October 13, 2015

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“One Teacher in 10 in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out” | Professional Shelf

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“Today, in 2015, teachers can be fired in 29 states because of their sexual orientation and in 32 states because of their gender identity.”

Graphic Novelists Reflect on School Visits


Comics artist Jillian Tamaki, writer Mariko Tamaki, and author and illustrator George O’Connor share their thoughts on “taking about stories and stuff” and “how to host a successful author visit.”

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Inside Biosphere 2 by Mary Kay Carson | SLJ Review


CARSON, Mary Kay. Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass. photos by Tom Uhlman. 80p. (Scientists in the Field). bibliog. charts. diags. glossary. index. maps. notes. websites. HMH. Oct. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544416642.
Gr 5-8–The latest installment in this stellar series examines Biosphere 2, a research facility in Oracle, AZ. Biosphere 2 began as an engineering marvel and an experiment in creating a self-sustaining, closed biological system that could support a team of humans for two years. In 1993, when […]

Jane Goodall, Messenger of Peace


A look at Jane Goodall’s forthcoming A Prayer for World Peace, made available to SLJ‘s readers from minedition.

Gale’s Classrooms in Context (CLiC) | Reference Online


Gale’s CLiC (Classroom in Context) provides students with authoritative, up-to-date information that supports Common Core and national and state standards within a vetted, safe environment.

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Dark Descents | Chilling Tales for Teens

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As the temperatures dip lower and pumpkins appear on front stoops, teens may want to turn to books that go bump in the night.

In Tacoma Public Schools, Support for the “Whole Child” | 2015 SLJ Summit


The 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle promised to “address dynamic, holistic approaches to supporting the success of kids in school and beyond.” In his remarks on the Tacoma (WA) Whole Child Initiative, Greg Benner delivered the goods.

Maya’s Blanket/La manta de Maya by Monica Brown | SLJ Review


BROWN, Monica. Maya’s Blanket/La manta de Maya. tr. from English by Adriana Domínguez. illus. by David Diaz. Bilingual ed. 32p. Children’s Bk. Pr. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780892392926. LC 2014029561.
Gr 1-3–Following the narrative styles of a traditional Yiddish folk song, Maya’s Blanket/La manta de Maya tells the story of a child’s most beloved possession: her blue and green handmade blanket with purple butterfly stitches. Maya’s grandmother made it to protect her from bad dreams. Yet as time passes and the blanket […]

Using littleBits in Your Library Makerspace


Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
In this webinar, you’ll get up close with littleBits staff and Teacher Librarian Colleen Graves from Denton ISD, TX about the many ways you can use littleBits in your library makerspace. We’ll discuss how to guide students through design challenges, fixed stations versus workshops, building a maker community, organizing your Bits, and share tips and tricks from other savvy maker librarians.
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Kickstarter Launch for “The Read Quarterly,” Children’s Literature Magazine


The magazine will contain an original four-part Eoin Colfer story, “Holy Mary,” publishing over the course of its first year. Author Neil Gaiman appears in a video for the Kickstarter campaign.

What Do Tweens Want?


Librarians create special spaces and services for preteens.

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The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones | SLJ Review


WYNNE-JONES, Tim. The Emperor of Any Place. 336p. ebook available. Candlewick. Oct. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763669737.
Gr 9 Up–An ambitious treatise on grief, war, memory, and the bonds between fathers and sons. Evan is 16 when his beloved father dies suddenly at home. Evan has no other family, so his estranged grandfather, Griff, whom he has never met, flies in to help him settle the affairs. The source of the family schism was the Vietnam War, when Evan’s hippie father […]

Capstone Offers Matching Grants for Ebooks


Schools can apply to MN-based publisher Capstone to receive a matching grant toward the purchase of its interactive ebooks in a program announced today.

One of Us by Jeannie Waudby | SLJ Review

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WAUDBY, Jeannie. One of Us. 320p. ebook available. Running Pr. Teen. Nov. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780762457991.
Gr 7 Up–Fifteen-year-old K has no family and no home. She has been told that her parents died in a bombing orchestrated by the Brotherhood, a radical separatist organization. Raised by her grandmother, then dumped in a halfway house, she has never gone to school and has no idea where she can go or what she can do when she turns 16 and is […]

Pictures of the Week: Zachariah OHora

Zachariah OHora, illustrator of Ame Dyckman's "Wolfie the Bunny," signs posters of the duo's 2nd collaboration, "Horrible Bear" (Spring 2016) at a Little, Brown preview

Zachariah OHora (@ZachariahOHora), illustrator of Ame Dyckman’s (@AmeDyckman) Wolfie the Bunny, signs posters of the duo’s 2nd collaboration, Horrible Bear (Spring, 2016), at a Little, Brown preview

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan | SLJ Review


Get ready for long holds lists for Rick Riordan’s newest mythology inspired series.

The Iliad by Homer | SLJ Review


HOMER. The Iliad. retold by Gillian Cross. illus. by Neil Packer. 160p. Candlewick. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763678326.
Gr 6-9–Cross presents a fluid and highly readable version of this celebrated tale. The text follows the essential plot structure of the classic work, beginning with Helen’s capture and concluding with Hector’s demise. The book includes an introduction to the Odyssey (retold by this creative team in 2012) and provides brief historical context of the Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean. A helpful spread groups […]

Teens Review Latest from Joelle Charbonneau, Stephan Pastis, and More

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The young adults at the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library share their thoughts on Joelle Charbonneau’s latest dystopian, Gareth Jones’s time travel adventure, and Stephan Pastis’s newest “Timmy Failure” book.

“Get Away” with Under-the-Radar Books for Teen Read Week


Librarian Julie Stivers presents diverse and underappreciated titles that should be celebrated during YALSA’s Teen Read Week (October 18–24), including Varian Johnson’s The Great Greene Heist and Polly Holyoke’s The Neptune Project.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III | SLJ Review


MARSHALL, Joseph, III. In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse. 176p. Abrams/Amulet. Nov. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781419707858.
Gr 4-8–In this novel that seamlessly integrates Lakota history and oral tradition, Marshall takes readers along for a road trip with Jimmy and his maternal grandfather as they embark on a “vision journey,” visiting famous landmarks, monuments, and landscapes integral to the life of the great warrior and leader Crazy Horse. Jimmy, a young Lakota boy, struggles with fitting in on his reservation because […]