Google+

April 19, 2015

Subscribe to SLJ

Make ‘Em Laugh | Listen In

SLJ1504-ListenIn_TN

An assortment of amusing and aurally awesome audiobooks.

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

Talkin’ Trash | Spotlight on the Environment

trash

In schools across the country, we remind children and teens to “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but how these acts impact a community isn’t always visible. The consequences of avoiding that responsibility are, however.

Farm to Table: The Food We Eat, the World We Live In

UpWeGrow

Serve these titles up as part of units on life science, health and nutrition, community workers, ecology, and the conservation of natural resources.

Paul B. Janeczko: On Poetry, Anthologizing, and Shelfies | An Interview

death of a hat

In Paul B. Janeczko’s latest anthology, 50 poems explore an equal number of objects from Rumi’s “just-finishing” candle to William Carlos Williams’s red wheelbarrow.

All About the Girls: Titles Featuring Young Women in Peril | In the Margins

SLJTeen_150411_Peril

Inspired by Kelly Jensen’s series, “About the Girls” on the “Stacked” blog, librarian Amy Cheney highlights recent works that feature young women dealing with tough stuff, including sex trafficking, incarceration, and self-harm.

What Would Winston Do? | Touch and Go

Churchilll cover

A new app from Touch Press includes “primary sources; promotes analysis, evaluation, and higher-level thinking; and is beautifully designed and fun.” What more could we ask for?

Spring Has Sprung: New Titles for a New Season │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Queen of the Diamond

Whether your readers still see snow out of the window or there are flowers in the schoolyard, the following springtime selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to be welcomed.

Shining a Spotlight On Verse | Professional Shelf

poem central 2

Two new handbooks remind teachers and librarians that poetry needn’t be relegated to a single unit or a particular time of year.

New from Nosy Crow! Snow White | Touch and Go

snow white cover

Nosy Crow’s list of fairy tales has scooped up a number of accolades including the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Digital Award in the fiction category. Their latest app features the same quirky storytelling and smart interactivity that has enchanted children since their first production was released.

Heists, Cons, and High-Octane Action: New Movies and Teen Reads

Trust Me I'm Lying

Devotees of Vin Diesel’s “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise are gearing up for the release of Furious 7 on April 3. Fans of these films and book series about teen criminals will be captivated by these action-packed tales of caper-filled cons and bodacious burglaries.

“Port Chicago 50″ Wins Seventh Annual Battle of the Kids’ Books

EH_150331_WINNER_BoB

In BOB’s final round, The Closer, Newbery Medalist Clare Vanderpool, selects Steve Sheinkin’s Port Chicago 50 as the victor of the yearly virtual tournament of books for children and teens.

The Lowdown on Bird’s “Fuse #8 TV”

Fuse8TV2

Are you up on your “Fuse #8 TV”? Here’s what you may have missed—no better time to binge-watch than the present.

Top-Notch YA Novels with Male Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

CC_150331_TopNotch

Teen readers are in for a treat with these books featuring male protagonists. Whether it’s a new book in the series or a standalone title, the following selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild live up to the promise that we’ve come to expect from these books by award-winning writers.

Westward Bound | Touch and Go

photo

“‘With a sinking feeling, I realized that I was entering a new kind of life, as rough and full of ups and downs as the road over which we traveled. Would I have the courage and fortitude to stick it out?”—Katherine Kirk,’” quoted in Kids Discover’s “Pioneers.”

SLJ Reviews Reorganized into Librarian-Friendly Sections

Reviews-Re-Org-2015-TN

After conducting surveys and focus groups with subscribers and reviewers, SLJ’s reviews editors have instituted some subtle but key changes, all with the goal of making collection development decisions easier and more efficient for our readers.

Feisty Females in Secret Societies | New Fiction for Young Adults

glass arrow

Following the enormous success of Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” trilogy, action-packed novels with powerful female protagonists have become a mainstay of young adult lit.

Fun with Folktales | Revisiting Old Favorites

ninjaredridinghood

Most elementary-aged children have already met Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood in their literary travels—try introducing them to some modern retellings that mingle familiar elements with fresh and imagination-stretching innovations.

No More Dead Dogs: Canine Characters that Live to Tell the Tale │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Unleashed

Dog books have always been popular, but readers often have the ever-present worry that the canine characters will die by a work’s end. Kids can relax about the life expectancy of the pets in the following selections by Junior Library Guild editors, as these puppies live to tell the tale.

Follett Forges Ebook Partnership with Carolina Biological Supply

follett_square

Follett has recently announced an ebook partnership with Carolina Biological Supply, a provider of science lab materials and curricula.

Graphic Biographies for Teens

extra

Where else would Ötzi the Iceman, Ibn Battuta, Hildegard of Bingen, Bruce Lee, and Malala Yousafzai sit side by side but in a collective biography? These recently released books featuring fascinating figures and graphic art are guaranteed to appeal to teens.