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March 31, 2015

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Avast, Ye Landlubbers! | SLJ Spotlight

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Four fantastical middle grade tales of pirate adventures, both in this world and beyond.

Follett Forges Ebook Partnership with Carolina Biological Supply

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Follett has recently announced an ebook partnership with Carolina Biological Supply, a provider of science lab materials and curricula.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2015

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Check out average book prices for children’s, young adult, and adult titles in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback format.

Pictures of the Week: WPIX Weatherman Mr. G Reads Aloud at Manhattan’s P.S. 140

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To kick off Read to Me, a new national literacy initiative, WPIX weatherman Mr. G and other members of the Screen Actors Guild read to children on World Read Aloud Day.

Illinois Public Library Partners with Middle School on Eighth Grade Maker Program

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Due to the partnership between Thomas Middle School in Arlington, IL, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a group of 29 eighth graders participated in a maker class creating everyday objects, including jewelry and take-apart scissors.

“Oil & Water” drills deep into the issue of conservation | DVD Pick

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Oil & Water. 78 and 55 min. Dist. by Bullfrog Films. 2014. $295. Rent $95. ISBN 1941545165.
Gr 9 Up–This exquisitely edited documentary focuses on two young men who have dedicated their lives to the preservation of the indigenous culture and the ecosystem of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Hugo Lucitante, a member of the Cofán tribe, spent years in the U.S. and graduated from a Seattle high school. The film follows Lucitante over the next several years as he returns home to […]

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

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School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.

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Spotlight On Ecosystems | Aquatic Biomes

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Environmental awareness, and problem solving, begins with foundational knowledge about Earth’s biomes, including freshwater and saltwater ecosystems such as estuaries, oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, and coral reefs. This list offers a cluster of recent resources for elementary collections that underscore the idea that kids can be citizen scientists, too.

Challenge Authority! | Teen Guides to Thinking Critically

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Three recent titles examine the roots of myths and misinformation and encourage teens to think critically.

Tapping into Kids’ Curiosity About the Natural World | Professional Shelf

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The push to incorporate informational texts into instruction offers teachers and librarians an opportunity to tap into young readers ’curiosity about the natural world. Three recent publications with a focus on the selection and use of science-related texts in the classroom and for programming are timely aids for teachers and librarians.

How to Build a School Library from Scratch

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Getting a new school library off the ground takes ingenuity—and elbow grease. Read how these determined librarians did it. Plus: grant opportunities and key questions for volunteers.

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Designing a Library, via Listserv

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A school librarian assembles a “must-have” library design wish list with crowdsourced recommendations.

SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books

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School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books is a competition among 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the biggest names in children’s books.

Gargoyles, Sharks, and Pandas, Oh My! | Fiction Series Update

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Middle graders are in for a treat with this latest spate of new installments in beloved series, from the mysterious Gargoyles Gone AWOL to the humorously poignant How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel.

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Meet the Reviewer | Maryann Owen

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Who are the brilliant and passionate librarians who review for SLJ? We take a peek behind the books to meet March’s reviewer of the month, Maryann Owen.

Debunk Myths, Lounge Around with Leopards, and Bite into “Chocolate” | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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This month’s stellar nonfiction includes a guide for armchair travelers from the Lewins, a history of chocolate, and a can’t-miss title on critical thinking.

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From Woodpeckers to Whale Sharks | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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Don’t miss the late Bonnie Christensen’s final picture book, a biography of Elvis; the latest from April Pulley Sayres, and Robert Burleigh’s heartrending portrayal of the rescue of a humpback whale.

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Should Online Book Reviews Be Anonymous? | Up for Debate

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SLJ presents the latest Up for Debate regarding young adult author Kathleen Hale’s tale of her response to being catfished by a reviewer, which ran in The Guardian last October. What role can anonymity play in book criticism? Is it invaluable or irresponsible? A critic and an author respond.

Anonymous Book Reviews: License to Be Cruel

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Too many anonymous reviewers use their alternate online persona as a blank check to for cruelty. It’s as if being faceless themselves allows them to forget that there is a living, breathing human being with a full range of emotions who will be affected by their words.