April 25, 2017

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2017 Irma Simonton Black and Cook Prize Winners Announced


Both winners were determined by first and second grade classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming | SLJ Review


FLEMING, Candace. Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! illus. by Lori Nichols. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. May 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375866487.

PreS-Gr 1 –Day is done, and the farm animals quietly take to their beds to get some much-needed rest. Pig toddles off to his sty, with all its glorious mud and slop, but finds a cow in his spot. “Go sleep in your own bed!” Pig demands. Cow clompety-stomps to her stall, but there she startles awake […]

School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts


Dynamic K–12 programs created by university researchers and engineers.

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Barbershops Give Kids Free Cuts if They Read Aloud

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From the Midwest to Texas, hair stylists are handing kids books and offering to give them haircuts free of charge…if they read aloud while getting their trims.

Literate on Literacy | Public Library Think Tank

Literacy—and how libraries are reimagining services to address it for patrons of all ages—took center stage at the Northeast Dade–Aventura Branch, Miami Dade (FL) Public Library System, March 9–10, at LJ and School Library Journal’s 2017 Public Library Think Tank.

5 Reference Titles for Armchair Travelers, Record Breakers, and More


Lonely Planet takes readers on a ride through 86 cities and Guinness World Records recaps all the latest weird and wacky pop culture trends.

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Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition! by Barbara Parks | SLJ Audio Review


PARKS, Barbara. Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition! 2 CDs. 77 min. Listening Library. Jan. 2017. $20. ISBN 9780147523440. digital download.

Gr 1-3 –This fabulous 15-song production is centered on four previous stories—First Grader (at Last!), Boss of Lunch, One-Man Band, and Top Secret Personal Beeswax—and features the songs from Junie B. Jones, the Musical. In First Grader (at Last!), listeners discover that first grade can be a scary place, but it also offers new beginnings. The irrepressible […]

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein | SLJ Review


WEIN, Elizabeth. The Pearl Thief. 336p. Disney-Hyperion. May 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781484717165.

Gr 8 Up –In this prequel to Code Name Verity, set in 1938, Julia Beaufort-Stewart, 15, returns home from school in Paris for summer break to unhappy changes. The family’s house and land have been sold and are being converted into a school. Julie, finding no one at home to welcome her, heads to the river. The next thing she remembers is waking up in the […]

Teacher Appreciation Day | Authors and Illustrators Remember Early Educators

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The impressions our early educators make on us are often indelible. From beloved teachers to wannabe Coach Tunchbulls, here are few reminiscences you won’t want to miss.

What Do a Bat and Kangaroo Have in Common? | Find Out in Tinybop’s “Mammals”


A new tool to engage kids in the sciences that’s informative, interactive, and easy to navigate.