January 15, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

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Get Clued In: Chapter Book Mysteries & Lesson Plan Tie-Ins

Five chapter book mystery series with activities and lesson plan ideas.

The Power of Possibility: Dreamers Who Changed the World

New inspiring picture book biographies introduce individuals who fought against impossible odds, and persevered to achieve magnificent things.

Choosing Kindness Online | Tips & Tools

Tips and tools to create a culture of kindness online.

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Digital Class Sets Improve Return On Investment & Maximize Classroom Time

Stacks of print texts have served as the cornerstone of the K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for generations. While these traditional class sets have undoubtedly helped educate and instill a love for reading and learning in students, they come with significant drawbacks.

Sim Cell by Touch Press | Touch and Go

A new app from Touch Press puts students inside a cell on a mission.

The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade Written by Natasha Tarpley Published by Scholastic, 2017 ISBN #978-0-545-78387-3   Grades 3 and up   Book Review   Art, adventure, and activism are at the center of The Harlem Charade, Natasha Tarpley’s novel about three very different seventh graders who unite to solve a series of mysteries in their own backyard […]

Why Am I Me?

Why Am I Me? Written by Paige Britt and Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko Published in 2017 by Scholastic Press ISBN 978-1-338-05314-2 Grades PreK-5   Book Review “Why am I me…and not you? Why are you, you…and not me?” These seemingly simple, yet profoundly philosophical questions are made to feel familiar in this […]

Everyone’s Problem: Libraries Confront the Opioid Crisis

Librarians are fighting the opioid crisis with information and social emotional learning strategies.

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After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again Written and illustrated by Dan Santat Published by Roaring Brook Press; 2017 ISBN # 978-1-62672-682-6   Grades PreK and up   Book Review   “Life begins when you get back up” – so says the blurb on the back cover of Caldecott Medal winner Dan […]

Brooklyn Public Library Offers Online PD Course on Information Literacy

Through the free Teacher Lab program, K–12 teachers and librarians get up to date on research skills—and earn professional credit.

Pat Scales Special Collections Room Opens | Picture of the Week

The Pat Scales Special Collections Room opened at the Carmichael Library on the campus of Scales’s alma mater, the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL.

Seventh Annual Follett Challenge Launches

Follett Corporation is offering $200,000 to schools showing innovation in how they prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.

Windows

Windows Written by Julia Denos, Illustrated by E.B. Goodale Published by Candlewick Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-0-7636-9035-9 Grades Prek-2 Book Review Have you ever found yourself walking down a street at twilight, watching the lights pop on inside the houses and apartment buildings you pass by? As the northern hemisphere turns and twirls towards winter, autumn […]

Can an Aardvark Bark?

Can an Aardvark Bark? Written by Melissa Stewart and Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Published in 2017 by Beach Lane Books ISBN 978-1481458528 Grades PK – 4 Book Review: Bark, grunt, squeal, roar…. A chorus of animal vocalizations emanates from science writer Melissa Stewart’s latest picture book, a concept book focusing on the sounds that animals […]

Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level

Creators of a widely used reading and book leveling system say their system is intended as a tool for educators—not as a means of labeling or restricting reading choices for students.

Increase Family Engagement Now | First Steps

The “five R’s of family engagement” include reaching out, raising up, reinforcement, relating to others, and reimagining services.

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A New Season of “Nature” | On the Screen

The visually rich, compelling PBS Nature series returns this month for its 36th season, with episodes that are ready-made tie-ins for classrooms studies.

The Antlered Ship

The Antlered Ship Written by Dashka Slater and Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan Published in 2017 by Beach Lane Books ISBN 978-1-4814-5160-4 Grades PreK-2 Book Review When a mysterious antlered ship arrives at Emerald Lagoon, a philosophical fox named Marco is suddenly filled with quixotic questions: Why do some songs make you happy and […]

Lines

Lines Written and illustrated by Suzy Lee Published by Chronicle Books, 2017 ISBN #978-1-4521-5665-1   Grades K and up   Book Review   Suzy Lee, acclaimed illustrator and virtuoso of the wordless picturebook, delivers another spectacular visual masterpiece in her latest book, Lines. A young girl revels in the freedom and creativity of ice skating […]