September 30, 2016

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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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Coleccion Antiprincesas by Nadia Fink | SLJ Review

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FINK, Nadia. Frida Kahlo para niñas y niños. Bk. 1. ISBN 9780997328004.

––––. Violeta Parra para niñas y niños. Bk. 2. ISBN 9780997328035.

––––. Juana Azurduy para niñas y niños. Bk. 3. ISBN 9780997328028.

ea vol: illus. by Pitu Saá. 26p. (Colección Antiprincesas). Books del Sur. May 2016. pap. $12.99.

Gr 3 Up –In this “antiprincess collection,” young readers will have a chance to investigate the lives of women who have not followed what their cultures would deem traditional […]

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson | SLJ Review

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Stelson, Caren. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. 144p. bibliog. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. maps. notes. photos. websites. Carolrhoda. Oct. 2016. lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9781467789035.

Gr 5-8 –Sachiko Yasui was just six years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown of Nagasaki. On August 9, 1945, she went from playing house with her friends to burying them. Yasui also lost a brother that day and would lose many more family […]

From Antiquity to Zuckerberg | Nonfiction Series Update

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This latest batch of series nonfiction for elementary and middle school students is an eclectic mix of art, STEM, history, and more.

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Otis and the Kittens by Loren Long | SLJ Review

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LONG, Loren. Otis and the Kittens. illus. by Loren Long. 40p. Philomel. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399163982.

PreS-Gr 2 –Longtime fans and newbies alike will enjoy Otis the tractor’s latest adventure. It’s a particularly hot and dry summer in the valley. Otis and his animal friends work hard on the farm, but they still have time for their favorite game, tug-of-war. Their tugging skills save the day when Otis is trapped in a burning barn while rescuing a […]

Informing the Future Electorate | Mix It Up

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Vetted websites and apps to help children understand the election process, stay up-to-date on kid-relevant issues, and even participate in their own mock vote.

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Smiling Skeletons and Ghouls Galore | Halloween Roundup

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These Halloween titles from Sandra Boynton, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and others balance that often tricky line between fun and scary.

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Mocking the Geisel | Guessing Geisel

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Thinking about hosting a Mock Geisel program in your school or library? The “Guessing Geisel” bloggers offer tips and examples of successful ways to “mock” the award with students.

All About Escape Rooms

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Can you find the missing scientist? Travel back in time to ancient Egypt? Escape room games use problem-solving skills to boost curriculum—and they’re fun. Play one here.