September 23, 2017

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Striking a Chord: 20 Exceptional Books on Music for Young People

The following fiction and nonfiction titles demonstrate the world-changing power of music, from the birth of the blues to today’s top 40.

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Robot Dad | Touch and Go

A creative, pint-size maker comes up with an ingenious solution when he misses his dad.

Falling for Fall: Great Books To Celebrate the Season

These fun-to-share picture books with exuberant artwork accentuate the sense of wonder inherent in nature’s transformations.

#BacklistYA – What are the books you just hate weeding?

Earlier this week I wrote a post specifically about NEWER YA titles that dealt with sexual violence and rape culture. If I was writing a comprehensive list, I would undoubtedly include the title Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This got me thinking about those older backlist titles – classics if you will – that we […]

Listen Up! (Con Le Orecchie Di Lupo) | Touch and Go

Some apps delight users from the moment they begin, through to the very last click.

9 Bilingual and Latinx Books for Young Animal Lovers

This past year has seen a ­number of Latinx-themed works with animal characters. Fictional, informational, funny, ­serious, sweet, and thought-provoking, here are some of the best.

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23 YA and Middle Grade Books To Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

A mix of fiction and nonfiction titles from such stellar talents as Daniel José Older and Margarita Engle. And, as a bonus, professional reading picks for those serving Latinx communities.

Physics, Fears, & Female Empowerment | Adult Books 4 Teens

Tempt teens with a memoir from award-winning actress Gabourey Sidibe, a primer on feminism, and a peppy look at the universe and dark matter.

Top-Shelf Chapter Book Read Alouds for A New School Year

Looking for books to recommend as read alouds? Our readers and reviewers weigh in on new books worth sharing.

Imagining Peace

Three new books serving a range of grades will jump start #PeaceDay discussions on September 21.

If You Give a Kid a Story | Wordplay and Writing Prompts

Get your students’ creative juices flowing with these picture book prompts.

A Birthday Treat: A Conversation with Julie Fogliano

A talk with Julie Fogliano about the creation of the picture book When’s My Birthday?

“Know-Nonsense” Guides to Honing Writing Skills

Writing inspiration from the likes of Jack Gantos and Patricia Reilly Giff awaits middle graders.

Framed: Spy Caper Meets Animated Graphic Novel | Touch and Go

Part noir spy caper, part puzzle game, part animated graphic novel, this app defies easy categorization.

Smiles of Bibliophiles: Celebrating Books and Reading

Share these titles to celebrate the importance and empowerment of literacy and to set the tone for a book-loving school year.

Gotham’s Most Wanted | Touch and Go

Cross-media branding? It’s not unusual, but is it successful in this app?

Offended at Open Mic | Scales on Censorship

A controversial student poetry reading; controlling bookmobile offerings; questioning ‘James and the Giant Peach.’

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Blast from the (Recent) Past: 13 Great Middle Grade and YA

Set between 1969 and 2010, these works of historical fiction take readers back to a time that seems at once modern and long ago

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One Last Summer Trip | Adult Books 4 Teens

Pack your bags! The latest crop of can’t-miss Adult Books 4 Teens take readers everywhere from rural Idaho to small-town England to 1950s Appalachia.

The Game of Life | Touch and Go

A classic American game receives a winning digital update.