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April 15, 2014

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SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

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The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

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The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

PBS KIDS Says School Readiness Is More Than Letters and Numbers

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A new study from PBS KIDS reveals that parents value their children’s learning of social and emotional skills over academic performance in early learning.

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition

This past January, the Alliance for Excellent Education published a report showing school librarians in the front lines of the education movement to shepherd digital tools and skills into the hands of students.

Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement

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The results of a pilot study of Missouri’s Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) suggest that summer reading programs actually raise student reading levels by their return to school in the fall—particularly among at-risk kids.

US Students Still Struggle with Reading Proficiency, Report Shows

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A majority of fourth graders in the United States are still not reading proficiently, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data show that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading at grade level.

New Report: “Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America”

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More than half of parents (57 percent) believe their children have learned “a lot” from educational media, but that learning from mobile devices falls short compared to other platforms, according to a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

Teen Pregnancy Rate Influenced by ’16 and Pregnant’ TV Show

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Think reality shows are nothing but a bad influence on viewers? Think again. A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research links a decline in teen pregnancy rates to the MTV show 16 and Pregnant.

Harvard Study Examines Youth View on Technology Use in Schools

Harvard Study Examines Youth View on Technology Use in Schools

A new Harvard study examines US students’ attitudes towards technology in schools. Although 78 percent own cell phones, activating them in schools is restricted, which frustrates students. Students also express frustration with school’s limited WiFi access, Internet filtering, monitoring, and the push to embrace tablet computers.

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.

SLJ Survey: Ebook Usage in School Libraries Expected to Rise Incrementally

SLJ Survey: Ebook Usage in School Libraries Expected to Rise Incrementally

School library media specialists, especially in high schools, expect ebook usage by their students to rise incrementally, according to the 2013 Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries. The annual survey, the fourth of its kind, was produced by School Library Journal and sponsored by Follett.

US Student Achievement Stalls amid Funding, Equity Hurdles, Report Shows

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Despite notable progress in key states, overall US student achievement has stalled in the face of funding hurdles and equity gaps, according to the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center’s annual “Quality Counts” report.

No Fail Nonfiction for YA | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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So many books, so little time. It’s hard to sell something to readers which you haven’t had time to read yet, so SLJTeen is introducing JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen. This monthly column will provide you with ready to use booktalks on new releases for your teen readers.

YALSA Envisions the Future of Libraries, Teens

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The Young Adult Services Association (YALSA) is finalizing results of a yearlong project identifying ways that libraries can adapt to better meet the needs of 21st century teens. Yet the report is “a beginning, not an ending” of YALSA’s efforts, which will expand to include more advocacy, outreach, and funding this year, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s executive director.

Reading a Novel Changes the Brain, Study Shows

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Reading a novel appears to produce quantifiable changes in brain activity, according to an Emory University study published this month in the journal Brain Connectivity.

‘Nation’s Report Card’ Shows Los Angeles, District of Columbia Reading Scores Up as Progress Stalls in Houston, Cleveland

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Fourth- and eighth-grade students in Los Angeles, the District of Columbia, and Baltimore show strong reading achievement during the past two years, while students in Houston, Cleveland, and Austin are still struggling, according to findings from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Libraries Still Inspire Positive Views, But See Shift to Online from In-Person Use

Libraries Still Inspire Positive Views, But See Shift to Online from In-Person Use

Fifty-four percent of Americans have used the public library at least once during the past year and 70 percent of parents have taken their child to a public library or bookmobile during the past year, according to a Pew Research Center report. The nationally representative survey of 6,224 Americans indicated that the overwhelming majority continue to have a positive view of libraries, but many are unaware of all of the services and resources that their libraries offer.

Steal This Infographic: Librarians as Tech Leaders

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Librarians are leading the way in technology use, according to School Library Journal’s annual technology survey. SLJ’s got the proof, and we encourage you to share it.

Education Experts Divided on PISA Scores Showing U.S. Teens’ Flat Performance

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Teens in the U.S. scored about average in reading and science and below average in mathematics when compared to their counterparts around the world on the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), with little change seen from previous scores. This reported gap has sparked debate among U.S. education experts on how to interprete the data and on the PISA’s relevance.

Device & Conquer: SLJ’s 2013 Tech Survey

Device & Conquer: SLJ’s 2013 Tech Survey

As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students. More than 750 school librarians responded to SLJ’s survey, representing K–12 public and private schools across the country. According to the data, they make the most of what they have, learning one day and sharing that knowledge the next.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.