February 21, 2017

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Where Empathy Begins | The Work of Bob Graham


Bob Graham’s whimsical stories are tender, childlike, adventurous, and kind.

From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society


Dozens of titles that help promote a deeper understanding and acceptance of our human differences, selected and recommended by the Bank Street College of Education.

A Little Heart | New in YA Romance


From coming-of-age stories with a dusting of romance to a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, there’s something here to suit everyone.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi | SLJ Review


ZOBOI, Ibi. American Street. 336p. ebook available. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062473042.

Gr 9 Up –After her mother is detained by immigration officials, Fabiola Toussaint has to finish her move from Port-au-Prince to Detroit alone. The tough-as-nails cousins and exhausted aunt who greet her in Michigan bear little resemblance to the warm family she had dreamed of when she was in Haiti. Left with a mother-size hole in her life, Fabiola begins the unsteady process […]

Ric Hasenyager Departs NYC School Libraries for Rosen Publishing

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The head of library services at the New York City Department of Education will become associate director of curriculum solutions at Rosen Publishing.

Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing


Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
With funds always tight, you may assume a digital reading platform is out of reach for your school or district. Think again. Join us for this eye-opening webinar where we’ll hear how the Southwest Educational Development Center (UT) delivers eBooks and audiobooks to schools across six districts with an affordable shared collection.
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SLJ’s February 2017 Popular Picks


These materials will fly off the shelves, from a story about a young boy who loves his green pants to a timely YA novel centered on gun violence and Islamophobia by Barry Lyga.

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi | SLJ Review


CHOKSHI, Roshani. A Crown of Wishes. 400p. ebook available. St. Martin’s Griffin. Mar. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250085498.

Gr 9 Up –In this companion to The Star-Touched Queen, Chokshi returns to a vivid fantasy world steeped in Hindu mythology. After her brother’s betrayal, Princess Gauri is awaiting execution in an enemy Ujijain prison. Prince Vikram faces the unhappy destiny of becoming a puppet ruler in Ujijain. With nothing left to lose and everything to gain, this pair of would-be […]

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer | SLJ Review


MAURER, Tracy Nelson. Noah Webster’s Fighting Words. illus. by Mircea Catusanu. 40p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. further reading. notes. websites. Millbrook. Jan. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781467794107.

Gr 3-5 –Maurer and Catusanu have created a wonderfully clever and humorous depiction of Noah Webster as an outspoken, driven man who endlessly advocated for weaning Americans from British influence by producing a lexicon of truly American words with American pronunciations. For example, at that time, the terms skunk, hickory, and chowder […]

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library and Classroom


Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
Looking for something new to entice your nonfiction fans? Look no further. Titles that inform, fulfill the needs of classroom teachers, and entertain students are right around the corner.
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Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka | SLJ Review


RACZKA, Bob. Niko Draws a Feeling. illus. by Simone Shin. 32p. Carolrhoda. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781467798433.

K-Gr 3 –A dedicated young artist finds a friend who understands his vision in this picture book ode to the creative spirit. Niko carries a pad of paper and a box of colored pencils everywhere he goes, and his urban community provides plenty of inspiration for his artwork. Unfortunately, his abstract attempts to capture the “ring-a-ling” of the ice-cream truck’s bell, […]

Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question by Martha Freeman | SLJ Review


FREEMAN, Martha. Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question. 224p. ebook available. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481472647.

Gr 3-5 –While spending the summer with her aunt and uncle in small-town Pennsylvania, inquisitive Effie Starr Zook tries to uncover family secrets. Hailing from New York City, Effie isn’t thrilled about having to spend the summer at Zook Farm while her parents fly around the world in a solar airplane. When she meets the Yoder […]

STEM U: Working Collaborations Between Schools and University Students


These inspiring partnerships reflect a growing trend: alliances between universities and K-12 students that emphasize problem-solving and mentoring skills.

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Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library


A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

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Pictures of the Week | #TakeYourChildToTheLibraryDay

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On February 4, libraries across the country celebrated Take Your Child to the Library Day.

Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley | SLJ Review


DOOLEY, Sarah. Ashes to Asheville. 256p. ebook available. Putnam. Apr. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399165047.

Gr 5-8 –Following the death of one of her mothers, Mama Lacy, 12-year-old Fella is ripped from the only other parent she has ever known, Mama Shannon, and her 16-year-old sister, Zoey Grace, aka Zany. Fella is forced to move in with her grandmother Mrs. Madison, who has never approved of the relationship between her daughter, the more serious Mama Lacy, and the free-spirited […]

Teens Review the Latest Ellen Hopkins, Goblin Fantasy, and More


Our teen reviewers tackle the latest novel in verse from Ellen Hopkins, an epic fantasy featuring goblins, and Tanya Lee Stone’s nonfiction work based on the acclaimed documentary Girl Rising.

An Open Letter to School Librarians: Silence Is not Golden | Opinion


Every day students of different races, nationalities, and sexual orientations walk through our library doors. The library must be a safe space for them, since the outside world has become increasingly unsafe.

Programming 101 | Cupcake Wars with Teens

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See how a team of librarians got teens from L.D. Fargo (WI) Public Library to participate in a (delectable) YA program.

Motor Girls!: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century by Sue Macy | SLJ Review


MACY, Sue. Motor Girls!: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century. 96p. further reading. notes. photos. websites. National Geographic. Feb. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781426326974.

Gr 6 Up –This meticulously researched account of early automobiles and women is an excellent companion to Macy’s previous title Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Macy delves into early automobile history through the use of primary […]