May 5, 2016

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Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt & Alison McGhee | SLJ Audio Review

Maybe A Fox

Appelt, Kathi & Alison McGhee. Maybe a Fox. 4 CDs. 3:30 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2016. $24.99. ISBN 9781442394353. digital download.  

Gr 4-6 –Eleven-year-old Jules and her 12-year-old sister Sylvie are very close and dependent on each other, especially since their mother died when they were very young. So when Sylvie suddenly disappears and is presumed dead, Jules and her father are left to cope with her absence and their lives “after Sylvie.” At the […]

Beyoncé’s Lemonade Gets a LibGuide


Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade premiered on HBO, and the rest is history. Or is it? Creator of the Lemonade LibGuide, librarian Jennifer Ferretti considers the learning potential.

Mobile Device Addiction Explored in Report; Educators as “Mentors” Highlighted


The survey, “Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance in the Digital Age,” reviews existing studies on adults’ and children’s internet use and provides recommendations for educators.

Teaching with “Hamilton”


Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway musical, this librarian gets kids rapping, listening, and learning American history.

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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.