July 30, 2016

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Not Your Typical Adaptations | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Retellings, companions, and other titles that are based on famous works are here to stay. From a modern-day update of Pride and Prejudice to a choose-your-own adventure version of Romeo and Juliet, the following works bridge the gaps between old classics and our current understandings.

Titles for a Tune-Filled Bilingual Storytime | Libro por libro

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As with children’s books for, by, or about Latinos, the market for children’s music in Spanish has been mostly overlooked. Here are a few new and not-so-new wonderful titles.

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Creative Play with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | Touch and Go

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Young children have an opportunity to experiment with colors, textures, and shapes when they produce art in an app inspired by Eric Carle’s iconic picture books.

Across the Boards: The Latest for the Smallest of Readers

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SLJ editors pick the best of the season’s board books.

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The Perils of Love | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Teens will appreciate this genre- and format-spanning assortment of tales about love gone wrong; included are Daniel Clowes’s romantic time-traveling adventure, a thriller about Mata Hari, and Rebecca Traister’s astute feminism perspective on marriage and relationships.

Grab Them with Graphic Novels

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Featuring concise narratives, vivacious artwork, and page-turning comic book formats, these recently published graphic novels make compelling choices for encouraging and empowering young readers.

Armchair Adventures | Travel the World in Books

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Stock your library shelves with this collection of profusely illustrated titles that will take readers from legendary routes traversed years ago to cities and countries around the globe.

RA for “Early Able, Eager Readers” | Professional Shelf

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Providing readers advisory services to young, voracious readers can be a challenge, especially when reading ability far exceeds age or grade level. Here’s help.

When an Ebook is the Best Book

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Five reasons why ebooks can be a better choice than print in your school library.

The Voyages of Aladdin and Sinbad | Touch and Go

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A thieving villain, a stolen lamp, faraway worlds, and intrigue on the high seas—what more could adventure seekers desire? Here’s an app that offers readers and listeners all that—and introduces them to characters from classic literature.

Graphic Biographies for Older YA Readers

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Woodie Guthrie, Henry Thoreau, Albert Einstein, and others star in these biographies in graphic novel format.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” |Touch and Go

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Behind Heuristic Media’s stunning app of “The Tempest” is the actor Ian McKellen, who with his business partner Richard Loncraine, has plans to release an app for each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.

Short and Sweet | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers pulls together an assortment of short story collections—some dealing with horror and the suspense, others taking on fantasy and myth—from Joyce Carol Oates, Helen Oyeyemi, Patricia A. McKillip, and David Schow.

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

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The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

Sizing Up: Rich picks for kids “reading” above grade level | Listen In

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A teacher is reading aloud in a third grade classroom, and the students are captivated. All but two of them, that is. Blake and Adelaide are lost in their own thoughts as they fidget, doodle on scraps of paper, and stare at the ceiling. The selection is a perfect third grade read-aloud, so why are these two children not engaged? Because one size never fits all. That goes for clothing, and it certainly goes for books. Blake and […]

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Helping Children and Teens Succeed | Professional Shelf

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Two recently published books explore practices that have the potential to increase student success, while calling for significant changes in prevailing pedagogies.

Take Wing | Books About Birds for Budding Naturalists

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A selection of informational books and stories that will help children learn the basic characteristics of birds, differentiate between species, and appreciate the amazing diversity of the creatures that inhabit our world.

Story Is King | How To Be a Great Storyteller

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There are many reasons to tell stories to children. To begin with, when children listen to and focus on a story told to them, they are developing listening, comprehension, and analytical skills.

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Apps for Nature Lovers | Touch and Go

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Viewers will delight in these two immersive, introductory apps from Bright World eBooks offering up-close and panoramic views of watery environments and their denizens.

“Gone Girl” Read-Alikes | Adult Books 4 Teens

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From a novel about a former cult member forced to face her dark past to a coming-of-age tale brimming with monsters and mayhem, the titles highlighted this month are exhilarating, nail-biting thrillers: perfect for teens looking for some edgy beach reading.