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February 10, 2016

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All About Instagram

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Detailed tips on engaging young users with the image-based social media tool, plus 20 Instagram accounts to follow.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Many Low-Income Families “Under-Connected” to Internet, Survey Finds

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According to research out of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a third of low-income families have only mobile Internet access. Of the rest, many have outdated home computers and slow, spotty connections.

Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space

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How one public librarian researched, budgeted, and created the best maker space for her customers over the course of six months.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“We Get Long Island School Librarians Hooked on Making!”

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This dynamic duo spearheaded a Day of Making, winning over local colleagues who were on the fence about trying to bring makerspaces to their schools.

24 Tools for Digital Art and Music Creation | Mix It Up

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Librarians Stacy Dillon and Amy Laughlin recommend free or cheap apps and websites that allow kids to create, remix, and experiment with art and sound.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Getting Schooled: Nonfiction authors tell all about class visits

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Three nonfiction authors deliver personal essays about their experiences visiting schools and libraries and meeting face-to-face with their young readers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Multicultural Music for Children

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Music spans every culture, and exposing students to diverse musical offerings is a great way to expand their outlook on the world. These performers and record labels will help build or enhance your bilingual and multicultural resources.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

De la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” Takes 2016 Newbery; Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” Wins Caldecott

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There were cheers, tears, and mouths agape at ALA Midwinter, as Matt de la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” and Sophie Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” took the top spots in the YMA lineup. Laura Ruby’s “Bone Gap” won the Printz.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Celebrating 20 Years of the Pura Belpré Award | Libro por libro

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This year marks the 20th presentation of the Pura Belpré awards, and a huge celebration is being planned for ALA Annual in June. Tim Wadham takes stock of the trends and themes that recur in the winning titles, all of which affirm the Latino cultural experience.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

What’s Trending? What Is, What Was, What’s Soon to Be in Kid Lit

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From evil hummingbirds and odd picture book cameos, to how things stand on diversity, Betsy Bird considers where we are and where children’s books might be headed in 2016.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers

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It can be surprisingly easy—and incredibly worthwhile—to arrange for middle schoolers to conduct a day of research at a college library. This academic librarian shares her insider know-how.

Up to the Challenge: Neal Shusterman’s Journey to the National Book Award

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Lyrical, layered, and profoundly moving, Neal Shusterman’s National Book Award winning novel Challenger Deep is the story of Caden Bosch, a teenager who, as he begins spiraling into a psychotic episode, imagines himself on a ship bound for the deepest spot in the ocean.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Children Are Being Connected to Nature Right in the Library

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Here’s how inspired librarians are parlaying kids’ natural sense of wonder into an affinity with and knowledge of nature.

Win-Win: When School Libraries Partner with Local Organizations, Everyone Benefits

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Community organizations, businesses, and local residents are often eager to help their neighborhood school libraries—they’re just waiting for someone to ask. These partnership resources and toolkits can get you started.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Book Creators Spill on Their Private Holiday Memories

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A floating head! A little latke saboteur! Aunts gone mad! A few of our favorite book creators share their family secrets, just in time for the holidays.

SLJ Summit 2015: Whole-Child Ready

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Stellar exemplars of creative programs and inspired leadership, underscoring a broad call for librarians to take action in an evolving learning landscape. That’s a big-picture view of the 2015 School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How Kwame Alexander Gets Teens Reading and Writing Poetry

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What’s love got to do with it? A lot, writes Kwame Alexander, who recommends reading love poems with teens to engage them in reading and creating their own poetry. Also, listen to Alexander read four of his poems aloud.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Can Five-Year-Olds Really Meet Common Core State Standards?

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As kindergarten teachers grapple with that question, librarians become “important resource” and find new opportunities for teaching the youngest students.

A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens

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Young people often listen at a higher comprehension level than they read, according to Jim Trelease, author of “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” Here are librarians’ suggestions for enhancing teen listening and literacy skills.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Top 10 Graphic Novels 2015

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Selected by the Good Comics for Kids bloggers, these graphic novels published in 2015 are the cream of the crop.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.