In its breath and depth, a new app created by the New York City Department of Education in partnership with four cultural institutions will help students understand the value of primary sources, develop insight into the experience of millions of new arrivals to our nation in the early 20th century, and explore historical thinking. And best of all—it’s free.
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JUDGE – KELLY BARNHILL We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Delacorte/Random House West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams Once upon a time, there were two books, each alike in beauty and strength and faithfulness. They each had clear eyes and nimble feet and clever fingers. They each had strong backs and sturdy […]
SLJ was on hand for a day of professional development for a group of new teacher librarians, some decked out in green, at P.S. 192 in New York City on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.
JUDGE – NATHAN HALE A Volcano Beneath the Snow by Albert Martin Knopf/Random House This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki FirstSecond/Macmillan COVER BATTLE THIS ONE SUMMER: The cover of This One Summer is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a drawing of two adolescent girls caught midair as they jump into rolling blue waves. Both […]
There are traditions we adhere to because they are what we know. And what do I know? I know how much fun it is to predict Newbery and Caldecott winners WAY way way before I oughta. Why do I do it? Because it’s fun. Mind-blowingly ridiculous on some level. But fun. Each year I also […]
The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and Griffin Teen’s Spring 2015 list is finally blooming. From boarding school girls to zombies to computer hackers, these titles are guaranteed to offer teens something fresh and exciting.
JUDGE – RACHEL HARTMAN The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston Carolrhoda Welcome, darlings, to this exciting instalment of Battle of the Books, wherein we watch Speculative Fiction heavyweight, The Story of Owen: Dragon-Slayer of Trondheim, take on Non-fiction champ, The Port Chicago 50. I was […]
Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.
JUDGE – G. NERI The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann Greenwillow/HarperCollins I was once asked to compare some homemade jams cooked up by twin sisters I knew. One had made an apple butter jam, the other, an orange marmalade. When asked which was better, I declined […]
And here I thought ninjas were big last year. 2015 puts 2014 to shame. Shame! Because I get ninja requests all the time in my school library, I bring you this list of children’s book containing ninjas in 2015. Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas: Get Mooned by Kevin Serwacki; illustrated by Chris Pallace. Out now. This […]
This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: What’s a Powder Puff? Book Review: The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith Middle Grade Monday – World Traveler Edition Book review: Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens Serving Full T.I.L.T. : Talking Up Teens Full STEAM Ahead with Tween and Teen Programming, webinar for Florida Library Webinars Book Review: […]
It’s a little unfair posting this request in early March, of all times of the year. After all, I’ve only read a smattering of the 2015 books for children, and I haven’t even seen the bulk of the fall list! But what I have read has definitely stood out. Bad parents are a children’s book […]
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JUDGE – JO KNOWLES Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Dutton Books/Penguin The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan As seems to be the tradition with Battle of the Books, I’ve been tasked to pit two books against one another that have almost nothing in common, so please bear with me as I […]
To kick off Read to Me, a new national literacy initiative, WPIX weatherman Mr. G and other members of the Screen Actors Guild read to children on World Read Aloud Day.
JUDGE – ELIZABETH RUSCH El Deafo by Cece Bell Abrams The Family Romanov by Candace Flemming Schwartz & Wade/Random House Shoot me now! That was my first reaction when I was told I would have to choose between El Deafo by Cece Bell, a stunning graphic novel memoir about growing up with severe hearing loss, […]
JUDGE – ISABEL QUINTERO The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Harcourt Brace and Company Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire Candlewick Press It wasn’t easy picking a winner for this round of Battle of the Books. Here’s the thing: I had to choose between poetry (good poetry-and yes, I believe there is bad poetry) and fairytales. Two of my […]
My thinly veiled plot to gain Canadian citizenship via children’s literature preview interviews continues today as I chat with Tundra Books editorial director Tara Walker about the latest from the Toronto-based publisher. Travis: Greetings from Michigan! Tara Walker: Hello, hello from balmy Toronto! We get super excited when the temperature reaches 20°F (-6°C) these days. […]
Following school library lobbyist Sharyl Smith’s year-plus effort in Utah, with the help of Parents Advocating Libraries in Schools, the Utah legislature has allocated an additional $500,000 to school libraries, pending a final vote on the state’s overall budget this week.