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September 22, 2014

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Pictures of the Week: Huck Scarry at Book Launch for ‘Best Lowly Worm Ever’; Lonesome George Unveiled

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Huck Scarry presents a new and never before seen picture book from his father, Richard Scarry, while the subject of Jean Craighead George’s Lonesome George is unveiled at the Museum of Natural History.

Move Over, Waldo | SLJ Spotlight

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Two foldout picture books rejuvenate the “seek and find” style for young readers.

Introducing SLJ Reviews Sneak Peek: A First Look at Hot Titles

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Welcome to the inaugural SLJ Reviews Sneak Peek, a monthly web-exclusive feature that will showcase reviews for highly anticipated books in advance of our upcoming print issue.

A National Effort to Read to Kids 15 Minutes a Day Needs Our Support

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Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a nonprofit organization that’s working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes “the new standard in child care.” First Steps columnist Lisa Kropp urges libraries to sign on as partners in the effort.

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Guest Kvetching: Transparency is Paramount | Consider the Source

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Tanya Lee Stone, the noted nonfiction author and a guest columnist this week, addresses a topic that is receiving a great deal of attention in the children’s literature world: full disclosure in nonfiction.

Inspire Inquiry with Digital Nonfiction and Imagery

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
What new, differentiated strategies can school librarians use to support students – and their classroom teaching colleagues – in evaluating, synthesizing, and contextualizing nonfiction digital content? What experiences can be offered that will inspire students to communicate, collaborate, and think both critically and creatively within a framework of inquiry-based learning? Get new answers in this powerful, practical, 60-minute discussion with live Q&A! Register Now!

An inspirational woman’s life in review in “Sally Ride”| Audio Pick

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Sherr,, Lynn. Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. 11 CDs. 13:30 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. $44.99. ISBN 9781494503406. 2 MP3-CDs.
Gr 9 Up–Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space, impressive had earned a newly minted doctorate in physics from Stanford when she applied for the space program, beating out a thousand applicants for the job. Her focus was on her work and that dedication led to all of her successes. Published originally for the adult market, this [...]

Free Tablet Giveaway on Read an Ebook Day, September 18

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September 18 is the first annual Read an Ebook Day, supported by ebook distributor OverDrive. Find out how to become eligible for OverDrive’s free-tablet giveaway.

YALSA Hosts Teen Read Week Twitter Chat Today

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With Teen Read Week coming around the bend (October 12–18), gear up and tune into Twitter today—September 15—from 2–3 pm EST for YALSA’s Twitter chat “Marketing Your Teen Read Week.”

2014 National Book Award Longlist Announced for Young People’s Literature

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Just announced: The 10 National Book Award long list for Young People’s Literature.

Librarians Changing Instruction in the Classroom with a 1:1 Environment

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Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado, is about to embark on a 1:1 device environment. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares insights and goals for the year ahead and how he and his staff will be an integral part of the transition.

Rock On! | SLJ Spotlight

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Three illustrated biographies give insight into rock ‘n’ roll legends.

Teens Review ‘Second Thoughts’, ‘The Spiritglass Charade’, and ‘Of Scars and Stardust’

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There’s no sign of series fiction for young adults fading away, and as librarians, we know that getting teens hooked into a series is a sure way to guarantee we’ll see them again soon. Teen reviewers tackle the second installments of series by Colleen Gleason and Cara Bertrand and a debut novel by Andrea Hannah.

Fresh Ideas for iPad Maker Programming | Touch and Go

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Looking for fall programming inspiration? Consider these ideas from the authors of ‘The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children’s and ‘Tween Library Programs.’

In the Margins Committee Announces 2015 Nominations

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In the Margins (ITM) is proud to present the official nominations for the 2015 book list, to date. These titles, selected by a committee of librarians, are by, for, and about people in poverty, on the streets, in custody, or otherwise living in the margins.

Haunting Reads: A Roundup of Scary Selections | Focus On

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This roundup of eerie titles, just in time for Halloween, is guaranteed to keep readers up at night, turning pages as their hearts pound. These dark and creepy tales offer vicarious chills to be enjoyed in the warmth and comfort of one’s own room.

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“Growing Up Green” takes learning outside the classroom | DVD Pick

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Growing Up Green. 27 min. Dist. by the Video Project. 2013. School: $79. Public: $39. ISBN unavail.
Gr 9 Up–Award-winning filmmaker Bob Gliner’s new documentary focuses on the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) in Michigan, a statewide initiative that centers on school reform through the students’ environment. Urban and rural students of all ages learn and practice science and environmental knowledge and skills. In doing so, they make connections to their physical surroundings, history, and community, while developing solutions and even [...]

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

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Jails, detention centers, and prisons provide a unique opportunity to address young people’s literacy gaps, says one school librarian. Literacy for Incarcerated Teens creates, supports, and develops library services in NYC’s juvenile detention centers.

Scott Westerfeld Answers That Perennial Author Question

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Talking about his new book ‘Afterworlds’ Scott Westerfeld joked, “This is basically the 150,000-word answer to the question, ‘Where do you get your ideas?’”

Real-life Heroes, Unspeakable Tragedies—and Kittens | Hi-Interest Nonfiction for Children and Teens

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Unusual topics and funky facts about our world pepper this selection of high-interest nonfiction titles for students.