December 2, 2016

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Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by JooHee Yoon | SLJ Review

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ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Steadfast Tin Soldier. retold and illus. by JooHee Yoon. 64p. Enchanted Lion. Nov. 2016. Tr $22.95. ISBN 9781592702022.

Gr 2-4 –The steadfast tin soldier has only one leg. There was not enough tin to fill the mold, but this soldier can stand just as well as the others. The soldier falls for a beautiful paper ballerina in the child’s playroom and catches the wrath of a frightening jack-in-the-box troll. This tale has love, envy, adventure, […]

Parent Objects to Depiction of Islam in Textbook

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A middle school parent in Tennessee has asked that ‘My World History’ be removed from the seventh grade curriculum.

Categories Blur as Teen Lit Comes of Age

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A look at the elastic borders of YA, New Adult, and adult publishing.

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Books as Allies: SLJ’s Best Books Help Kids Find Their Way | Editorial

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SLJ’s 2016 Best Books list celebrates 50 years of acknowledging top titles—and the power of books to transport readers and change lives.

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The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond | SLJ Review

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DESMOND, Jenni. The Polar Bear. illus. by Jenni Desmond. 48p. Enchanted Lion. Nov. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592702008.

Gr 1-4 –From the author/illustrator of The Blue Whale comes another enchanting and informative title about a threatened species. With a touch of metafictional flair, a young girl pulls this very book down from the shelf to read about polar bears and is immediately immersed in their fascinating world. She learns about their habitat, physical characteristics and adaptations, and feeding and […]

Top 10 Music | 2016

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Must-have albums from 2016, destined to get toes tapping, selected by ClefNotes columnist, Veronica DeFazio.

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Pictures of the Week | Hanging Out at NCTE

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Friendships forged at the National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference in Atlantic this month. Author/illustrators Torben Kuhlmann and R. Gregory Christie met over dinner.

NCTE ’16 | The Faces of Advocacy

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Southern hospitality and sunny skies reigned in Atlanta as the city welcomed more than 7000 conference goers to the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference November 17–20.

On the Map | Touch and Go

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Injecting game play or interactive quizzes into lessons can help them go down a bit more smoothly. Here are two apps that offer students of geography both “learn” and “play” opportunities.