SLJ.com sports a new feature: 100 Scope Notes. The popular blog by Travis Jonker on all things kid lit debuted today as part of SLJ’s blog network.
The books listed below are the latest installments in ongoing fiction series that are well-known to most of our readers. We assume that purchase will be based on the popularity of previous titles. This month’s titles include paranormal romances, fast-paced mysteries, laugh-out-loud middle grade books, and more.
November marks National Native American Heritage Month, and librarians aiming to help students become well-versed in the culture and history of Native people have plenty of options to engage kids of all ages, from ways to visually make the library a welcoming place to books and encyclopedias to use with students.
Author Karen Cushman is no stranger to the medieval and Renaissance world. Her first novel, the Newbery Honor book “Catherine Called Birdy,” examined the period from the perspective of a noble-born girl waiting to be married off. The author’s latest work, “Will Sparrow’s Road,” is set during 16th-century England and its title character lives a life that Birdy could only “[fantasize] about as she sat inside embroidering.”
A group of educational leaders and innovative thinkers gathered in New York September 19 to discuss the value of high-stakes testing, trends in education, and the role of technology in learning. John Merrow, an education reporter for PBS’s NewsHour and president of Learning Matters, a nonprofit production company focused on education, moderated the symposium, “Education: The Next 25 Years, The Next 25 Minutes,” which was sponsored by the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.