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August 26, 2015

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Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney | SLJ Review

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PINKNEY, Andrea Davis. Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound. 176p. chron. discog. index. notes. photos. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781596439733.
Gr 5 Up–A tour of the musical powerhouse’s history done with verve and panache. “The Groove” takes readers through the birth and demise of Motown, one of the most influential African American-owned enterprises in the world’s social and musical history. Centering around Gordy Berry, the talented tastemaker and eventual mogul, the ingenious narration highlights the […]

Meet Kristina Holzweiss, SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year

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From her blog, entitled “Bunhead with Duct Tape,” to her maker space program called SLIME, Kristina Holzweiss, of Bay Shore Middle School in Long Island, NY, displays an energetic penchant for tinkering with traditional ideas.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Nashville’s Pride: Lakisha Brinson, 2015 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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At Robert E. Lilliard Elementary School in Nashville, TN, Lakisha Brinson used a wide array of books, electronic media, and apps to bring social studies to life, particularly during Black History Month lessons.

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Cultivating Passions: Sally Smollar, 2015 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Sally Smollar engages students in activities from digital media classes to gardening at Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach, FL.

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The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds | SLJ Review

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REYNOLDS, Luke. The Looney Experiment. 208p. Blink. Aug. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780310746423.
Gr 5-8–Eighth-grader Atticus Hobart is having a rough time. He is short and unathletic; his courage (and his voice) routinely fail him, especially when he’s around his crush Audrey Higgins; and he is the primary target of a blowhard class bully, who calls him “Fatticus.” To make matters worse, his father has just left the family to “figure things out” and the boy can’t help but feel that […]

Jason Reynolds on Building Houses and Affirming Young Lives | SummerTeen 2015

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The coauthor of “All American Boys” and 2015 SummerTeen keynoter describes how his family, music, and teen years shaped his outlook and ambitions as a writer. Watch a video of Reynolds’s speech.

“The Nonfiction Minute” Resumes September 8

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Popular resource The Nonfiction Minute will resume in September in time for the 2015–16 school year. Daily posts by award-winning authors will include a corresponding audio version, enabling less-fluent readers to listen and follow along.

Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah | SLJ Review

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SHEVAH, Emma. Dream On, Amber. illus. by Helen Crawford-White. 272p. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Oct. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781492622505.

Gr 4-6Eleven-year-old Ambra Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto (please, just call her Amber) navigates middle school embarrassments, awkward friendships, a first crush, an intimidating bully, and the realities of being a biracial tween in this smart and funny middle grade debut, first published in the UK. Half Italian and half Japanese, Amber has always felt a bit different than her peers in South London. […]

Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell | SLJ Review

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MCDONNELL, Patrick. Thank You and Good Night. illus. by Patrick McDonnell. 40p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780316338011.
PreS-Gr 1–Clement, a rabbit, is having his first sleepover. Jean (an elephant) and Alan Alexander (a bear) arrive appropriately dressed in pajamas, ready to take part in the fun. The friends spend their evening in innocent pursuits, such as happily performing the chicken dance, playing hide-and-seek, and jumping on the bed. Maggie, the young girl who shares Clement’s home, serves each […]

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir

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SLJ had the opportunity of pairing two Latino authors—Daniel José Older and Sonia Manzano, an award-winning author and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of “Maria” on Sesame Street—in a conversation about Manzano’s first memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.