November 20, 2017

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Let’s Go to the Farm! by Caryl Hart | SLJ Review

Toddler-PreS –Bee and Billy are two children who meet at a farm. They both enjoy an exciting trip as they meet farm animals, witness an egg hatching, and play with friends.

Be a King by Carole Boston Weatherford | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –In this book inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Weatherford and Ransome offer advice to a new generation of change-makers.

15 Spanish Language Nonfiction Series for Elementary Schoolers

Titles focusing on animals are the stars of this season’s Spanish language selections.

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Kittens & Deathstalker Scorpions: 14 Animal Series Sure To Pique Interest

Lure students into the library with books on unusual creatures, such as axolotls and Polish chickens.

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Chalkboard Controversy: Naughty Graffiti and Social Media Safety in a Middle School Library Space

A chalkboard wall in a newly designed public library space for middle schoolers brought fun opportunities—and some unexpected challenges.

Get Clued In: Chapter Book Mysteries & Lesson Plan Tie-Ins

Five chapter book mystery series with activities and lesson plan ideas.

The Pond by Nicola Davies | SLJ Review

K-Gr 4 –The first thing one notices about this picture book is the black pages, sometimes appearing as solid backgrounds, at other points layered with textured, mixed media compositions. A relatively rare choice in children’s books, but one that supports the despondency and rage a boy experiences when his dad dies.

The Power of Possibility: Dreamers Who Changed the World

New inspiring picture book biographies introduce individuals who fought against impossible odds, and persevered to achieve magnificent things.

The Land of Fire and Ice | Iceland’s “Upstart Island”

Author and scientist Loree Griffin Burns reports on a trip to Surtsey with a group of Icelandic scientists.

Choosing Kindness Online | Tips & Tools

Tips and tools to create a culture of kindness online.