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April 20, 2015

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Humans, Machines, and In-betweens | Focus On

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A assortment of serious and fanciful books about robotics technology, how it has developed, and where it is going. Meant to amuse and inspire future scientists and engineers, these selections inform readers that the possibilities are limitless and that these cutting-edge creations are here to stay .

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Washington Library Media Association Releases Op-Ed: “Look in School Libraries for Graduation Rates”

Two Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) presidents, future and current, have written an op-ed article urging the public to take WLMA’s new impact study, connecting student achievement with teacher librarians, very seriously.

Be Part Of The Solution | SLJ Spotlight

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Three standout nonfiction titles spotlight social justice causes.

Common Sense Education Launches Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Gaming Platform

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Digital Compass, a choose-your-own-adventure gaming platform, aims to teach middle school students about the opportunities and pitfalls of the digital world.

Capstone Announces New PebbleGo Dinosaurs

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At the Texas Library Association annual conference in Austin this week, Capstone unveils its pre-K−3 database PebbleGo Dinosaurs.

Lincoln, Jefferson, and Franklin | DVD Reviews

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The arrival of Barb Rosenstock’s Ben Franklin’s Big Splash makes waves, along with Maira Kalman’s inspired biographies of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. Additionally, post-Katrina New Orleans and the civil rights movement are poignantly depicted in The Whole Gritty City and The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Animal adventures and fun lessons abound in “Humphrey” collection | Audio Pick

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Birney, Betty G. Humphrey Audio Collection, Books 8-11. 11 CDs. 13 hrs. Listening Library. 2015. $75. ISBN 9780553556490. digital download.
Gr 3-7–Everyone’s favorite golden hamster is back in this audio presentation of four of the books by Birney. In “Mysteries According to Humphrey,” Humphrey’s class is reading Sherlock Holmes, a substitute takes over, and Humphrey has his own mysteries to solve. “Winter According to Humphrey” brings snow, a pageant, and all the winter holidays. In “Secrets According to Humphrey,” the class […]

Those Tired Summer Reading Lists. Here’s What to Do.

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Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.

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Make ‘Em Laugh | Listen In

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An assortment of amusing and aurally awesome audiobooks.

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Pictures of the Week: Kwame Alexander Named Bank Street College of Education’s First Writer-in-Residence

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On April 6, 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander was celebrated at Bank Street College of Education as the school’s first Writer-in-Residence for its Center for Children’s Literature.

Poems for All Seasons| NCTE 2015 Notable Poetry List

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Take a look at the selections on NCTE’s 2015 list of notables—and ideas on how to use them across the curriculum.

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Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

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During librarian Dawn K. Wing’s time as a high school ESL teacher years ago, she developed curricula that enabled English language learners to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives.

A Starred Sequel, a Family Adventure, and Laugh-Out-Loud Stories in the Latest Chapter Books Reviewed

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A handful of new chapter books are reviewed in the April 2015 issue, including the imaginative and funny sequel to Dory Fantasmagory.

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Killer Manga, a Whodunit, & Noelle Stevenson’s “Nimona” | YA Graphic Novels

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“Lumberjanes” cocreator Noelle Stevenson’s webcomic about a shapeshifting sidekick gets a print edition and galactic-themed manga feature murderous and heroic aliens. Check out the YA graphic novel reviews featured in SLJ’s April 2015 issue.

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Step Up Your Storytime, Role-Playing Games 101, and a Primer on Early Learning Spaces | Professional Reading

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This month’s titles have you covered, from reinvigorating storytimes to providing information on the importance of play.

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Get Lost in New York, Untangle a Mystery or Two, and Join the Circus | Middle Grade

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From a graphic novel about two kids getting lost on the New York City subway system to a tale set at the circus, these reads will keep kids turning pages.

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Latest Titles from Sarah Dessen, Paul Griffin, & Marissa Meyer | High School YA

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From timely realistic fiction by veterans Sarah Dessen and Kody Keplinger to sparkling debuts by Renee Ahdieh, Kris Dinnison, Sona Charaipotra, and Dhonielle Clayton, the following titles featured in SLJ’s April 2015 issue will engage and entertain high school readers.

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Diverse Urban Fantasy, Ghostly Horror, & Speculative Thrillers | YA Middle School Fiction

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Caroline B. Cooney is back with another thriller for young teens and fantasy fans will have their fill with Daniel Jose Older’s YA debut, Shadowshaper. Middle schoolers who enjoy sci-fi and romance have much to look forward to in the following YA titles reviewed in SLJ’s April 2015 issue.

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#getESEAright: ALA Joins Twitter Campaign for ESEA

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The American Library Association is joining a Twitter effort (#getESEAright) on April 9 from 7−8 p.m. ET to support dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act.

Princess Problems, Dance Drama, and Rainbows Galore | Beginning Readers

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These beginning readers present a variety of kid-friendly scenarios, from Princess Pistachio, the story of a young girl who knows she’s destined for big—and royal—things, to a quest to discover what really lurks at The End of the Rainbow.

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