May 3, 2016

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SLJ Reviews the littleBits STEAM Student Set


Want to see your students get excited about science, technology, and art? Tell them you have the design to build a throwing arm. Our review of the littleBits STEAM kit.

The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn | SLJ Review

The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

Beckhorn, Susan Williams. The Wolf’s Boy. 240p. Disney-Hyperion. Jun. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484725535. 

Gr 4-7 –Kai was born with a club foot and should not have lived. His mother left him with the yellow wolf mother, who had two cubs of her own, believing this was certain death for her young baby. Instead, the wolf mother nurtured Kai, and one day his human mother returned to the den to reclaim the baby she left for […]

Mobile Maker Spaces


Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.

Take Charge To Maximize Your Library’s Online Presence


Valuable advice for starting and maintaining a website that will serve your students well and show off your library as a key resource to the school community.

Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat | SLJ Audio Review

Mama's Nightingale

Danticat, Edwidge. Mama’s Nightingale. 1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2015. $15.75. ISBN 9781501911156. digital download.

PreS-Gr 2 –Danticat’s first book for children is the bittersweet story, bookended by a lilting guitar and accordion waltz, of a family fractured by United States immigration law. For three months, Saya and her father have trudged through their days, doing what they can to stay connected with Saya’s mother, an undocumented immigrant—including weekly visits to the detention center where she’s […]

How to Teach Internet Research Skills

New from Pew: How Teens do Research in the Digital World

Here’s what librarians need to know to work with—not against—the online information-seeking behavior of youth and achieve the best results.

Take a Look in a Digital Book with Reading Rainbow Skybrary School | Reference Online


Elementary students—and their teachers and parents—are in for a treat with this wide array of digital titles.

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Make the Case To Attend ALA, ISTE—or Any Conference


It’s not too late to lobby for attending the ALA and ISTE conferences in June. Here’s a strategy, including ways to keep costs down.

How To Use Snapchat for Readers’ Advisory


Here’s how one public librarian uses the popular social media app to create booktalks that wow teen and new adult readers.

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee | SLJ Review


Agee, Jon. Lion Lessons. illus. by Jon Agee. 32p. Dial. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803739086. 

PreS-Gr 2 –“It’s not easy getting your Lion Diploma,” says the human protagonist of Agee’s latest picture book. The nameless lead must master seven lessons to get his degree and is taught by an expert in the field—a lion. Each step highlights the essential characteristics of a ferocious feline, such as speed, agility, the loudest roar, and the ability to […]