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Archives for February 2017

A Peek Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture | Touch and Go

If distance or lack of ticket availability has kept you from visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum’s free app allows a look inside.

The Best in Making and Tech at Toy Fair 2017

Our fearless reviewer—who just happens to be SLJ’s 2015 Librarian of the Year and a maker queen—canvassed the entire Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to find the most exciting innovations coming out this year.

The Silent Garden: Raising Your Deaf Child by Paul W. Ogden & David H. Smith | SLJ Review

OGDEN, Paul W. & David H. Smith. The Silent Garden: Raising Your Deaf Child. 3rd ed. 344p. ebook available. index. Gallaudet University. Nov. 2016. pap. $34.95. ISBN 9781563686764.

In this third edition of this esteemed text, coauthors Ogden (department of communicative disorders and deaf studies, California State University, Fresno) and Smith (director, Center on Deafness, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) deliver a foundational approach to raising deaf and hard-of-hearing children, emphasizing that “being deaf is not about hearing but about […]

#SJYALit Preserving the Right to Peaceful Protest in 2017 America, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel

On June 3, 1989, countries around the world watched in horror as the Chinese government cracked down on protestors in Beijing who were demanding democratic reforms from the Chinese Communist Party. Western news outlets captured the scene as tanks rolled through the streets on their way to Tienamen Square, the center point of the protest. […]

DVD Review: Political Animals + Giveaway

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book (or, in this case, DVD), finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of School Library Journal.   Political […]

Notes on February 2017

In February . . . I used book titles to make a comic. . . . I talked to Jon Agee about snacks. Also we got a first look at the trailer for his new book, Life on Mars. . . . we took a look at 10 books I’m excited about coming in spring. It’s […]

Some of the Funniest Picture Books of 2017

Like many of you I snuggled down the other day and watched the Oscar Award ceremony in the comfort of my own home.  I was happy.  I was disappointed.  I was amused.  I didn’t have, what you might call, particularly high expectations, so the results often pleased me.  Then we got to the end of […]

Middle School Monday: Mondays that Don’t Sparkle

When I was driving into school this morning, I was thinking about how lucky I was to work as a librarian at my school where because we are gifted with such a small student body, I’m able to build real relationships with my students. I was excited about what I was going to be teaching. […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Archie 75th Anniversary Digest’ #7

Let’s start the week with some retro Archie! Archie Comics is celebrating three-quarters of a century of Archie and his pals, and they are pulling some old and not-so-old stories out of the vault, along with bonus art and other extras, for a series of anniversary digests. Here’s an exclusive preview of Archie 75th Anniversary […]

2017 Pura Belpré Author Winner: Juana & Lucas

Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award Juana & Lucas Written and illustrated by Juana Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-7208-9   Grades K-3     Book Review   Prepare to be utterly charmed by Juana, the exuberant grade school protagonist of the Pura Belpré Author Award winning book Juana & Lucas. […]

Mem Fox Interrogated by U.S. Border Police, Later Gets Apology

The famed Australian children’s author was detained by U.S. border police in Los Angeles as she made her way to Milwaukee for the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention.

Teaching News Literacy? Check Your Own Bias, Says Librarian

To stay at the top of your game, keep practicing, stay skeptical, and take a hard look in the mirror, experts advise.

Art History Without Nudity?; Gay “Captain Underpants” | Scales on Censorship

A teacher requests that students study art selectively; complaints about gay “Captain Underpants” content; objection to a teacher’s book choices.

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YA Xpress Reviews | March 2017

A clever and intriguing love story, diverse speculative fiction, and more.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | March 2017

The Super Happy Party Bears return; animal adventures galore.

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Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | March 2017

A beautifully written tearjerker from David Almond, the story of the Constitution, and a poignant, powerful immigrant story.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | March 2017

Simone Biles soars; a primer on gender identity; and an overview of reptiles.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | March 2017

Superheroes of all stripes, from a Good Samaritan to a bird/cat hybrid. Plus, the Spanish translation of Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts, something for Legends of Zelda fans, and more.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | March 2017

A most unusual Passover story, the latest “Pig in a Wig” book, and a vibrant springtime tale.

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Away by Emil Sher | SLJ Review

SHER, Emil. Away. illus. by Qin Leng. 32p. Groundwood. Apr. 2017. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781554984831.

PreS-Gr 2 –Skip is heading to summer camp soon, but despite her mom’s reassurance, she’s certain that she’ll have a terrible time. However, a visit from Mimsy, Skip’s maternal grandmother, soon begins to convince the girl that camp might be fun. Unusually—and effectively—the story is told entirely through notes that the mother and daughter leave for each other. Both Skip’s and Mom’s voices are […]