April 25, 2017

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The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

Written by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee Illustrated by Susanna Chapman To be published in 2017 by Compendium Grades K-5 Book Review   “Girls can’t run marathons, don’t you know that?…Good girls don’t run. You’ll hurt yourself!” What does it take to follow your heart, rather than bend towards the fears of others? From the […]

Teacher Appreciation Day | Authors and Illustrators Remember Early Educators

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The impressions our early educators make on us are often indelible. From beloved teachers to wannabe Coach Tunchbulls, here are few reminiscences you won’t want to miss.

Hello, Space Station! Teens Chat with an Astronaut via Ham Radio

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Through a NASA educational program, a Kansas teen librarian developed a related STEM curriculum that culminated in radio contact with the International Space Station.

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Gardens Galore: Embrace Spring with These Great Books

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From flower blossoms to farmers’ market bounty, these picture books celebrate all sorts of growing things and nurture an appreciation of backyard nature.

Engaging Readers with Fiction/Nonfiction Pairings

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Pairing popular chapter books with thematically related nonfiction titles offers readers various entry points to a subject.

4 Poetry Titles to Share with Tweens

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Margarita Engle’s moving exploration of Latinx in U.S. history, Nikki Grimes’s tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, and other works of poetry to share with tweens.

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder Written by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth Illustrated by Ekua Holmes Published by Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-8094-7 Grades 3-8 Book Review “A poem is a small but powerful thing. It has the power to reach inside of you, to ignite something in you, and to change you in ways […]

Reading Around the World | Picture Books

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Blending striking artwork, captivating storytelling, and universal themes, these recently published picture books provide glimpses at the lives of children across the globe.

Earth Day, Every Day | On the Screen

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Leaping lemurs and the pure blue orchid are among the photogenic stars of three visually arresting documentaries.

Anywhere Farm

Anywhere Farm Written by Phyllis Root and Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Published by Candlewick Press in 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-7499-1 Grades PreK – 3 Book Review Just in time for Earth Day and in anticipation of the coming growing season, Phyllis Root’s new picture book celebrates the simplicity and power of the act of gardening. […]

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow Written and Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Published in 2017 by Feiwel and Friends ISBN 978-1-250-07636-6 Grades preK-3   Book Review Get ready to challenge all of your assumptions about stories of girls in red-hooded jackets and wolves. Counter to traditional fairy tales that caution (and condition) us to be fearful of […]

11-Year-Old Starts Book Club for African American Boys

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Fifth grader Sidney Keys’s “Books N Bros” club celebrates characters who are black—and gets boys reading.

Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month

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What better way to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month than to incorporate these wonderful tech tools at teens’ disposal?

Labdisc: A Data-logging STEM Device with Maker Potential |SLJ Review

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Billed as an all-in-one STEM lab, the handheld Labdisc Gensci by Globisens is a useful tool to measure and record data for a wide range of experiments.

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John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien Written by Caroline McAlister; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN # 978-1626720923   Grades K-5   Book Review “John Ronald was a boy who loved horses. And trees. And strange sounding words. But most of all, John Ronald loved dragons.” […]

Ashes

Ashes (The Seeds of America Trilogy) Written by Laurie Halse Anderson ISBN: 978-1-4169-6146-8 Grades 7 and Up Book Review The Seeds of America trilogy that began in New York City in 1776 with the National Book Award finalist Chains, and continued at Valley Forge in 1777 with Forge, concludes at the Battle of Yorktown in […]

Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

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Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

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Fictional Introductions to Remarkable Real-Life Women

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More intimate than traditional biographies, these carefully researched, these well-written works of historical fiction provide inviting introductions to real-life, fascinating women.

The Book Problem — And One Community’s Solution

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When left to a group of eight-year-olds, a solution to a classroom issue aided an entire community.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Written and Illustrated by Jason Chin Published in 2017 by Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-59643-950-4  Grades K-8  Book Review  Are you ready for a mind boggling trip through time and terrain? In his latest hybrid nonfiction/ informational fiction picture book, master illustrator Jason Chin takes us through the eons while we traverse the […]