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August 29, 2015

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“Toca Nature”: “A Perfectly Pixelated World” | Touch and Go

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Many readers know Toca Boca’s “play studio” apps designed for preschoolers. Here is something from them that’s a little different. It combines sandbox activities with a subtle ecological message.

Mystery, Thriller, and Sci-Fi Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Adult Books 4 Teens columnist Mark Flowers rounds up a group of debut novels that run the genre gamut—from meta cozy mysteries to survival fiction with threads of romance.

A “Completely and Utterly Disgusting” Game, Among Others | Touch and Go

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With only a few weeks left before summer is over, it’s time to download a few playful apps. While fun and games rule, you’ll discover that planning, strategy, and skill also come into play. Oh, yes, and then there’s that “completely and utterly disgusting” game for fans of Roald Dahl.

Minding the Curriculum Gaps | Consider the Source

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It is a form of generosity for authors to give young adults access to important histories—histories that are no less crucial simply because they are not yet required reading or don’t appear on standardized tests.

Tears will Be Shed: Heart-Wrenching Novels for Middle Grades │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Keep a box of tissues nearby. The following novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to pull heartstrings.

Looking for a Back-to-School Chapter Book Read-Aloud? Don’t Miss These!

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Looking for a good chapter book read aloud for the first days of school? We surveyed our readers and reviewers about the titles they have been recommending lately. Here are their responses.

It’s Back to School |Stories to Share

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Whether realistically told or delightfully over the top, these back-to-school stories remind kids that first-day butterflies are perfectly normal and demonstrate that though problems may be encountered, they can also be surmounted.

Torben Kuhlmann’s ‘Lindbergh’ Soars as an iBook

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Torben Kuhlmann’s picture book, Lindbergh, the Tale of a Flying Mouse was published last year to glowing reviews. The recent release of the iBook version, with visual and audio enhancements, offers more to praise.

Capstone Launches PebbleGo Dinosaurs Database Module

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PebbleGo Dinosaurs, for pre-K through second grade, features articles related to more than 125 dinosaurs, such as ankylosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, and velociraptor.

A Voting Rights Bookshelf

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August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights act and the promise and application of these rights continue to headline the news today. Share this book list with your students for background on this historic legislation.

Canciones y Cuentos: Songs and Rhymes for Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

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Lullabies, nursery rhymes, clapping songs, and lap bounces sung en español are ideal ways to introduce all children to the beauty and sheer joy of song. Tim Wadham recommends titles and songs for bilingual and Spanish-language storytimes.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

15 New Manga Series to Freshen Up Teen Collections

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson offers a look at 15 new manga series for teens that libraries will want to add to their collections.

Six Eclectic Debut Novels | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Adult Books 4 Teens features six debut novels for adults with teen appeal—with an emphasis on “novels,” since all of these first-time novelists have already established themselves in other forms or writing. These offerings range from a “Stephanie Plum” series read-alike by a Hollywood screenwriter to literary postapocalyptic titles.

Easy as ABC, 123 | Focus on

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Books that introduce the basic lessons of a child’s experince—the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Hot YA Titles for Beach Reading

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From a summer romance to a vicious motorcycle race and a camp that’s just a bit unusual to a mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end, the following titles are just what teens need to finish off the last weeks of summer.

More “Endless” Fun | Touch and Go

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Originator has won high praise for its “Endless” apps—a playful, educational series that focuses on basic reading and math readiness skills. Their latest release is an introduction to Spanish for children learning it as a first or second language.

Warren Buckleitner Curates a Starter Set of Apps

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You might say that the iPad’s been cursed by its own success—full of mid-to-low quality apps that tease kids with free offers. Here’s a starter list of better apps, with something for every youngster.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Updated: Hearing for LGBTQ-Themed Books Challenged 52 Times

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The Hood County (TX) Commissioners’ Court will host a hearing regarding “My Princess Boy” by Cheryl Kilodavis and “This Day in June” by Gayle Pitman, despite a Texas public library director’s decision to keep them in its collection following patron challenges.

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Picture Books for Storytime | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Sharing picture books about dogs and cats is a surefire way to get kids excited about storytime. The following titles chosen by the editors at Junior Library Guild are bound to please your listeners—whether they have a pet or not.

Jump Back, Paul | Sally Derby on Paul Laurence Dunbar

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In “Jump Back, Paul,” Sally Derby introduces a new generation of readers to the life, times, and work of this extraordinary talent.