October 18, 2017

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“American Born Chinese” Opens Windows and Shines Mirrors

At the SLJ Leadership Summit, Gene Luen Yang and students and educators at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, discussed how Yang’s American Born Chinese helped develop their racial literacy.

On Boys and Guns | Readers Respond

With the state of gun violence, we adults are freaked out, as we should be. But for children, the fantasy of having a gun is the fantasy of having power, observes a reader, who comments on a recent post by Betsy Bird.

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John Green Keynote | SLJ Summit 2017

Author John Green opened School Library Journal’s 2017 Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN, with an emotional keynote. Here’s the video.

Authors “Heartened” by Seuss Museum’s Removal of Mural

A mural at the new Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA, prompted three authors to pull out of an event there. The museum may now use the art as a “teachable moment.”

Thought-Provoking Picture Books | A Selection of 2017 Titles for Older Readers

Short on text and provocative in theme, these picture books are guaranteed to engage students into middle school and beyond.

Standing Up to Islamophobia

Libraries address Islamophobia in a time of bans, raids, and walls.

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Oakland Public Library Takes Action Against Islamophobia

Following a harassment incident, the Oakland (CA) Public Library broadcast a message of inclusion and took significant steps to build community.

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Expert Advocacy Saves WA School Librarian Certification Requirement

The Washington State Professional Educators Standards Board voted to reinstate the Pathway 3 standards for teacher librarians, which require completion of a full certification program from an accredited, state-approved institution.

Teaching Empathy and Mindfulness | Mix It Up

Tools are on-hand to help children cope and thrive, socially and emotionally, and combat hateful and bullying behavior.

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A Newly Minted School Librarian Starts Her Career—in Nigeria

Kate Davis received her MLS in March and has started her first experience as a librarian at the American International School of Abuja in Nigeria.

Finalists Announced for 2017 National Book Awards

Here are the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, announced this morning, along with their School Library Journal reviews.

Follett Launches Book Fairs

The educational publisher is entering the book fair market with titles for early education, elementary, and middle school students.

Riders’ Advisory: Bike-related programs expand in libraries

Library bike programs can be as simple as storing a tire pump on-site and loaning bicycle locks—or as complex as loaning out bikes.

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Want To Build a Great Maker Space? Plan Before You Play, Say Experts.

Got the maker bug but don’t know where to start? Check with the very people you hope to entice: your students. Panelists Laura Fleming, Tamiko Brown, and David Jakes offered their advice in the webcast “Build a Great Makerspace.”

12th Annual Carle Honors | Pictures of the Week

The 2017 Carle Honor Award gala was held in New York City on September 28th.

Are Ebooks Better for Babies?

A new study suggesting that toddlers may learn more literacy skills from ebooks answers—and raises—questions.

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Melissa Jacobs Takes Top Library Position at NYC Department of Education

As the new director of library services for New York schools, Melissa Jacobs plans to attract more educators to the library profession, expand maker spaces, and create more opportunities for librarians in public and nonpublic schools to learn from one another.

Hurricane Relief for Libraries; Be a Rebel and Tweet; Grants for Autism Inclusion | News Bites

Ways to help hard-hit libraries recover after Hurricane Harvey and to win literary swag and stand up for reading—and more.

Getting Ready for Banned Books Week? Check Out SLJ’s Updated Pinterest Board

Teacher librarian Kathy Burnette updates SLJ’s Banned Books Week Pinterest board with new, eye-catching, and inspiring ideas to kick off the annual celebration (September 24–30).

Despite Gains in Connectivity, 6.5 Million Students Lack High-Speed Internet Access in School

While progress has been made in broadband connectivity in U.S. schools, 6.5 million students don’t have high speed classroom Internet. The digital divide is particularly persistent in rural districts, according to an EducationSuperHighway report.