April 15, 2014

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STEM Learning: ‘MoMath’ Every Month at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics


Today, April 11, a card trick expert—featured last year in the New York Times will perform for kids at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics’s ‘Family Fridays.’ Held monthly, Time Warner Cable ‘Family Fridays’ at the Museum of Mathematics invites children and families to join mathematical innovators from around the country to experience the fun and engaging aspects of math.

Hello World, Goodbye Flatland | Consider the Source

Photo by Ava Dakota Kim

“Between the booths, the artists, the displays, and the discussions, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is a feast for the eyes and ears; it is the market, the souk, of materials for children and young adults.” The innovative works on display there make American publishers appear timid in comparison when it comes to experimenting with style and format.

For National Poetry Month, Five Teen Poet Ambassadors Will Present their Works Across the Country


What do Tina Fey and Meryl Streep have in common with 2013 National Student Poets winner Michaela Coplen? For one, they will all be on stage April 24 at NYC’s Lincoln Center at the Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month. Find out more.

75,000 Free Books Across Colorado: One Book 4 Colorado Launch Event April 7


For this year’s One Book 4 Colorado giveaway, over 75,000 copies of the same book will be given away to 4-year-olds across Colorado. Which book will it be?

Free Smithsonian Online Education Conference On April 9


The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is hosting a free online education conference on April 9 focusing on the “Citizen Science: A Watershed Study” program, in which Washington, D.C., high school students explored the Anacostia Watershed.

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB


While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang’s innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books.

Pictures of the Week: Authors Celebrate at Abrams Books


Authors Chris Raschka, Lauren Myracle, and others came together for a night of festivities at Abrams Books.

AASL Board Shakes Up Its Bylaws with Amendments Vote


AASL President Gail K. Dickinson urges the organization’s 7,000 members to vote to amend two bylaws geared to widen access to its members for participation and leadership roles. Voting starts March 19.

Librarians Organize Sewanhaka School District (NY) Comic-Con

Star Wars Group

Darth Vader, Wonder Woman, author/illustrator Misako Rocks!, and a group of intrepid librarians recently stormed Floral Park Memorial High School in Long Island, NY for the school district’s first-ever comic convention.

An Estimated Million—from Italy to North Carolina—Participate in World Read Aloud Day


An estimated million-plus individuals in over 46 countries participated in World Read Aloud Day on March 5 with events like Skype-read aloud sessions between classrooms in different countries.

Pictures of the Week: ‘War Within These Walls’ Creators Visit Flanders House in NYC

Author Aline Sax reads from graphic novel War Within These Walls as illustrator Caryl Strzelecki draws an image from the book.

In celebration of the National Jewish Book Awards, the creators of the acclaimed The War Within These Walls, author historian Aline Sax and Flemish illustrator Caryl Strzelecki, presented readings, shared songs, and discussed their unique partnership at the Flanders House in New York City on March 4.

Hyperion Books Spring 2014 | Preview Peek


Tomorrowland, mermaids, World War II, and a killer chicken figure among the themes in Spring 2014 releases from Disney Hyperion.

Highlighting Boyds Mills Press Spring 2014 | Preview Peek


Boyds Mill Press, a division of Highlights, showcased their Spring 2014 nonfiction offerings for young readers at a librarian preview event at the recent Midwinter Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA earlier this year.

Best Education Picks of NYC International Toy Fair


SLJ selects standout toys for librarians and educators.

RSVP Now: Breakfast with Rainbow Rowell at PLA 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Breakfast with Rainbow Rowell—say what? If you’re going to PLA, keep Friday, March 14 open for the AAP Children’s Book & Author Breakfast and you might be asking Rainbow to please pass the croissants.

NYPL Censorship Salon Focuses on Self-Censorship, Book Rating Trend


Participants in a New York Public Library Children’s Literature Salon discussed pressing censorship issues, from self-censorship by authors and librarians to schools that rate titles for appropriateness, and the chilling impact a challenge can have on a book.

Librarians React to the Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2014

Review of the Day: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Like any award show, there will always be a range of reactions to winners announced, and to those who didn’t make the cut. The American Library Association’s 2014 Youth Media Awards, revealed on January 27 during the organization’s Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, are no exception. Librarians shared with SLJ–on video–their thoughts about the award committees’ choices.

Judy Blume Named Honorary Chairman of National Library Week 2014

Excellent Choice! Judy Blume Named Honorary Chairman of National Library Week 2014

Author Judy Blume has been named the 2014 Honorary Chair of National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014.

‘Little Prince’ Exhibit Reveals St.-Exupery’s Muse

Antoine de Saint Exupery

An exhibit at the Morgan Library in New York provides an intriguing view into original manuscripts,documents, and letters surrounding the making of The Little Prince in the 1940s—and shines a light on the woman who was a primary inspiration.

Diversity 101: Addressing the Need for Diversity in Materials for Kids | ALA Midwinter 2014

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In a lively ALA Midwinter panel moderated by Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein, three children’s book editors, one librarian and the Children’s Book Council’s Diversity Group discussed ways to promote diversity in the content of books for young people.