May 24, 2016

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Summer 2016 Graphic Novel Roundup: From Agatha Christie to “Star Trek”—and Beyond

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson highlights upcoming graphic novels and manga titles that will keep teens reading during the summer months.

Sex Education: Covering the Bases | Focus On

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A carefully curated selection of accurate, up-to-date sex education titles that aim to be age appropriate and that reject heteronormal assumptions and stereotypes.

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Wordplay on the iPad | Touch and Go

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Three apps that offer children opportunities to experiment “with the way letters combine to form words” are reviewed.

Charlie and Lola: Back in Town | Touch and Go

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Lauren Child’s beloved characters and her distinctive line-and-collage art illustrations can be found in books— both picture and easy chapter—on television, and now on digital devices.

In Our Mailbox: How Do You Keep Track of New Releases?

Occasionally we get email from readers, which we try to answer. One question we’ve gotten asked a lot is about how we keep track of upcoming MG and YA releases. So today we thought we would share with you each of our personal methods. Share yours with us in the comments please. How Karen Keeps […]

Coding: Resources To Get You Started

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So you want to teach a class on coding. Where do you start?! Here are some ideas.

Where the Girls Are: Recent Titles on Feminism, Girlhood, and Sexism | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Whether nonfiction or novels, these selections highlight the stories of girls and young women who grapple with their sexuality, deal with issues such as immigration and sexism, and consider their own identities.

You Gotta Have Heart: Out-of-the-Park Baseball Novels For Middle Grade Readers

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Unforgettable protagonists, narratives peppered with baseball action and atmosphere, and heart-stirring emotions make these recently released sports novels crackerjack reads.

The Olympics Are Coming! Great Sports Reads for Teens

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Percolating with athletic action, these titles also include smartly treated coming-of-age themes that will captivate sports fanatics and couch potatoes alike.

Bison, Birds, & Bugs: Arty Apps from Labo Lado | Touch and Go

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Clean design, smooth functionality, and delightful animation and gaming are just some of the attributes that recommend these Labo Lado apps.

Dancing to the Toca Boca Beat | Touch and Go

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Apps designed with kids in control as co-creators are becoming more and more popular. Toca Boca’s latest production, Toca Dance, hands the choreography and wardrobe selection over to children.

Diverse Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

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We examine debut authors whose works have unique perspectives on culture, from Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat girl, a novel comprised of short stories that take on fat-shaming, to Kaitlyn Greenidge’s We Love You, Charlie Freeman a rich and complex work about an African American family teaching a chimpanzee sign-language.

Green Thumbs and Bountiful Imaginations | Great Books about Gardens

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Whether they are digging, planting, nibbling, nurturing, or dreaming, the characters in these colorful picture books convey the wonder and joy of things that blossom.

Opera Notes: Apps | Touch and Go

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“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.

“American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” | Professional Shelf

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In American Girls, Nancy Jo Sales explores the impact of social-networking sites, dating apps, and Internet use on teenage sexuality, gender roles, and behavior—online and off.

“Jazz Day”: Roxane Orgill’s Harlem Snapshots

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In her most recent book, Roxane Orgill tells the story Art Kane’s iconic photograph, Harlem, 1958, through a series of poems.

Earth Day | It’s a Green Thing

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Looking for resources to educate students about critical environmental issues? Start with a K–12 Toolkit provided by the Earth Day Network, and some recently published books on the topic.

Painting Pictures with Words | Books for National Poetry Month

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These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.

The Collage Art of Micha Archer

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Micha Archer, author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem, shares her collage techniques with readers.

Fantasy Series Starters | Listen In

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Multi-volume tales, both classic and modern, to engage listeners

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