May 1, 2016

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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.”

An (Independent) Bookstore for Kids Grows in Brooklyn

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With a launch party on April 30, Independent Bookstore Day, one couple is confident that a writing program for children—and a community center vibe—can make their shop the little bookstore that could.

High School Librarian Raises $10K for Flint Schools

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“Focus on Flint Day” was a testament to the compassion this Indianapolis community has for the youngest victims of the ongoing water crisis in Michigan.

Fantasy Series Starters | Listen In

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Multi-volume tales, both classic and modern, to engage listeners

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School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016

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On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

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The Whole Story: Editorial | Series Nonfiction

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Considering the current political climate, it is no surprise that many readers find themselves wondering what is fact and what is fiction, what is good information and what is questionable. It is essential that thoughtful, balanced, and nuanced works of nonfiction are available to young people—our country’s future voters.

In “Helping and Healing,” Rita Meade emphasizes the importance of the social sciences in contributing to the development and well-being of young people and their impact on society. In “Bug […]

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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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Beverly Cleary Turns 100 Today

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The beloved creator of Ramona Quimby, Ralph S. Mouse, and Henry Huggins is lauded by fellow industry stars as she enters her eleventh decade.

How Making Makes Us Happy and More Creative

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During week four of our Maker Workshop, we learned how “using our hands feels good and is good for us,” from Alton and Carrie Barron, MDs and co-authors of “The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands.”

Bob Shea: Author, Illustrator—and Rather Awesome Human

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Here’s how the author of “Dinosaur vs. Bedtime” brought the kid lit community together to make life better for one little girl. Maybe Tweets really can change the world.

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems Lands in Manhattan 

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The three-time Caldecott Honor recipient joins the ranks of Ludwig Bemelmans, Ezra Jack Keats, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery in having an exhibit of work at a New York City museum.

Of Coding and Compassion

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Tips from an expert on how to instruct kids effectively and with an open mind.

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Never Too Young To Code

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Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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Teens Teach Computer Science at a CA Library

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In Cupertino, young adults teach computer science to peers and run an all-night hackathon at the library.

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The Buddy System: Everyone Gains When Kids Read Together

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Reading buddy and paired reading initiatives are on the rise. Here’s what these programs look like today—and tips for creating your own.

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Spreading the Word: Poets share their love of language during school visits

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Three poets talk about their experiences visiting schools and talking to students about their work.

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Make A Splash: Wellness, Fitness, and Sports | Focus On

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A selection of books and resources that support the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program’s overarching theme of “Wellness, Fitness and Sports.”

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Takeaways From a Perfect Library-Theatre Partnership

Costumes, set pieces, and designs in the lobby intrigue visitors. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

ImaginOn, the wildly popular collaboration of Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library and Children’s Theatre in Charlotte, NC, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Rhyme & Reason: Celebrating NCTE’s 2016 Notable Poetry List

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Nineteen titles chosen by the National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award Committee.