March 27, 2017

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Comfort Zone | An original comic by Gene Luen Yang

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An early lesson in empathy inspired Gene Luen Yang. In an original comic for School Library Journal, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature depicts the inspiration for his Reading Without Walls program.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Toy “Sleepovers” Boost Kids’ Reading Skills, Says New Study

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Children’s librarians are leveraging an old favorite, stuffed animals, to impart a love of reading. A new study shows their efforts make a measurable difference.

Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

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Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Scholastic’s Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest Opens

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One school in each state will win 500 books. Deadline to enter is April 14.

On student scrutiny: two strategies

We’re focusing a lot of attention these days of helping students determine credibility. For many of us, this is not a hot new topic. I dug around a bit and dusted off a couple of tools that, I think, stand the test of time.  You are welcome to make copies and retool them for you […]

2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide

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The biannual report is a reminder for librarians that parents and kids want good stories, humor, and strong characters. The challenge is improving access.

One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

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An elementary school in Westport, CT, kicked off their One Book, One School initiative on Read Across America Day, with a suspenseful school-wide assembly.

Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa

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In South Africa, 90 percent of schools don’t have a library. The CEO of Mandela Bangle, Nelson Mandela’s project, is setting out to change that, one bracelet (and shipping container) at a time.

Getting Book Rich | Editorial

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The national Book-Rich Environment Initiative promises to be a critical step in addressing print scarcity for low-income kids. Libraries will be key partners.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

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A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

ILA Report: Digital Literacy Is Hot; Access to Books and Content Is Not

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The International Literacy Association’s What’s Hot in Literacy report shows that what’s trendy to talk about is not always the same as what’s most important to discuss.

Faked Out | Editorial

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The news literacy gap is today’s information crisis.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

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The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

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Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

These Superintendents Are Sold on Libraries | Editorial

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Four influential superintendents see libraries as catalysts for school success—and librarians as change agents in a disrupted learning landscape.

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

Five Questions for Kids’ Media Literacy Expert Frank W. Baker

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How can kids deconstruct Super Bowl ads? Or distinguish authentic news items online from manufactured content? Insight on this and more from Media Literacy Clearinghouse founder Frank W. Baker.

Credo, AR State University Partner to Boost College Readiness

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The Literati High School Partnership aims to support research at the middle and high school level and ease students’ transition to college-level learning.

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Helping the Reluctant Reader

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Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

Unstoppable Ambassador: Laura Gardner, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Laura Gardner brings out the best in students at Dartmouth (MA) Middle School with outstanding volunteer, tech, and reading programs.

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