September 1, 2015

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Guinness World Records Asks Kids to Think Big in New Contest

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Guinness World Records wants to know what records children would try to set in the next 20 years if they had the chance. The “Records of the Future Challenge” opens today to seven to 12-year-olds and runs through December 1.

Reviewers and Bloggers: Prepare for KidLitCon 2015, October 9–10, in Baltimore


Registration is now open for the annual festival of book love known as KidLitCon, for people who write about children’s and young adult literature.

 Book Intended to Help Children Fall Asleep Called ‘Worldwide Phenomenon’


The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, a self-published children’s bestseller on Amazon, was picked up by Stockholm-based Salomonsson Agency earlier this week, and now Publishers Weekly is reporting that the world English rights to the book may have been bought by Random House in a seven-figure deal.

Academy of American Poets Debuts “Teach This Poem”


Teach this Poem is a new weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and ideas for activities related to the selection. Educators can sign up now to begin receiving the resource September 2.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2015 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners


Today, School Library Journal and Scholastic recognize Kristina Holzweiss, Lakisha Brinson, and Sally Smollar, three school librarians who display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Meet Kristina Holzweiss, SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year


From her blog, entitled “Bunhead with Duct Tape,” to her maker space program called SLIME, Kristina Holzweiss, of Bay Shore Middle School in Long Island, NY, displays an energetic penchant for tinkering with traditional ideas.

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Nashville’s Pride: Lakisha Brinson, 2015 School Librarian of the Year Finalist


At Robert E. Lilliard Elementary School in Nashville, TN, Lakisha Brinson used a wide array of books, electronic media, and apps to bring social studies to life, particularly during Black History Month lessons.

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Cultivating Passions: Sally Smollar, 2015 School Librarian of the Year Finalist


Sally Smollar engages students in activities from digital media classes to gardening at Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach, FL.

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“The Nonfiction Minute” Resumes September 8


Popular resource The Nonfiction Minute will resume in September in time for the 2015–16 school year. Daily posts by award-winning authors will include a corresponding audio version, enabling less-fluent readers to listen and follow along.

Follett Unveils Lightbox Interface for Pre-K–12


Follett describes its new product as a “fully interactive, multi-dimensional interface for PreK-12 teachers” that “delivers market-leading multimedia content from multiple sources in a single interface available on any device.”

A “Completely and Utterly Disgusting” Game, Among Others | Touch and Go


With only a few weeks left before summer is over, it’s time to download a few playful apps. While fun and games rule, you’ll discover that planning, strategy, and skill also come into play. Oh, yes, and then there’s that “completely and utterly disgusting” game for fans of Roald Dahl.

Librarians Prepare for Students’ Response to “Go Set a Watchman”

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School librarians from Alabama to New York City are assessing the role they can play in fostering discussions around Harper Lee’s controversial text.

September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month; Giveaway: Lubar’s “Sophomores” | SLJTeen News


Libraries are gearing up for the annual celebration of the power of library cards. The 2015 Arab American Book and RITA Award winners were recently announced. Just in time for back to school, readers can enter for a chance to win a copy of David Lubar’s Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, the companion novel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.

“Stone Soup” Author Ann McGovern Dies at 85

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Best known for her retelling of Stone Soup, children’s book author Ann McGovern wrote more than 40 other published works, tackling subjects including history, poetry, and biographies.

Travis Jonker, Colby Sharp Launch Book-themed Podcast, à la Serial: The Yarn

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A unique, episodic podcast about the making of a single book, the upcoming middle grade graphic novel by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, Sunny Side Up, launches today. Created by school librarian Travis Jonker and teacher Colby Sharp, “The Yarn” examines the highly anticipated book from multiple perspectives in Season 1 of a new podcast series

How Three California Cities Fought to Save School Libraries


This report on urban school districts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vista, CA, illustrates the setbacks faced by each and the steps taken to restore or maintain school librarians after budget cuts following the 2008 recession.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

October 3 Picture Book Summit Offers Workshop for Aspiring Authors


Do you have a children’s story itching to be told, but you’re not sure how to begin? You might consider the Picture Book Summit, a live, online workshop on October 3.

ALA Webinars to Help Teachers—and Parents—Understand Censorship

While most librarians are familiar with the issues around intellectual freedom and a student’s right to read, what about their colleagues? Enter the American Library Association, which is offering two digital lessons to help librarians broach the topic of censorship with colleagues.

Rosen Publishing, Lilead Project Announce Grants for SLJ Summit Attendees


The grants will allow eleven Lilead Fellows to attend the 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle on September 26–27.

Librarians Tap Diverse Titles for 3M “Partner for Pride” Reading List

Attendees passing by the 3M booth at the June American Library Association (ALA) Conference in San Francisco were invited to contribute the names of books supporting diversity, which formed a heart-shaped display of rainbow-hued Post-it notes. Here are those titles.