May 25, 2017

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Guided by Meaning in Primary Literacy: Libraries, Reading, Writing, and Learning by Joyce Carroll, Kelly Barger, Karla James & Kristy Hill | SLJ Review

CARROLL, Joyce, Kelly Barger, Karla James, & Kristy Hill. Guided by Meaning in Primary Literacy: Libraries, Reading, Writing, and Learning. 297p. chart. illus. index. photos. Libraries Unlimited. Feb. 2017. Tr $39.94. ISBN 9781440843983.

A practical and important book on supporting early literacy in schools and libraries with lessons in writing and reading. The title’s most crucial arguments are that literacy (and, for that matter, anything) should resonate with those we teach and that “brain research has supported meaningful instruction […]

Top Education Companies Band Together To Save Library Funding

In order to advocate for federal library funding, a Corporate Committee for Library Investment has been created.

Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender by S.D. Nelson | SLJ Review

NELSON, S.D. Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender. 64p. bibliog. illus. notes. photos. Abrams. Mar. 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781419723131.

Gr 4-6 –Chief Red Cloud (1822–1909) is known as an Oglala Lakota leader who acquiesced to the demands of United States and entered into a treaty despite opposition from other Lakota leaders. The treaty forever changed the lifestyle of the Lakota and forced them to relinquish their freedom, homelands, and indigenous ways of being to live […]

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar | SLJ Review

LAZAR, Tara. 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story. illus. by Ross MacDonald. 32p. Disney-Hyperion. May 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781484717790.

K-Gr 3 –Private investigator Al F. Bet relates a recent case history—the mysterious disappearance of Number 9. It all starts with Client Number 6, who comes into the office visibly agitated about Number 7. Has shady 7 committed a horrific crime? Are his own days “numbered”? In search of some leads, the PI heads to Café Uno, and after […]

Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman | SLJ Review

PULLMAN, Philip . Mystery of the Ghost Ship. illus. by Fred Fordham. 160p. (The Adventures of John Black). Scholastic/Graphix. Jun. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781338149128.

Gr 8 Up –When Harvard student Danielle succeeds in tracking the legendary Mary Alice, a pirate ship that disappears and reappears across time, she becomes drawn into a conspiracy headed by the menacing Dahlberg Corporation. The Dahlbergs are after the secrets of the Mary Alice, and only Royal Navy agent Roger Blake opposes them. […]

Media Center to Learning Commons: One District’s Transformation

A California library media coordinator led a renovation that boosted circulation and drew in many more teens—and made shush a four-letter word.

Margarita Engle is the Newest Young People’s Poet Laureate

The Poetry Foundation bestows the title every other year in recognition of an exceptional career in writing poetry for youth.

Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out.

A school librarian media specialist and computer science coordinator design a hands-on, three-week news evaluation lesson.

The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold | SLJ Review

HARROLD, A.F. The Song from Somewhere Else. illus. by Levi Pinfold. 240p. Bloomsbury. Jul. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781681194011.

Gr 4-6 –Strong characterizations and a good dose of spookiness are standouts in this illustrated novel. After a strange boy named Nick rescues her from bullies, Frank begins a cautious friendship with her unpopular classmate. When she hears mysterious and beautiful music coming from Nick’s cellar, Frank secretly investigates. She discovers a “leechway” that acts as a door to alternate […]

Federally Funded Afterschool Programs Safe—for Now

While funding for certain afterschool programs was preserved in the spending bill signed April 28, the President’s budget is still aiming for elimination of these funds long-term.

How Fair Is Your Maker Space?

No matter your budget, the key to a successful program is getting everyone to the table.

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The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson | SLJ Review

JOHNSON, Jaleigh. The Quest to the Uncharted Lands. 352p. (World of Solace: Bk. 3). Delacorte. Jun. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781101933121.

Gr 4-8 –In a third visit to the lands of Solace, Johnson introduces Stella Glass, a brave young alchemist who stows away on the exploration airship Iron Glory on its mission to the Uncharted Lands, accompanying her unwitting scientist parents, who have been drafted on this dangerous voyage by their king. Once on board, Stella is startled by […]

It’s the Final Stretch for SLJ’s 2017 School Librarian of the Year Award

With the submission deadline for the coveted honor coming up fast on Saturday, May 20, excitement at finding out “Who will it be this year?” is building.

Cracking the Code with Rosen Digital | Reference Online

Rosen Digital’s interactive ebook collection provides information on Raspberry Pi, algorithms, Ruby, and more.

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The Year of the Garden by Andrea Cheng | SLJ Review

CHENG, Andrea. The Year of the Garden. illus. by Patrice Barton. 128p. HMH. Apr. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780544664449.

Gr 2-5 –In this satisfying prequel to The Year of the Book, Anna and her family have moved from an apartment to a house, meaning she will begin third grade at a new school. Before long, she meets Laura, also new to the neighborhood and eager to make new friends. The seeds of their tumultuous friendship are sown as they […]

Icy Prisons and a Frogkisser | Fantasy You Haven’t Read Before

New, delightful middle grade fantasies have tweaked the familiar, added humor and heart, and created something entirely original.

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall | SLJ Review

CORNWALL, Gaia. Jabari Jumps. illus. by Gaia Cornwall. 32p. Candlewick. May 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763678388.

PreS-Gr 2 –An African American boy and his baby sister and father head to an urban community pool. Jabari has completed his swim lessons and tests and is ready to jump off a diving board. In his zigzag swim trunks and swim goggles, the boy tells his dad that diving looks easy. But when he stands at the ladder and looks up, up, […]

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia | SLJ Review

WILLIAMS-GARCIA, Rita. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. 176p. HarperCollins/ Amistad. May 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062215918.

Gr 4-6 –Clayton Byrd has some complicated relationships in his family. His strict, demanding mother refuses to marry his father, but allows him to be a presence in Clayton’s life. Clayton adores his grandfather, “Cool Papa,” though his mother does not. Cool Papa nurtures Clayton in many ways—cooking his favorite foods, reading to him each night, and teaching him the harmonica and the blues. […]

A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg | SLJ Review

FRYDENBORG, Kay. A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human. 256p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. HMH. Mar. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544286566.

Gr 7 Up –It may come as no surprise that our canine companions descended from wolves, but this title describes a coevolution and cooperation with humans that may have begun much earlier than scientists once estimated. The 1994 discovery and carbon dating of tracks of a wolflike dog and a […]

How Universal Design Will Make Your Library More Inclusive

Universal Design involves designing spaces, products, programming, and more to make them as usable as possible for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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