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July 23, 2014

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Bridging the Gap: Making Libraries More Accessible for a Diverse Autistic Population

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One in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. SLJ explores the different accommodations and programs within the library world that encompass the wide range on the autism spectrum—depending on severity of the condition to the age of the youth with autism.

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Get On Board: SLJ Selects A Bevy of Board Books

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In light of increased attention on early childhood development, SLJ presents a selection of fun and engaging board books.

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Tap & Touch: Recommended apps for early learning

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When it comes to children under the age of two and screen time, early learning specialists and the American Academy of Pediatrics don’t recommend it. For ages two to five? Most experts agree that limited, “intentional and developmentally appropriate” use is acceptable. Here are our recommendations of a few apps that meet that criteria.

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Why Your Library Needs Music

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Library music programs are fun and support early learning. They’re also essential: A growing body of research is affirming the central role of music in building literacy.

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The Best of ALA and ISTE 2014

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SLJ’s session picks for these two key professional development gatherings.

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YA Authors who Give Back, From John Green to Ellen Hopkins

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Whether supporting at-risk youth or global causes, these YA authors have a lot to contribute in addition to their writing.

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On Top of His Game: SLJ Interviews Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Markus Zusak

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This month, multiple award-winner Markus Zusak, author of ‘The Book Thief,’ will receive yet another honor: SLJ’s own Margaret A. Edwards Award. The author talks about finding his voice, his responsibility to readers, and his obsession with getting things right.

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Children’s Books: Still an All-White World?

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Nancy Larrick’s landmark 1965 study on race and children’s books was supposed to have been a wake-up call. Not much has changed.

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The Publishing Perspective on Diversity

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The book community reflects on the issues, successes, and trends in addressing diversity in books for children and YA.

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Culturally Diverse Books Selected by SLJ’s Review Editors

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Playing upon and expanding Rudine Sims Bishop’s framework for understanding multicultural literature for children, the SLJ Reviews Editors select their favorite recent titles.

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The Multiracial Population Is Growing, But Kid Lit Isn’t Keeping Up

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Monica Brown, author of the “Marisol McDonald” series, writes about how as a person of mixed race lineage, she doesn’t fit under a neat label. Her situation is shared by the growing multiracial population in the U.S., yet children’s books do not reflect these changing demographics.

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Everyday Diversity: A Teacher Librarian Offers Practical Tips to Make a Difference

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Wisconsin teacher librarian Crystal Brunelle has long prioritized advocating diverse children’s literature in school and libraries, but only in the last few years has she figured out a way to put her beliefs into everyday practice—which she offers in four handy tips.

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Program Diversity: Do Libraries Serve Kids with Disabilities?

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The Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, and physical accessibility in libraries became federal law. However, nothing in the law requires library services to be disability-friendly, leaving it up to individual librarians, including Barbara Klipper, Renee Grassi, and Amy Price, to create library programs and tools for patrons with disabilities that other librarians can model.

LGBTQ & You: How to Support Your Students

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School librarians can provide pivotal support for LGBTQ teens by just being there.

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Request to Ban ‘Two Boys Kissing’ from Virginia High School Library Denied

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On April 23, Virginia’s Fauquier County Public Schools held a review and public hearing to consider a parent’s appeal to remove David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing—an LGBTQ-themed book—from the school district’s libraries. The board voted a unanimous decision to keep the title in the school district’s libraries.

School Librarian Unravels Mystery of Robert McCloskey Art Work Found in Westchester Elementary School

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Pequenakonck Elementary School Librarian Noel MacCarry discovered a piece of art in his school 28 years ago that he suspected was the work of two-time Caldecott winner Robert McCloskey. It took MacCarry nearly 28 years to confirm this and to unearth the painting’s unusual origin story.

Idaho’s Meridian School District Votes to Keep Hold on ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’

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On April 2, Idaho’s Meridian County School Board voted 2-1 to continue the hold on Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian keeping the title off the school curriculum’s supplemental book list—and many Meridian educators are not happy about it. Alexie’s book, published by Little Brown, is the #2 most banned book in the country, according to 2012 figures from the American Library Association.

Thanks to NBA Star LeBron James, Akron Public Schools Has One of the Largest E-Libraries in Country

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With a generous $100,000 donation from the LeBron James Family Foundation, the students of Akron Public Schools now have access to one of the largest e-libraries in the country.

New York School Librarian Leads Robotics Club to Compete in Robots Competition

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School librarian Ryan Paulsen had little background in engineering and science when he took on the position of head of the New Rochelle High School robotics club. Weeks later, he led his 30 student members to a regional robotics competition in NYC and took home an award.

No More Due Process for Kansas Teachers?

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House Bill 2506 is a school finance bill that was narrowly passed by the Kansas state legislature late on April 6, allowing teachers to be terminated without due process. Whether Kansas Governor Brownback will sign the measure remains to be seen.