May 4, 2016

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Courting Controversy? | Scales on Censorship

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Assigning a recently challenged book; teachers’ political views; classroom book selection policies.

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

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.

SLJ Webcomic Exclusive: “Economy of Form” by Melanie Gillman

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SLJ presents an original webcomic by “As the Crow Flies” creator Melanie Gillman starring Charlie, a queer 13-year-old girl, and her friend Mei.

SLJ Reviews LEGO WeDo 2.0

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The second-gen robotics system teaches STEM concepts to elementary students.

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The Best Early-Learning Blogs | First Steps

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Blogs about flannelboards, rhymes, and creative play are among Lisa Kropp’s top picks.

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

Thinking Hyperlocal | Editorial

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The concept of “hyperlocal” is challenging me to think afresh about what a community is made of—and how we approach service design when we see what’s needed by unique parts of our constituencies.

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

He Said What? Making Sense of the Presidential Campaign

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Every day seems to bring a new “I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened” moment in the election campaigns. What can a school library offer? Context.

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The Evolution of Summer Reading | Editorial

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Where summer reading works well, it places the library in a student’s learning life during vacation. Combine its goals with hands-on STEM-based programming, and you’ve met summer learning.

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

Translation Blues | Consider the Source

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Why is it that publishers downplay the fact that some of their books have been translated? It’s time for them—and librarians—to help international books to strut their stuff—to become visible introductions to ways of thinking, seeing, and feeling that expand our sense of what it is to be alive in the world.

Wonderful news! The launch of the Open eBooks app for your children in need

Some wonderful news!  First Lady Michelle Obama’s video below announces a significant new initiative designed to address the challenge of providing children living in low income households with equitable access to digital reading materials. Open eBooks, is a free app, offering thousands of popular and award-winning titles, available without checkout or cost.  It targets all […]

The Joys of a Good Book (Battle, That Is)| Editorial

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SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’s Books (BOB)—our feverish, book-based version of college basketball’s March Madness playoffs—pits 16 middle grade and YA books against one another over four rounds of matches, culminating in one winner crowned on March 30.

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

Assessing Controversial Books | Scales on Censorship

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Should libraries that already purchased books based on their starred reviews keep or withdraw them because of subsequent controversies?

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

Many Colleges Are Ignoring the SAT. Does Prep Still Matter?

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As students prepare to take the new SAT test on March 5, debates about the rationale for student testing continue—while librarians still want to help students prepare.

You Don’t Show the Sweet Without the Bitter | Up for Debate

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I understand small moments of joy on a page, like a slave receiving a Christmas present, because I can place those stories into a broad landscape and see them as the exception, not the norm. You have to earn hopeful stories about horrifying events, and you can only see what hope means if the horrors lurking nearby are visible

We Will Continue to Raise Our Voices: Survival, Slavery, Censorship | Up for Debate

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This ‘shocking and unprecedented case of self-censorship’ was, in fact, an editorial decision. The publishing industry makes thousands of them every day. They happen in response to many factors, including outside pressure, personal bias, and money. This decision happened after many voices were raised opposing the book, led by Black Lives Matter activist Leslie Mac.

So People Disagree. Is This a Problem? | Up for Debate

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Withdrawing a book from circulation—which makes it disappear as effectively as burning—is a dangerous course. The book is gone. By the same logic, other books will also disappear, or never be written. But there’s another compelling cause for concern: Censorship often works against those who are the most marginalized—historically, women, minorities, and dissidents.

A next chapter: Editions at Play

In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices, not surprisingly, an October 2015 Pew study found a sizable decline in e-book reader ownership. It’s possible that digital may not be the best container for all physical books. And it’s pretty clear that print and e-readers are not the perfect containers for emerging forms […]

Tiny Ozobot Gets Kids into Block-based Programming | Test Drive

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School Library Journal reviews Ozobot, the golf-ball size robot designed to draw kids into learning programming.

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

Blended Learning Model Essential for College Prep, Say Educators | College Ready

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K-12 schools are integrating digital tools and skills to better ready their students for the next phase of their education.

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