August 20, 2017

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Treasures from Four Historic Kid Lit Collections

Curators shared the history and scope of their children’s literature collections at a recent New York City event.

Show Me a Sign, Baby! Preverbal Kids and Sign Language

Baby sign language improves preverbal communication—and it’s a fun way to bond with children.

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Beyond Bilingual: Making Storytime Inviting to All English Language Learners

Here’s how two Brooklyn librarians are making storytime more inclusive.

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

Nine Chrome Extensions (and a Google Add-On) too good to miss

Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve become particularly fond of a few Chrome tools that I consider too good to miss.  These would be handy across the board, but especially in Google Classroom and Chromebook environments. Here’s a rundown of nine of my favorite discoveries in no particular order: 1. Google Keep is […]

Parsing the New ALA School Librarian Competencies Framework

An ALA committee has designed a set of professional competencies that emphasizes leadership and growth.

For Next Book, Jeff Baron Crowdsources 2,000 Kids’ Opinions

While writing Electro-Pup, the author has been trying out chapters, cover designs, and illustrations with second- through fifth-graders.

Storytime: A Classic Library Service Boosts Literacy and More, Studies Show

Storytimes in libraries and other community learning opportunities are viewed as critical components of young children’s preparation to enter school.

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Has the Opioid Crisis Impacted Your Library?

If so, we’d like to know what you are experiencing—and how you are responding. Let us know here.

Nonfiction Creators on Inspiration, Research, and More | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Insight into writing and illustrating nonfiction from Steve Sheinkin, Sue Macy, Michelle Markel, Alexandra Siy, and R. Gregory Christie.

How Universal Design Will Make Your Library More Inclusive

Universal Design involves designing spaces, products, programming, and more to make them as usable as possible for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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

School Library Tech Budgets Rise | SLJ 2017 Technology Survey

School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.

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School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts

Dynamic K–12 programs created by university researchers and engineers.

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Autism and Families | Professional Shelf

We’ve rounded up a host of resources for families affected by autism spectrum disorder.

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

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.

Survey: Bullying of Marginalized Students On the Rise

A survey of youth by the Human Rights Campaign found bullying more prevalent since the presidential election. Here’s how to help.

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

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

Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2017

The numbers you put to work every year are here—the list of average book prices for 2016 and 2017 to date.

Teaching News Literacy? Check Your Own Bias, Says Librarian

To stay at the top of your game, keep practicing, stay skeptical, and take a hard look in the mirror, experts advise.