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June 1, 2015

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Authors at the Fourth Annual SLJ/AAP Librarian Dinner | BEA 2015

Panel of authors at the SLJ/AAP Librarian Dinner. l. to r. Matt de la Peña, Kevin Henkes, Mike Curato, Jeff Anderson?, Candace Fleming, Adam Silvera, and Eric Rohmann.

Matt de la Peña, Kevin Henkes, Mike Curato, Jeff Anderson, Candace Fleming, Adam Silvera, and Eric Rohmann were featured speakers at the dinner, moderated by Betsy Bird.

Long Ago and Far Away | Graphic Nonfiction

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These titles use sequential art to transport readers to different worlds, allowing them a glimpse into the life of Harriet Tubman with Nathan Hale’s The Underground Abductor and a look at the Middle East during the 1940s and 1950s with Leila Abdelrazaq’s Baddawi.

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Typhoid Mary, the Danish Resistance, and an Enchanting Memoir from Margarita Engle | Middle to HS Nonfiction

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This month’s middle and high school nonfiction includes the true story of Typhoid Mary, insights into the story of a group of Danish teenagers who fought against the Nazis when the rest of their country gave in, and a moving memoir from Margarita Engle.

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2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners

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“The Farmer and the Clown” by Marla Frazee (S. & S.) has won the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for best picture book, while Katherine Rundell’s “Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms” (S. & S.) took best fiction title and Candace Fleming’s “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Russia” (Schwartz & Wade) won best non-fiction book.

School Librarians Join Chicago Teachers Union In Pay Raise Fight

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This is the first year that Chicago school librarians are officially represented by the Chicago Teachers Union during negotiations with the Chicago Public School system.

Follett, HarperCollins Partner to Offer 18,000 Ebook Titles for Pre-K to 12 Market

Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 18,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers.

“Groundswell Rising” reports on the continued dangers of fracking| DVD Pick

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Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air & Water. 70 min. and 52 min.  Dist. by Bullfrog Films. 2014.  $295.  Rent $95.  ISBN 194154519X.
Gr 7 Up–In this timely and critically important report, the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, are laid out in unequivocal terms by residents in Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and New York, where hydraulic mining to release natural gas is taking place or has been proposed. Spurred to activism to safeguard the health of their children […]

Emus, Insects, and War Horses | Elementary Nonfiction

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Animal books are always popular additions to nonfiction collections, and this month features tons of great selections, from an illustrated biography of entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre to a glimpse at everyone’s favorite flightless Australian bird—the emu—to a poignant story of a horse who took part in the first world war.

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Make It So: Building on the Impulse to Create | Editorial

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The maker movement has taken our culture by storm, and libraries have been stepping up with programs large and small. While some might not view storytime craft projects—such as paper daffodils—as maker, others recognize their vital place on the creation continuum. We at SLJ see the SLJ_CV_May2015nimble response from the library world and recognize how much remains unknown or untested.

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Read It, Make It, Eat It | Great Picture Books with Recipes

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Delicious picture books that feature appended recipes sure to delight readers and eaters alike.