October 22, 2016

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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.

How To Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden | SLJ Review


BOLDEN, Tonya. How To Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. 64p. index. notes. photos. Viking. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780451476371.

Gr 5 Up –One hundred years ago, the National Memorial Association was formed to establish a monument honoring African American veterans of the Civil War. It took years to get Congressional support, but finally, in the late 1920s, a bill was passed to create a committee to establish a museum dedicated to […]

Portable and Practical: A Guide for Budding Birders | Touch and Go


A field guide to birds for the youngest children that’s chock-full of information and activities.

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go


Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

Boum! | Touch and Go


SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Build It, and They Will Come | The National Museum of African American History and Culture


On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go


A beautifully designed app that introduces children to the dreamlike works of the 20th-century master.

Choice Chapter Book Read-Alouds for a New School Year


School Library Journal’s readers and reviewers weigh in on the best new read-alouds.

Ashley Bryan’s “Freedom over Me” | An Interview


In his most recent book, the three-time Coretta Scott King award winner imagines the lives and dreams of 11 enslaved men and women, who, in the summer of 1828, were offered for sale.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”


For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

A STEM App Round-Up | Touch and Go

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Looking for apps to load onto your tablets at the start of the school year? We have a few.

Taming First-Day Jitters—On the Tablet | Touch and Go

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The interactivity of apps can offer children in a school setting for the first time a bit of playful control as they work through their new experience.

The Magical and Messy Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat | A Conversation with Javaka Steptoe


In his dazzling Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe explores the life and art of Basquiat through words and pictures.

Conquering Middle School Miasma

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There’s no need for kids to muddle through middle school—books can guide the way.

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Genre-Bending Sci-fi and Fantasy


Today’s YA resists the traditional definitions of science fiction vs. fantasy. Cases in point: these “genre-bending” authors, whose works meld dystopian societies, magic, imagined empires, and alternate Earths.

Fallen London |Touch and Go


The popular, text-based adventure, a “Lovecraftian dream of Victorian London,” is now available in iOS. Enter at your own risk.

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go


“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.

Lumino City | Touch and Go


“Thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing, and intellectually challenging,” is the opinion of SLJ‘s reviewer Cindy Wall.

Creative Play with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | Touch and Go


Young children have an opportunity to experiment with colors, textures, and shapes when they produce art in an app inspired by Eric Carle’s iconic picture books.

The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito | SLJ Review

The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito

Goldsaito, Katrina. The Sound of Silence. illus. by Julia Kuo. 40p. Little, Brown. Aug. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316203371; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780316271295. 

K-Gr 4 –On a rainy, bustling morning in Tokyo, a young boy is surrounded by a symphony of sounds: boots squishing, raindrops pattering, cars rushing, and, to his delight, a koto player producing a range of high, low, and “twangy and twinkling” notes as she tunes her instrument. When Yoshio asks the musician […]

Los Pollitos | Touch and Go


In conjunction with the publication of Susie Jarmillo’s flap-filled book, Los Pollitos/Little Chickies, Encantos Media Studio has released an app loaded with activities related to the traditional song.