October 24, 2016

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Monsters On Their Minds | New YA Fiction


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.

A Mathemagician’s Playbook | Apps


Criteria for selecting math apps and a few stellar examples.

“Most Magical” Girls | New Fall Fantasy


In their new books, middle-grade luminaries Karen Cushman, Karen Foxlee, and Jennifer A. Nielsen bring new meaning to the words, “girl power.”

Portable and Practical: A Guide for Budding Birders | Touch and Go


A field guide to birds for the youngest children that’s chock-full of information and activities.

Caregiving Youth: Resources and a YA Booklist


In 1.3 million U.S. households, caregiving children support family members due to illness, disability, substance abuse, or other factors. These books and resources can help them.

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go


Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

A Gallery of Artists’ Biographies | Focus On


A collection of highly visual biographies that look at the lives and times of fine artists and how their masterful works were created and came to achieve public recognition.

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Hook Them with Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens


Historical fiction may not be every teen’s idea of a gripping read, but these titles are bound to immerse readers—and may even please educators, too.

International Awards for Spanish-Language Books | Libro por libro


Tim Wadham shares resources for finding award-winning international titles to add to Spanish-language collections.

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Even More Awards for Spanish, Latin American, and Latin@ Kid Lit


Looking for more award-winning titles to add to your Spanish-language collections and to include more Latin@-focused acclaimed kid lit? Here are other book prizes that are given in Spain, Latin America, and in the U.S. that can help fulfill that need.

Great Books: Mini-Makers


Starring kids who passionately craft, construct, concoct, and dream big, these enchanting picture books celebrate creativity and innovation.

Boum! | Touch and Go


SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Build It, and They Will Come | The National Museum of African American History and Culture


On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.


Helping the Reluctant Reader

Reluctant Reader

Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

Informing the Future Electorate | Mix It Up


Vetted websites and apps to help children understand the election process, stay up-to-date on kid-relevant issues, and even participate in their own mock vote.

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Familiar and Fun: Literary Classics Reimagined for Teens


With freshly envisioned settings, revved-up story lines, reconfigured characters, and timeless themes, these new YA retellings of well-known works are well worth adding to your shelves.

Tales Dark and Grim | Adult Books 4 Teens


With Halloween right around the corner, Sarah Hill compiles a list of compelling titles that are grim and gritty, covering everything from an out-of-control infectious disease, a no-holds-barred look at the science of war, and the return of Typhoid Mary.

Ashley Bryan’s “Freedom over Me” | An Interview


In his most recent book, the three-time Coretta Scott King award winner imagines the lives and dreams of 11 enslaved men and women, who, in the summer of 1828, were offered for sale.

Just the Facts: Reader-Ready Nonfiction for Secondary Students


These thoroughly researched and visually appealing new nonfiction titles are sure to reel in older readers right from the get-go.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”


For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.