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January 20, 2015

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Robin LaFevers’s “Medieval Obsession”

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SLJ spoke with Robin LaFevers, who concludes her thrilling “His Fair Assassins” trilogy set in 15th-century Brittany with the exciting ‘Mortal Heart.’

A Trio of Trailblazing Performers

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Three new picture books about three African American women born in the early 20th century resound with compelling storytelling, expressive artwork, and a sonorous message about overcoming obstacles and following one’s dreams.

Old Friends, Fresh Stories: New Middle Grade Fantasy

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Fantasy writing for children has a long and storied history, populated with all manner of heroic quests, forgotten prophecies, and strange magic. Despite its near-century of popularity, there is no sign of flagging enthusiasm for this much-beloved genre.

Views On An “Embattled” Profession | Professional Shelf

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As journalist Dana Goldstein eloquently documents in ‘The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession,’ the state of our current public school system is rooted in a complicated story.

Hank and John Green Join PBS to Expand “Crash Course” Video Series

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The partnership will make the Greens brothers’ witty, educational YouTube series available through the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel and PBS LearningMedia.

In Search of Stellar Nonfiction | Consider the Source

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Under the Common Core State Standards students need quality nonfiction to support class assignments and they need to know how to read it. So where is it?

The Skyping Renaissance

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For educators using the popular videoconferencing platform, it’s a whole new world.

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

Rev Up for National Novel Writing Month 2014

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National Novel Writing Month, during November, can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students aiming to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.

When Racing to the Top Slows Us Down | On Common Core

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In many states where the CCSS have been adopted and RttT funds accepted, educators are feeling beleagured.

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

Raúl Colón: The Boy Who Loved To Draw

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Raúl Colón’s latest book, ‘Draw!’ unfolds entirely through pictures, as a boy confined to his bed, takes readers on a journey of the imagination to the Serengeti plains of Africa.

Kathleen Krull: An Author to Study

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Kathleen Krull’s many picture books exemplify the best kind of narrative nonfiction for our students—accurate, well-researched, lively texts enhanced by large, handsome illustrations.

Transitioning to Chapter Books | Series Standbys

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What are your favorite series titles for children making their first forays into chapter books? We’ve listed a few of ours.

From Easy Readers to First Chapter Books | Titles to Ease the Transition

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This sampling of well-written, pleasingly illustrated books formatted with independent readers in mind will help students make the transition from easy readers to longer chapter books.

Separating a City—and Families

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On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beth Kephart’s compelling YA novel ‘Going Over’ offers a story of the human impact of the barrier, which separated not just the city, but friends and families on either side.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Bones | New Books About the Human Body

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The human body is an amazing machine. A number of new titles address how it develops, how to keep it functioning smoothly, and individual differences—all subjects reflected in the K–12 curriculum.

Technology in the First Years | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Addressing how technology fits in early learning, a trio of experts described uses of technology that can empower children and caregivers.

Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd

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K.C. Boyd has created a culture of readers at a struggling South Side high school.

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

A Picture Paints 1,000 Words: Books About the Power of Art │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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The following selections by the editors of Junior Library Guild are sure to encourage budding artists and can be incorporated into a school’s art curriculum.

Pictures of the Week: Queens Library’s First Pre-K; Joshua David Bellin Launches ‘Colony 9’

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Queens Library opened its first-ever pre-kindergarten class at the Woodhaven branch on September 22. Author Joshua David Bellin celebrated the publication of his YA debut at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA.

Selecting Children’s Books: A Reader’s Advisory by ‘The Horn Book’ Editors | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

The Horn Book editors Martha Parravano and Roger Sutton. Photos by Carolyn Sun.

Humorous quips and nursery rhymes punctuated the lively reader’s advisory discussion at the recent “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event in Ohio.