November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Vietnam War | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Filmmakers Burns and Novick invested 10 years in making this documentary series, which clocks in at over 18 hours, including extras.

AASL 17: Starring Standards

Include, inquire, collaborate, curate, explore, and engage. Those six commitments of the new AASL National School Librarian standards resonated throughout the conference weekend.

Top 10 Graphic Novels 2017

SLJ’s “Good Comics 4 Kids” bloggers curate their annual top 10 list of graphic novels for kids and teens.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2017

The Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers select the best adult books of 2017 with teen appeal.

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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor | SLJ Review

Gr 5-7 –Calvin Chumsky, a brilliant seventh grader and the only friend of Mason Buttle, says, “The Universe is amazing. It knows what we want. And sometimes… it hands it over like a gift.”

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Maya Aziz should be on top of the world. She got accepted into film school at NYU, and the cute boy she has been spending time with seems to be into her. The only problem is, she’s been hiding all of this from her loving but very traditional Indian American parents.

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

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Let’s Go to the Farm! by Caryl Hart | SLJ Review

Toddler-PreS –Bee and Billy are two children who meet at a farm. They both enjoy an exciting trip as they meet farm animals, witness an egg hatching, and play with friends.

Be a King by Carole Boston Weatherford | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –In this book inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Weatherford and Ransome offer advice to a new generation of change-makers.

The Pond by Nicola Davies | SLJ Review

K-Gr 4 –The first thing one notices about this picture book is the black pages, sometimes appearing as solid backgrounds, at other points layered with textured, mixed media compositions. A relatively rare choice in children’s books, but one that supports the despondency and rage a boy experiences when his dad dies.

Choosing Kindness Online | Tips & Tools

Tips and tools to create a culture of kindness online.

Puberty, Consent, and Sexuality: A Few New Titles

A year ago, I read 75 books about puberty and sexuality for a “Focus On” article for School Library Journal. You’re welcome.

The NCTE Book Awards: Opportunities for Collaboration

Ever heard of John Amos Comenius or Charlotte Huck? Maybe not, but you’ll remember them now.

Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 7 Up –Taking photographs of rare animals and habitats that might become extinct is the focus of this three-part program.

Becoming Kareem by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, traces his path to becoming a basketball superstar and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.

Freedom Over Me | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-6 –Ashley Bryan takes readers back to the brutal reality of American slavery, using primary source documents from an 1828 estate appraisal as his launching point to bring the 11 enslaved people listed to life.

Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –When Lola the armadillo spills juice all over her family’s white chair, she hastily decides to run to the library, since “they have books and bathrooms,” and hide there till she’s a grown-up.

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Passengers on a train, Ammy and Noah, are heading to different places but end up sitting next to each other.

Feather by Cao Wenxuan | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Wenxuan has created a picture book that tells the hopeful tale of a single feather as it embarks on a journey to find out where it came from and where it belongs.

Series Nonfiction Publishers Try Their Hands at Early Learning

Twelve series perfect for curious little ones.

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