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March 31, 2015

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

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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”

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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

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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

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“‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Graphic Biographies for Teens

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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.

Spotlight On Ecosystems | Aquatic Biomes

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Environmental awareness, and problem solving, begins with foundational knowledge about Earth’s biomes, including freshwater and saltwater ecosystems such as estuaries, oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, and coral reefs. This list offers a cluster of recent resources for elementary collections that underscore the idea that kids can be citizen scientists, too.

Challenge Authority! | Teen Guides to Thinking Critically

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Three recent titles examine the roots of myths and misinformation and encourage teens to think critically.

Turn STEM to STEAM: Arts-Themed Nonfiction for Kids │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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The success of the maker space movement underlines the fact that kids want a safe haven for experimenting, crafting, and learning. The power of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) becomes even stronger when combined with literacy. The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inspire young creative geniuses.

Tapping into Kids’ Curiosity About the Natural World | Professional Shelf

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The push to incorporate informational texts into instruction offers teachers and librarians an opportunity to tap into young readers ’curiosity about the natural world. Three recent publications with a focus on the selection and use of science-related texts in the classroom and for programming are timely aids for teachers and librarians.

Serving Conservative Teens

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An educator recommends titles for teen patrons of diverse faiths, along with tips and a working booklist. Check out these suggestions, and add your own.

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

Intelligent Machines: Robots in Film and Teen Fiction

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Catch the eye of teens who love movie and TV robots with a lineup of titles that run diagnostics on coming-of-age themes and personhood conundrums while also providing plenty of gear-turning, technology-pushing, cyborg-centered action.

Making Storytime and Curriculum Connections to 2015 Pura Belpré Award Winners

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This year’s Pura Belpré winners and honor books provide the ideal opportunity to get to know their authors and illustrators—such as Susan Guevara, Yuyi Morales, and Duncan Tonatiuh—better and use these distinguished titles in a library or classroom setting.

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

Game Changers: Women Making History | Focus On

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A compilation of books about women who made a difference in their chosen fields and in the world in general. The highlighted individuals include standard-bearers and lesser-known figures, all of whom showed exemplary strength, determination, and all willingness to make a stand.

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Heartrending YA Novels by Blockbuster Female Authors

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From fan favorites like Holly Black and Gayle Forman to newcomer Aisha Saeed, the following female authors have created works that attest to the power of the imagination and world-building. The editors at Junior Library Guild share these powerful favorites.

March 2 Is Seuss Day | Touch and Go

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Oceanhouse Media is the place to go if you are looking for a Dr. Seuss title in digital. To date they have published dozens of Seuss and “Dr. Seuss Learning Library” titles for iOS, Android, and other devices. Celebrate the beloved author’s birthday on March 2 with a few apps.