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October 30, 2014

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A Focus on Diversity and Savvy Blogging Drive KidLitCon 2014

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For the first time, the Kidlitosphere Conference (KidLitCon) had a theme: “Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next?”

The Trouble With Teen Programming

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Forget centralized programming, adapted kid activities, and advisory boards. Teen activities should be patron-driven, dynamic, and constantly in flux.

Documentary explores female pioneers in the world of Jazz | DVD Pick

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The Girls in the Band. 88 min and 57 min. Dist. by Kino Lorber Edu. 2013. $99. UPC 823857178124.
Gr 6 Up–What was conspicuous about women jazz musicians in the big band era was their near absence. Those lucky enough to be asked to sit in with a band were not accepted by male peers and had short tenures. How women broke into the world of jazz, as revealed in this exceptional documentary, is poignant and disturbing. The resulting all-women orchestras [...]

Pictures of the Week: “Take Your Child to Work Day” at School Library Journal

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While the official “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” isn’t for a few months, the kids of SLJ/LJ staffers visited our offices on Monday, October 13 for a day of arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and creative tech fun. One of the many highlights of the day? They had their own SLJ cover shoot.

Raúl Colón: The Boy Who Loved To Draw

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Raúl Colón’s latest book, ‘Draw!’ unfolds entirely through pictures, as a boy confined to his bed, takes readers on a journey of the imagination to the Serengeti plains of Africa.

Transitioning to Chapter Books | Series Standbys

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What are your favorite series titles for children making their first forays into chapter books? We’ve listed a few of ours.

October Starred Reviews

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Travel to an English boarding school with wild tomboy Will in Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, learn how Roget determined The Right Word, and listen to The Girls in the Band with the October stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Bones | New Books About the Human Body

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The human body is an amazing machine. A number of new titles address how it develops, how to keep it functioning smoothly, and individual differences—all subjects reflected in the K–12 curriculum.

Secret agents, robot chickens, and zombies | SLJ Spotlight

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These zany middle grade titles are perfect shelf bait for reluctant readers.

Teens Review War Books: Mythological, Historical, and Emotional

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Teens often feel like they are misunderstood and at war with the rest of the world. These fiction titles will give them some strategies for coping on and off the battlefield of adolescence.

Debut Author Marie-Helene Bertino Dishes the Writing Dirt with SLJTeen

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SLJ caught up with debut author Marie-Helene Bertino to discuss her 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, a multigenerational story perfect for mother/daughter book clubs.

Paying Homage to Walter Dean Myers | Listen In

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Audiobooks that showcase the exceptional stories made possible by the groundbreaking work of a man whose life was changed by reading and writing.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Brush Up on Musicals, Cat Breeds, Sign Language, and More | Reference Reviews

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This month, we’ve got you covered no matter what you want to learn. Hoping to brush up on your cat breed knowledge? You’re covered. Want to take up American Sign Language? Look no further. And, Annie, get your ready reference—we’ve got your guide to musicals: stage, screen, and more.

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Keeping Libraries Relevant: Using Technology • Understanding Informational Text • Improving Literacy

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Elementary and middle school libraries have always been a central location for learning and resources. With the changing educational standards and the growing use of technology, libraries are growing and changing as well. Join Rourke and our expert panelists as we discuss how technology, informational text, and literacy are the keys to keeping libraries relevant for students and teachers.
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Two Virginia Educators Offer Best Practices for ‘Teaching in the Cloud’

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Two librarians from Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools share the growing success of their district’s “school-in-the-cloud,” and how school librarians can lead and support this virtual teaching model.

Philadelphia Museum and Library Loses Maurice Sendak Collection

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Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library will return nearly 10,000 pieces of original artwork to the Maurice Sendak Foundation, beginning this month.

An unlikely friendship blossoms in “If I Ever Get Out of Here”|Audio Pick

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Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here. 9 CDs. 10:20 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $55. ISBN 9780553395464. digital download.
Gr 9 Up–The year is 1975. Lewis Blake, a slightly built teen from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, is enrolled in advanced classes at high school. Lewis suffers racist stereotyping and bullying from students and some teachers. When he meets George Haddonfield, the boys find common interests in music, especially the Beatles, but Lewis is wary of befriending someone off the [...]

A Dose of Family Drama | Adult Books 4 Teens

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With the holiday season approaching, we present a handful of picks that give a new spin to the definition of family and offer plenty of food for thought. The full versions of these reviews originally appeared on the Adult Books 4 Teens blog.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Ghostly Guinea Pigs, Time-Travelers, and Seelie Wars | Fiction Series Update

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These latest updates in ongoing series, these books encompass a wide variety of topics: a dark and haunting title about Vietnam from Chris Lynch, more drama from the world of the Seelies from Jane Yolen and son Adam Stemple, and time-traveling adventures with Mira.

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Fiction & Nonfiction for Middle and High School Readers

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us a for an exclusive free preview of upcoming fiction and nonfiction titles that will appeal to your Middle and High School readers. With topics ranging from the former Soviet Union and medieval times to cell phones and video games, there will be plenty of new and existing series titles to get excited about. Register Now!