May 27, 2016

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This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier | SLJ Review

This Is Not a Picture Book

Ruzzier, Sergio. This Is Not a Picture Book. illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. 40p. Chronicle. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452129075. 

PreS-Gr 2 –In this winsome examination of the power of words, a little duckling is delighted to find a red book lying on the ground. “Where are the pictures?!” the fuzzy yellow bird exclaims in dismay upon opening it up. The duck flips through the pages, scanning the plethora of print, and begins to recognize some […]

How Remix Culture Informs Student Writing & Creativity

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Artistic remix influences kids’ creativity on almost every level. Here’s how, and why you need to understand it.

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Princeless: Save Yourself! Deluxe Edition by Jeremy Whitley | SLJ Review

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Whitley, Jeremy. Princeless: Save Yourself! Deluxe Edition. illus. by M. Goodwin. 168p. (Princeless: Bk. 1). Action Lab. Feb. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781632291202.

Gr 4-7 –Princess Adrienne is no hero’s fair maiden, and she is not afraid to say so! She’s the seventh daughter whom her father, the king, has stranded in a tower (his goal is to lure a prince worthy to rule the kingdom of Ashland). Prince after prince has tried to rescue Adrienne, […]

Schools Partner with OverDrive to Offer Books 24/7 in June

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The digital distribution platform has teamed up with schools in every state and parts of Canada to allow students to access a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and award-winning YA ebooks.

United States Encyclopedia: People, Places, and Events | SLJ Review

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United States Encyclopedia: People, Places, and Events. 272p. chron. further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. reprods. websites. National Geographic. Sept. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781426320927. 

Gr 4 Up –Every inch of this book is expertly executed. In the first section, “Story of a Nation,” the author explains in a succession of tidy spreads how the United States was shaped socially, politically, and geographically by major forces, such as the arrival of the English in North America. Following this […]

Teens Review Kat Ellis’s “Breaker,” Steampunk, and More

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The young adults of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group assess a modern adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, a historical work set during South Africa’s apartheid, and the sequel to Elizabeth May’s The Falconer.

The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources

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Take a look at these program ideas, resources, and recommended reading—and add your own.

The SLJ Writing Issue: Your Turn

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Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | June 2016

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Jason Reynolds makes his middle grade debut, Wendy Spinale takes on Peter Pan, and Henry Cole tells a “somewhat true” mouse tale.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | June 2016

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Say goodbye to Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie, meet Los Pollitos, and go Vroom! with Liesbet Slegers’s latest.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | June 2016

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A manga-style look at anatomy, a heart-wrenching work about the Holocaust, and the latest installments in two ongoing series.

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YA Xpress Reviews | June 2016

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David Lubar delivers thought-provoking metafiction, Rick Yancey concludes “The Fifth Wave,” and Kristy Acevedo offers complex and profound science fiction.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | June 2016

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Inside an orangutan orphanage, all about Minecraft, and a bevy of weird factoids sure to attract browsers.

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An Open Letter to School Boards Everywhere

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School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

Inspire: Authors and the Creative Spark

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What Carolyn Mackler, Sherman Alexie, Julie Berry, Tim Wynne-Jones, and others say about experiencing and harnessing inspiration.

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Celebrating Diversity: A Discussion on Children’s Literature That Reflects Today’s World

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join School Library Journal’s Shelley Diaz and industry professionals from Listening Library, Lorimer Publishing, and Second Story Press in a discussion about children’s and teen books that address different socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, abilities, ethnicities, and cultures across formats and genres. And tune in as we celebrate works that can be both mirrors and windows for all young people.
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Multicultural Literature for Latino Children, Early Literacy, and Storytelling | Professional Reading

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This month’s professional reading titles include global offerings for storytellers, a primer on developing literacy skills, and more.

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Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah | SLJ Review

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Shevah, Emma. Dara Palmer’s Major Drama. illus. by Helen Crawford-White. 288p. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Jul. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781492631385. POP 

Gr 3-6 –British fifth grader Dara Palmer is a natural-born actress, destined for Hollywood stardom. At least, that’s what she and her best friend, Lacey, think, until neither of them lands the lead role in their school’s musical production of The Sound of Music. Dara, who is adopted from Cambodia, believes that she may have been passed […]

“Snappsy” Creator Tim Miller Is in the House!

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The author and illustrator is building a strong connection with a contingent of his young readers by taking up residency at their school.

Sex Education: Covering the Bases | Focus On

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A carefully curated selection of accurate, up-to-date sex education titles that aim to be age appropriate and that reject heteronormal assumptions and stereotypes.

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