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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | October 2016

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Check out our online-only chapter book reviews for October, including Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami and Julianna Swaney.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | October 2016

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This month’s picture book online-only reviews include selections that are perfect for storytime, like Colleen Venable’s Mervin the Sloth Is About To Do the Best Thing in the World.

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SLJ Controversial Books Survey Responses: Weighing Subject Matter

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SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, addressing self-censorship, asked school librarians: “When making purchasing decisions, do find yourself weighing the effect of controversial subject matter more often now than you did one or two years ago?” Here’s what respondents who answered “yes” had to say.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Comments About Book Challenges

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In SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, we asked school librarians to tell us about a book challenge they had personally experienced or to communicate other information about this topic.
Here’s what they said.

D.I.Y. Censorship: An Infographic

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Download this visual representation of key findings in SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey of school librarians, exploring self-censorship.

SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Comments About Age-Appropriateness

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SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books survey asked school librarians how they determined if a book is age-appropriate. Here’s what they said.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Word Clouds

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School librarians mentioned these terms the most in their their answers to two questions in SLJ’s 2016 survey, which explores self-censorship.

All Schools Need Book Challenge Policies

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Jamie LaRue, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, responds to SLJ‘s survey and points to resources that help librarians create policies and field challenges.

Comparing Librarians’ and Teachers’ Self-Censoring Patterns

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Our survey confirms impressions the NCAC and NCTE have gained from intervening in book censorship controversies around the county.

Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island by Sonia De Los Santos | SLJ Music Review

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Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island. Performed by Sonia De Los Santos. CD. 40:50 mins. Festival Five Records. 2015. $11.99.

PreS Up –In telling tales about growing up in Monterrey, Mexico; moving to the United States; and sharing stories from family and friends, De Los Santos has created a beautiful album for families of all ages to enjoy. While this collection of 12 songs are in Spanish, listeners do not have to speak Spanish to […]

Engaging Reluctant Middle Grade Readers

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
At our upcoming webcast, industry experts will offer a sneak peek at some titles from Andrews McMeel, Black Rabbit Books, and Listening Library. From graphic novels to audiobooks and everything in between, these selections are guaranteed to get patrons revved up about reading.
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Teens Review Trailblazing Nonfiction, “Labyrinth Lost,” and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on some informational titles, contemporary YA, and creepy reads just in time for fall, including Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost.

I Believe in Little Things by Diana Panton | SLJ Music Review

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I Believe in Little Things. Performed by Diana Panton. CD. approx. 55 min. Entertainment One Music. 2016. $11.

PreS-Gr 5 –In her debut album for families, Canadian jazz vocalist Panton weaves a beautiful spell with a delightful selection of classics from children’s movies and television. Parents and grandparents who remember songs like “Pure Imagination” from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, “The Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, and “When You Wish upon a Star” from Pinocchio […]

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre | SLJ Review

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SAYRE, April Pulley. Best in Snow. photos by April Pulley Sayre. 40p. further reading. S. & S./Beach Lane. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481459167.

PreS-Gr 1 –In this visually stunning tribute to winter weather, Sayre explores the water cycle through photography and verse. In the opening lines, a freeze and a breeze combine to produce feathery snowflakes that drift down from the sky and “land on a squirrel’s nose.” Flowing from page to page, the alliterative rhyming text describes […]

Wanted: YA Author In Search of Reluctant Readers | Opinion

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Brian Conaghan, the author of When Mr. Dog Bites and The Bombs That Brought Us Together writes about his desire to create books for the kids in the back row—teens very much like the young adult he once was.

Pictures of the Week | Minnesota Children’s Book Festival

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The 17th Annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival featured a sterling line-up of authors and illustrators.

EBSCO and Mackin Forge New Partnership

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EBSCO ebooks will now be available on the Mackin ecommerce site.

Kids Can Vote for Our Next President with PebbleGo Vote!

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Voting opens on October 10. The winner of PebbleGo Votes will be announced on November 9. Schools do not need to be PebbleGo subscribers to participate.

Getting to Know Yue

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Children’s book illustrator Stephanie Yue sold her belongings, gave up her apartment, and hit the open road—on a scooter. Here’s her story.

“Zoom” in on Animals and Biographies with Abdo | Reference Online

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Looking for additional materials on animals and famous figures? Check out Abdo’s latest resource.

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