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The New Immigrants NYC 1880-1924 | Touch and Go

New immigrants

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.

Round 1, Match 8: We Were Liars vs. West of the Moon

Round 1, Match 8: We Were Liars vs. West of the Moon

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 […]

Pictures of the Week: New Teacher Librarian Training at P.S. 192

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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.

2015 Debut YA Authors Launch Adopt-a-Library Initiative

Adopt-a-library

A group of first-time YA authors have banded together to adopt 15 school and public libraries, offering participating sites the chance to receive a set of 15 books, Skype author visits, and virtual Q&As. Applications are due by April 24.

Round 1, Match 7: The Volcano Beneath the Snow vs. This One Summer

Round 1, Match 7: The Volcano Beneath the Snow vs. This One Summer

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 […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Spring Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Spring Prediction Edition

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 […]

Sponsored Content: Griffin Teen’s Spring 2015 List Is Blooming!

THE TRAGIC AGE

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.

Round 1, Match 6: The Port Chicago 50 vs The Story of Owen

Round 1, Match 6: The Port Chicago 50 vs The Story of Owen

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 […]

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

School librarians Colleen Graves and Leah Mann present on makerspaces to a packed room at SXSWEdu 2015.

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.

Round 1, Match 5: The Madman of Piney Woods vs Poisoned Apples

Round 1, Match 5: The Madman of Piney Woods vs Poisoned Apples

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 […]

Your Official 2015 Children’s Literature Ninja Buying Guide

Your Official 2015 Children’s Literature Ninja Buying Guide

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 […]

Friday Finds – March 13, 2015

Friday Finds – March 13, 2015

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: […]

The Worst Mother or Father of 2015: Cast Your Votes Now

The Worst Mother or Father of 2015: Cast Your Votes Now

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 […]

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2015

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Check out average book prices for children’s, young adult, and adult titles in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback format.

Round 1, Match 4: Grasshopper Jungle vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

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 […]

Pictures of the Week: WPIX Weatherman Mr. G Reads Aloud at Manhattan’s P.S. 140

Mr. G. picture of the week

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.

Round 1, Match 3: El Deafo vs The Family Romanov

Round 1, Match 3: El Deafo vs The Family Romanov

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, […]

Round 1, Match 2: The Crossover vs. Egg & Spoon

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 […]

2015 Preview Interview: Tundra Books

2015 Preview Interview: Tundra Books

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. […]

Updated: Utah Legislature to Vote on $1,050,00K Increase for School Libraries

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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.