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September 29, 2014

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Engaging the Reluctant Middle Grade Reader

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us for this free one-hour webcast moderated by Kira Moody, a youth services librarian at the Whitmore Public Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. You’ll get a sneak peak at intriguing new books about life in prison, the mysteries of the Mawangdui tombs, and the fascinatingly gross side of science, from Charlesbridge and Darby Creek. We’ll also look at electronic and audio options for readers who prefer their stories in digital formats.
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Teens Review A.S. King’s Latest; Books with Physics, Ghosts, and Hollywood

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From feminism to physics, horror to Hollywood, there’s no lack of variety in YA publishing these days.

Parenting 101 | SLJ Spotlight

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Three great titles on the diverse aspects of parenting.

Books for Boys 2014

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us for our Books for Boys webcast to be sure you have the latest releases ready for your readers. Our featured panelists from Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and Tor Books will discuss genre trends, hot new releases, and upcoming titles.
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Aaron Becker Creating Scalable Worlds | Interview

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When Aaron Becker finished ‘Journey,’ his debut picture (and 2014 Caldecott Honor) book, he thought, “There’s a whole world here…and more story.” Look for the next installment of that magical tale in his recently released ‘Quest.’

Support for Struggling Learners | Professional Shelf

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With solid advice and practical examples, two recent professional titles advocate student-centered approaches that support struggling learners as they gain confidence and increase proficiency.

School and Academic Librarians Must Join Forces to Foster College Readiness

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Enough about budgets, says Leslie Farmer. College readiness is about relationships, and for the sake of the students, school and academic librarians must team up to determine what is information literacy and ensure they’re teaching the right skills.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Documentary explores an unconventional classroom in ‘Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten’ | DVD Pick

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Young viewers will love learning about a nontraditional environment in Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten DVD.

Comics Censorship, from ‘Gay’ Batman to Sendak’s Mickey | Banned Books Week

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Since the 1940s, critics have claimed that comic books and graphic novels corrupt youth by breeding immorality, sexual deviance, and violence. There’s still opposition.

10 Frequently Challenged Graphic Novels | Banned Books Week

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To kick off Banned Books Week 2014—celebrating graphic novels—SLJ presents a list of 10 frequently challenged titles in this format.

Pictures of the Week: Huck Scarry at Book Launch for ‘Best Lowly Worm Ever’; Lonesome George Unveiled

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Huck Scarry presents a new and never before seen picture book from his father, Richard Scarry, while the subject of Jean Craighead George’s Lonesome George is unveiled at the Museum of Natural History.

Move Over, Waldo | SLJ Spotlight

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Two foldout picture books rejuvenate the “seek and find” style for young readers.

Introducing SLJ Reviews Sneak Peek: A First Look at Hot Titles

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Welcome to the inaugural SLJ Reviews Sneak Peek, a monthly web-exclusive feature that will showcase reviews for highly anticipated books in advance of our upcoming print issue.

A National Effort to Read to Kids 15 Minutes a Day Needs Our Support

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Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a nonprofit organization that’s working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes “the new standard in child care.” First Steps columnist Lisa Kropp urges libraries to sign on as partners in the effort.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Guest Kvetching: Transparency is Paramount | Consider the Source

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Tanya Lee Stone, the noted nonfiction author and a guest columnist this week, addresses a topic that is receiving a great deal of attention in the children’s literature world: full disclosure in nonfiction.

Inspire Inquiry with Digital Nonfiction and Imagery

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
What new, differentiated strategies can school librarians use to support students – and their classroom teaching colleagues – in evaluating, synthesizing, and contextualizing nonfiction digital content? What experiences can be offered that will inspire students to communicate, collaborate, and think both critically and creatively within a framework of inquiry-based learning? Get new answers in this powerful, practical, 60-minute discussion with live Q&A! Register Now!

An inspirational woman’s life in review in “Sally Ride”| Audio Pick

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Sherr,, Lynn. Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. 11 CDs. 13:30 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. $44.99. ISBN 9781494503406. 2 MP3-CDs.
Gr 9 Up–Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space, impressive had earned a newly minted doctorate in physics from Stanford when she applied for the space program, beating out a thousand applicants for the job. Her focus was on her work and that dedication led to all of her successes. Published originally for the adult market, this [...]

Free Tablet Giveaway on Read an Ebook Day, September 18

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September 18 is the first annual Read an Ebook Day, supported by ebook distributor OverDrive. Find out how to become eligible for OverDrive’s free-tablet giveaway.

YALSA Hosts Teen Read Week Twitter Chat Today

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With Teen Read Week coming around the bend (October 12–18), gear up and tune into Twitter today—September 15—from 2–3 pm EST for YALSA’s Twitter chat “Marketing Your Teen Read Week.”

2014 National Book Award Longlist Announced for Young People’s Literature

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Just announced: The 10 National Book Award long list for Young People’s Literature.