June 28, 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.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

LeVar Burton Launches Skybrary School

LeVar Burton has launched Skybrary School, a web-based library and supplemental reading service. The executive producer of Reading Rainbow, Burton talked to SLJ about diverse books and more.

Book Publishing—from Executives to Reviewers—Is White and Female, Survey Finds

Nearly 80 percent of publishing and review journal staff is white, according to the 2015 “Diversity Baseline Survey.” The under-representation of African Americans in the book industry mirrors a trend among children’s book authors, says survey creator Jason Low.

SLJ: The Year in Covers, 2015

From a crossover year in children’s literature and the national push for PreK, to maker madness and serving incarcerated youth, School Library Journal covered the field in 2015.

Behind the Scenes with SLJ’s “Best” Cover

To accompany its annual Best Books, School Library Journal commissions luminaries in the field of children’s book illustration to create our December cover. Go behind the scenes of this year’s selection and peruse the gallery of Best Book covers since 1998.

SLJ Summit 2015: Whole-Child Ready

Stellar exemplars of creative programs and inspired leadership, underscoring a broad call for librarians to take action in an evolving learning landscape. That’s a big-picture view of the 2015 School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.