April 23, 2014

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Newsreel heaven! British Pathé posts 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

Newsreel heaven! British Pathé post 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

British Pathé has placed its archive of more than 90,000 historical films (or 3,500 hours) on YouTube.

Free Booktrack Education Tool: Engage Students with a Soundtrack to Stories


Following a controlled study conducted by the University of Auckland, Booktrack has released a free global education tool that synchronizes a soundtrack to stories, which study shows increases reading comprehension and reader engagement.

AMC’s New Series, ‘Turn’, and Electrifying Espionage Reads | Media Mania


AMC’s new series, Turn, based on Alexander Rose’s Washington’s Spies, will certainly generate new interest in the American Revolutionary War. We’ve rounded up a great list of titles for teens to dig into when they come to you for more on the Culper Ring and this fascinating time in our nation’s history.

Sesame Street Launches First Digital Magazine Available on iTunes March 27


On March 27, Sesame Workshop launches Sesame Street S’More, a new digital publication for families and Sesame Workshop’s first digital magazine optimized for iPad and available on iTunes.

Vampires Get Schooled: Spine-Tingling Supernatural Reads for ‘Vampire Academy’ Fans

Vampire Academy Movie Tie-in

Percolating with fast-paced paranormal action and fang-sharp one-liners, Vampire Academy, an adaptation of the first volume of Richelle Mead’s popular young adult series, hits theaters on February 7, 2014. Film fans will be hungry to read—or reread—Mead’s source material, along with some recently released supernatural thrillers featuring fanged friends and foes.

OverDrive Announces Move to all MP3 Audiobooks

OverDrive, one of the major vendors of audiobooks to libraries, has announced that it will be moving away from the WMA format and making audiobooks for the library market available solely as MP3s.

Algonquin Spring/Summer Kids 2014 | Preview Peek


Middle school librarian and blogger Laura Lutz provides an insiders’ view of Algonquin’s preview of its upcoming titles for young readers—and reveals which books most caught her eye.

Page to Screen: A Year’s Worth of New Adaptations

Here is Woodley again, as Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, based on John Green's popular YA novel.

As 2014 peeks around the corner, SLJ looks ahead to future releases in this latest installment of our roundup of the most highly anticipated franchise openers and long-awaited big screen versions of children’s classics.

Tweens, Teens, and Time Lords: ‘Doctor Who’ in the Library

Who Pals

Whovians, unite! Saturday, November 23, marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and teachers and youth librarians have been celebrating in recent weeks with a host of Who-themed programming, to the delight of their tween and teen patrons. For many superfans, though, the clever series is inspiring all year long.

Death Comes to the Multiplex | SLJ Reviews ‘The Book Thief’ Film

Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) sneaks into a neighbor's well-stocked library to pursue her love of reading.

How does a filmmaker adapt Markus Zusak’s bestseller The Book Thief, written in Death’s candid point of view? Director Brian Percival tackles that question and more in this atypical family movie set in Nazi Germany. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse, the adaptation expands to theaters nationwide in the coming weeks.

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

Wouldn’t it be great to provide a video tour of your library for students and teachers? You can do this easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars | November 2013

Come Back, Moon (Kherdian)
©2013 by Nonny Hogrogian

Nonny Hogrogian’s picture book Come Back, Moon; Fanny Britt’s graphic novel Jane, the Fox & Me; and Mike and the Mighty Magic Pants’s CD Gotta Be the Pants! made SLJ’s November stars list. Take a look inside for more stellar titles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kids in Space, Trained to Kill | SLJ Reviews ‘Ender’s Game’ Film


There are moments in the sleek-but-not-too-flashy adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game when the film takes flight. It feels like child’s play, and the audience forgets briefly that the on-screen kids, the smartest in the world, are being groomed to kill at a Battle School in space. The screenplay hews closer to the book than a potential franchise template.

‘Ender’s Game’ and Orson Scott Card: Teachable Moments in Media Literacy


Teens interested in Ender’s Game—both the acclaimed science fiction novel and its big budget film adaptation opening this weekend—may be curious about the recent controversy surrounding author Orson Scott Card’s outspoken views. Fortunately, the library offers an ideal safe intellectual harbor for teaching the media literacy skills that allow them to explore critical thinking questions about the role of social politics and media, and to examine ways in which we might begin to separate art from the artist.

YA Novels Go to the Movies | Media Mania

Enders Game movie

From a soul-searing work of historical fiction to an array of dystopic tales that envision the not-so-distant future, four much-lauded young adult novels have been adapted for the big screen, all slated to premiere in November. Help teens make the connection between book and film by displaying, booktalking, and discussing these attention-worthy offerings.

Teens Review John Mayer’s ‘Paradise’, ‘Madden 25′, and More

Paradise Valley

I’m not sure what was more of a surprise to me—that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for 30 years, or that the John Madden videogame football franchise goes back twenty five years! John Mayer has some ground to make up; his first album debuted in 2001, an Internet only album titled ​Room for Squares​. Hopefully he’ll have the longevity of the turtles and one particular earthbound former football coach.

Pick of the Day: Hero on a Bicycle | Audio

hero on a bicycle

Hero on a Bicycle is set in Italy in 1944 presents the story of a 13-year-old boy and his encounters with the Partisans in Nazi occupied Florence during World War II. Narrator Simon Vance’s incomparable vocal style is a perfect fit for this intense and suspenseful work of historical fiction. Check out the starred review of this audiobook.

Teens Review ‘Crash My Party’, ‘The Civil Wars’ | Music

The Civil Wars

Both Luke Bryan and The Civil Wars are award-winning country western artists. After all, what’s not to like about an album titled Crash My Party? But a mid-tour breakup has fans wondering if The Civil Wars will ever make another album. SLJ’s teen reviewers weigh in.

Page to Screen: From YA Bestsellers to Big-Screen Blockbusters


While the jury is still out on the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, reviewers are raving about the surprise indie hit The Spectacular Now, based on Tim Tharp’s young adult novel. Children’s books continue to be Hollywood’s go-to source for inspiration, and librarians couldn’t be happier. As readers and movie fans await the book-to-film entries coming this fall, such as Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, SLJ looks ahead to future releases in this latest installment of Page to Screen.

A Summer App Recap | Touch and Go

summer app 2

For those of you who have been sitting under a shady tree or on a beach these past two months—and we hope that’s most of you—we’re offering a summary of the app reviews published over the summer. The list includes picture books, poetry, music, a reference guide or two, and some beloved characters and timeless stories. These are titles you want to load onto your school devices ASAP.