July 26, 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.

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.

Revolutionary America | New Books for Children and Teens

Another Independence Day has come and gone, but interest in the events leading up to our nation’s beginnings and our Founding Fathers and Mothers, never wanes.

An “Old Man’s Journey” | Touch and Go

Gorgeous design and a complex narrative create an addictive game that will appeal to a range of ages.

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear & Friends at 50 | Touch and Go

Bill Martin Jr’s beloved Brown Bear turned 50, and to celebrate, a tap-and-touch encounter with the book’s characters illustrated by Eric Carle has been released.

Touch Press’s “Word Runners” App | Touch and Go

Amplify and Touch Press have joined forces to issue educational, skill-building games, one per month, on a subscription basis.

Those Endless Summer Reading Wish Lists | Authors and Illustrators Reveal Theirs

Not surprisingly, fun and funny is a theme during this post-election year.

Maker Apps? Why not? | Touch and Go

A host of maker apps await you and your library patrons, including one of our favorites that’s free on iTunes this week.

Middle Grade Authors on Family, Connection, and Representation | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

A riveting conversation with Tracey Baptiste, Paul Griffin, Katherine Paterson, Jason Reynolds, and Karina Yan Glaser.

Shana Corey and R. Gregory Christie on JFK’s “Big Speech”

A new book on our 35th president offers a fascinating portrait of a man who wrote about courage but hesitated when it came to taking a “bold” stand on civil rights.

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.