September 23, 2017

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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.

SLJ and Capstone Partner for Capstone Rewards Program

Capstone and SLJ will offer Capstone Rewards members discounts on SLJ subscriptions and professional development courses.

DACA’s Fate Still Uncertain, Librarians Reach Out to Dreamers, Offering Resources and Safeguarding Student Information

School librarians find ways to support to undocumented students and their families.

2017 Flame Con Celebrates Queer Heroes and Representation in YA Lit

Year three of the increasingly popular Flame Con, known colloquially as “queer Comic Con,” offered an excellent array of programming at the bustling New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge from August 19–20.

Ten Titles Make the 2017 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The 2017 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes two previous National Book Award finalists. Nine of the ten authors are women, and two are debut novelists.

Is the Cat in the Hat Racist? Read Across America Shifts Away From Dr. Seuss and Toward Diverse Books

For its 20th anniversary year, the literacy awareness program will shift its focus toward a year-round promotion of diverse books. This comes amidst heightened awareness of representation in kid lit and scrutiny of racial imagery in the work of Dr. Seuss.

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

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

My Principal Is ‘All Over the AR Points.’ Readers Respond to Leveling.

Our feature story on reading levels, “Thinking Outside the Bin,” quickly proved to be among our most popular stories so far this year. As expected, there was plenty of feedback from readers

The Faces of Leadership | Editorial

The five individuals cited in this year’s competition for our School Librarian of the Year award illustrate today’s state-of-the-art approach to the work, and point the way forward for anyone who wants to make a positive impact on kids’ lives and learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

After a Member’s Ouster from Newbery Medal Committee, a Closer Look at Social Media Rules 

Social media guidelines for Newbery Committee members were devised a few years ago to avoid controversy about how the prestigious book awards are determined. But the rules have raised issues of their own.

SLJ Editors Respond to DACA Decision

The latest White House move to terminate DACA is shameful, crushing the dreams of 800,000 young people and striking a blow to the core principles of this country. This is not who we are.

Rain Fails To Deter Fans at the 2017 National Book Festival

A rainy Labor Day weekend in Washington, DC, didn’t seem to affect the turnout at the 17th annual National Book Festival, which drew booklovers of all ages as well as political statements from authors.

After Hurricane Harvey, School Librarians Provide Support and Stories

In the Texas flood zone, a costumed “Book Fairy” entertained kids displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Other school librarians donated books and provided more ways to help.

Remembering Dianne de Las Casas, Founder of Picture Book Month

Friends and family members gathered in Metairie, LA, to celebrate the life of de Las Casas, author, storyteller, and creator of Picture Book Month.

Meet Tamiko Brown, SLJ’s 2017 School Librarian of the Year

Tamiko Brown embraces innovation at the Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX.

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Bringing a Better You Back to School | Editorial

A new school year always inspires creativity. This year, librarians around the country are stepping up programming connected to learning goals.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Four Surefire Techniques for Engaging English Language Learners

A veteran educator shares her most successful teaching methods and favorite resources.

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SLJ and Scholastic Announce the 2017 School Librarian of the Year

Tamiko Brown of Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX, has been named the 2017 School Librarian of the Year.