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July 30, 2014

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Chaos in Your Children’s Section? Embrace It. | First Steps

Lisa G. Kropp

Mayhem, schmayhem. If your library’s children’s room is chaotic, it’s proof that the little ones are learning.

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Mixing Colors? There’s a Book for That! | SLJ Spotlight

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A new interactive picture book teaches children about creativity, and color.

Laughter, Tears, and Gratitude at ALA Youth Media Awards Ceremonies | ALA 2014

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At the Printz Award Ceremony and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, the authors’ acceptance speeches ranged from moving to side-splitting, and the enthralled audience was dressed to the nines.

The Avengers return to save the future in Friedman’s “The Ultimates” | Audio Pick

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The complex plot and unique, developed characters in “The Ultimates” will appeal to listeners who like the Avengers, superheroes, action, adventure, and mystery.

Contests, Awards, and Giveaways for Librarians Serving Teens

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Opportunities abound for teen bloggers, underserved school libraries needing a buck or two, and those already playing in the makerspace; on top of all that, SLJTeen brings you a double dose of galley giveaways.

Stephen Krashen to LA School Board: Invest in Libraries

Five months before the Los Angeles Unified School District board passed a new 6.6 billion budget, literacy expert Stephen Krashen delivered an impassioned speech to the board, urging a bold investment in libraries. See Krashen’s speech here.

Next Stop, First Grade | Back to School Roundup

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Nineteen titles to inspire and entertain young scholars as they embark on a new educational adventure.

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Diversity Movement Gains Visibility at ALA Annual | ALA 2014

Photo by Angie Manfredi, Los Almos Public Library.

Addressing the groundswell of support for more diverse children’s literature, Lee & Low publisher Jason Low spoke at the ALA Annual Conference about where the movement is now and what still needs to happen.

Early Learning, Partnerships Top Trends at 2014 ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Prevailing topics for youth librarians included the influence of the Guerrilla Storytime movement, the increased collaboration and cooperation between schools and public libraries, and a nostalgia for some favorite authors.

Free Online Curriculum: ABCMouse.com for Libraries Launches at ALA | ALA 2014

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On June 26 at ALA, Age of Learning launched ABCmouse.com for Libraries, a fully featured, free-for-libraries version of ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, its award-winning online curriculum used by millions of children as part of their series of Education for Access Initiatives.

Inside and Outside the Palace Gates | A Conversation with Candace Fleming

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I thought, “I cannot do another princess story. We “oooh” and “aaah” over the Fabergé eggs and palaces and court life, the happy family, and the royal romance between Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. But the story of the Romanovs often excludes the rest of the history. They weren’t minding the store.

Teens Review ‘Trouble’, ‘The Dare’, a New Ida Tarbell Bio, and More

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Fans of realistic fiction have a boatload of titles to choose from this summer. There’s the bad boy/good girl plot, the summer dare, teen pregnancy, and choosing between family and self. SLJTeen reviewers suggest these possible additions to beach reads lists.

Inside the Worlds of Edward Hopper, Ashley Bryan, and Melba Liston | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month, nonfiction titles introduce readers to whole new worlds. Learn about painter Edward Hopper, jazz prodigy Melba Liston, and puppeteer and poet Ashley Bryan.

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Inside Human Trafficking, a Natural Mystery, and a Classic Author’s Memoir | Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction

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Check out the latest nonfiction for older readers: Sandra Markle solves the mystery of the little brown bats, Alison Marie Behnke profiles human trafficking, and author Katherine Paterson provides an intimate portrait of her life.

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National Geographic documents the ways of wildlife in “Best of Nature” collection| DVD Pick

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This three-DVD set features six of the seven Great Migrations episodes that aired on the National Geographic channel in 2010.

Breezy Beach Reads | SLJ Spotlight

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Three tales of sibling rivalry, sibling discovery, and mysteries on the moon to keep middle grade readers entertained during the summer.

ALSC President’s Program: Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, and Communities | ALA 2014

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At the ALA conference on June 30, over 200 youth librarians spent an hour and a half listening to three dynamic presentations during ALSC President’s Program, “The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities and Beyond.”

Eight Reasons Why Print Trumps Digital for Reading

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Given the focus on ebooks these days, could old-fashioned print books provide a superior reading experience? Actually, yes—especially for young children whose literacy skills are just beginning to emerge.

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Too Soon for Technology?: The latest on digital use by preschoolers

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The low-down on digital content, what’s appropriate, at what age—and some props for print books.

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The Debut: SLJTeen Chats with Cartoonist Mimi Pond, ‘Over Easy’

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Hard core fans of The Simpsons may recognize Mimi Pond’s name—she wrote the first full-length broadcast episode in 1989. Librarian Jeremy Engel chats with her about her graphic novel debut and coming-of-age story Over Easy.