January 16, 2017

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Boldly Venturing into “Space” with Tinybop | Touch and Go

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Space, the most recent addition to Tinybop’s “Explorer’s Library,” was released last month, and like the other titles in the series, exploration is the name of the game.

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek Guide to Spring/Summer 2017 Titles

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Over 150 of the most hotly anticipated spring and summer titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

On the Screen | Black History Month

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From the world of sports, music, dance, and politics, these portraits of tenacious trailblazers will give a boost to curricula and offer a varied range of subject matter year round.

Outside the Frame | New YA Fiction About Teen Artists

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In these recent titles, the world is a canvas for teen artists.

Tying Up Loose Ends | Adult Books 4 Teens

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After a few months absence, the Adult Books 4 Teens column returns, with historical fiction from Cat Winters, science fiction/horror from Jay Kristoff, and an investigation of the case at the center of the podcast Serial.

A Fiete Fiesta | Touch and Go: Best of Apps and Enhanced Books

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New apps from Ahoiii Entertainment, a developer known for its engaging, skill-building apps for young children.

Upsetting the Apple Cart | Focus On

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This inspiring roundup shines a light on rebels, whistle-blowers, and rabble-rousers throughout our history.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Raising the Curtain on Nosy Crow’s “Fairytale Theater” | Touch and Go

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Fans of Nosy Crow apps can now create stories—and fractured fairytales—featuring the developer’s characters.

Great Books: A Library Lover’s Delights

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Engaging picture-book offerings about reading, story sharing, and the imagination-unleashing power of books .

Seriously STEM | Spectacular Visual Guides for the Classroom and Library

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Stunning photography, 3-D illustrations, and learner-friendly formatting distinguish a crop of new and updated science compendiums.

Into the Future With Shana Corey’s “The Secret Subway” | A Lesson Plan

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A pneumatically powered railway under the streets of New York City in the 1870s? You bet. Share Shana Corey’s delightful “The Secret Subway” and these standards-aligned lesson plans with your students.

“I Wish My Teacher Knew” | Professional Shelf

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A third grade teacher asked her students to complete a simple sentence. Their responses were eye-opening.

On the Map | Touch and Go

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Injecting game play or interactive quizzes into lessons can help them go down a bit more smoothly. Here are two apps that offer students of geography both “learn” and “play” opportunities.

A Sobering Centennial: The Somme Offensive | Touch and Go

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The Battle of the Somme, the devastating, five-month offensive of World War 1, is commemorated in an app marking its centennial.

Uprooted and Displaced | The Japanese and Japanese Americans During World War II

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A trio of new titles looks at how the United States treated a group seen as “other” during World War II.

A Kaleidoscope of Cultures | New Books on Immigration

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These new books can be appreciated on many levels, shared to help encourage empathy for others, and utilized to initiate further research and discussion of immigration and refugees from around the world.

The Bridge to Brilliance | Professional Shelf

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Despite, or because of, discouraging statistics, an educator commits herself to improving student performance in a struggling urban neighborhood.

To Panama with a Tiger and a Bear | Touch and Go

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Two creatures discover that the land of their dreams is not so far away after all.

Game Changers: Books Based on Video Games

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Novels, graphic novels, and comics drawn from video games and their characters have broad appeal.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Monsters On Their Minds | New YA Fiction

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A new crop of horror titles offers a mix of historical fiction, fantasy, and even humor, spawning a slew of tales sure to have teens biting their nails.