And now, my predictions for the Battle of the Books! So, let’s take a look at books, judges, and the rounds. The thing about making predictions is it’s both about the books and the judges. I haven’t read all the books, true, but I’m not going to let that stop me. You can read about [...]
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It’s that time of year again! Time for School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books! I’m a big fan of the Battle of the Books, because, well, it’s fun. A quick explanation for those new to SLJ BoB: Sixteen books are selected. Judges from the children’s/young adult publishing world are given two books to read. [...]
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months, plus hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons. Get the insider’s view from DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, Archie Comics, Kodansha and more. There’s something for everyone; find out more about a certain superhero’s 75th birthday party and just what the heck is happening in Riverdale. Are vampires really killing off our favorite teens? Register Now!
Starting 2014, Sideline Activities will officially be part of the SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. These activities offer opportunities for our followers, adults and young readers alike, to be more involved with the Battle. We especially would love to hear more from young readers. Librarians, teachers, parents, please encourage the young people you know [...]
Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Four years after the first Common Core State Standards (CCSS) arrived in pilot states, educators are still grappling to understand them, assemble appropriate materials, and adjust curriculum and teaching methodologies. During this free webcast we will take a look at the current state of the Common Core, hear from experts in the field on issues surrounding implementation, and explore publishers’ responses to the CCSS. Register Now!
Tuesday, May 1st, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Educators have witnessed the power of children’s and young adult literature to engage students, inspire deep content exploration, differentiate instruction, and understand the potential of multimodal texts to transform classrooms. In this webcast, Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Dawes, co-authors of Teaching with Text Sets, will take educators on a nuanced tour of the role of multimodal, multigenre text sets in the classroom. An overview of text sets and a discussion of the presenters’ process for creating them will offer attendees instructional models to serve as blueprints for curriculum building. Register Now!
Tuesday, May 8th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET For the past year and a half, author and Rutgers University lecturer Marc Aronson, and Sue Bartle, the school library system director at New York’s Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, have been traversing the country presenting workshops on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for teachers and librarians. In this session, they will report on what they have been seeing and hearing on their travels with a focus on the successes, both small and large, that educators have made in implementing the CCSS. They will provide listeners with a collection of ideas and resources to use in the classroom. Register Now!
Ready for the road trip of a lifetime? Fifteen lucky winners will join Morgan, Adam, and a hyper chatterbox named Amy as they take off for the border in search of Morgan’s absentee father in 16 Things I Thought Were True from double Rita finalist and YA novelist Janet Gurtler.
The education technology company Renaissance Learning has received a $40 million investment from the Google fund in exchange for a minority stake, reports Gary Price. Renaissance Learning harnesses cloud computing to help teachers develop their lesson plans for students, including for reading and math.
Nearly 17,000 children’s books published by Penguin USA will be available in the ebook format for schools and libraries through a partnership with Follett. The Penguin collection is available through Titlewave and includes popular titles such as The Westing Game by Ellen Rasking, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
The Secret Life of Bees is a phenomenon with teen readers, especially girls. It hardly needs suggesting from us, does it? They just seem to know about it. It always comes up as a peer recommendation when I lead booktalk sessions with the 9th graders in my library. I wonder how that happens, 12 years [...]
Jennifer L. Holm is a New York Times bestselling children’s author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series — the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. [...]
The wake up. There aren’t many things that will get me up this early, but the 12th annual Children’s Literature Breakfast put on by Anderson’s Bookshop is one of them. Click here for my 2013 recap Click here for my 2012 recap Click here for my 2011 recap The plan: wake up, get on the [...]
Sheila Turnage lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, their finicky dog, a dozen chickens and a flock of hysterical guineas. In between driving into town for chicken feed and cooking for the dog, she writes novels for middle grade readers. Her first, Three Times Lucky, features Miss Moses LoBeau and Dale [...]
Lauren Oliver is likely composing this bio on her Blackberry while standing in line at the airport, a Starbucks, or possibly the airport Starbucks. For this reason, she is the last person on earth to still own a Blackberry. Her single greatest passion, other than writing, is sleeping; had she been able to make a [...]
Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I think my dislike for [title] was sealed when George W. Bush said it was his favorite book. And, no, I wasn’t in the “it must be the only book he can read hyuck hyuck” camp or even part of [...]
Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. His 2013 [...]
A children’s librarian and author, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson blames her life in books on a mother and father who read relentlessly to her. Through her work she hopes to give young people some of what her parents gave her — opportunities to grow through story. Nelson’s No Crystal Stair came out on top in last [...]
Topping the piles of books on our desks this month are volumes marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Fab Four on American soil, titles to feature in your Black History Month displays, and a few choice selections on animals (and their plumage).
Sarah Mlynowski is the author of Don’t Even Think About It (March 2014, Delacorte Press), the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and Bras & Broomsticks was optioned to [...]