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September 1, 2015

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Academy of American Poets Debuts “Teach This Poem”

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Teach this Poem is a new weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and ideas for activities related to the selection. Educators can sign up now to begin receiving the resource September 2.

Minding the Curriculum Gaps | Consider the Source

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It is a form of generosity for authors to give young adults access to important histories—histories that are no less crucial simply because they are not yet required reading or don’t appear on standardized tests.

Postcards from Nerdcamp: PD gets fun in a grassroots unconference on literacy

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Nerdcamp is “the grassrootsiest of grassroots and ground zero for the “free-range” reading movement, writes Travis Jonker. “And it has the potential to revolutionize professional development in your school district.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Play-Based Learning for Teens, Via Board Games

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The maker movement has shown the efficacy and potential for play-based learning at higher grade levels. Chris Harris posits that an incredibly successful way to implement play-based learning in K–12 content areas is through games.

Looking for a Back-to-School Chapter Book Read-Aloud? Don’t Miss These!

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Looking for a good chapter book read aloud for the first days of school? We surveyed our readers and reviewers about the titles they have been recommending lately. Here are their responses.

It’s Back to School |Stories to Share

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Whether realistically told or delightfully over the top, these back-to-school stories remind kids that first-day butterflies are perfectly normal and demonstrate that though problems may be encountered, they can also be surmounted.

Let’s Build a More Physically Active World | Editorial

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Study after study shows that kids thrive when they get the play and exercise they need. Like grown-ups, they are happier, sleep better, and even learn better. So, why do we increasingly encourage a sedentary lifestyle?

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Capstone Launches PebbleGo Dinosaurs Database Module

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PebbleGo Dinosaurs, for pre-K through second grade, features articles related to more than 125 dinosaurs, such as ankylosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, and velociraptor.

A Voting Rights Bookshelf

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August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights act and the promise and application of these rights continue to headline the news today. Share this book list with your students for background on this historic legislation.

“Comics Connector” Finds Comics Professionals for School Visits

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Launched by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Comics Connector features a growing list of comics professionals state by state, as well as in Canada, along with their contact information.

ABDO Launches Database Series for Pre-K–2

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Abdo Zoom, a database covering 160 animal species for Pre-K–2 learners, will debut in August.

Canciones y Cuentos: Songs and Rhymes for Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

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Lullabies, nursery rhymes, clapping songs, and lap bounces sung en español are ideal ways to introduce all children to the beauty and sheer joy of song. Tim Wadham recommends titles and songs for bilingual and Spanish-language storytimes.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

NYC School Tech Summit: Green Screens, Digital Tools, and, Above All, Innovation

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During the jam-packed event on July 29, nearly 2,000 educators, principals, and superintendents from across New York City’s five boroughs were encouraged to rethink their teaching with new practices and digital tools this fall—and beyond.

Where Families Play: Dynamic Early Learning Spaces

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These innovative public library destinations for young children and their caregivers are places for reading, romping, and learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Bringing Fred Rogers Forward

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The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media carries on the life work of this beloved educational icon.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

CA College Says “No” to Trigger Warnings About Graphic Novels

The college reversed an earlier decision to add a warning to the description of an English course teaching “Persepolis” and three other graphic novels after a student objected to graphic language in the books.

Warren Buckleitner Curates a Starter Set of Apps

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You might say that the iPad’s been cursed by its own success—full of mid-to-low quality apps that tease kids with free offers. Here’s a starter list of better apps, with something for every youngster.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Texas Children’s ‘Read to Me!’ March Celebrates 24th Year

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Texas public librarian Sally Meyers has marched with more than 24,000 children during National Library Week to promote reading. “Read to Me!” is their message and demonstration cry as they march around the Tom Green County Courthouse.

Brooklyn Fifth Graders Publish Books to Help Rhinos and Elephants

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Students from P.S. 107 in Brooklyn, NY, have written and published two books about endangered animals, gained the endorsement of Jane Goodall and the World Conservation Society, and raised thousands of dollars to protect elephants and rhinos.

Five Resources for Global News | Librarian Curated

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Do your students know where to find news? Here are five free websites featuring news and media content from around the world, selected by Director of Library Services at Worcester (MA) Academy Jenn Hanson.