April 26, 2017

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Six YA Titles That Epitomize #OwnVoices

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Blogger and librarian Sarah Hannah Gómez breaks down the real meaning of #ownvoices, and presents new YA titles about marginalized cultures by authors from the same groups.

My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads by Hope Anita Smith | SLJ Review

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SMITH, Hope Anita. My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads. illus. by Hope Anita Smith. 32p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano Bks. May 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780805091892.

PreS-Gr 3 –Dedicated to “every man ‘fathering’ a child,” this volume spotlights the bond between dads and their kids. Written in a child’s voice, the poems depict dads snoring, making breakfast, giving a haircut or guitar lesson, wrestling, playing catch, teaching a child to ride a bike, and reading. “Love Letter” is about […]

Nonfiction: Yoga, Space, Sharks, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

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Yoga poses for those about to head off to bed, an exciting exploration of Apollo 13, and more.

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Chapter Books: Mysteries, Friendship, and Invisible Cats | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

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Andrea Cheng follows up her The Year of the Book with a stellar prequel; meet Squishy McFluff, an invisible cat; and solve mysteries with King and Kayla.

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Graphic Novels: The Latest from Matt Kindt, Margaret Atwood, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

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An undersea adventure, another “Angel Catbird” volume, and a graphic novel look at Colonial America.

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Teens Review “Rebel of the Sands” Sequel and More

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In this last column by the Kitsap YA Group, the teens review the follow-up to Alwyn Hamilton’s fantasy adventure, a hard-hitting contemporary debut, and more.

2017 Irma Simonton Black and Cook Prize Winners Announced

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Both winners were determined by first and second grade classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming | SLJ Review

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FLEMING, Candace. Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! illus. by Lori Nichols. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. May 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375866487.

PreS-Gr 1 –Day is done, and the farm animals quietly take to their beds to get some much-needed rest. Pig toddles off to his sty, with all its glorious mud and slop, but finds a cow in his spot. “Go sleep in your own bed!” Pig demands. Cow clompety-stomps to her stall, but there she startles awake […]

School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts

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Dynamic K–12 programs created by university researchers and engineers.

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Barbershops Give Kids Free Cuts if They Read Aloud

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From the Midwest to Texas, hair stylists are handing kids books and offering to give them haircuts free of charge…if they read aloud while getting their trims.

5 Reference Titles for Armchair Travelers, Record Breakers, and More

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Lonely Planet takes readers on a ride through 86 cities and Guinness World Records recaps all the latest weird and wacky pop culture trends.

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Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition! by Barbara Parks | SLJ Audio Review

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PARKS, Barbara. Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition! 2 CDs. 77 min. Listening Library. Jan. 2017. $20. ISBN 9780147523440. digital download.

Gr 1-3 –This fabulous 15-song production is centered on four previous stories—First Grader (at Last!), Boss of Lunch, One-Man Band, and Top Secret Personal Beeswax—and features the songs from Junie B. Jones, the Musical. In First Grader (at Last!), listeners discover that first grade can be a scary place, but it also offers new beginnings. The irrepressible […]

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein | SLJ Review

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WEIN, Elizabeth. The Pearl Thief. 336p. Disney-Hyperion. May 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781484717165.

Gr 8 Up –In this prequel to Code Name Verity, set in 1938, Julia Beaufort-Stewart, 15, returns home from school in Paris for summer break to unhappy changes. The family’s house and land have been sold and are being converted into a school. Julie, finding no one at home to welcome her, heads to the river. The next thing she remembers is waking up in the […]

10 Titles to Promote Clean Water Awareness

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Books for little ones highlight how water functions as part of an ecosystem, while selections for older readers emphasize the pressing need to protect the world’s clean water supply.

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How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta | SLJ Review

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UWIRINGIYIMANA, Sandra with Abigail Pesta. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child. 304p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062470140.

Gr 7 Up –The greatest storytellers connect with readers through universal truths, and Uwiringiyimana tells her own profound story with clarity and honesty. After a heart-pounding cliff-hanger opening, Uwiringiyimana goes back in time to revisit her childhood in Uvira, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although occasionally interrupted by bouts of […]

A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent by Anne Rockwell | SLJ Audio Review

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ROCKWELL, Anne. A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent. 1 CD. 14 min. Dreamscape. Jan. 2017. $14.99. ISBN 9781520066172.

Gr 2-5 – The true story of James Lafayette, a Revolutionary double agent, will captivate and anger young listeners as they learn about the incredible dangers that James, an American enslaved person, took while trying to secure America’s freedom from the British and earning his own from his masters. At great danger to […]

Where Secrets Lurk… | New YA Mysteries

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A trio of new books venture into the lives of teens determined to uncover the truths that lie beneath the surface of family memories and histories.

SLJ’s April 2017 Popular Picks

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The latest thriller from Cristin Terrill, a feminist primer for little ones, and a heartfelt memoir by a BuzzFeed editor.

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce | SLJ Review

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COTTRELL BOYCE, Frank. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. 336p. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. Jun. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062643629.

Gr 4-7 –Prez Mellows is a list expert. He’s been making lists for years on sticky notes to help his granddad remember important life facts, such as “Prez is your grandson” and “Do not go out without trousers.” His lists help save the planet when a space-traveling alien, Sputnik, shows up on Earth and enlists Prez’s help to come up with […]

James Patterson To Give $1.75 Million To Bolster Classroom Libraries

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In the third installment of Patterson’s School Library Campaign in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, grants of $500 will be given to 3,500 teachers.