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April 15, 2014

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‘More Truth-y than Truthful’: Stephen Colbert Rips Into Common Core—and Melinda Gates Tweets Back

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On April 8, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert ripped into the Common Core State Standards. Melinda Gates, one of Common Core’s biggest proponents, tweeted back her response.

STEM Learning: ‘MoMath’ Every Month at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics

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Today, April 11, a card trick expert—featured last year in the New York Times will perform for kids at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics’s ‘Family Fridays.’ Held monthly, Time Warner Cable ‘Family Fridays’ at the Museum of Mathematics invites children and families to join mathematical innovators from around the country to experience the fun and engaging aspects of math.

Spring YA Lit from Chronicle | ARC Giveaway

Meaning of Maggie

April showers bring May ARCs! Chronicle Books wants you to preview two May titles, The Falconer and The Meaning of Maggie.

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special

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Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Everywhere you look, librarians are on the hunt for databases, databases, and more databases. But which one is best? Which offers material that your students will use? And which one will be accessible to them? Wonder no more.

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Free Booktrack Education Tool: Engage Students with a Soundtrack to Stories

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Following a controlled study conducted by the University of Auckland, Booktrack has released a free global education tool that synchronizes a soundtrack to stories, which study shows increases reading comprehension and reader engagement.

Writing and Racing with Geronimo Stilton | Touch and Go

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Not many mice can boast a series of books, graphic novels, and audiobooks, and a website and newspaper, unless of course, it’s Geronimo Stilton. And now the prolific journalist/editor/adventurer has added an app to his oeuvre, brought to us via Scholastic.

Great Books About Eggs and Chicks

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Bursting with a sense of exhilarating discovery, natural renewal, and out-and-out exuberance, these 12 lively books for young readers about eggs and chicks are just right for spring.

The Debut: SLJTeen Talks with Laura McHugh, Author of ‘The Weight of Blood’

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Laura McHugh‘s debut novel is set in rural, small-town Missouri, deep in the Ozarks. This dark coming-of-age mystery follows a 17-year-old girl determined to investigate the murder of a friend from school, a search which leads to the earlier murder of her own mother. SLJ contributor Diane Colson shares her recent conversation with McHugh here in SLJTeen.

Hello World, Goodbye Flatland | Consider the Source

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“Between the booths, the artists, the displays, and the discussions, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is a feast for the eyes and ears; it is the market, the souk, of materials for children and young adults.” The innovative works on display there make American publishers appear timid in comparison when it comes to experimenting with style and format.