November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox
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.

The Land of Fire and Ice | Iceland’s “Upstart Island”

Author and scientist Loree Griffin Burns reports on a trip to Surtsey with a group of Icelandic scientists.

Sim Cell by Touch Press | Touch and Go

A new app from Touch Press puts students inside a cell on a mission.

Hanging out with Frank Lloyd Wright, Mary Wong, and Jack Gantos #AASL17

An #AASL pre-conference tour offered an opportunity to visit a National Historic Landmark and an extraordinary collection of children’s book art.

Just In Time for Día de los Muertos: The “Little Skeletons” | Touch and Go

Delightful animations and lively music will make this holiday and concept app a favorite all year round.

Fiete Cars & Sports: Way To Go! | Touch and Go

The playful, skill-building “Fiete” apps from Ahoiii Entertainment are ever popular with children. The latest just picked up an award at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

They’ve Got Moxie | In Conversation with Celia C. Pérez and Jennifer Mathieu

Two authors geek out on Sassy, punk bands, zines—and their new books.

Thinkrolls: Kings and Queens | Touch and Go

A new app injects logic and physics into an engaging game filled with more than a touch of fantasy.

Drawnimal, Miximal, and Loopimal: A Trio of Skill-Building Apps | Touch and Go

A set of pre-literacy concept apps that has much to offer adults seeking entertaining ways to engage young learners.

Robot Dad | Touch and Go

A creative, pint-size maker comes up with an ingenious solution when he misses his dad.

Listen Up! (Con Le Orecchie Di Lupo) | Touch and Go

Some apps delight users from the moment they begin, through to the very last click.

Top-Shelf Chapter Book Read Alouds for A New School Year

Looking for books to recommend as read alouds? Our readers and reviewers weigh in on new books worth sharing.

Framed: Spy Caper Meets Animated Graphic Novel | Touch and Go

Part noir spy caper, part puzzle game, part animated graphic novel, this app defies easy categorization.

Gotham’s Most Wanted | Touch and Go

Cross-media branding? It’s not unusual, but is it successful in this app?

The Game of Life | Touch and Go

A classic American game receives a winning digital update.

“Deadly Deeds and Perilous Professions” | A Conversation with Sarah Albee

Through spellbinding stories laced with science, Sarah Albee explores the history of a topic that both horrifies—and fascinates—us.

The King’s Ears | Touch and Go

A lively retelling of a Slavic folktale about a king who keeps firing barbers because he’s ashamed of the secret they discover while cutting his hair: he has goat ears.

Meditative Gaming: Prune | Touch and Go

While the premise of the game is simple, two aspects of the app elevate it into an amazing experience: the Oscar-worthy animation and the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack.

Monument Valley II | Touch and Go

Is it magic? Or is it geometry? Monument Valley llis a game to be savored.

A “Creature Garden” | Touch and Go

Wondering where to find the next fantastic beasts? With the engaging and intuitive Creature Garden app children can now create their own.

The Winds of Change | A New Series Explores the Intersection of Culture and Economy

An engaging new picture book series explores the intersection of culture and economy from the first coins to the Industrial Revolution.