November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Easy as 1-2-3 | The Best of the New Math Books

From enchanting picture books to engrossing manuals, these offerings will provide fresh ways to present and explore ideas and reinforce fundamentals.

“Deadly Deeds and Perilous Professions” | A Conversation with Sarah Albee

Through spellbinding stories laced with science, Sarah Albee explores the history of a topic that both horrifies—and fascinates—us.

Rocky Roads: 8 Coming-of-Age Tales | Adult Books 4 Teens

These recent titles about young people maturing provide fresh takes on well-known narratives, from a heartfelt novel about a thirtysomething developing a sense of self to a memoir about a young man who trekked across the United States.

Creating a Culture of Kindness | Professional Shelf

At a time when name-calling appears prevalent, teaching kindness warrants particular consideration.

Here Comes the Sun | Digital Resources for the Solar Eclipse

Gear up for a cosmic experience on August 21 with these easy-to-access, digital resources.

The King’s Ears | Touch and Go

A lively retelling of a Slavic folktale about a king who keeps firing barbers because he’s ashamed of the secret they discover while cutting his hair: he has goat ears.

The People’s Comics: Using the Graphic Format To Teach About Current Events

Graphic creators’ take on politics, from immigration to women’s rights.

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Werewolves, Zombies, Space Operas, & Gaslamp Fantasies | Adult Books 4 Teens

This week’s column offers a rich mix of sci-fi and fantasy, from a gripping tale about nuns trained in the deadly arts to a novel that blends elements of Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.

Meditative Gaming: Prune | Touch and Go

While the premise of the game is simple, two aspects of the app elevate it into an amazing experience: the Oscar-worthy animation and the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack.

10 Graphic Novels That Are Not Quite of This World

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson rounds up her top picks of graphic novels for teens publishing in fall 2017, which run the gamut from fairy-tale princesses taking over the kingdom to a boy falling in love with a ghost.