June 24, 2016

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Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

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Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Helping Girls Thrive in STEM Fields and Working “Storytime Magic” | Professional Reading

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This issue, SLJ highlights titles that focus on everything you need to know to deliver an amazing storytime, a guide to helping female students get involved in STEM, and a primer on reading instruction.

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The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah OHora | SLJ Review

The Not So Quiet Library

OHora, Zachariah. The Not So Quiet Library. illus. by Zachariah OHora.40p. Dial. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803741409. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Oskar, a boy, and Theodore, a bear, are companionable reading buddies. They love waking up early Saturday mornings to visit the library—after a “proper breakfast” of delectable doughnuts. They are just settling into a typically quiet library day when the “Boom! Crash! Growl!” of a loud, angry, and disruptive monster disturbs their solitude. It appears that […]

Mackin Seals Trio of Partnerships

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New relationships with ClassLink, TenMarks, and Library Journal Mover and Shaker Shannon McClintock Miller aim to benefit librarians, teachers, and students.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich | SLJ Review

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Kurtagich, Dawn. And the Trees Crept In. 352p. ebook available. Little, Brown. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316298704. 

Gr 9 Up –When Silla and her younger sister Nori arrive on the doorstep of their estranged aunt’s crumbling manor, they are cold, injured, and on the run from someone awful. Things start sliding into macabre territory right away, and within a few years Aunt Cath has gone mad and locked herself in the attic permanently. The two […]

Amazing Artist! Bevy of Books! Cool New Space! The ABCs of the HarperCollins Fall Preview

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The publisher turns 199 years old this year, so their fall 2016 children’s book preview was even more celebratory than usual.

Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington | SLJ Review

Catching a Storyfish

Harrington, Janice N. Catching a Storyfish. 224p. Wordsong. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781629794297. 

Gr 4-7 –Keet, a girl from Alabama, loves language and storytelling, but her family’s move to Illinois makes her feel silenced. Comfort comes through a budding friendship with Allegra, her Latina classmate and neighbor, and through fishing with her beloved grandfather. “To catch a fish,” he tells her, “You’ve got to sit quiet and hold still/You’ve got to listen, really listen/with your […]

Librarians as Instructional Leaders | Take the Lead

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In this first article in our series on library leadership, Lilead Fellow Priscille Dando suggests how librarians can connect with principals on instructional challenges.

The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn | SLJ Review

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Kuehn, Stephanie. The Smaller Evil. 256p. ebook available. Dutton. Aug. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101994702. 

Gr 9 Up –High school senior Arman Dukoff is in serious need of help. He hates his awkwardness, his social timidity, and how he feels trapped in his own head. When he meets Beau, who seems to see so much more potential within Arman, the protagonist jumps at the chance to follow him and his group. Once at the Compound, though, […]

Teens Promote Summer Reading Through Video Contest

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Looking for ways to entice teens to participate in summer reading? Reel them in with videos created by their peers for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.

Teens Review “Cure for the Common Universe” and More

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Gaming. Anorexia. The Manson Murders. There’s something for every kind of YA reader in this roundup by our teen reviewers.

Tween Online Habits, Revealed

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A new study reveals surprising results: kids in late elementary and middle school don’t behave quite like the “digital natives” we call them.

You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang | SLJ Audio Review

You Are (Not) Small

Kang, Anna. You Are (Not) Small. 1 CD w tr book. 21 min. Weston Woods. Jan. 2016. $29.95. ISBN 9780545936644. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, this delightful book is joyfully performed by Christopher Weyant, Michael Crouch, and Emily Eiden. Two furry critters are having it out as they try to describe each other. The tall one says the other is small. The small one insists he isn’t small, the other is big. […]

The Reader by Traci Chee | SLJ Review

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Chee, Traci. The Reader. 448p. (Sea of Ink and Gold: Bk. 1). ebook available. Putnam. Sept. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399176777.  

Gr 8 Up –“Two curves for her parents. A curve for Nin. The straight line for herself. The circle for what she had to do.” This is the seal branded onto the book that was passed down to Sefia by her parents right before they were murdered by an assassin whose blade reeked of […]

Sizing Up: Rich picks for kids “reading” above grade level | Listen In

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A teacher is reading aloud in a third grade classroom, and the students are captivated. All but two of them, that is. Blake and Adelaide are lost in their own thoughts as they fidget, doodle on scraps of paper, and stare at the ceiling. The selection is a perfect third grade read-aloud, so why are these two children not engaged? Because one size never fits all. That goes for clothing, and it certainly goes for books. Blake and […]

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Laura Bush: $13 Million in School Library Grants and Counting

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A former First Lady’s love of books has transformed into far reaching support for our neediest students.

Fight To Learn: The Struggle To Go to School by Laura Scandiffio | SLJ Review

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Scandiffio, Laura. Fight To Learn: The Struggle To Go to School. 176p. further reading. index. notes. photos. Annick. Sept. 2016. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554517985; pap. $14.96. ISBN 9781554517978.  

Gr 5-8 –The obstacles children face worldwide to obtain an education are discussed in accessible terms using real-life examples of how youth and adults fight these barriers—from gender bias in the Middle East to gang violence in Chicago to poverty in India. The work is divided into […]

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly | SLJ Audio Review

Land of the Forgotten Girls

KELLY, Erin Entrada. The Land of Forgotten Girls. ­­4 CDs. 5:02 hrs. HarperAudio. Mar. 2016. $49.99. ISBN 9781504696111. digital download.  

Gr 3-6 –Once upon a time, Soledad had two sisters and two loving parents. But tragedy can happen to anyone at any time, and suddenly, Sol and her younger sister, Ming, are transplanted to the other side of the world in a run-down apartment in Louisiana, abandoned by their desperate father and left in the (so-called) care […]

“A Book Is More than a Book”: A Chat with Author Miranda Paul

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Miranda Paul, author of the critically acclaimed One Plastic Bag, discusses her inspirations and her passion for the printed book.

Debut YA Author on How Being a Full-Time Teacher Improved Her Writing

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Catherine Lo, a full-time teacher and a first-time YA author, outlines five ways that teaching has prepared her for her new role as a young adult author.