July 26, 2016

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Not Your Typical Adaptations | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Retellings, companions, and other titles that are based on famous works are here to stay. From a modern-day update of Pride and Prejudice to a choose-your-own adventure version of Romeo and Juliet, the following works bridge the gaps between old classics and our current understandings.

New Collaboration Eases Path to ESSA Implementation

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Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary are doing pro-bono consulting to state level school library stakeholders for ESSA implementation planning

 

Brendan Kiely’s and Jason Reynolds’s CSK Author Honor Speeches for “All American Boys”

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Coauthors Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds each delivered remarks about their Coretta Scott King (CSK) Author Honor win for All American Boys on June 26 during the CSK Award’s Breakfast at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando. SLJ presents both speeches, published together for the first time.

Wild Things! | SLJ Spotlight

Finding Wild

Whether large or infinitesimally tiny, predators or helpful plants and creatures, all offer something to stimulate the senses and secrets to be discovered in these selected titles about exploring the natural world.

Titles for a Tune-Filled Bilingual Storytime | Libro por libro

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As with children’s books for, by, or about Latinos, the market for children’s music in Spanish has been mostly overlooked. Here are a few new and not-so-new wonderful titles.

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The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade | SLJ Review

The Music in George’s Head George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade

Slade, Suzanne. The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue. illus. by Stacy Innerst. 48p. bibliog. chron. Calkins Creek. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781629790992. 

K-Gr 4 –Slade teams up with Innerst for this pleasant picture book biography of composer George Gershwin, with a focus on Gershwin’s introduction to music as a child and the various influences that led to his unique musical style. The culmination of the story is the creation and […]

Innovative Outreach To Help the Youngest Learners

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Librarians around the country are showing ingenuity and resolve in early learning outreach. Lisa G. Kropp reports.

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry | SLJ Audio Review

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. 10 CDs. 11:43 hrs. Listening Library. Apr. 2016. $60. ISBN 9780147525819. digital download. 

Gr 7 Up –This magnificent tale is set in post-Crusades 13th-century France. A pious young noblewoman blessed with the gift of healing, Dolssa de Stigata is judged a heretic by the Roman Catholic Church and sentenced to burn at the stake. Forced to watch her beloved mother burn first, Dolssa is surprised when someone cuts the ropes binding […]

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. | SLJ Audio Review

28 Days Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Smith, Charles R., Jr. 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World. 1 CD w/Tr book. 68:45 min. Live Oak. Jan. 2016. $31.95. ISBN 9781430120247. 

Gr 2-5 –Each of the 28 entries in this excellent work, written to be used during Black History Month, highlights the achievements of an African American man or woman, or the details of a court decision or historical event, the effects of which are still felt today. Vibrant poetry begins many of […]

Creative Play with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | Touch and Go

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Young children have an opportunity to experiment with colors, textures, and shapes when they produce art in an app inspired by Eric Carle’s iconic picture books.