November 22, 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Get on the Bus! Jan Wilson, 2017 Hero of Collaboration

A school-bus turned bookmobile is one of many collaborative projects from this quick-witted innovator and 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist.

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

Attuned to Equity: April Wathen, 2017 Hero of Equitable Access

April Wathen, 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist, proves that “being a Title 1 school does not define who we are or what we are capable of doing.”

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

“Liz the Librarian:” Liz Phipps Soeiro, 2017 Hero of Family Outreach

This “linchpin of the school community” and 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist prioritizes families, community, and social justice.

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

Make, Write, Excel: Alisha Wilson, 2017 Maker Hero

2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist Alisha Wilson’s library “Spark Lab” has all the supplies kids need—including a writing lab for one-on-one help.

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

In Charlottesville, a Back-to-School Like No Other

Virginia school librarians prepare for school to open 11 days after the deadly clash between white supremacist groups and counterprotestors.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Art Graces Library in Northampton, MA

A new mural by the “Lunch Lady” author at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, transformed a stairwell leading to the kids’ area.

Trump’s Immigration Policy Prompts Publisher to Fast-Track Statue of Liberty Book

Chronicle Books will publish Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris in September.

With Smart Toys, Kids’ Privacy Is at Play

A recent FBI public service announcement warned that common features such as microphones and cameras “could put the privacy and safety of children at risk.”