May 4, 2016

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Dancing to the Toca Boca Beat | Touch and Go

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Apps designed with kids in control as co-creators are becoming more and more popular. Toca Boca’s latest production, Toca Dance, hands the choreography and wardrobe selection over to children.

Diverse Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

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We examine debut authors whose works have unique perspectives on culture, from Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat girl, a novel comprised of short stories that take on fat-shaming, to Kaitlyn Greenidge’s We Love You, Charlie Freeman a rich and complex work about an African American family teaching a chimpanzee sign-language.

Green Thumbs and Bountiful Imaginations | Great Books about Gardens

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Whether they are digging, planting, nibbling, nurturing, or dreaming, the characters in these colorful picture books convey the wonder and joy of things that blossom.

Opera Notes: Apps | Touch and Go

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“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.

“American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” | Professional Shelf

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In American Girls, Nancy Jo Sales explores the impact of social-networking sites, dating apps, and Internet use on teenage sexuality, gender roles, and behavior—online and off.

“Jazz Day”: Roxane Orgill’s Harlem Snapshots

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In her most recent book, Roxane Orgill tells the story Art Kane’s iconic photograph, Harlem, 1958, through a series of poems.

Earth Day | It’s a Green Thing

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Looking for resources to educate students about critical environmental issues? Start with a K–12 Toolkit provided by the Earth Day Network, and some recently published books on the topic.

Painting Pictures with Words | Books for National Poetry Month

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These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.

The Collage Art of Micha Archer

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Micha Archer, author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem, shares her collage techniques with readers.

Fantasy Series Starters | Listen In

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Multi-volume tales, both classic and modern, to engage listeners

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Escaping into Other Worlds | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Leave the real world behind, and enter the realm of fantasy with some adult titles brimming with teen appeal, including Ian Pears’s Arcadia, a fascinating example of metafiction (with an app tie-in); Samantha Hunt’s Mr. Splitfoot, a thought-provoking and lyrical work about two former members of a religious cult; and Charlie Anders’s All the Birds in the Sky, a well-crafted work of fantasy with elements of quirky romance.

Webcomics World

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Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.

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13 Great Webcomics For Kids and Teens

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Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.

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Magic in Our World | Spring 2016 Middle Grade Fantasy

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Exploring topics from grief to bullying in settings both contemporary and historical, a trio of 2016 titles mine real-world emotions and situations—and top them off with dashes of magic, horror, and talking skunks.

Viva Cuba | Focus On

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A selection of fiction and nonfiction, memoirs and poetry titles about the island nation of Cuba.

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Otters, Emus, and Sharks, Oh My! | Informational Picture Books To Share

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Ignite interest in the natural world with a look at some of the planet’s most fascinating and diverse inhabitants in offerings packed with kid appeal.

Kate DiCamillo on Truth, Twirling, and “Raymie Nightingale” | Interview

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Honest, affecting, and peopled with characters that readers won’t soon forget, Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale is a book for every child.

Disco Inferno | Watch- and Listen-Alikes for Meg Medina’s “Burn Baby Burn”

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Set in Queens during the summer of 1977, when the Son of Sam terrorized the city of New York, Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn is filled with pop culture references, from Donna Summer to Parliament. Steer teen fans of the book to songs and films from the period.

The Digital “Shakesperience” | Touch and Go

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Share these digital resources with thespians and students of Shakespeare during National Poetry Month.

DNA Play | Touch and Go

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While genetics is a topic generally taught in secondary schools, an app from Avokiddo introduces the concept of DNA, and mutability, to a younger audience.