Using a community-wide digital reading program, Superintendent Ruben Alejandro of Texas’s Weslaco Independent School District has made literacy a priority for not only his school district, but for all kids in the community ages zero to three.
I often hear the hope, expressed as an expectation, that the Common Core State Standards are about to disappear. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in opposition states.
Teens write fan fiction to experiment, explore, and interact with fellow writers they admire and respect.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
To celebrate the recent Spanish-language launch of the early literacy initiative, Every Child Ready to Read, Libro por libro has selected kid-friendly bilingual and Spanish titles that work well with each of the five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
One in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. SLJ explores the different accommodations and programs within the library world that encompass the wide range on the autism spectrum—depending on severity of the condition to the age of the youth with autism.
In light of increased attention on early childhood development, SLJ presents a selection of fun and engaging board books.
These recent memoirs shed light on the teen experience from three very different perspectives: a college student with a debilitating disease, an awkward outsider chronicling her attempts at becoming popular, and an author looking back at how her tomboyish attitude made for a challenging childhood and adolescence.
Covering 71 percent of Earth’s surface, home to a vast array of plant and animal species, inherently mysterious and largely unexplored, the ocean makes a fascinating topic for motivating investigations and stimulating imaginations.
When it comes to children under the age of two and screen time, early learning specialists and the American Academy of Pediatrics don’t recommend it. For ages two to five? Most experts agree that limited, “intentional and developmentally appropriate” use is acceptable. Here are our recommendations of a few apps that meet that criteria.
Library music programs are fun and support early learning. They’re also essential: A growing body of research is affirming the central role of music in building literacy.
Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer? The Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program can motivate kids to explore and learn wherever they are this summer, while earning recognition for their achievements.
On June 19, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that will allow teachers who have been low-ranked to have their evaluations recalculated without using Common Core test results for 2014-2015.
Savvy librarians seize and incorporate the tenets of Common Core State Standards learning in their practices—doing so offers them an opportunity to demonstrate their role in student achievement.
This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Writing historical fiction calls for lots of research. Language, clothing, housing, technology are just the tip of the factual iceberg when it comes to building a story based on actual events. Use the following fictional titles, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, to support the Common Core while leading middle schoolers to the facts.
Angela Johnson and E. B. Lewis’s beautiful and evocative and ‘All Different Now’ (S&S, 2014) commemorates the first Juneteenth (June 19, 1865), when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the long-delayed news of emancipation.