April 28, 2016

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds Content for Tweens

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Thousands of videos, educational apps, games, and books for kids age 9–12 are now available, including a selection featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Monument Valley, iCarly, and Star Trek.

Jon Agee and Mara Rockcliff Win Prestigious Bank Street Awards

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Bank Street College of Education recently announced the winners of its Irma Simonton Black Award and Cook Prize. Jon Agee’s It’s Only Stanley was given the 2016 Irma Black Award, and Mara Rockliff’s Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France received the 2016 Cook Prize.

National Readathon Day 2016: Ice Cream, Grab Bags, and, of Course, Books

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The idea behind National Readathon Day, co-hosted by ALA and Penguin Random House, is to celebrate the delights of falling into a story. Any proceeds will support ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

After Cancelling 2016 National Institute, ALSC Regroups To Serve Members

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ALSC president Andrew Medlar details reasons for cancelling the 2016 Institute in North Carolina, the costs incurred, and how ALSC will make sure the educational experience isn’t lost.

Pictures of the Week | A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for a State-of-the-Art School and Library

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A new stunning, cutting-edge facility and library opens for a public high school in New York City.

SLJ Launches Xpress Reviews

Introducing Xpress Reviews. School Library Journal will be following in the footsteps of our sister publication, Library Journal, and publishing select, web-only reviews.

Teen Tales, History, and Puns Round Out Penguin’s 2016 Summer List | Preview Peek

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The Penguin Young Readers Group summer 2016 review provided a sneak peek at the fun and thrills just around the corner.

The Three Faces of the Bologna Book Fair

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The atmosphere at the International Bologna Children’s Book Fair was electric. Clearly, though, there were three simultaneous fairs taking place, and their story lines aren’t identical. Here’s a guided tour.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding

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As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.

Disney-Hyperion Spring 2016 List Has Broad Appeal | Preview Peek

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The season’s preview blossomed with fresh picks featuring old friends, every-day dilemmas, and fantasy worlds, as well as serious issues.

Follett Acquires Baker & Taylor

In a move that creates the world’s largest single distributor of curated content for librarians and educators with $3.6 billion in combined annual sales, Follett Corporation on April 18 announced the acquisition of Baker & Taylor from private equity firm Castle Harlan Partners.

Kid Lit Community Names Favorites for the Children’s Choice Book Awards

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We asked librarians and classroom teachers to predict the 2016 winners—and they were more than happy to give their opinion!

Get Teens Interested in Digital Preservation

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With Digital Preservation Week nearly upon us, here’s how to entice a group that can be slow to embrace the idea—–teens—to pick up the gauntlet.

James Patterson Puts Cash Behind his Convictions with the Help of Scholastic Reading Club

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The YA author will personally donate $1.75 million in grants to save school libraries.

Dover Publications Celebrates 75th Birthday with Librarian Love

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A sweepstakes contest, from today through May 31, gives librarians the chance to win a collection of 75 best-selling Dover titles.

Roger Rosen Appointed Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

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The leader of Rosen Publishing assumes key role in advancing the thinking and learning of youth in our digital society.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Doctor Who Comics Day; YALSA’s Teens’ Top 10 | SLJTeen News

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This SLJTeen news roundup highlights plenty of opportunities to win prizes and info about upcoming conferences and stipends.

The Premier Children’s Nonfiction Forum Returns

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The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference is back—and boasting three days packed with workshops, panels, and presentations by a prestigious group of industry professionals. Register now for the June event.

YALSA’s 2016 Teen Read Week To Focus On English Language Learners

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This year’s Teen Read Week, held from October 9–15, will highlight teen services, programming, and literature for young adults who speak a language other than English at home.