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Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, August 2014

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Paul Fleischman opens our eyes to the environmental crisis, young Henri Matisse ponders The Iridescence of Birds, and Philip C. Stead takes to the skies in the August stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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

Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, July 2014

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Ben Franklin makes a splash, Hervé Tullet mixes it up, and Mo Willems makes new friends in the July stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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

Exemplary New Books, Audio, & DVDs | Stars List, June 2014

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From a dystopian adventure set in Hawaii to a surreal, graphic-novel-inspired picture book to a deep exploration of one history’s most infamous families, the June Stars offer excellent examples of the best in fiction, nonfiction, and media for children and teens.

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

Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, May 2014

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Tracy Holczer’s tender exploration of grief, Matthias Picard’s eye-popping 3-D underwater adventure, and Stephanie Kuehn’s unputdownable thriller top our list of stellar titles reviewed in the May issue.

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

Where Babies Come From, a Jazz Legend, & One Brave Chicken | Stars List, April 2014

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From an ode to an innovative jazz musician to an unreliable narrator-driven YA novel, check out the book and multimedia titles that made SLJ’s April list of stellar offererings.

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

New Books, Audio, & DVDs |Stars List, January 2014

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From a comically cosmic space adventure to a rip-roaring tall tale to several in-depth looks at the lives of fascinating American figures, the January Stars offer opportunities for readers to engage in joyful escapism or intensive close reading.

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

SLJ’s Best Books, Top 10s of 2013

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SLJ’s best of 2013, from the book lists to tech trends. New this year and among our most popular posts: SLJ’s Top 10 Latino-themed Books of 2013.

SLJ Top 10 DVDs for 2013

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With so many superb DVD productions in 2013, it was a tough task to choose the 10 best. This year’s top picks reflect an array of topics including art, science, biography, and social studies, with Ken Burns’s documentary The Dust Bowl leading the list.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Good Comics for Kids 2013 Gift Guide

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The holidays are a great time to give the gift of comics. Once again, our bloggers have a big bag of suggestions of comics for a variety of ages and interests.

SLJ’s Top 10 Latino-themed Books of 2013

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This has been a stellar year for Latino-themed titles for children. SLJ’s Libro por Libro columnist, Tim Wadham, selected 10 of the best works published this year that represent the vibrant Hispanic cultures united by a single language and heritage.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013

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The “Good Comics for Kids” (blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkids) bloggers were burning the midnight oil this year, with a batch of top-notch fall releases that kept us reading—and debating—right up to our deadline. The top trend this year: kids’ books with adult appeal.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s Top 10 Apps of 2013

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It’s a year-long process, but after watching hours upon hours of apps and debating their finer points, we have come up with “SLJ’s Top Ten Apps 2013.” Our list includes innovative works of stunning quality and depth, along with some familiar characters that host loads of engaging interactivity and game play.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Best Books 2013 Picture Books

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SLJ’s book review editors selected the best picture books of 2013. This year’s list includes memorable characters, including a dancing flamingo, some unhappy crayons, a repressed tiger, and punctuation personified. These titles will delight, inspire, and entertain.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Best Books 2013 Nonfiction

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SLJ’s book review editors selected the best nonfiction titles of 2013. Here you’ll find rich primary source material, engaging narrative style, and sophisticated design. Historical giants as well as little known figures are profiled in this list of distinguished informational books.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Best Books 2013 Fiction

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SLJ’s book review editors have chosen the best fiction titles of 2013. From a plucky pig sailing to the south pole to a endearing story of first love, the middle grade and young adult titles on this list feature three-dimensional characters, fully realized worlds, and stories that stay with the reader long after the last page.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Best Books 2013 Adult Books 4 Teens

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Every fall the “Adult Books 4 Teens” reviewers come together to nominate, discuss, and select the best reading of the year for a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. All of these books were originally reviewed on SLJ’s “Adult Books 4 Teens” blog (blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/adult4teen).

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s December Cover | Best Books 2013

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School Library Journal’s annual best books issue, this year illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

SLJ to Reveal 2013 Best Books on Twitter

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Join SLJ editors on Thursday, November 21, 8 pm EST, during the third annual SLJ Best Books Twitter party, as they reveal the titles that made the 2013 SLJ Best Books list. From picture books to graphic novels and nonfiction to Adult Books for Teens, this year’s picks exemplify the stellar offerings created by authors, illustrators, and publishers of kids’ books

Best Audiobooks: 20 Must-Have Titles for Tweens and Teens

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To compile our 2013 list of best audiobooks, we asked some audio-savvy school and public librarians for their recommendations. The following selections have been chosen for their outstanding text, narration, sound quality, and how well the audio enhances listeners’ appreciation of the written work.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List | May 2013

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May, a month of “ducky” stars.