February 27, 2015

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Newly Discovered Dr. Seuss Book to Publish in July


What Pet Should I Get?, discovered among text and illustrations belonging to Ted Geisel, also known as “Dr. Seuss,” will be released by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015.

SLJ Accepting Entries for 2015 Build Something Bold Award


SLJ, in partnership with LEGO Education, has launched the Build Something Bold Award, this year honoring creativity in programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning in the library or classroom.

Día Multicultural Book Grants; MyON Adds National Geographic Kids | News Bites


In industry news, Egmont USA has closed, Capstone has added more than 700 new titles to its interactive ebooks collection, and the National Book Foundation is looking for applicants for its $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize.

SLJ Debuts New Column: “College Ready”


College readiness: what is the role of librarians? That was the impetus behind “College Ready,” a new School Library Journal column that will explore related issues and track key initiatives, from community college to online education.

Three E.B. White Classics to Be Released as Ebooks for the First Time

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and “The Trumpet of the Swan” can be purchased as e-books starting March 17.

Fringe Factor: Small Presses and Self-Publishing


Small presses and self-publishing are turning the book industry on its head, presenting opportunities and challenges for librarians seeking the gems.

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Amazon Enters Textbook Publishing With Launch of KDP EDU and Kindle Textbook Creator

Amazon’s new KDP EDU will enable educators and authors to create, publish, and promote etextbooks for students to access on devices, including the iPad and Fire tablets, iPhones, and Android smartphones and tablets. A public beta of Kindle Textbook Creator enables users to turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books.

Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” App


Created by the National Museum of Natural History, the new app employs advanced technology to render historic skeletons via 3-D augmented reality.

Junior Library Guild Announces New Book Categories for 2015

JLG-new levels

Junior Library Guild announces seven new book categories available to its customers starting in January 6.

MGM Streaming Video Titles Available For Library Lending in U.S. and Canada via OverDrive

OverDrive has announced a new addition to its digital video catalog: streaming video titles from MGM are now available for library lending.

Coretta Scott King Book Grant; ALSC’s Graphic Novel Reading Lists | News Bites


In this round of industry news, learn about the Association for Library Service to Children’s Day of Diversity for children’s literature in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council—plus several grants geared toward enhancing your library’s collection.

40 Dr. Seuss Titles Now Available For Public and School Libraries via OverDrive

The Dr. Seuss titles, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, are now available in EPUB3 fixed-layout format.

FCC Approves Another $1.5B for E-Rate Funding

The Federal Communications Commission voted December 11 to bump up funding for WiFi in schools and libraries by another $1.5 billion, increasing the budget to $3.9 billion a year.

Follett’s New Destiny Resource Manager Helps School Districts Track Assets


K-12 school districts can track their assets, including barcoded textbooks, laptops, whiteboards, tablets, and other equipment, using Destiny Resource Manager from Follett.

No Library Card? No Problem, if You’re a Student in Tacoma, WA

Starting January 2015, the approximately 15,000 middle and high school students enrolled in Tacoma schools will be able to use their student identification cards to check out library materials.

Capstone Launches PebbleGo Next


Capstone Publishing launched the PebbleGo Next database module on November 24. Find out how to sign up for your free trial.

FCC Chairman to Propose 62% Funding Increase to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler is expected to propose raising the annual fund for school Internet access from $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion, reports the New York Times. Part of the overhaul of E-Rate, the expected upgrades to service will come to libraries, too.

New York Times Offers In-School Access; ‘Goodnight Moon’ Goes Bilingual | News Bites


This month’s industry news features the release of a bilingual edition of Goodnight Moon, a youth-oriented health and literacy campaign called “Hop to Health,” and a school-wide subscription service from the New York Times.

UNESCO, Nature Education, and Roche Launch World Library of Science

The newly launched World Library of Science is a resource library stocked with more than 300 articles, 25 ebooks, and over 70 videos from the publishers of scientific journal Nature. In his Infodocket post, editor Gary Price notes that a cosponsor of the project, Roche, is a private global healthcare company.

SLJ’s Best Books Cover Gallery

2009 | Cover by Jerry Pinkney

A look back at SLJ’s December covers. In a tradition since 1998, the magazine has commissioned a top illustrator for the assignment, all on the theme of “stars.”