December 9, 2016

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What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward | SLJ Review

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WARD, Jennifer. What Will Grow? illus. by Susie Ghahremani. 40p. Bloomsbury. Feb. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781681190303.

PreS –This bucolic companion to Ward’s What Will Hatch? captures the magic and excitement of planting a garden and waiting for it to bloom. In simple rhyming couplets, Ward highlights seeds of all shapes and sizes, including sunflower seeds (“Stripy black./Crunchy snack.”) and dandelion seeds (“Fluffy, white./Taking flight.”). Each short verse is followed by the question, “What will grow?” The sunflowers and […]

“Sign with Robert” Series | SLJ DVD Review

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Sign with Robert: Academic Signs. ISBN 888295392556.

Sign with Robert: Babies and Children. ISBN 888295392501.

Sign with Robert: Business, Numbers and Time. ISBN 888295392570.

Sign with Robert: Deaf Culture. ISBN 888295392518.

Sign with Robert: Family, School, Entertainment and Sports. ISBN 888295392341.

Sign with Robert: Grab Bag—Idioms, Songs and Stories. ISBN 888295392341.

Sign with Robert: Home and Travel. ISBN 888295392532.

Sign with Robert: Receptive Skills and Fun with Sign. ISBN 888295392587.

Sign with Robert: Sign Language Practice. ISBN 888295392525.

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Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter | SLJ Review

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CARTER, Caela. Forever, or a Long, Long Time. 320p. HarperCollins. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062385680.

Gr 5-7 –Eleven-year-old Flora and her younger brother, Julian, have lived in so many foster homes that they have no memories of growing up and no history. They believe not only that they were never babies but also that they were never even born. This startling notion hooks readers from the first chapter: What happened to the siblings before they were adopted by […]

A New Library Card for Rep. John Lewis | Picture of the Week

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Staff at the Fairfax County (VA) Library sent a new library card to “March” trilogy author John Lewis, who was denied one in 1956 because of his race.

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

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Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Sabotage: The Mission To Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb | SLJ Audio Review

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BASCOMB, Neal. Sabotage: The Mission To Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb. 5 CDs. 6:13 hrs. Recorded Books. Apr. 2016. $34.99. ISBN 9780545944021. digital download.

Gr 8 Up –This richly detailed nonfiction account of Norwegians who spied for the British and organized resistance against the Nazis unfolds like a spy thriller. Bascomb includes a good deal of science regarding the heavy water and uranium needed to create the atom bomb. Though the narrative is a bit difficult to follow in the […]

Top 10 Latinx | 2016

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Libro por libro contributors Lucia Acosta, Ruth Quiroa, and Tim Wadham select superlative titles about the Latinx experience.

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Discovery Education Makes E-Textbooks Easy | Reference Online

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Looking to make the digital shift to e-textbooks? Discovery Education’s “Techbook” series is the perfect place to start.

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Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by JooHee Yoon | SLJ Review

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ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Steadfast Tin Soldier. retold and illus. by JooHee Yoon. 64p. Enchanted Lion. Nov. 2016. Tr $22.95. ISBN 9781592702022.

Gr 2-4 –The steadfast tin soldier has only one leg. There was not enough tin to fill the mold, but this soldier can stand just as well as the others. The soldier falls for a beautiful paper ballerina in the child’s playroom and catches the wrath of a frightening jack-in-the-box troll. This tale has love, envy, adventure, […]

Parent Objects to Depiction of Islam in Textbook

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A middle school parent in Tennessee has asked that ‘My World History’ be removed from the seventh grade curriculum.

Categories Blur as Teen Lit Comes of Age

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A look at the elastic borders of YA, New Adult, and adult publishing.

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The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond | SLJ Review

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DESMOND, Jenni. The Polar Bear. illus. by Jenni Desmond. 48p. Enchanted Lion. Nov. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592702008.

Gr 1-4 –From the author/illustrator of The Blue Whale comes another enchanting and informative title about a threatened species. With a touch of metafictional flair, a young girl pulls this very book down from the shelf to read about polar bears and is immediately immersed in their fascinating world. She learns about their habitat, physical characteristics and adaptations, and feeding and […]

Top 10 Music | 2016

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Must-have albums from 2016, destined to get toes tapping, selected by ClefNotes columnist, Veronica DeFazio.

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Pictures of the Week | Hanging Out at NCTE

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Friendships were forged at the National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference in Atlanta. Author/illustrators Torben Kuhlmann and R. Gregory Christie met over dinner.

U.S. DOE Offering $680K for VR/AR Educational Simulations

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The EdSim Challenge calls on the VR, video game, and ed tech communities to submit concepts.

Yellow by Megan Jacobson | SLJ Audio Review

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JACOBSON, Megan. Yellow. 1 MP3-CD. 7:06 hrs. Brilliance. Jul. 2016. $9.99. ISBN 9781522642121.

Gr 9 Up –Fourteen-year-old Kirra Barley’s life is spiraling out of control. She’s bullied by girls at school who claim to be her friends, her father has left home to live with another woman, and her mother’s drinking is worse than it has ever been. Unhappy and alone, Kirra answers a ringing pay phone at the beach in her coastal Australian town, and the ghost of […]

A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins | SLJ Review

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JENKINS, Emily. A Greyhound, a Groundhog. illus. by Chris Appelhans. 32p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Jan. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553498059.

PreS-Gr 2 –In a picture book that demands to be read aloud, a greyhound and a groundhog spin in visual and verbal circles. A limited gray and brown watercolor palette—and an equally limited selection of consonant and vowel sounds—characterize this phonologically clever, fundamentally joyful, and subtly unified picture book. Words, text, and creatures begin in simple lines (the words […]

Rebuilding Libraries at DC Public Schools| Take the Lead

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Jennifer Boudrye, director of libraries at DC Public Schools, led the push to fill 100 percent of LMS positions in the system.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.