July 23, 2016

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Grab Them with Graphic Novels

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Featuring concise narratives, vivacious artwork, and page-turning comic book formats, these recently published graphic novels make compelling choices for encouraging and empowering young readers.

Early Learning’s Pay Gap | Editorial

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We depend on and say we value the people who care for our kids in their earliest years—in day-care centers and in home-based child care. Yet we expect them to work for a pittance. It’s time to invest in our kids’ first teachers.

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When Librarians Teach Teachers

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Public librarians are training early learning professionals in a range of literacy-boosting skills, from in-depth professional development to puppetry.

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When an Ebook is the Best Book

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Five reasons why ebooks can be a better choice than print in your school library.

“The Classroom Bookshelf” Joins SLJ

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“The Classroom Bookshelf”—a blog offering lesson plans dedicated to top children’s books—has joined the School Library Journal blog network.

ISTE Launches Refreshed Standards for Students

At ISTE 2016, this week in Denver, we saw the official release of a refreshed and aspirational set of Standards for Students focused on empowering student voice. We’ve come a long way from 1998 when our students exposure technology was largely limited to a weekly computer lab visit. ISTE describes the nearly twenty year progression of their standards as […]

Welcome to Readialand

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A bold new movement embraces tech’s potential to support early literacy across income levels.

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Helping Children and Teens Succeed | Professional Shelf

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Two recently published books explore practices that have the potential to increase student success, while calling for significant changes in prevailing pedagogies.

We’re Moving to the School Library Journal Blog Network!

We are thrilled to announce that The Classroom Bookshelf is joining the School Library Journal Blog Network. SLJ is the world’s largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens. The SLJ blogs have long been some of our f…

Apps for Nature Lovers | Touch and Go

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Viewers will delight in these two immersive, introductory apps from Bright World eBooks offering up-close and panoramic views of watery environments and their denizens.

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Written by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis Vallejo
Published by Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN # 978-0763669546

Grades 3 and up

Book Review

The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full for…

Pax

Pax

Written by Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Published in 2016 by Balzer + Bray

Grades 4-8

ISBN: 978-0-06-237701-2

Book Review

With eloquent prose and gripping plot development, Sara Pennypacker guides readers through a tumultuou…

A Voice of One’s Own | Editorial

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A great teacher can make all the difference. When it came to writing, for me that teacher was Linda Harter, who taught English, composition, and drama at my high school in Wallace, ID. I reached out to thank her, reminisce, and learn more about her teaching life—and gained perspective on her approach to teaching and a deeper appreciation of her work.

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

Diana’s White House Garden

Diana’s White House Garden

Written by Elisa Carbone and Illustrated by Jen Hill

Published by Viking in 2016

ISBN 978-0-670-01649-5

Grades PK – 6

Book Review

The year is 1943; America is at war and the inhabitants of
the White House i…

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

A Bandit’s Tale: The
Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Written by Deborah Hopkinson

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-385-75499-6

Grades 4-8

Book Review

“These days, when anyone asks, I say I’m an Ameri…

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

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Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete PoemsWritten by Bob RaczkaPublished by Roaring Brook Press, 2016ISBN 978-1-62672-236-1Grades 2 and upBook ReviewIn Wet Cement, author Bob Raczka begins with a credo: “I like to think of poems as word paintings.” Inde…

Bill Thomson’s “The Typewriter” | A Lesson Plan

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In his most recent book, The Typewriter, Bill Thomson delivers another visual adventure celebrating the power of the imagination. Here are some suggestions for using it in the classroom.

Mobile Maker Spaces

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Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.

Strategize: Great Ideas for Library Writing Programs

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Limericks, rap, and sports journals are just a few ways to get students playing with words.

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