November 29, 2015

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Marc Aronson

About Marc Aronson

Marc Aronson is a Rutgers University lecturer in the School of Communication and Information and the author of many notable nonfiction titles for children and young adults including, The Skull in the Rock, winner of the 2013 Subaru Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His book The Griffin and the Scientist (with Adrienne Mayor) will be published in April 2014. He was the first recipient of the Robert F. Sibert medal from the American Library Association for excellence in nonfiction writing for youth.

The Global Is the Local | Consider the Source


The recent events in France and Mali have told us that there are real threats to our security. It is in the best sense “true citizenship” to use this moment to help young people to resist easy blame and to reject scapegoating.

Facing Adversity: 72 Hours in the Life of a Librarian | Consider the Source

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In the library, adversity comes in many forms: a community persevering during unrest; a challenge to readers’ rights, and sometimes, in the form of bureaucracy.

Meet “Homo naledi” | A Fascinating Discovery Surfaces

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The discovery itself is only the beginning; the great news about this remarkable find is that it throws the science of human origins wide open.

The Year of Mathical Thinking: A new award celebrates excellent math titles


This past spring an award worthy of your attention was announced: Mathical Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. The prize, which honors exceptional books, evolved from an alliance between Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

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Minding the Curriculum Gaps | Consider the Source

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It is a form of generosity for authors to give young adults access to important histories—histories that are no less crucial simply because they are not yet required reading or don’t appear on standardized tests.

The Nonfiction Transmedia Challenge | Consider the Source

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The challenge for nonfiction writers is to discover the best pathways into the world in any form, to build a compelling narrative in words, but, also, to find ways to weave in the sounds, the images, the videos that best complement the text.

Defining Excellence in Nonfiction | YALSA Action Required

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The field of nonfiction is growing and changing and it’s time for librarians to take a closer look at what defines “excellence.” At ALA annual, YALSA will be considering its nonfiction award criteria. The discussion begins here.

Mathical: A New Book Award Honors the Magic of Mathematics

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Last month a new prize was announced: Mathical Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. The prize is sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)—a non-profit that focuses on research and works to deepen appreciation of mathematics across all age levels—and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

What Does “Excellence” in Nonfiction Mean to YALSA? | Consider the Source

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A look at YALSA’s Nonfiction Award for Excellence leaves the author with some questions about the award’s criteria.

Books I’d Like to See | Consider the Source

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Like me, you probably have a list of books that you would like to see written—and published. Here are a couple of topics I’d like to see addressed in a book. What are yours?

The World Builder’s Sandwich | Consider the Source


A central challenge in writing nonfiction for young adults is providing context. But what is context? The bread that holds it the sandwich together, or the meal’s nutritional value? It’s something to chew over.

STEM Is Busting Out All Over | Consider the Source


STEM events—from school programs to citywide activities—are happening all over. With a few tips from the city of Buffalo (NY), you might want to start planning your own festival.

Librarians and the Changing Job Market | Consider the Source


A recent news article offered a fascinating graphic on American jobs that pay $40–80,000 a year, highlighting whether these jobs have grown or declined between the years 1980–2012. Where does librarianship fit into the picture?

PARCC and You | Consider the Source


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests are coming to 10 states this spring. How can you help colleagues, parents, and students to prepare for them?

Let’s Talk About “Selma” | Consider the Source

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“Selma”—there’s the film, and the reactions. Beyond all the friction is the question: What can we learn from the film and the controversy?

Breaking the Hypnotism of the Now | Consider the Source


The Italian media consultant Marcello Vena argues that we are in an “attention economy.” Our problem is not to locate media, but to find the time to read, watch, listen to, or play it. How does this relate to the role and function of the school librarian? Read on.

Bringing World Voices into Your Library | Consider the Source


Briony Everroad and Daniel Hahn, in conjunction with Words Without Borders, have crafted an online magazine issue entirely comprised of young adult writing in translation. It’s a tool to that opens the door to connecting US teens with their global peers.

Back to the Future | Consider the Source


New discoveries, new tools, and new perspectives constantly yield a new past—history is alive, coming into view right now. We must make sure that students see history as an adventure, a detective story, unfolding in front of us and not as a set of unyielding key points to be rehearsed and memorized for tests.

Connecting Adults, Kids, and Science | Consider the Source


Where science and math were once deemed cold, distant, less human and humane than English or history, attitudes are changing.

Let’s Go to the Video… Rethinking College Applications | Consider the Source


Reading Portfolio, a tiny non-profit, is hoping to make wide and deep reading a verifiable and valued experience—and one that students can present to college admissions boards.