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July 3, 2015

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Winston Churchill, Snow White, and the Alphabet | App Reviews

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From fairy tales to Winston Churchill, our favorite apps this month explore a range of topics this month.

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Guides to Nutrition, Math, and Careers | Reference Reviews

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Whether you’re looking for guidance on math, advice on food, or advice on careers, this month’s reference titles have you covered.

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You Are Now Approved to Read, Economic Hardship in More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Approved When I use my debit card at the grocery store, I always breathe a deep sigh of relief when this work pops up on the little thingy ma bob letting me know that my transaction has been approved. I usually call the bank before I go, getting an idea of how much I can […]

Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

“Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible. Other times pain acts as a compass to help you get through the messier tunnels of growing up. But the pain can only help you if you can remember it.” —More Happy Than Not In Adam Silvera’s utterly fantastic […]

Press Release: Children’s Artists for Gun Safety

Politics and children’s literature are, to a certain extent, inextricable.  The education of our children is so closely tied into our understanding of what education could and should entail (and for whom) that it is innately political.  But there are other issues that are affected by politics too.  Children’s author/musician/performer Bill Harley is familiar to […]

My first Cardboard experience

I jut received my Google Cardboard. I ordered the virtual reality viewer from among the choices recommended for my iPhone.  (A downloadable kit allows manufacturers to produce and sell Cardboards.) I folded the simple device together from its flat cardboard package. I matched together the strategically positioned slots, so that the magnets, velcro, little strap, […]

Teens Review Band-Themed Romance, Holocaust Nonfiction, and More

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From a historical account of the horrific personal stories of people who were tortured in concentration camps during the Holocaust to a breezy romance about a teen band, the following works reviewed by the teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group run the gamut of YA offerings.

Review of the Day: In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van

In a Village by the Sea By Muon Van Illustrated by April Chu Creston Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-939547-156 Ages 4-6 On shelves now We talk a lot about wanting a diverse selection of picture books on our library, bookstore, and home shelves, but it seems to me that the key to giving kids a broad […]

A Wise Vole, a Powerful Hurricane Katrina Tale, & Well-Crafted Dystopian Adventure | Middle Grade

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Tender animal adventure, a powerfully told story set against the chaos of Hurricane Katrina, and a finely crafted dystopian adventure set aboard a massive ship top the list of great middle grade novels reviewed in our June issue.

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Review: The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

The Little Gardener By Emily Hughes Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263437 $17.95 Grades PreK-2 Out August 11, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library To quote Great American Poet and Suggestive Dancer, Usher Raymond: “These are my confessions.” I arrived a bit late to the quiet book party. I’m there […]

Heartbreak 101 | “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Movie Review

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Author Jesse Andrews judiciously prunes and adds some quirk to the smirk in his screen adaptation of his 2012 debut novel. The result is an amicable, lively enhancement of his book, which in numerous ways it surpasses.

Sandbox Science on the iPad

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Generations of kids have been introduced to science concepts at sand and water tables. Today, they can also explore sandbox apps.

Lesson Flows: app smashing instructional design

I’ve written quite a bit about app smashing, the understanding that it often takes more than one app or tool to effectively accomplish a digital task.  Well, that concept is also true about building instruction these days. How can we better harness and leverage all of those appealing digital tools we discover? CommonSense Media, the […]

Feminist Western, Hollywood Spy Caper, and LGBTQ Greek Myth | High School YA

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Erin Bowman’s latest features an avenging teen in the vein of True Grit. A Hollywood darling struggles with personal demons as the Cold War ignites. And Sarah McCarry concludes her “Metamorphosis” trilogy with About a Girl.

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A “Les Miz” Reboot, Diverse Sci-Fi, and Steampunk NYC | Middle School YA

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Several offerings will satisfy science fiction fans, especially those seeking more diversity within the genre. Check out reviews for these works and more middle school titles showcased in SLJ’s June issue.

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“Cartwheeling” is a touching tale of loss, and growth| Audio Pick

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RUNDELL, Katherine. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms. 6 CDs. 6:30 hrs. Recorded Books. 2015. $66.75. ISBN 978149064330. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 3-7–Twelve-year-old Will roams freely in the countryside of Zimbabwe, often with her best friend, stable boy Simon. Motherless since five, she’s deeply loved by her farm manager father and Captain Brown, the old bachelor who owns Two Tree Hill Farm. Smart, fearless, but largely unschooled, she likes books, tends her pet monkey, and rides her horse as she thrives despite the disapproval […]

Batgirl and Friends; “The Scarlet Letter” Manga | YA Graphic Novels

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Teens confront villains in superhero gear and without. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic gets a new look.

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The Hum of Mindful Learning | Professional Shelf

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It’s easy to recognize the educational bliss of a classroom that hums with joyful learning. Here are two books that have the potential of transforming classroom stresses and improve learning outcomes along the way.

Mariella Mystery, Zombie Hamsters, and Magic | Series Update

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These series updates are sure to please fans: Mariella Mystery is on the case, Ehrich Weisz continues the search for his brother, and Havelock McCreely writes another “Zombie Hamster” installment.

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Spine-Chilling Whodunits for Summer Reading | Adult Books 4 Teens

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The “Adult Books for Teens” blog has a new home. In its latest format, the column presents four summer mysteries perfect for beach reading.

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