January 15, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

AASL 17: Starring Standards

Include, inquire, collaborate, curate, explore, and engage. Those six commitments of the new AASL National School Librarian standards resonated throughout the conference weekend.

Robin Benway Wins 2017 National Book Award

Benway took home the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her YA novel “Far From the Tree.”

Hanging out with Frank Lloyd Wright, Mary Wong, and Jack Gantos #AASL17

An #AASL pre-conference tour offered an opportunity to visit a National Historic Landmark and an extraordinary collection of children’s book art.

The NCTE Book Awards: Opportunities for Collaboration

Ever heard of John Amos Comenius or Charlotte Huck? Maybe not, but you’ll remember them now.

Critics Question the Representation of Disability in ‘Wonder’

While fans of Wonder await the feature film, critics claim that central character Auggie’s cranial facial deformity has been “softened” in the movie version the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio.

A DIY Computer, plus Minecraft: The Piper Computer Kit teaches perseverance as well as engineering

“Constructing a Piper Computer Kit is a memorable STEM learning experience that builds in problem-solving and technical skills,” writes Addie Matteson in SLJ’s review.

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

Writing About Addiction for Kids | Opinion

Some say that middle grade readers are too young for books that involve addiction. That argument is increasingly hard to support.

Everyone’s Problem: Libraries Confront the Opioid Crisis

Librarians are fighting the opioid crisis with information and social emotional learning strategies.

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

Baltimore Library Project Renovates 14th School Library

Fourteen libraries in the Baltimore City Public Schools have been renovated and now boast expanded collections and updated technology, thanks to a partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Children’s Books Promoting Peace Honored at 2017 Jane Addams Award Ceremony

Authors Deborah Hopkinson, Caren B. Stelson, Russell Freedman, and others spoke at the organization’s 65th awards celebration in New York City.

Brooklyn Public Library Offers Online PD Course on Information Literacy

Through the free Teacher Lab program, K–12 teachers and librarians get up to date on research skills—and earn professional credit.

Seventh Annual Follett Challenge Launches

Follett Corporation is offering $200,000 to schools showing innovation in how they prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.

‘Wonder’ Toolkit; Capstone Educators’ Forum; Grants | News Bites

Our news roundup includes information about Baker & Taylor summer reading grants; a teen-focused StoryCorps Thanksgiving project; and a GIF-making contest.

Teens Tackle Race and Identity, Aided by a Graphic Novel | SLJ Summit 2017

Move over, John Green. In an event featuring star authors, a group of Oregon high school students stole the show at SLJ’s 2017 Summit. Here’s video of the teen panel.

“American Born Chinese” Opens Windows and Shines Mirrors | SLJ Summit 2017

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.

Fostering Good Citizens, Online and Off

Strategies for teaching digital citizenship skills to students.

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

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.

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

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.