As part of its Stories for All Project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity in children’s literature, First Book has launched a project to offer 60,000 copies of six titles, each reflecting diversity in characters and lifestyle, at a discounted price.
We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.
This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Author and founder of the unPrison Project, Deborah Jiang-Stein, has teamed up with the Children’s Book Council to bring libraries to prison nurseries in honor of Mother’s Day, May 10, the last day of Children’s Book Week.
The O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL, has been awarded the Follett Challenge Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The school will receive $60,000 in Follett products and services. Two semifinalists were also named.
During librarian Dawn K. Wing’s time as a high school ESL teacher years ago, she developed curricula that enabled English language learners to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives.
“In terms of school libraries, are we [Philadelphia] becoming a third world country?” asks Deb Kachel of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children says no. The nonprofit has been partnering with schools to reopen school libraries.
First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to low-income schools and programs for a steep discount, has partnered with Unbound Concepts, a reading-focused tech company, to announce an app Artifact, matching books with low-income readers.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
To kick off Read to Me, a new national literacy initiative, WPIX weatherman Mr. G and other members of the Screen Actors Guild read to children on World Read Aloud Day.
School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Findaway has recently launched the first-ever secure, preloaded learning tablet designed for children in a circulation environment, according to Playaway spokesperson Brittany Gonzalez, and the Chicago Public Library and Nashville Public Library are amongst its early adopters.
Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.
At the St. Croix Falls (WI) Elementary School library, retired senior citizens regularly sit down individually with over 130 students to read together, laugh, and learn. Here’s how the program developed.
Along with singing, rhyming, and clapping, the popular Guerrilla Storytime sessions at ALA addressed scenarios librarians might face: emotional children, an ambulance appearing outside the window, or a power outage.