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October 30, 2014

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Big Bang Press, a New Publisher for Fan Fiction Writers and Artists

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Big Bang Press selects fan fiction writers and artists and invites them to create and professionally publish original work. The publisher’s debut title, A Hero at the End of the World, releases on November 11.

Halloween Roundup: Spooky Reads and Mysterious Apps

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Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.

Teen learns important lessons through community service in “Havana Curveball”| DVD Pick

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Havana Curveball. 60 min. Dist. by PatchWorks Films. 2014. $89 (with PPR). $39.95 (no PPR). ISBN 3621179767.
Gr 5 Up–In this documentary, how can Cuba, baseball, a bar mitzvah, and a grandfather be connected into one fabulous story? For his upcoming bar mitzvah, Mica Schneider from California’s Bay Area decides to send baseball equipment to Cuba for his community service project. (He loves baseball.) His grandfather lived in the island nation as a child refugee from Nazi Germany, which led to [...]

Pictures of the Week: Librarians Get a Shout Out at MN Hockey Game | SLJ Summit 2014

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Last weekend, librarians flocked to St. Paul, MN, to attend the SLJ Leadership Summit (October 25–26), and while at a Minnesota Wild hockey game, they got a special shout out from ABDO Publishing.

Meet the Recipients of the Build Something Bold Library Design Award

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SLJ and LEGO Education recognize four schools in Alabama, Texas, Virginia, and Illinois for their innovative library designs, achieved on a range of budgets.

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SLJ and LEGO Education Announce the Winner of the Build Something Bold Library Design Award

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The winner of the inaugural 2014 SLJ and LEGO Education Build Something Bold Library Design Award is Walnut Grove Elementary School library, in Madison County, AL. Led by librarian Holly Whitt, Walnut Grove’s library features a “digital diner” with tabletop “jukeboxes” of technology.

Heroes and Monsters: Tales from Around the Globe | Focus On World Myths

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A collection of stories that have come down through the ages and includes myths, legends, and folktales, all with a heroic quest at the core.

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Curl up with these books about bears | SLJ Spotlight

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Four children’s titles explore the wacky lives of bears.

Hot New Titles by Angleberger, Stiefvater, and Yancey | SLJ Sneak Peek

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SLJ editors offer a preview of several hot titles reviewed in the upcoming November issue, including Tom Angleberger’s latest laugh-out-loud entry in the “Origami Yoda” series and Barry Lyga’s thrilling and blood-drenched conclusion to the “I Hunt Killers” trilogy.

We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal Announce Collaboration

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The collaboration between We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal will involve a variety of initiatives concerning diversity in children’s literature, including an event during the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Fight What You Know: Debunking Traditional Writing Tropes | New York Comic Con 2014

"Fight What You Know: panel at Comic Con 2014. Photo credit: Twitter/@SamMaggs

At this year’s Comic Con, “The Mary Sue” blog hosted a panel that explored eavesdropping and method acting—and other practices—in researching and writing authentic characters.

Lawson reimagines Twain’s classic characters in “Becky Thatcher”| Audio Pick

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Lawson, Jessica. The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher. 5 CDs. 5:59 hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2014. $39.99. ISBN 9781629239385. 1 MP3-CD.
Gr 3-7–It’s 1860, and 11-year-old Becky Thatcher has just moved to St. Petersburg, Missouri. She’s looking for big-time adventure in this small town, and once she meets Sid Sawyer, it doesn’t take her long to find it. Pretty soon, she’s sneaking out after dark, stealing graveyard dirt at midnight, and keeping an eye out for dead cats to help [...]

Rosen Publishing Acquires Nonfiction Children’s Publisher Enslow

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Today, Rosen Publishing announced its acquisition of nonfiction children and young adult book publisher Enslow Publishers, Inc.

Opinion: State Legislation and Parent Advocates Must Bridge Skills Gap

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With information literacy among the top five skills that employers look for in potential hires, according to a recent report, Sarah Darer Littman argues that it is not just state regulation supporting the hiring of certified media specialists that will bridge the skills gap—but the advocacy of parents.

A Look Back and a Look Forward | Reference Online Databases

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Recent online databases from Rosen and World Book introduce readers to the exciting world of science and the realm of reading, respectively.

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Realistic fiction with diverse protagonists | SLJ Spotlight

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Three teen titles highlight diverse protagonists whose stories are not often told.

Becky Thatcher, Baseball, and All That Jazz | Multimedia Reviews, October 2014

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The saga of all-women jazz orchestras and boys bonding over baseball feature in two starred DVD reviews. In addition, the secrets behind the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza and The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher are revealed in this month’s lineup.

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21st Century Approach to Test Preparation – ACT/SAT/Advanced Placement

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT
Join this informative webinar to review trends and learn about how online study tools that adapt to a student’s study habits and schedules lead to success for not only the student – but also the school and community! Two featured services will include ePrep (ACT/SAT Prep) and BenchPrep (AP and advance course study.)
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2014 National Book Award Finalists in the Young People Literature’s Category

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The five finalists in the Young People’s Literature category for the 2014 National Book Awards have been announced.

When Racing to the Top Slows Us Down | On Common Core

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In many states where the CCSS have been adopted and RttT funds accepted, educators are feeling beleagured.

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