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September 1, 2015

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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.

“Toca Nature”: “A Perfectly Pixelated World” | Touch and Go

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Many readers know Toca Boca’s “play studio” apps designed for preschoolers. Here is something from them that’s a little different. It combines sandbox activities with a subtle ecological message.

A “Completely and Utterly Disgusting” Game, Among Others | Touch and Go

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With only a few weeks left before summer is over, it’s time to download a few playful apps. While fun and games rule, you’ll discover that planning, strategy, and skill also come into play. Oh, yes, and then there’s that “completely and utterly disgusting” game for fans of Roald Dahl.

“The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” | Carole Boston Weatherford on Fannie Lou Hamer

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Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom is a moving, poetic tribute to the Voting Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

Looking for a Back-to-School Chapter Book Read-Aloud? Don’t Miss These!

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Looking for a good chapter book read aloud for the first days of school? We surveyed our readers and reviewers about the titles they have been recommending lately. Here are their responses.

Torben Kuhlmann’s ‘Lindbergh’ Soars as an iBook

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Torben Kuhlmann’s picture book, Lindbergh, the Tale of a Flying Mouse was published last year to glowing reviews. The recent release of the iBook version, with visual and audio enhancements, offers more to praise.

More “Endless” Fun | Touch and Go

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Originator has won high praise for its “Endless” apps—a playful, educational series that focuses on basic reading and math readiness skills. Their latest release is an introduction to Spanish for children learning it as a first or second language.

Jump Back, Paul | Sally Derby on Paul Laurence Dunbar

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In “Jump Back, Paul,” Sally Derby introduces a new generation of readers to the life, times, and work of this extraordinary talent.

“Homes” Around the World | Touch and Go

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Travel around the world to see how people live in Mongolia, Guatemala, Yemen, and the United States in an app from Tinybop.

Apprentice Architect | Touch and Go

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Through interactive activities users will have an opportunity to explore a museum designed by Frank Gehry and consider some of the decisions an architect makes about shape, color, pattern, and light as they design their own buildings.

Sandbox Science on the iPad

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Generations of kids have been introduced to science concepts at sand and water tables. Today, they can also explore sandbox apps.

What’s on Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks

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In our annual query to authors and illustrators we discover what’s sitting on their nightstands, and being packing into their vacation bags.

The Hum of Mindful Learning | Professional Shelf

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It’s easy to recognize the educational bliss of a classroom that hums with joyful learning. Here are two books that have the potential of transforming classroom stresses and improve learning outcomes along the way.

Cat’s Cradle: A Graphic Adventure | Touch and Go

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Jo Rioux’s middle grade graphic adventure, available in both iOS and Android, is well drawn and engaging, and will leave readers eager for more—despite some technical challenges.

In Enthralling Speech, A.S. King Explores Feminism | Day of Dialog

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In a talk that cited Mother Teresa, Kim Kardashian, and her own photographic alter egos from an art project, A.S. King declared, “Your feminism is yours. [It’s whatever you] want to make of it—[whatever] you decide to do.”

The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference

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Now in its third year, the 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference will take place in New York City for the first time, June 12–14, bringing together publishers, authors, and educators for three days of lively panels, informative presentations, and in-depth workshops on topics varying from ebooks and apps to literacy standards and social media.

Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go

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Today’s app reviews cover introductions to foundational science topics studied at one point during every student’s career.

Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

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Few authors and developers create fictional stories for the iPad with the tween and teen audience in mind. Lynley Stace of Slap Happy Larry is an exception. Her latest app, Hilda Bewildered, will delight fans.

It’s All About the Birds | Touch and Go

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Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor hobbies in United States, generating enthusiasm across age groups and demographics. Digital references for these hobbyists are on the rise.

Takin’ It to the Streets | Ann Bausum on “Stonewall”

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On a sweltering night in June 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in New York City’s West Village. It wasn’t the first time the bar was raided, but that night the scene erupted into a riot. The legacy of that event and those that followed is explored in Ann Bausum’s stunning new book, Stonewall.

A Pourquoi Tale from Liberia: “Dentist Bird” | Touch and Go

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Dentist Bird, a West African folktale from Literary Safari, explains how it came to be that plover birds clean crocodiles’ teeth. The developer notes that 100 percent of the purchase price of the app will go to “We-Care Foundation’s efforts to keep children reading and learning amidst the Ebola outbreak.” For iOS and Android.