May 1, 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.

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Pictures of the Week | A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for a State-of-the-Art School and Library

Beacon High School Library, NYC. Photo courtesy of John Ciardullo, P.C.

A new stunning, cutting-edge facility and library opens for a public high school in New York City.

Earth Day | It’s a Green Thing

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Looking for resources to educate students about critical environmental issues? Start with a K–12 Toolkit provided by the Earth Day Network, and some recently published books on the topic.

The Collage Art of Micha Archer

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Micha Archer, author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem, shares her collage techniques with readers.

The Premier Children’s Nonfiction Forum Returns

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The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference is back—and boasting three days packed with workshops, panels, and presentations by a prestigious group of industry professionals. Register now for the June event.

Otters, Emus, and Sharks, Oh My! | Informational Picture Books To Share

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Ignite interest in the natural world with a look at some of the planet’s most fascinating and diverse inhabitants in offerings packed with kid appeal.

Of Coding and Compassion

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Tips from an expert on how to instruct kids effectively and with an open mind.

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

Never Too Young To Code

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Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

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A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

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.

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

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Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

The Buddy System: Everyone Gains When Kids Read Together

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Reading buddy and paired reading initiatives are on the rise. Here’s what these programs look like today—and tips for creating your own.

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Price Break on “Mockingbird” for Schools

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The budgets of school librarians and teachers get a reprieve with the news of an educators-only discount on an English-curriculum mainstay.

Browsers’ Delights | Animal Compendiums

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Three new, generously illustrated animal books offer young browsers more than an afternoon of delight.

A Prime Co-Teaching Opportunity

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One librarian’s role is transformed, and with it, her approach to and appreciation for collaboration.

The Importance of Being Little | Professional Shelf

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Access to universal prekindergarten education has found a place on the agendas of top political leaders, but do we really understand what our youngest learners need to thrive in a school setting?

App Smashing: 5 Apps for Student Learning

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Five user-friendly apps that, when used together, allow students to creatively express their learning.

Inaugural Epic Reading Challenge to Coincide with Read Across America

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Educators looking for a last-minute Read Across America assignment may want to consider this “ice cream for ebooks” challenge.

Five Million Robots and Counting: A Developer Grows in Brooklyn

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“Sparking curiosity and making connections to the world” are key to Tinybop’s mission. Today, the Brooklyn developer released Weather, its ninth app celebrating exploration and play.

Global Oneness Project: free, interdisciplinary instruction and engagement

If you are seeking to inspire global awareness, critical thinking and student engagement, share the Global Oneness Project with your secondary classroom teacher partners. The Global Oneness Project offers an award-winning, interdisciplinary collection of films, photo essays, and articles exploring cultural, social, and environmental issues. All resources are free and are accompanied by rich standards-aligned lesson plans that […]