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August 28, 2014

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Fostering Readers

Booklists and selected reviews from SLJ, plus articles focusing on reading, reader’s advisory, book clubs, etc.

Beeline Reading Challenge Kickstarts Student Independent Reading

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Build choice, time, and engagement in independent reading for students this school year.

National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading 2014 Winners

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Each year, the National Book Foundation awards $2500 prizes to individuals and institutions that are making a difference in people’s lives through the creation and maintenance of programs that encourage the love of reading. This year’s winners of the Innovations in Reading prize include programs for women in prison and literacy support for tribal nations.

SLJ Announces the Buzz Student Reading Award

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The upcoming SLJ Buzz Award, sponsored by Brain Hive, recognizes K–12 school library programs that are developing innovative new ways to raise awareness of reading by bringing students digital learning activities that increase reading, improve engagement, spark social interaction, and inspire a lifelong love of reading to help kids reach their full potential.

An Expanded Cultural Diversity Booklist: SLJ Readers Respond

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In response to the passionate and engaging conversation around the recent list of culturally diverse books, SLJ’s review editors asked readers and experts in the field to select titles for inclusion in this expanded list. Add your own favorite titles in the comments section.

Shining the Light on Pura Belpré’s Legacy | Libro por libro

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Tim Wadham shares how Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, was a pioneer in the library field and influenced services and literature for Spanish-speaking patrons.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Everyday Diversity: A Teacher Librarian Offers Practical Tips to Make a Difference

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Wisconsin teacher librarian Crystal Brunelle has long prioritized advocating diverse children’s literature in school and libraries, but only in the last few years has she figured out a way to put her beliefs into everyday practice—which she offers in four handy tips.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Request to Ban ‘Two Boys Kissing’ from Virginia High School Library Denied

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On April 23, Virginia’s Fauquier County Public Schools held a review and public hearing to consider a parent’s appeal to remove David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing—an LGBTQ-themed book—from the school district’s libraries. The board voted a unanimous decision to keep the title in the school district’s libraries.

School Librarian Unravels Mystery of Robert McCloskey Art Work Found in Westchester Elementary School

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Pequenakonck Elementary School Librarian Noel MacCarry discovered a piece of art in his school 28 years ago that he suspected was the work of two-time Caldecott winner Robert McCloskey. It took MacCarry nearly 28 years to confirm this and to unearth the painting’s unusual origin story.

Children Brave Monsters Both Real and Imagined in ‘How To Catch a Bogle’ | Audio Pick

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This action-packed story about dangerous, child-eating monsters in Victorian England comes alive through well-paced, dramatically voiced narration.

New Middle Grade Fiction Features Miniature Heroes | SLJ Spotlight

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Three titles with little leaders who prove that brave doesn’t always mean big.

How a VA Middle School Librarian and Her Book Club Raised Funds to Provide 15,000 Meals for Students in South Sudan

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Virginia Middle School Librarian Lauren McBride shares her story with SLJ of how her book club read Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)—a book about the civil war in South Sudan and its thousands of children orphans and refugees—and how the story prompted her students into action, exercising their computer literacy skills in a fundraising campaign for students of South Sudan.

It’s an Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report

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The majority of students 13 and under are picking up e-readers to enjoy their favorite reads—with 92 percent doing so at least once a week—reveals the report “Exploring the E-Reading Habits of Children.”

Q&A: Kathleen Krull on the History of Zoos

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In her latest picture book What’s New? The Zoo!: A Zippy History of Zoos (illustrated by Marcellus Hall), author Kathleen Krull fills readers in on the ins and outs of fascinating animal collections and menageries from ancient times to the present day.

Pet Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

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Five fun new titles about everyone’s favorite furry companions.

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special

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Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

At Virginia Libraries, Kids Will Read with Dogs This Summer to Bone Up on Literacy

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With the help of therapy dogs, a reading therapist, and reading mentors, the Chesterfield (VA) County Library will host a summer reading program for children, including disabled kids.

Raising the Bar on Independent Reading

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Anyone who’s had the pleasure of getting lost in a good book of their choosing knows the joy of independent reading. As educators, we take that experience one step further, understanding that independent reading is a key element to a well-rounded and successful literacy program. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Brain Hive LLC.

Where Babies Come From, a Jazz Legend, & One Brave Chicken | Stars List, April 2014

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From an ode to an innovative jazz musician to an unreliable narrator-driven YA novel, check out the book and multimedia titles that made SLJ’s April list of stellar offererings.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Superheroes and Villians Star in New Middle Grade Fiction

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Five new middle grade books feature caped crusaders and their rivals.

Pick of the Day: Secrets of the Sky Caves

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The author takes readers on a fascinating journey, blending adventure, science, and history.