April 23, 2017

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2 YA Tales of Some Not-so-Witchy Witches

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Teen witch books aren’t all “hocus pocus” and “eye of newt.”

5 Picture Books Celebrating Dads (and Granddads)

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5 warm and tender titles with male-focused parent-and-child interactions that celebrate the special bonds between father (or grandfather) and child

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce | SLJ Review

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COTTRELL BOYCE, Frank. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. 336p. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. Jun. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062643629.

Gr 4-7 –Prez Mellows is a list expert. He’s been making lists for years on sticky notes to help his granddad remember important life facts, such as “Prez is your grandson” and “Do not go out without trousers.” His lists help save the planet when a space-traveling alien, Sputnik, shows up on Earth and enlists Prez’s help to come up with […]

James Patterson To Give $1.75 Million To Bolster Classroom Libraries

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In the third installment of Patterson’s School Library Campaign in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, grants of $500 will be given to 3,500 teachers.

Hello, Space Station! Teens Chat with an Astronaut via Ham Radio

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Through a NASA educational program, a Kansas teen librarian developed a related STEM curriculum that culminated in radio contact with the International Space Station.

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Happy Together: Looking and Listening | Listen In

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Paired reading should be considered a beneficial component of a child’s literary experience.

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Two Days Left To Enter the littleBits Earth Day 2017 Competition

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Students have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 21 to post an idea for an invention to clean and/or protect planet Earth.

College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books

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The free iOS app We Read Too taps into books starring characters of color written by authors of color.

Gardens Galore: Embrace Spring with These Great Books

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From flower blossoms to farmers’ market bounty, these picture books celebrate all sorts of growing things and nurture an appreciation of backyard nature.

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin | SLJ Review

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FULTON, Sybrina & Tracy Martin. Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. 352p. Spiegel & Grau. Jan. 2017. Tr $26. ISBN 9780812997231.

Four years after Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, was killed walking home by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watch coordinator with a gun, the teen’s mother and father, in alternating chapters, share the devastating experience of losing a son to senseless violence: “We tell it in hope for healing, for bridging the divide that separates […]