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October 23, 2014

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Robert Needlman Keynotes Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read, says there is no panacea for childhood literacy. At the early literacy conference, presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book, at Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library on September 19, he surfaces what can help.

NSBA, New Regency, and Penguin Books to Distribute “12 Years a Slave” to U.S. High Schools

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The National School Boards Association has partnered with New Regency, Fox Searchlight, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to make copies of the feature film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave available to public high schools.

A National Effort to Read to Kids 15 Minutes a Day Needs Our Support

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Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a nonprofit organization that’s working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes “the new standard in child care.” First Steps columnist Lisa Kropp urges libraries to sign on as partners in the effort.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Graphic Novel Resources; Collection Development Grant; Green Cooking for Teens | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a $5,000 YA collection development grant to purchase the graphic novel resources our Good Comics for Kids bloggers have gathered. Check out the latest roundup of teen services news bites.

Librarians Changing Instruction in the Classroom with a 1:1 Environment

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Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado, is about to embark on a 1:1 device environment. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares insights and goals for the year ahead and how he and his staff will be an integral part of the transition.

Scott Westerfeld Answers That Perennial Author Question

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Talking about his new book ‘Afterworlds’ Scott Westerfeld joked, “This is basically the 150,000-word answer to the question, ‘Where do you get your ideas?’”

Bibliophile’s Delight: Books that Celebrate Creative Writing, Book Lovers, and Libraries

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Introduce and nurture independent writing, generate enthusiasm for books and reading, and the support language arts curriculum standards with these new picture books.

Real-life Heroes, Unspeakable Tragedies—and Kittens | Hi-Interest Nonfiction for Children and Teens

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Unusual topics and funky facts about our world pepper this selection of high-interest nonfiction titles for students.

Early Literacy Picture Books for Fostering Lifelong Learners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation of The Horn Book and SLJ’s “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event, check out the following early literacy selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

‘Building a Better Teacher’ | Professional Shelf

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What’s missing in our attempts to improve our nation’s schools? In her thought-provoking, new book Elizabeth Green argues that it is teacher training programs.

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom

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Ten great graphic novels for schools; online resources; publishers’ lesson plans and teaching support; and and other recommended reading.

Let Pixar Turn Your Library Into a Laboratory | Consider the Source

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Looking for inquiry projects that will get your students excited? Introduce them to The Pixar Theory and see where it leads them.

‘Text Sets’ Slated to Help School Librarians Advance College Readiness

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With reading skills being tested as criteria of college readiness, school librarians are primed to support these skills by building text sets—or units of instruction—according to the nonprofit Student Achievement Partners.

School Librarian of the Year Finalist Andy Plemmons: Expecting the Miraculous

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Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, strives to “expect the miraculous”—his school library’s motto, an idea drawn from Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning book.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Girl Who Loved Reading and Triumphed in Math | Consider the Source

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For the first time in its history, the Fields Medal, sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for math,” has been awarded to a woman. Clearly, the cultural image of girls as uninterested in the sciences is something we need to work on in the United States.

Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights

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Books and resources on the history of the Civil Rights movement, nonviolent resistance, the Rodney King legacy, the history of racial tensions between citizens and police, and more.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Keynotes Early Education Summit in NYC’s Scholastic Headquarters

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On August 5, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio keynoted the Preschool Nation Summit 2014 co-hosted by Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit aimed at providing access to quality early childhood education programs for children in Los Angeles County. If you missed the event, you can catch a video of the happenings here.

Constructing a Life | A Conversation with Isabel Quintero

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“Adults forget what it is like to be a teen—that on their way to becoming adults they are often faced with situations they don’t know how to react or respond to. I often hear adults say, ‘In my day young women/men didn’t behave this way or that way.’ I have to laugh because, yes they did!”

Sister, Sister: Sibling Drama in Young Adult Literature

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Delving into everything from rivalries and heartbreaks to cold shoulders and warm embraces, three recent young adult novels each explore a facet of that bond among young women coming of age simultaneously, bound by blood, and, often, friendship.

Queens Library to Offer PreK Class in Fall 2015

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In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.