April 15, 2014

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Eric Carle Museum Honors Creator of ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ Art Work


Late author Bernard Waber, creator of the legendary storybook character Lyle the Crocodile—is currently being honored with an exhibit of his work “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile & Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber” at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachesetts. The exhibit shows original picture book art and runs until June 8.

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcements, and I want to make sure that others do not! SLJ just announced two new awards that are ripe pickings for so many of you! 1. School Librarian of the Year! You know who you are. I urge you to nominate yourself.

ALA Most Frequently Challenged Books 2013

ALA Most Freqently Challenged Books 2013

It was Bookshelves of Doom who alerted me to the just-released list of the most challenged books of 2013. Here are the top five: 1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence 2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, [...]

Where the Dystopian Craze meets Literary Fiction

Where the Dystopian Craze meets Literary Fiction

Adult Books for Teens examines the latest by Chang-Rae Lee: On Such a Full Sea.

‘More Truth-y than Truthful’: Stephen Colbert Rips Into Common Core—and Melinda Gates Tweets Back


On April 8, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert ripped into the Common Core State Standards. Melinda Gates, one of Common Core’s biggest proponents, tweeted back her response.

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.

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special


Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

Writing and Racing with Geronimo Stilton | Touch and Go


Not many mice can boast a series of books, graphic novels, and audiobooks, and a website and newspaper, unless of course, it’s Geronimo Stilton. And now the prolific journalist/editor/adventurer has added an app to his oeuvre, brought to us via Scholastic.

The Debut: SLJTeen Talks with Laura McHugh, Author of ‘The Weight of Blood’

The Weight of Blood

Laura McHugh‘s debut novel is set in rural, small-town Missouri, deep in the Ozarks. This dark coming-of-age mystery follows a 17-year-old girl determined to investigate the murder of a friend from school, a search which leads to the earlier murder of her own mother. SLJ contributor Diane Colson shares her recent conversation with McHugh here in SLJTeen.

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.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014


The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

The latest roundup by Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production.

Q&A: Author Andy Griffiths on his Ever-Growing ‘Treehouse’ Series


The 26-Story Treehouse author spoke to SLJ about the treehouse of his childhood, punk rock, advice for young writers, and more.

Now Hiring: Recent Wins on School Library Positions Spark Optimism | Editorial


New positions being created in school districts across the country point to places where advocacy has hit home, roles smartly redesigned, and librarians put back in the budget.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Courageous African American WWII Sailors Profiled in The Port Chicago 50 | Audio Pick

Port Chicago 50 Audio

This powerful book that tells the story of brave men who fought the entrenched system of segregation found within the U.S. military during World War II takes on ever greater depth in audio.

Free New Game Apps Support Children with Autism

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One of the new apps from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders aims to empower children on the autism spectrum to reach out to first responders and other community members when they need help.

In Arizona, After Girl Scouts’ Library Project Set on Fire, Public Support Pours In


Girl Scout Troop 4 of Tuscon, Arizona had set up a Little Free Library—or free bins of books for the public—only to have the books bins vandalized and burned in late March. However, upon hearing the news, the public rallied, and book donations poured in.

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


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.

ALSC & YALSA’s Best Audio Picks of 2014


At the recent Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia this January, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released their picks for the best audio books of 2014.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Students Can Participate in Poet-to-Poet Multimedia Project this Month


In honor of National Poetry Month, The Academy of American Poets have launched Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites students in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets, like Juan Felipe Herrera, Arthur Sze, and Anne Waldeman.