June 28, 2016

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Otters, Emus, and Sharks, Oh My! | Informational Picture Books To Share


Ignite interest in the natural world with a look at some of the planet’s most fascinating and diverse inhabitants in offerings packed with kid appeal.

Happy Poetry Month!

We enjoy poetry in the classroom all year long, but April is a special month to recognize the power that poetry has to move us, to entertain us, and to help us see the world in new ways. In today’s entry, we highlight some poetry books recently feature…

Of Coding and Compassion


Tips from an expert on how to instruct kids effectively and with an open mind.

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Never Too Young To Code


Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback


A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

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Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
Written by Jane Sutcliffe; Illustrated by John Shelley
Published by Charlesbridge, 2016
ISBN # 978-1-58089-638-2

Grades 3 and up

Book Review

“The more people said all those words…

The Best Early-Learning Blogs | First Steps


Blogs about flannelboards, rhymes, and creative play are among Lisa Kropp’s top picks.

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Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions


Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

The Buddy System: Everyone Gains When Kids Read Together


Reading buddy and paired reading initiatives are on the rise. Here’s what these programs look like today—and tips for creating your own.

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Price Break on “Mockingbird” for Schools


The budgets of school librarians and teachers get a reprieve with the news of an educators-only discount on an English-curriculum mainstay.

Ideas Are All Around

Ideas Are All

Written and Illustrated
by Philip C. Stead

Published in 2016 by
Roaring Brook Press

ISBN 978-1-62672-181-4

All Ages

Book Review

Looking for the antidote
to a case of writer’s block? Take a cue from author / illust…

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot 
Written and Illustrated by Peter Brown 

Published by Little, Brown April 2016 
ISBN: 978-0-316-38199-4

Note: This review was written using an advanced reading copy. 

Grades 4-8

Book Review 
"As you may know, robots don’t really feel emotions. Not the way animals do. And yet, as she sat in her broken crate, Roz felt something like curiosity." So, too, will readers of popular

Browsers’ Delights | Animal Compendiums

amazing animals

Three new, generously illustrated animal books offer young browsers more than an afternoon of delight.

2016 Sibert Medal Winner, Pura Belpré Honor, and Orbis Pictus Honor: Funny Bones

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras2016 Sibert Medal Winner2016 Pura Belpré Honor2016 Orbis Pictus HonorWritten and illustrated by Duncan TonatiuhPublished by Abrams Books, 2015ISBN #978-1-4197-1647-8Grades K and upBook ReviewSkele…

A Prime Co-Teaching Opportunity


One librarian’s role is transformed, and with it, her approach to and appreciation for collaboration.

The Importance of Being Little | Professional Shelf


Access to universal prekindergarten education has found a place on the agendas of top political leaders, but do we really understand what our youngest learners need to thrive in a school setting?

App Smashing: 5 Apps for Student Learning


Five user-friendly apps that, when used together, allow students to creatively express their learning.

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

At Lesley University, we are eagerly anticipating our annual Evelyn Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture, and are thrilled this year to be hosting illustrator E.B. Lewis. Lewis will be joined by author Susan Goodman, faculty in Lesley’s MFA pr…

Inaugural Epic Reading Challenge to Coincide with Read Across America


Educators looking for a last-minute Read Across America assignment may want to consider this “ice cream for ebooks” challenge.

Five Million Robots and Counting: A Developer Grows in Brooklyn


“Sparking curiosity and making connections to the world” are key to Tinybop’s mission. Today, the Brooklyn developer released Weather, its ninth app celebrating exploration and play.