March 24, 2017

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Della Farrell

About Della Farrell

Della Farrell is an Assistant Editor at School Library Journal and Editor of Series Made Simple

3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies

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These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

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A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Picture by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess & Deanna Nikaido | SLJ Review

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ALEXANDER, Kwame with Mary Rand Hess & Deanna Nikaido. Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Picture. photos by Joel Sartore. 48p. National Geographic. Feb. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781426327674.

K-Gr 3 –Opening with an earnest invitation to “see what we can save—together,” Alexander and Sartore have crafted a stunning journey through the animal kingdom. The book implores readers to pause and look each animal in the eye, to soak in the majesty and diversity of nature. […]

Taking Action and Reading Orwell | Nonfiction Series Update

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Animals and author biographies for the elementary crowd and a timely focus on social issues for tweens and teens.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

An Antidote for the Winter Blues | SLJ Spotlight on Nonfiction

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Cold, blustery days got elementary students down? These spring-related titles are just the ticket to get kids energized for longer and warmer days ahead.

Scenes from the 2017 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2017

Representative John Lewis chats with librarians while signing the boxed set of "March," written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Photos from an exhilarating weekend at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The Champ is Here | SLJ Spotlight

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A mix of picture book and YA biographies that focus on well-known athletes who not only excelled in their respective leagues but also created lasting cultural change.

Debbie Bornstein Holinstat on Holocaust “Survivors Club”

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SLJ recently spoke with Holinstat about her and her father’s book, an SLJ Popular Pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

From Memphis into Mississippi | Ann Bausum on James Meredith’s Historic March

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Multi-award-winning author Ann Bausum discusses her latest work of nonfiction The March Against Fear.

Get With the Program! | SLJ Spotlight

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In need of programming ideas?

Teens Creating Change, Past and Present

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A bevy of titles about activists and activism for young people.

The Wild World of Gaming | Dustin Hansen on “Game On!”

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“Games create problem solvers.” Hansen on the importance of video games in learning environments.

It Begins with Listening | Up Close with Kwame Alexander

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SLJ discusses poetry and animal conservation with the award-winning author.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Black Contributions Matter | SLJ Spotlight

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These titles are an evocation of the depth and richness of black artistry and creativity.

Young People First | Series Nonfiction Editorial

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After such a tumultuous and unpredictable year, it is essential to continue reaching out to children and teens.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Limits of Nonfiction | The Last Word

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Classification issues arise as recent children’s titles push boundaries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Steve Jenkins on Popular Pick “Animals by the Numbers”

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Jenkins connects literacy, design, and the surprising world of animal facts.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Secret Agent STEM | SLJ Spotlight

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From murderous poisoners to poop-sniffing dogs, there is a wealth of educational and accessible material here.

Allen Say, Lee and Low, Regina Hayes, and Steven Heller at the Carle Honors Gala

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Where else can an Artist, an Angel, a Mentor, and a Bridge meet? Celebrating the work of some of the picture book industry’s greatest achievers.

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Nonfiction

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What do revered authors Maya Angelou, Alison Bechdel, and Marjane Satrapi have in common?