May 27, 2016

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How Remix Culture Informs Student Writing & Creativity

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Artistic remix influences kids’ creativity on almost every level. Here’s how, and why you need to understand it.

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Schools Partner with OverDrive to Offer Books 24/7 in June

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The digital distribution platform has teamed up with schools in every state and parts of Canada to allow students to access a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and award-winning YA ebooks.

S. & S.’s Preview Yields a Bountiful Crop of Summer 2016 Books

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From a touching, unique perspective of 9-11, to the dangers of little white lies, this group of entries from Simon & Schuster’s Summer 2016 list plumbs the depths of tough emotions. But you’ll find books that are funny and memorable, too.

Get Squiggly with It: “The BFG” Movie Review

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Fresh off the French Riviera, our in-house film reviewer, Kent Turner, sizes up Steven Spielberg’s latest, based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 novel of the same name.

Pictures of the Week | Ezra Jack Keats 2016 Bookmaking Winners

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The young winners of the annual student bookmaking contest describe their creations.

New York DOE Green Lights Amazon eBook Deal

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That new book smell may soon be a thing of the past for New York City’s schoolchildren. A $30 million contract will reshape the way ebooks are used in the nation’s largest school system.

SLJ’s 2016 Day of Dialog in Chicago: “Everything Is Wonder”

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The summit drew record numbers of librarians and book creators, who, apropos of the new location, enjoyed deep dives into kid lit along with their deep dish.

School Libraries Host Events to Welcome ELL Students and Families

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Read-and-greet evening programs and home visits with culturally relevant books are some of the efforts librarians are making to bring families of English Language Learners into the school community.

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Children in Crisis: Libraries Respond

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An initiative to brighten the lives of young refugees from Central America is gaining tremendous ground, while hopes are high to expand the lifeline to Syrian refugees in Europe.

A Sneak Peek at Melissa Sweet’s Splendid Biography of E.B. White

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“Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White” is bound to be one of the biggest books of the fall season. We are thrilled to share these engaging snippets.

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How Fan Fiction Mentors Can Change Lives

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Researchers who interviewed fan fiction writers revealed how mentorship in the fanfic community can improve young people’s writing—and their outlook.

DK Publishing to Up-and-Coming Coders: Start from Scratch

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This Saturday, May 14 is Scratch Day, a time to embrace all things coding. You can start by checking out a bevy of new books on the subject.

Three Digital Dynamos, Now in the National Spotlight, Tell All

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Engaging kids with the latest of tech? It’s all in a day’s work for these PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program winners.

Apply for AASL Inspire Grants; ALAN Grants for Librarians Announced | SLJ Teen News

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The American Association of School Librarians invites school librarians to apply for two new grants. The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents has two new awards that may be of interest to librarians working with teens.

Will You Be Our Next Celebrity School Librarian?

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Are you one of those people who laments “I never win anything?” If you’re a superstar school librarian (and you are, of course) then your luck may be about to change.

Spellbound: Ursula Vernon’s “Castle Hangnail”

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Looking for a great read-aloud? Consider Ursula Vernon’s enchanting Castle Hangnail, featuring a 12-year-old who fancies herself a wicked witch but knows almost no magic and only a handful of spells.

Advancing Reading and Writing | Professional Shelf

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Reflection and collaboration are key to developing sharpening teaching skills. Two recent publications, each fueled with a steady supply of practical classroom suggestions demonstrate how these processes advance writing and reading instruction.

Pictures of the Week | A Conversation About Text at New York University

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Library Journals‘ Kiera Parrott and Kwame Alexander at a discussion on “The Changing Role of Text in the Classroom” at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.

Bison, Birds, & Bugs: Arty Apps from Labo Lado | Touch and Go

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Clean design, smooth functionality, and delightful animation and gaming are just some of the attributes that recommend these Labo Lado apps.

“Gale Interactive: Science” Ties 3-D Classroom Content to National Curriculum

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The new classroom resource lets users click through a guided lesson to get to related reference material—and allows them to search across content to find exactly what they are looking for.