December 9, 2016

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Giant Squid: Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

Giant Squid By Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-59643-599-5 All Ages 2017 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children  Book Review Giant squid remains a mystery. The first photograph of a living giant squid was not taken until 2004; the first video of a live giant […]

Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

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The Night Gardener Written and Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan Published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-3978-7 2017 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor Book Book Review Grimloch Lane lives up to its name. The houses that line it are unkempt and the people who […]

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

A Homecoming and a Rallying Cry for NYC School Librarians

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A driving rain couldn’t keep librarians from Citi Field for the New York City School Library System 27th Annual Fall Conference.

NCTE Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Award Announcement

It is always wonderful to be at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual conference, and this year was no different. We are particularly grateful that Erika and Mary Ann had the opportunity to serve on two book award committees: the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the Orbis Pictus Award for […]

Scholastic’s New Study Looks at Equity in Education

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The report looks at barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, the role of families and communities, and the needs for learning supports and professional development.

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White

Written by Melissa Sweet Afterword by Martha White Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-0-544-31959-2 Book Review “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White to the world and Andy […]

Uprooted and Displaced | The Japanese and Japanese Americans During World War II

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A trio of new titles looks at how the United States treated a group seen as “other” during World War II.

A Kaleidoscope of Cultures | New Books on Immigration

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These new books can be appreciated on many levels, shared to help encourage empathy for others, and utilized to initiate further research and discussion of immigration and refugees from around the world.

The Bridge to Brilliance | Professional Shelf

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Despite, or because of, discouraging statistics, an educator commits herself to improving student performance in a struggling urban neighborhood.

The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring

The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation Written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-1-48145-065-2 Grades K and up   Book Review In 1943, while working as an engineer for the United States Navy, Richard James […]

Snow White

Snow White Written and Illustrated by Matt Phelan Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7233-1 Grades 4-8 Book Review The Roaring 20s and Art Deco New York City meet the Great Depression in Matt Phelan’s new graphic novel Snow White. Phelan introduces the climax of the novel at the very beginning, revealing to readers a […]

Nanette’s Baguette

Nanette’s Baguette Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems Published by Disney / Hyperion in 2016 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review Has Mo Willems done it again? “You bet!”  Combining word play, innovative illustration, and a scenario to which young children can easily relate, beloved author/illustrator Mo Willems delivers yet another picture book guaranteed to […]

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

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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

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

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