January 15, 2017

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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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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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