March 27, 2017

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Librarians Providing Safe Havens as Deportation Fears Loom

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The recent expanding of deportation regulations have not just stirred up fear and worry in communities, they have also spurred many schools and districts to take action.

“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

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A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

Toy “Sleepovers” Boost Kids’ Reading Skills, Says New Study

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Children’s librarians are leveraging an old favorite, stuffed animals, to impart a love of reading. A new study shows their efforts make a measurable difference.

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

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With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

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Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

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Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

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Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Takes the Stage in New York City

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“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” opens on March 23. Fans will notice a lot of the dialogue comes straight from the book.

Scholastic’s Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest Opens

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One school in each state will win 500 books. Deadline to enter is April 14.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies at 51

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The author of 28 beloved children’s books was inspiring readers and colleagues to the very end of her life.

David Cully Named President of Baker & Taylor

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The worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment, Baker & Taylor, has new leadership.

Survey: Bullying of Marginalized Students On the Rise

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A survey of youth by the Human Rights Campaign found bullying more prevalent since the presidential election. Here’s how to help.

2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide

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The biannual report is a reminder for librarians that parents and kids want good stories, humor, and strong characters. The challenge is improving access.

Amid ESSA Uncertainty, Educators Urged To Be “Aware” and “Active”

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In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.

SLJ’s Women’s History Month Pinterest Board

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From Marley Dias to Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Warren, and Patsy Takemoto Mink, here are women to celebrate.

Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Cokie Roberts gives a presentation on her book, "Ladies of Liberty," to students at the Young Readers Center in honor of Women's History Month, March 6, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

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An elementary school in Westport, CT, kicked off their One Book, One School initiative on Read Across America Day, with a suspenseful school-wide assembly.

Educators Respond to the Federal Repeal of Transgender Bathroom Protection

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Librarians and teachers, as well as government and school district officials, have spoken out against the revocation and vowed support for all students.

LittleBits Introduces First Game-Based Coding Kit

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The littleBits Code Kit leverages the hands-on building of a game to make coding accessible.

Tor Authors, Latinx Superheroine Take Manhattan

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Gabby Rivera debuted the first issue of Mavel’s “America” comics at Midtown Comics’s downtown location in New York City. A group of Tor and Tor Teen authors gathered at the Flatiron Building to celebrate their recent fantasy titles.

The Best in Making and Tech at Toy Fair 2017

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Our fearless reviewer—who just happens to be SLJ’s 2015 Librarian of the Year and a maker queen—canvassed the entire Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to find the most exciting innovations coming out this year.

Mem Fox Interrogated by U.S. Border Police, Later Gets Apology

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The famed Australian children’s author was detained by U.S. border police in Los Angeles as she made her way to Milwaukee for the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention.