December 3, 2016

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YA Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A handful of novels in a variety of genres and with an intriguing array of settings for voracious YA readers.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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Ten picture book selections illustrated in a variety of styles and formats to read-aloud, sing, or share one-on-one.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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These 10 lively and engaging informational books include appealing designs and feature lots of animals, some LEGOs, and a few laughs along the way.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A manga selection about volleyball, perseverance, and sportsmanship.

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Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray | SLJ Review

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MURRAY, Martine. Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars. 192p. Knopf. Jan. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399550409.

Gr 3-6 –In this Australian import, 10-year-old Molly just wants to be normal. She is jealous of her best friend Ellen’s organized parents, clean house, and prepackaged muesli bars from the grocery store. Molly, on the other hand, has a space cadet mother who wanders off into the woods to gather herbs, makes potions, fills the house with odd trinkets, and […]

SLJ’s November Pop Picks

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This month’s Popular Picks features favorite authors such as Emma Chichester Clark, Deb Lucke, and Kimberly and James Dean.

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The Brown Bookshelf’s Open Declaration Garners 691 Signatures

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The declaration expresses commitment to standing with and for children “in the face of attempts to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and to dismiss violence against marginalized people.”

Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah | SLJ Audio Review

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SHEVAH, Emma. Dara Palmer’s Major Drama. 5 CDs. 6 hrs. Recorded Books. Jul. 2016. $51.75. ISBN 9781501921575. digital download.

Gr 3-6 –Dara knows she was meant to be a star. She watches TV all the time to study for roles, practices facial expressions in the mirror, and daydreams constantly about her future in Hollywood. When her middle school prepares to put on The Sound of Music, Dara knows she’ll be Maria. Instead, she is in the chorus. As an […]

Princeton Librarian Still Inspired by Ms. Favero| My Library Story

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SLJ’s Leadership Summit got this adult services librarian thinking about her elementary school librarian.

A Grateful Teacher Remembers Mr. Reimann| My Library Story

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Check out the sweet, relatable first installment in our new series, “My Library Story.”

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | SLJ Review

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SILVERA, Adam. History Is All You Left Me. 320p. ebook available. Soho Teen. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781616956929. POP

Gr 10 Up –No one understands what Griffin is going through after Theo, his ex and the love of his life, dies. No one, perhaps, except Theo’s new boyfriend, Jackson. In a narrative that alternates between past and present, Silvera offers a gem of a story about first love and great loss. Griffin’s voice is strong and affecting, and […]

Scholastic’s New Study Looks at Equity in Education

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The report looks at barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, the role of families and communities, and the needs for learning supports and professional development.

Freeze! Library Mannequin Challenges | Videos of the Week

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Students and librarians embrace the #mannequinchallenge.

Suspenseful Settings | SLJ Spotlight

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Boarding schools have been the backdrop for some of the most popular recent youth titles. It’s no wonder that novelists find these ready-made worlds so appealing, with their contained settings, off-site parents, and rich traditions. These offerings make the most of evocative boarding school settings in stories woven with mystery and suspense.

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm | SLJ Review

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BANG, Molly & Penny Chisholm. Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth. illus. by Molly Bang. 48p. (The Sunlight Series). Scholastic/Blue Sky. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545805414.

Gr 1-3 –A celebration of the grandeur and power of the sun, a source of energy that provides humans with warmth and light. Told from the point of view of the sun (“I lift water from the salty sea by warming the ocean’s surface waters.”), this selection […]

K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers

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A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.

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Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton | SLJ Review

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HAUGHTON, Chris. Goodnight Everyone. illus. by Chris Haughton. 32p. Candlewick. Dec. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763690793.

PreS-Gr 1 –The sun is setting, and while the forest creatures feel the inevitable draw of slumber, Little Bear is wide awake. A fantastical purple and fuchsia woodland surrounds four mice, three hares, two deer, and Great Big Bear and her cub, Little Bear. In a series of introductory flaps, Haughton reveals how each animal group gets ready for bed, by establishing a […]

STEAM, with an Emphasis on “A”

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Among the hottest trends in education, STEAM has thus far focused predominantly on science, tech, engineering and math. We’ll explore art, how it integrates with STEM, with advice from educator experts.
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Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman | SLJ Audio Review

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CUSHMAN, Karen. Grayling’s Song. 4 CDs. 5 hrs. Recorded Books. Jul. 2016. $46.75. ISBN 9781501916922. digital download.

Gr 3-6– Cushman delivers an intriguing cast of characters in a fantastical tale set in a medieval world. A dark cloud is turning Grayling’s demanding hedgewitch mother and other “wise folk” into trees. Though Grayling is shy and unsure, after she assembles her mother’s potions and learns her songs, the teen sets out to find her mother’s stolen grimoire (book of magic). […]

After Election, Librarians, Book Creators Vow To Support Children

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Librarians are addressing student concerns with “safe spaces,” support groups, book displays, special programming—and lots of hugs.