April 23, 2017

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Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Cokie Roberts gives a presentation on her book, "Ladies of Liberty," to students at the Young Readers Center in honor of Women's History Month, March 6, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Flying Lessons and Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh Published in 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 978-1-101-93459-3 Grades 4-6     Book Review  Don’t we all have “milk-snorting-out-of-your-nose…listen-to-how-cool-and-awesome-we-are…come-close-so-we-can-whisper-in-your-ear” stories? In this groundbreaking anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books and edited by its co-founder Ellen Oh, are ten stories by […]

2017 Pura Belpré Author Winner: Juana & Lucas

Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award Juana & Lucas Written and illustrated by Juana Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-7208-9   Grades K-3     Book Review   Prepare to be utterly charmed by Juana, the exuberant grade school protagonist of the Pura Belpré Author Award winning book Juana & Lucas. […]

What Today’s Teens Have To Say About George Orwell’s ‘1984’

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With “alternative facts” in the headlines, high schoolers connect with George Orwell’s classic novel and protagonist Winston Smith’s world of “Newspeak” and “doublethink.”

“Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” Kicks off SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

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A new season of the SLJ ISTE webcast series launches with “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” on March 16.

March: Book Three – National Book Award, Sibert Medal, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Coretta Scott King Author Award, Printz Award

March: Book Three Written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell Published by Top Shelf Productions ISBN: 978-1-60309-402-3 Grades 7-Up Book Review Many Americans outside of the black community may only understand the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s through the actions of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Many have never […]

World Read Aloud Day

Read aloud. Change the World. This is the motto for LitWorld’s global literacy event–World Read Aloud Day held today on February 16th, 2017.World Read Aloud Day was created in 2010 by LitWorld, a renowned literacy 501(c)3 organization, to share the message that the read aloud is a simple, powerful act of social engagement that can change […]

Chapter Books for Change | Chapter Book Chat

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Topics such as immigration, gender identity, and homelessness are explored in this selection of chapter books for younger readers, with supporting web resources for classroom lessons and discussions.

Where Empathy Begins | The Work of Bob Graham

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Bob Graham’s whimsical stories are tender, childlike, adventurous, and kind.

Celebrating Black History: Real People and Real Lives

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Dig into the past and explore the historical events, personal perspectives, and challenges and achievements that have contributed to the black experience in the United States with these recently published titles.

The Importance of Play | Professional Shelf

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When block and housekeeping corners give way to flash cards and workbooks, children don’t necessarily benefit academically.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michal Basquiat – 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner

Winner of the 2017 Caldecott Award Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Published in 2016 by Little Brown ISBN 978-0-316-21388-2   Grades PreK – Grade 12 Book Review “Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, […]

In Call for Early STEM Learning, Libraries Cited as Potential ‘Charging Stations’

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Gaining STEM skills is as important for young children as learning to read, asserts a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and supported by the National Science Foundation. Libraries could play a critical role in this call for more preschool STEM learning opportunities.

A Poem for Peter

A Poem for Peter Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney Pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson Published in 2016 by Viking Press Grades K-5 ISBN: 978-0-425-28768-2   Book Review “Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white./ Bright as the day you came onto the page./ From the hand of a man who saw you for […]

Love in Action: Children’s Literature to Promote Hope and Counter Fear

  Congressman John Lewis uses the phrase “love in action” when speaking about the nonviolent revolution of the 1960s. When faced with systemic oppression, Congressman Lewis and fellow civil rights marchers led with love. Today, we are faced once again as a nation with divisive, harmful rhetoric and actions that threaten the values of civil […]

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.

2017 Geisel Winner: We Are Growing!

We Are Growing! (An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book) 2017 Geisel Award Winner Written by Laurie Keller; Illustrated by Laurie Keller Published by Hyperion, 2016 ISBN 978-148472635-8   Book Review Bam! Whee! Zap! Beep! Honk! With each sound and exclamation, a different blade of grass grows. Amazed at each other’s sudden growth spurt, the […]

2016-2017 Children’s & Young Adult Book Awards

The start of the calendar year is always an exciting time for children’s and young adult literature, as the American Library Association (ALA) announces its Youth Media Awards. Below you will find not only links to the 2017 ALA award-winning and honor books that we blogged about, but links to the many books we blogged […]

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer, Orbis Pictus Recommended Title

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer Written by Diane Stanley, Illustrated by Jessie Hartland Published by Simon and Schuster ISBN: 978-1-4814-5249-6 Book Review “She was perfect for the job. She understood how the engine worked. She was a good writer. And she had the vision to see, better even than Babbage himself, […]

On the Screen | Black History Month

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From the world of sports, music, dance, and politics, these portraits of tenacious trailblazers will give a boost to curricula and offer a varied range of subject matter year round.