Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.
Take a look at the selections on NCTE’s 2015 list of notables—and ideas on how to use them across the curriculum.
With myriad adaptations for use in the classroom, MinecraftEdu brings Common Core–enhanced gaming to students.
A library system’s countywide Minecraft program is a core service, an afterschool sanctuary, and a peer support group.
Check out average book prices for children’s, young adult, and adult titles in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback format.
Getting a new school library off the ground takes ingenuity—and elbow grease. Read how these determined librarians did it. Plus: grant opportunities and key questions for volunteers.
A school librarian assembles a “must-have” library design wish list with crowdsourced recommendations.
Outstanding STEM Apps: Digital resources on life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences
Current academic interests include increasing the number of accessible science and digital resources. The apps listed here satisfy both needs.
An educator recommends titles for teen patrons of diverse faiths, along with tips and a working booklist. Check out these suggestions, and add your own.
A compilation of books about women who made a difference in their chosen fields and in the world in general. The highlighted individuals include standard-bearers and lesser-known figures, all of whom showed exemplary strength, determination, and all willingness to make a stand.
Librarian and critic Nina Lindsay unpacks the 2015 Youth Media Awards. Diversity was the hallmark of this year’s top honors in children’s literature, pushing boundaries of content, form, and style. Is this a harbinger of real change?
A sensational collection of titles to use with the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” This dynamic roundup includes selections for early elementary, middle grade, and young adult readers alike.
Audiobook recommendations for listeners seeking a promise of warmth, comfort, and contentment and a sense of well-being.
SLJ has reviewed all of the year’s databases in anticipation of our best of list. The results are in: a roster of dynamic and on-point databases that will more than meet 21st-century student needs.
Aided by the web and social media, “kindie” music has entered a new Golden Age. Critic Warren Truitt highlights the best independent bands in kids’ music.
Shake up your Shakespeare lessons and inject new life into curriculum units and assignments on the Bard with this list of interactive apps, websites, humorous books, and other inventive resources.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.