October 19, 2016

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The Seventh Wish

The Seventh Wish Written by Kate Messner Published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-1-61963-376-6 Book Review  “I must have imagined the voice. I have magic flowers and crystal dresses and wishes swirling around my brain, and that all added up to a fish talking.” Life for twelve-year-old Charlie Brennan suddenly changes when she […]

A Mathemagician’s Playbook | Apps


Criteria for selecting math apps and a few stellar examples.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy; Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN # 978-1-4814-6559-5   Grades K and up   Book Review “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others […]

2016 Election Resources

While teaching my course Exploring Nonfiction in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom this summer, I created this padlet page of resources on the 2016 Election. If you are a classroom teacher or school librarian trying to wrap your head around how to teach about this election, I hope these varied resources are useful to […]

The Inquisitor’s Tale

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog By Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly Published by Dutton Children’s Books Grades 5-8 Book Review “Whether you go your separate ways or stay together, you will continue to witness— against ignorance, against cruelty, and on behalf of all that is beautiful about […]

Why toys should be in every children’s department—and how to make it happen | First Steps


Here are easy ideas for integrating the learning power of play into your public library.

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Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and Illustrated by Rafael Lopez Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016 ISBN 978-0-544-35769-3   All Ages   Book Review “In the heart of a gray city, there lived a girl who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint.” […]

D.I.Y. Censorship: An Infographic


Download this visual representation of key findings in SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey of school librarians, exploring self-censorship.

Working Together: Simple Ways Public and School Librarians Can Collaborate


Librarian Christina Keasler offers a few simple examples of ways public and school librarians can connect and collaborate this school year.


Helping the Reluctant Reader

Reluctant Reader

Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.

Excellent Narrative Nonfiction Mentor Texts | Nonfiction Notions


Narrative nonfiction offers opportunities to teach students how to structure a research project, pose questions, investigate sources, and draw conclusions. These five titles are ideal mentor texts for use in classrooms and curricula.

Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story

 Steamboat School: Inspired by  a True Story Written by Deborah Hopkinson      Illustrated by Ron Husband Published in 2016 by Disney-  Hyperion Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-142312196-1 Book Review “I always thought being brave was for grown-up heroes doing big, daring deeds. But Mama says that sometimes courage is just an ordinary boy like me […]

All About Escape Rooms


Can you find the missing scientist? Travel back in time to ancient Egypt? Escape room games use problem-solving skills to boost curriculum—and they’re fun. Play one here.

It’s Back to School in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


A librarian in an international school shares information about the library, her school’s student population, and a lesson learned.

An American Library in Seoul, South Korea | A View from Abroad


It’s back to school for a group of young Americans in Seoul, South Korea.

Just the Facts: Reader-Ready Nonfiction for Secondary Students


These thoroughly researched and visually appealing new nonfiction titles are sure to reel in older readers right from the get-go.

The Gallery

 The Gallery Written by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-0-525-42865-7 Grades 5 and up Book Review It’s said that what happened to the once vibrant, brazen heiress “Wild Rose” Pritchard is “What happens to most girls . . . She got married. She settled, eventually. And then—” But […]

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.


An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”


For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making


Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

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