August 29, 2016

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Ming Goes to School by Deirdre Sullivan | SLJ Review

Ming Goes to School by Deirdre Sullivan

Sullivan, Deirdre. Ming Goes to School. illus. by Maja Löfdahl. 32p. Sky Pony. Jul. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781510700505. 

PreS-Gr 2 –A sweet and spare text introduces a preschool girl named Ming on her first day of school. A vibrant and multiethnic cast of children share and grow with Ming throughout the year. The seasons shift subtly, as conveyed through the changing artwork of the students, displayed on a classroom window in softly burnished tones with […]

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex | SLJ Review

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

Rex, Adam. School’s First Day of School. illus. by Christian Robinson. 40p. Roaring Brook. Jun. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781596439641. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Step aside, other first day of school books: there’s a new school in town. After construction and a summer of tender loving care from the janitor, Frederick Douglass Elementary’s first day finally arrives. And what a day it is: hordes of children with all their feelings, mess, noise, new concepts, and even a fire […]

26 Forward-Thinking Programs for Back to School

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From a picture-book presidential election to a course in cleaning up digital footprints, designer garment upcycling, and TOEFL test prep, these initiatives pack a powerful impact.

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Set the Right Course for Back to School

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How do you make sure you’re starting your school year on track and in command? School librarians share their best tips.

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Next Stop, First Grade | Back to School Roundup

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Nineteen titles to inspire and entertain young scholars as they embark on a new educational adventure.

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SLJ’s Back-to-School Roundup | Resources

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Tech maven Joyce Valenza and longtime SLJ contributor Joy Fleishhacker share the latest tools and book picks for the back-to-school season. From curated reading lists to useful tech trends and tips, School Library Journalhas gathered the following resources to help your students, patrons, parents (and you) get back in the swing of things.

Bouncing Back to School | Great Books for Easing First Day Jitters

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From what to wear to following rules to making friends, these engaging picture books address common beginning-of-the-year concerns with solid storytelling, genuine empathy, and upbeat resolutions. Selected from the vast array of offerings available on the topic, the list includes titles both new and tried-and-true that will reassure youngsters that their apprehensions are shared by others.

Your back-to-school letter

In response to LM_NET queries, Doug Johnson published a BFTP (blast from the past) post today on Your Library’s Back-to-School Letter. Doug encourages us to use the start of school as an opportunity for connection and advocacy, inspiring us to design an initial communication that conveys the energy and contributions of our library programs in […]

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: New Books for Back- to-School

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The start of a new school year is the perfect moment for taking chances—trying out for cheerleading, going against the crowd, or learning how to get along with your new teachers. This fall’s releases are all that and more. Read these school stories and keep them close to your newly sharpened bouquet of pencils.