July 29, 2016

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Rebellion of Thieves by Kekla Magoon | SLJ Review

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Magoon, Kekla. Rebellion of Thieves. 256p. (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure: Bk. 2). Bloomsbury. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781619636552. POP 

Gr 5-8 –Magoon immediately draws readers into the world of 12-year-old Robyn Loxley, who establishes her leadership in the rebellion against evil despot Ignomus Crown. Readers do not need to be familiar with book 1, but the story will be more satisfying for fans of the first novel. Robyn and her band of thieves have found […]

Super Bug Encyclopedia | SLJ Review

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Super Bug Encyclopedia. 200p. glossary. index. photos. DK. Apr. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781465446008.
Gr 5 Up–Striking visual content and a wealth of facts and statistics highlight more than 70 profiles of nature’s most interesting arthropods. Animals are grouped by broad categories such as anatomy, physical features, hunting, threats to humans, and life cycles. Each spread is devoted to a different species, with particular emphasis on a notable feature, such as the trap-jaw ant’s lethal bite or the see-through wings […]

Last Stop On Market Street | SLJ DVD Review

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Last Stop on Market Street. 10 min. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2016. $38.99. ISBN 9781520011356. POP

K-Gr 3 –Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, as well as numerous other awards, this picture book by Matt de la Peña receives a lovely treatment in this video presentation. Arnell Powell reads the deceptively simple text, which follows CJ and his grandmother as they take the bus through their diverse neighborhood after church. CJ is not content with his lot (he wishes he […]

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer | SLJ Review

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Stringer, Lauren. Yellow Time. illus. by Lauren Stringer. 40p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481431569.

PreS-Gr 2 –Stringer re-creates those last days of autumn when the trees are no longer putting on a fiery show of colors and the leaves are one gusty day away from shuddering to the ground. Short, declarative, yet lyrical sentences set the stage (“The squirrels are too busy to notice, and the geese have already gone.”). Stringer […]

Pax by Sara Pennypacker | SLJ Audio Review

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PENNYPACKER, Sara. Pax. 5 CDs. 5:35 hrs. HarperAudio. Feb. 2016. $25.99. ISBN 9780062443960. digital download. 

Gr 4-7 –Somewhere close, sometime soon, war is coming. Twelve-year-old Peter and his fox, Pax, are forced apart by a father whose noble intentions have devastating results. When Peter’s father enlists in the military, he pressures Peter to return Pax to the wild, while Peter is sent 300 miles away to live with his grandfather. Almost immediately, Peter realizes his grave mistake and […]

Brendan Kiely’s and Jason Reynolds’s CSK Author Honor Speeches for “All American Boys”

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Coauthors Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds each delivered remarks about their Coretta Scott King (CSK) Author Honor win for All American Boys on June 26 during the CSK Award’s Breakfast at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando. SLJ presents both speeches, published together for the first time.

Titles for a Tune-Filled Bilingual Storytime | Libro por libro

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As with children’s books for, by, or about Latinos, the market for children’s music in Spanish has been mostly overlooked. Here are a few new and not-so-new wonderful titles.

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The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade | SLJ Review

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Slade, Suzanne. The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue. illus. by Stacy Innerst. 48p. bibliog. chron. Calkins Creek. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781629790992. 

K-Gr 4 –Slade teams up with Innerst for this pleasant picture book biography of composer George Gershwin, with a focus on Gershwin’s introduction to music as a child and the various influences that led to his unique musical style. The culmination of the story is the creation and […]

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry | SLJ Audio Review

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Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. 10 CDs. 11:43 hrs. Listening Library. Apr. 2016. $60. ISBN 9780147525819. digital download. 

Gr 7 Up –This magnificent tale is set in post-Crusades 13th-century France. A pious young noblewoman blessed with the gift of healing, Dolssa de Stigata is judged a heretic by the Roman Catholic Church and sentenced to burn at the stake. Forced to watch her beloved mother burn first, Dolssa is surprised when someone cuts the ropes binding […]

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. | SLJ Audio Review

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Smith, Charles R., Jr. 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World. 1 CD w/Tr book. 68:45 min. Live Oak. Jan. 2016. $31.95. ISBN 9781430120247. 

Gr 2-5 –Each of the 28 entries in this excellent work, written to be used during Black History Month, highlights the achievements of an African American man or woman, or the details of a court decision or historical event, the effects of which are still felt today. Vibrant poetry begins many of […]

How To Crowdsource a Library

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The inspiring story of Just. One. Book. The effort rebuilt a school library for the benefit of some very deserving kids in Greenville, CA.

Trend Alert: Kite-Making Workshops

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We’ve caught wind of a new trend—kite-making workshops taking place in libraries across the country. Here’s what’s up—and away!

Gain Support When You Support District Goals | Take the Lead

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The way to success for this district librarian has been to start small, build a network of library advocates, dream big, and never stop working for transformative change.

Reflections on the National Week of Making

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SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year shares what her recent time in our nation’s capitol meant to her as a librarian, maker—and granddaughter of immigrants.

Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina | SLJ Review

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Medina, Juana. Juana and Lucas. illus. by Juana Medina. 96p. Candlewick. Sept. 2016. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763672089.

Gr 2-4 –Juana lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with her dog Lucas. She loves brussels sprouts, drawing, and especially the comic book superhero Astroman. She most definitely does not like learning “the English.” When her teacher says learning English is going to be a “ton of fun,” Juana knows that it will really be “nada de fun.” Her abuelo, or […]

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | August 2016

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Getting up close and personal with gorillas, Leonardo da Vinci, and sharks.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | August 2016

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Bilingual adventures for Spanish and Cree readers; two new outings with Katie Woo; a Stone Age puppy tale.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | August 2016

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Wordless storytelling; something for Cartoon Network fans; and a snowy alter ego.

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YA Xpress Reviews | August 2016

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Sadie Robertson and Cindy Coloma Get Real; Ocean’s 11 for the YA set; and Caribbean myth and legend.

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Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | August 2016

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A new selection for “Wimpy Kid” fans; adventure on the high seas; and historical fiction set in czarist Russia.

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