June 29, 2016

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You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang | SLJ Audio Review

You Are (Not) Small

Kang, Anna. You Are (Not) Small. 1 CD w tr book. 21 min. Weston Woods. Jan. 2016. $29.95. ISBN 9780545936644. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, this delightful book is joyfully performed by Christopher Weyant, Michael Crouch, and Emily Eiden. Two furry critters are having it out as they try to describe each other. The tall one says the other is small. The small one insists he isn’t small, the other is big. […]

The Reader by Traci Chee | SLJ Review

The Reader

Chee, Traci. The Reader. 448p. (Sea of Ink and Gold: Bk. 1). ebook available. Putnam. Sept. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399176777.  

Gr 8 Up –“Two curves for her parents. A curve for Nin. The straight line for herself. The circle for what she had to do.” This is the seal branded onto the book that was passed down to Sefia by her parents right before they were murdered by an assassin whose blade reeked of […]

Sizing Up: Rich picks for kids “reading” above grade level | Listen In


A teacher is reading aloud in a third grade classroom, and the students are captivated. All but two of them, that is. Blake and Adelaide are lost in their own thoughts as they fidget, doodle on scraps of paper, and stare at the ceiling. The selection is a perfect third grade read-aloud, so why are these two children not engaged? Because one size never fits all. That goes for clothing, and it certainly goes for books. Blake and […]

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Laura Bush: $13 Million in School Library Grants and Counting


A former First Lady’s love of books has transformed into far reaching support for our neediest students.

Fight To Learn: The Struggle To Go to School by Laura Scandiffio | SLJ Review

Fight To Learn The Struggle To Go to School

Scandiffio, Laura. Fight To Learn: The Struggle To Go to School. 176p. further reading. index. notes. photos. Annick. Sept. 2016. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554517985; pap. $14.96. ISBN 9781554517978.  

Gr 5-8 –The obstacles children face worldwide to obtain an education are discussed in accessible terms using real-life examples of how youth and adults fight these barriers—from gender bias in the Middle East to gang violence in Chicago to poverty in India. The work is divided into […]

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly | SLJ Audio Review

Land of the Forgotten Girls

KELLY, Erin Entrada. The Land of Forgotten Girls. ­­4 CDs. 5:02 hrs. HarperAudio. Mar. 2016. $49.99. ISBN 9781504696111. digital download.  

Gr 3-6 –Once upon a time, Soledad had two sisters and two loving parents. But tragedy can happen to anyone at any time, and suddenly, Sol and her younger sister, Ming, are transplanted to the other side of the world in a run-down apartment in Louisiana, abandoned by their desperate father and left in the (so-called) care […]

“A Book Is More than a Book”: A Chat with Author Miranda Paul


Miranda Paul, author of the critically acclaimed One Plastic Bag, discusses her inspirations and her passion for the printed book.

Debut YA Author on How Being a Full-Time Teacher Improved Her Writing


Catherine Lo, a full-time teacher and a first-time YA author, outlines five ways that teaching has prepared her for her new role as a young adult author.

SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks


Take a look at SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks featuring books by Jonathan Maberry, Kate DiCamillo, Danielle Paige, Rick Yancey, and Raina Telegemeier.

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Old Library, New Library, New Library | Sandy Hook School


A poem by a librarian at Sandy Hook (CT) Elementary School describes the comfort that books and the library have offered students since the mass shooting at the school in 2012.

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron | SLJ Review

The Forgetting

Cameron, Sharon. The Forgetting. 416p. ebook available. Scholastic. Sept. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545945219. 

Gr 8 Up –Every 12 years, the orderly city of Canaan undergoes the chaotic, bloody time known as the Forgetting. During these brief hours, people’s memories are erased. If it were not for the books in which inhabitants are required by law to record the events of their lives, they would have no way of knowing what happened before the Forgetting, or […]

Scholastic to Launch New Multi-platform Series Led by Scott Westerfeld


Bestselling author of the “Uglies” series to lead a new series that spans across multiple books and an interactive gaming environment.

Wisconsin School Libraries To Get $37.7 Million This Year


The state’s Common School Fund, established in 1848, yields assets that are distributed to school libraries each year.

The Memory Book by Lara Avery | SLJ Review

The Memory Book

Avery, Lara. The Memory Book. 368p. ebook available. Little, Brown/Poppy. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316283748.  

Gr 9 Up –Overachieving senior Sammie McCoy has her life clearly laid out. First, bring her debate team to victory at Nationals, then deliver her speech as valedictorian, and make the move to NYU to study economics and public policy before moving on to Harvard Law. Her plans get radically interrupted when she is diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C, […]

Story Is King | How To Be a Great Storyteller


There are many reasons to tell stories to children. To begin with, when children listen to and focus on a story told to them, they are developing listening, comprehension, and analytical skills.

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Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo | SLJ Audio Review


DICAMILLO, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. ­­4 CDs 4:25 hrs. Listening Library. Apr. 2016. $30. ISBN 9781101917435. digital download. 

Gr 4-7 –Before they became the Three Rancheros, the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition brought Raymie Clarke, Louisiana Elefante, and Beverly Tapinski together—each for wildly different reasons. Raymie is convinced that when her philandering father, who’s run off with the dental hygienist, sees a picture of her in the newspaper wearing the winning crown and sash, he will surely […]

Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle | SLJ Review

Lion Island- Cuba’s Warrior of Words

Engle, Margarita. Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words. 176p. S. & S./Atheneum. Aug. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481461122. 
Gr 5-8 –Engle transports readers to the world of 1870s Cuba, where Chinese indentured laborers struggle for freedom in a complex atmosphere of rebellion and injustice. The first narrator, Antonio Chuffat, acts as a messenger for Chinese diplomats trying to argue for better conditions. He meets Wing and Fan, refugees who escaped the anti-Chinese San Francisco riots for Cuba, […]

Jackie Robinson | SLJ DVD Review

Jackie Robinson DVD

Jackie Robinson. 240 min. Dist. by PBS. 2016. DVD $24.99. Blu-Ray $29.99. ISBN 9781627896184. 

Gr 6 Up –With its in-depth look at the ups and downs of Robinson’s life and career, this wonderful resource lends context to his significant accomplishments. He won acclaim for shattering baseball’s “color line” in 1947, but as this exemplary documentary makes clear, he fought racism throughout his life. An impressive range of commentators share their perspectives, from President Obama to teammates, sports writers, and […]

Watched by Marina Budhos | SLJ Review


Budhos, Marina. Watched. 272p. ebook available. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553534184; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780553534191. 

Gr 7 Up –Naeem Rahman is a Bangladeshi immigrant and high school senior who lives in a Muslim neighborhood in Queens, where everyone is under surveillance because of fear of terrorist activity. His parents are struggling to make a living from their corner store, and they hope Naeem will be more successful than they are. However, […]

Students Renovated This Library


At Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA, students proposed ideas for a library makeover—and carried out every aspect of the job, from furniture reupholstery to decoupage.