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April 20, 2015

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A Primer for Big Siblings, A Tale of Two Twins, and the Latest from Nikki McClure | Early Childhood Picture Books

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These picture books for the younger set cover all manner of family situations (separation anxiety, twins, and how to handle a new baby). And readers won’t want to miss Nikki McClure’s gorgeous concept book In.

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Enchanting Offerings from Helen Ward, Sara O’Leary, and Rowboat Watkins | Elementary Picture Books

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These delightful offerings run the gamut, from an impertinent dessert who learns a much-needed lesson (Rowboat Watkins’s Rude Cakes) to a guinea fowl in search of the perfect set of spots (Helen Ward’s Spots in a Box) to a gorgeous love letter to a child’s imagination (Sara O’Leary’s This Is Sadie).

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April 2015, Stars

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This month’s can’t-miss titles include a creative picture book take on manners, a middle grade read set at the circus, and a spine-tingling short story collection.

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Pictures of the Week: Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library’s BOB Celebration

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Thirteen-year-old Kiera Akines correctly selected the winners of eight matches in Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library’s Mock Battle of the Kids’ Books event, including the winner, Steve Sheinkin’s Port Chicago 50.

Taking It to the Stage With Readers Theater

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Readers Theater gets kids up on their feet and learning—and it’s lots of fun.

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Teens Review Michael Buckley’s YA Debut, Sarah Ockler’s Latest, and More

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Sci-fi featuring aliens surfacing from the shores of Coney Island and a paranormal mystery with a Muslim American teen sleuth are just some of the titles the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group is reading and reviewing.

A Modern-Day Snow White, Victorian London, and Dark Dystopia Galore | Series Update

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YA readers eager to catch up on the activities of their favorite heroes and heroines will enjoy diving into novels by Eric Walters, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Susan Kim, and more.

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Illinois Law Lets Schools Request Students’ Social Media Passwords

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This January, a law to target cyberbullying went into effect in Illinois allowing schools and colleges to request students’ social media passwords. The law raises serious questions about student privacy and school policies regarding students’ social media activity.

A cozy barnyard tale prepares youngsters for bedtime|Audio Pick

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RAY, Mary Lyn. Go to Sleep, Little Farm. 1 CD. 15 min. $15.75. Recorded Books. 2015. ISBN 9781490660080. digital download.
K-Gr 2–On a quiet farm a variety of creatures are preparing for sleep: gray mice hide under roots, a beaver makes a bed in a bog, and a little girl prepares to go to sleep. The sweet storyline and crafty wordsmithing combine for a work that children will love to listen to before going to bed. Such lines as “Somewhere a […]

America the Beautiful: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

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With their attention-grabbing graphics, dynamic layouts, and fact-filled, fun content, these new sets truly immerse readers deep within the rich, nuanced history of our nation.

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Navigating the World Through Books: Social Science | Series Nonfiction

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Whether you’re a school librarian looking to supplement your curriculum or a public librarian fulfilling student or parent requests for materials that address certain issues, there is something for everyone in this season’s offerings.

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Rich with Possibilities: Careers & Skills | Series Nonfiction

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” can be a daunting question. The series reviewed here will offer a variety of new answers, including roller-coaster engineer, SWAT team member, Hollywood animal trainer, volcanologist, stunt coordinator, and food taster.

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Past, Present, & Future: General Science | Series Nonfiction

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Whether curious about the planets or physics, math or medicine, readers will discover a wealth of information about the various disciplines of science and technology in these thought-provoking series.

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Pollution, Pollination, Plague: Science & Natural History | Series Nonfiction

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Spanning subjects from disease to the food chains and beyond, these new arrivals remain solid examples of the science.

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Applications Close April 30 for SLJ Build Something Bold Award

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The award honors creativity in school library programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning.

A Fresh Look at the Familiar: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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While most of these creatures have been covered multiple times in the past, continuing trends such as presenting this material to younger audiences, giving it fresh treatments, and including instructional or reading tools make these titles different.

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From Hunters to Helpers, from Amazing to Endangered: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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Whether highlighting unusual animals, spotlighting endangered species, or examining creatures that are just plain cute, the best of these sets share common qualities, such as strong writing, excellent images, and attention to detail.

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Game On: Sports | Series Nonfiction

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These latest sports series go beyond simple primers of different games and activities, providing, instead, noteworthy ways that teachers and librarians can simultaneously stoke young readers’ athletic passions while connecting their interests to other fields of study.

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First Book and Unbound Concepts Partner to Match Low-Income Readers with Books

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First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to low-income schools and programs for a steep discount, has partnered with Unbound Concepts, a reading-focused tech company, to announce an app Artifact, matching books with low-income readers.

Q&A: Digging Deep with Debut Novelist Tom Cooper of “The Marauders”

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Tom Cooper’s debut novel about what happens to a marshy town near New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill will resonate with environment-conscious teens this upcoming Earth Day (April 22). Adult Books 4 Teens reviewer Diane Colson caught up with Cooper to discuss his writing process, inspiration, and future projects.