Academic Pressure and Mental Health Concerns, a guest post by Cindy L. Rodriguez The School Library Journal/Library Journal Maker Workshop […]

The Undead Poll is Now Open

Worried about your favorite contender’s chances in the Battle? Here’s what you can do to help. Vote in the Undead Poll for the contender you most want to see in the final Closer round. The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be dug out of the grave to join the two other finalists for the closing […]

2016 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

We’ve looked at new books from past Caldecott and Newbery recipients, why not let the good times roll? Below are all the 2016 books from past Coretta Scott King winners. If I missed one, let me know in the comments. Coretta Scott King Illustrator: Lift Your Light a Little Higher by Heather Henson, illustrated by Bryan Collier (September […]

Fusenews: Different cultures. Same battlefield.

Happy Leap Day!  Unlike Leap Day William here I have no candy to bestow upon the weeping children of the world, but I do have some keen links.  First and foremost, this old newspaper article (possibly The New York Times) courtesy of Andrew Fairweather.  It’s a little difficult to read here but it says, “THE […]

OER and you. The curation mandate

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate.  The Twiter feed shows the buzz around the trending event and it shows school librarians were at the table. As the initiative moves forward, it is critical for us to choose to be at the head of this particular table. Hosted at […]

Sunday Reflections: Rebooting YA Services

The other day a patron came up to the Reference Desk to tell me that the public computer they were working on was glitching and I asked them if they had tried turning it off and then back on, rebooting it. This answer used to annoy me, but 90% of the time it seems to […]

EveryLibrary Petition to Encourage Adherence to ESSA Provisions at Local Level

A petition to urge implementation of ESSA provisions is gathering steam, while serving an important additional function.

A Sneak Peek at the 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival

The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the largest such event for kids and teens in North America, runs this year from February 26 through March 20. Think of the NYICFF as the movie equivalent of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Kid Lit Heroines Best Heroes in World Book Day Poll

Overall, Harry Potter characters ranked high, as did Bill Sikes—who first appeared 180 years ago in Oliver Twist, making him the oldest character on the list—and two bears (albeit male).

Edmodo Calls for Professional Development Speakers

The deadline to get in the running for a spot as a presenter at EdmodoCon 2016—and win a free trip to California—is March 16.

Tech Tips to Encourage Reluctant Readers

From street lit resources to free, web-based libraries, digital tools to spark a love of reading and other tips from three experts.

Inaugural Epic Reading Challenge to Coincide with Read Across America

Educators looking for a last-minute Read Across America assignment may want to consider this “ice cream for ebooks” challenge.