December 10, 2016

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On the Map | Touch and Go

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Injecting game play or interactive quizzes into lessons can help them go down a bit more smoothly. Here are two apps that offer students of geography both “learn” and “play” opportunities.

A Sobering Centennial: The Somme Offensive | Touch and Go

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The Battle of the Somme, the devastating, five-month offensive of World War 1, is commemorated in an app marking its centennial.

Uprooted and Displaced | The Japanese and Japanese Americans During World War II

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A trio of new titles looks at how the United States treated a group seen as “other” during World War II.

A Kaleidoscope of Cultures | New Books on Immigration

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These new books can be appreciated on many levels, shared to help encourage empathy for others, and utilized to initiate further research and discussion of immigration and refugees from around the world.

The Bridge to Brilliance | Professional Shelf

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Despite, or because of, discouraging statistics, an educator commits herself to improving student performance in a struggling urban neighborhood.

To Panama with a Tiger and a Bear | Touch and Go

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Two creatures discover that the land of their dreams is not so far away after all.

Game Changers: Books Based on Video Games

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Novels, graphic novels, and comics drawn from video games and their characters have broad appeal.

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Monsters On Their Minds | New YA Fiction

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A new crop of horror titles offers a mix of historical fiction, fantasy, and even humor, spawning a slew of tales sure to have teens biting their nails.

A Mathemagician’s Playbook | Apps

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Criteria for selecting math apps and a few stellar examples.

“Most Magical” Girls | New Fall Fantasy

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In their new books, middle-grade luminaries Karen Cushman, Karen Foxlee, and Jennifer A. Nielsen bring new meaning to the words, “girl power.”

Portable and Practical: A Guide for Budding Birders | Touch and Go

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A field guide to birds for the youngest children that’s chock-full of information and activities.

Caregiving Youth: Resources and a YA Booklist

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In 1.3 million U.S. households, caregiving children support family members due to illness, disability, substance abuse, or other factors. These books and resources can help them.

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go

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Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

A Gallery of Artists’ Biographies | Focus On

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A collection of highly visual biographies that look at the lives and times of fine artists and how their masterful works were created and came to achieve public recognition.

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Hook Them with Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Historical fiction may not be every teen’s idea of a gripping read, but these titles are bound to immerse readers—and may even please educators, too.

International Awards for Spanish-Language Books | Libro por libro

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Tim Wadham shares resources for finding award-winning international titles to add to Spanish-language collections.

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Even More Awards for Spanish, Latin American, and Latin@ Kid Lit

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Looking for more award-winning titles to add to your Spanish-language collections and to include more Latin@-focused acclaimed kid lit? Here are other book prizes that are given in Spain, Latin America, and in the U.S. that can help fulfill that need.

Great Books: Mini-Makers

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Starring kids who passionately craft, construct, concoct, and dream big, these enchanting picture books celebrate creativity and innovation.

Boum! | Touch and Go

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SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Build It, and They Will Come | The National Museum of African American History and Culture

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On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.