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.
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.
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.
“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.
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.
In her most recent book, Roxane Orgill tells the story Art Kane’s iconic photograph, Harlem, 1958, through a series of poems.
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.
These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.
Micha Archer, author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem, shares her collage techniques with readers.
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.
Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.
Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.
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.
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.
Honest, affecting, and peopled with characters that readers won’t soon forget, Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale is a book for every child.
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.
Share these digital resources with thespians and students of Shakespeare during National Poetry Month.