December 9, 2017

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Kathy Ishizuka

About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com@kishizuka on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.

John Green Keynote | SLJ Summit 2017

Author John Green opened School Library Journal’s 2017 Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN, with an emotional keynote. Here’s the video.

Finalists Announced for 2017 National Book Awards

Here are the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, announced this morning, along with their School Library Journal reviews.

My Principal Is ‘All Over the AR Points.’ Readers Respond to Leveling.

Our feature story on reading levels, “Thinking Outside the Bin,” quickly proved to be among our most popular stories so far this year. As expected, there was plenty of feedback from readers

Neal Porter Joins Holiday House

Porter will be Vice President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books, bringing his imprint from Macmillan Children’s Book Group to Holiday House,

“Heavy Medal” Blog Launches with New Hosts

School Library Journal welcomes two new bloggers to the fold. Roxanne Hsu Feldman and Steven Engelfried join “Heavy Medal,” sharing blogging duties with Sharon McKellar in the popular discussion surrounding the top contenders for the Newbery Medal.

ALA, Google Seek Libraries to Apply for Coding Pilot this Summer

Is your library ready to code? The American Library Association and Google want you. Here’s what you need to know about applying for the $500K pilot launching this summer.

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SLJ Joins Campaign on Democracy, Curates Related Book List

What makes democracy work? That’s the core question posed in a learning campaign launched by Facing History & Ourselves. School Library Journal offers a related book list, “Foundations for Future Voters.”

SLJ Debuts “Higher Ground” Column on College, Career Readiness

School Library Journal has launched “Higher Ground,” a new monthly column covering all aspects of college and career readiness.

The New Google Earth | Picture of the Week

SLJ got a demo of the new Google Earth, released today, April 18, at an unveiling held at New York’s Whitney Museum.

Gene Luen Yang Comic Available for Download

Download a high-res PDF version of “Comfort Zone,” Gene Luen Yang’s original comic for SLJ.

The Year in Covers 2016

From summer learning to teen maker spaces and, of course, Best Books, it’s been quite a year. Here’s a look back at 2016 in SLJ covers.

Top 10 Tech | 2016

Our picks highlight leading tech trends, with an eye toward the future.

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Our Post-Election Commitment | Editor’s Note

We’re in an unprecedented place for education and library coverage. It’s time to speak to the staff as well as to our readers.

Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books

While ebooks have stalled, the outlook for the children’s book market looks good. That data and coming trends were unpacked at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit.

VR, Whole Libraries in a Contact Lens: ISTE 2016 Top Takeaways

Nearly 20,000 attendees convened in Denver for a notably robust ISTE 2016. From virtual reality to the new open resources platform Amazon Inspire, SLJ taps the highlights.

“The Classroom Bookshelf” Joins SLJ

“The Classroom Bookshelf”—a blog offering lesson plans dedicated to top children’s books—has joined the School Library Journal blog network.

ICivics Upgrades “Win the White House” Game

A popular, interactive, and nonpartisan game that engages kids in the electoral process has been revamped.

Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

Happy 10th Birthday, Twitter. Love, @sljournal.

A few random Tweets from the vault. Launched in 2007, we’ll claim OG bragging rights on Twitter. Seriously, it’s been a fun ride.

LittleBits Announces STEAM Student Set at SXSWEdu

LittleBits has launched the STEAM Student Set, the first version of the popular electronic building blocks geared for the education market.