May 24, 2017

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Daryl Grabarek

About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek dgrabarek@mediasourceinc.com is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

Mortimer Redux | Touch and Go

Two whimsical story apps by Bo Zaunders were created using OCG’s “Develop-Your-Own” framework, designed by the studio for artists and writers.

A Little Library Grows in Brooklyn | Picture of the Week

Author Emily Jenkins and ‘Library Journal’ staffer Barbara Genco install a Little Free Library in their Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood.

KitaabWorld | Connecting the World to South Asia, One Book at a Time

Books and games reflecting South Asian cultures are now readily available to parents, teachers, and librarians thanks to a new online bookstore.

Teacher Appreciation Day | Authors and Illustrators Remember Early Educators

The impressions our early educators make on us are often indelible. From beloved teachers to wannabe Coach Trunchbulls, here are few reminiscences you won’t want to miss.

What Do a Bat and Kangaroo Have in Common? | Find Out in Tinybop’s “Mammals”

A new tool to engage kids in the sciences that’s informative, interactive, and easy to navigate.

Buried Alive | The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave

A 400-year-old mystery involving one of the greatest artists of all time is explored in “Buried Alive: The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave,” a thrilling, free app from Time Traveler Tours.

Rogues and Riches on the Sea | Martin W. Sandler’s “The Whydah”

The 1985 discovery of the Whydah marked the first time a pirate ship was recovered, and its ongoing excavation continues to yield surprising information about the era and life on the sea.

Max & Meredith | Touch and Go

In this interactive story, young viewers decide which path will lead to a missing dog.

“Vincent and Theo” | A Conversation with Deborah Heiligman

In her stunning dual biography of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo, the author delivers a breathtaking portrait of their relationship.

Flip Flap Pets | Touch and Go

Axel Scheffler and a flip book all in one? What could be more fun?

Vincent and Theo: The van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman | SLJ Review

HEILIGMAN, Deborah. Vincent and Theo: The van Gogh Brothers. 464p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. index. notes. reprods. Holt. Apr. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780805093391.

Gr 7 Up –Central to understanding the artist Vincent van Gogh was his relationship with his younger brother Theo, recorded for posterity in the nearly 700 surviving letters they wrote to each other. Here, Heiligman delivers an exquisitely told, heartfelt portrayal of that deep emotional and intellectual bond. It was an attachment solidified in the […]

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.

This Is “Me” | Touch and Go

Tinybop’s latest app, “Me,” offers an excellent opportunity for self-exploration.

Boat of Dreams by Rogério Coelho | SLJ Review

COELHO, Rogério. Boat of Dreams. illus. by Rogério Coelho. 80p. Tilbury House. Jan. 2017. Tr $22.95. ISBN 9780884485285.

Gr 1-4 –Outside a seaside cottage sitting on stilts, an elderly gent and his avian companion spy a glass bottle floating in the ocean. When the bottle reaches the shore, the man discovers that it contains a blank sheet of paper. The bird encourages him to sketch a picture on the paper, and the man does, creating a fantastical flying ship, […]

Lucy & Pogo | Touch and Go

A digital story imbued with activities and a message about tolerance.

Grandma’s Great Gourd | Touch and Go

This vibrantly drawn, interactive app features strong female characters and offers a look at another culture (with lots of complementary extras).

Boldly Venturing into “Space” with Tinybop | Touch and Go

Space, the most recent addition to Tinybop’s “Explorer’s Library,” was released last month, and like the other titles in the series, exploration is the name of the game.

A Fiete Fiesta | Touch and Go: Best of Apps and Enhanced Books

New apps from Ahoiii Entertainment, a developer known for its engaging, skill-building apps for young children.

Raising the Curtain on Nosy Crow’s “Fairytale Theater” | Touch and Go

Fans of Nosy Crow apps can now create stories—and fractured fairytales—featuring the developer’s characters.

Life on Mars by Jon Agee | SLJ Review

AGEE, Jon. Life on Mars. illus. by Jon Agee. 32p. Dial. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399538520.

PreS-Gr 2 –A young astronaut lands on the red planet and, despite detractors, is determined to find a sign of life there. In his hand is a package, tied with a red ribbon, that holds a chocolate cupcake, a gift to any extraterrestrial he might run into. But as the boy walks about the dark, cold, and rocky landscape, he begins to […]