June 29, 2016

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Learning to Like Mother Goose Scripts | First Steps

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During early learning programs with patrons who speak Russian, Turkish, and other languages at home, handouts with the words to rhymes and songs become adult learning tools.

“LGBTQ Writers in Schools” Program Coming to New York City

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Lambda Literary has partnered with the New York City Department of Education to bring 20 authors to visit K–12 schools in the nation’s largest district.

How Remix Culture Informs Student Writing & Creativity

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Artistic remix influences kids’ creativity on almost every level. Here’s how, and why you need to understand it.

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Making the Transition: Spanish-Language and Latin@-Focused Beginning Readers and Chapter Books

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Libro por libro columnist Tim Wadham presents some classic and new works for emerging readers that either feature Latin@ characters or have been translated into Spanish.

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School Libraries Host Events to Welcome ELL Students and Families

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Read-and-greet evening programs and home visits with culturally relevant books are some of the efforts librarians are making to bring families of English Language Learners into the school community.

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Teaching with “Hamilton”

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Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway musical, this librarian gets kids rapping, listening, and learning American history.

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Pat Mora on Día, the Arbuthnot Lecture, and Diverse Books: 20 Years and Counting

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Author Pat Mora’s April 15 Arbuthnot Lecture at Santa Barbara (CA) City College coincided with the 20th anniversary of the celebration she founded, “El día de los niños/ El día de los libros” (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as “Día.”

After Cancelling 2016 National Institute, ALSC Regroups To Serve Members

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ALSC president Andrew Medlar details reasons for cancelling the 2016 Institute in North Carolina, the costs incurred, and how ALSC will make sure the educational experience isn’t lost.

Death, Destruction, and Destiny: Roshani Chokshi on “The Star-Touched Queen”

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SLJ caught up with Roshani Chokshi to chat about her inspiration for The Star-Touched Queen, life as a first-time novelist, and what she’s working on next.

Book Review: Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson

Publisher’s description For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did […]

Webcomics World

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Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.

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13 Great Webcomics For Kids and Teens

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Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.

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SLJ Webcomic Exclusive: “Economy of Form” by Melanie Gillman

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SLJ presents an original webcomic by “As the Crow Flies” creator Melanie Gillman starring Charlie, a queer 13-year-old girl, and her friend Mei.

Authors Pen Letter of Support to NC Youth

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A North Carolina law seen as LGBT discrimination has prompted roughly 270 members of the kid lit community to show their support for all young readers.

Neighboring Nations | Margarita Engle on Her Work, Cuba, and the History That Binds Us

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Prolific poet, novelist, and storyteller, Margarita Engle has long enchanted readers through folktales and portrayals of figures from Cuban cultural and natural history. Read on for a glimpse of her writing life.

Sunday Reflections: That’s Me in the Corner, Losing My Confidence (as a Reviewer)

I like Science Fiction. Like, a lot. I especially like Science Fiction that has alien invasions. Remember the moment in Independence Day when Will Smith walks out of the house to get the paper and he looks to the left, then he looks to the right, and then he finally looks up and realizes that […]

The 2016 In the Margins Book Awards Are Unveiled

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P.D. Workman’s fictional Tattooed Teardrops and Tewhan Butler’s nonfiction title America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope top this year’s In the Margins Book Awards.

Diversity in Apps | A Movement Grows

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Sandhya Nankani and Kabir Seth, the founders of two independent app companies, teamed up to push the children’s digital media industry toward a “larger commitment to diversity.” In 2015, Diversity in Apps (DIA) was born.

Reading Room for Visually Impaired Kids Incorporates the Power of Touch

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After researching how low-vision kids experience books today, the San Antonio Public Library opened a new reading room with plenty of braille and large-print children’s books, audio and magnifying technology, and tactile art.

How a Library Raised Yuyi Morales, Award-Winning Illustrator of “Thunder Boy Jr.”

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Children’s librarian and SLJ reviewer Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla interviews the Caldecott Honor and Pura Belpré Award–winning author/illustrator about her latest project, Thunder Boy Jr., written by Sherman Alexie, and her love for libraries.