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October 30, 2014

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Library Opening $2M Teen Learning Lab; Winners of Censorship Essay Contest; PBS Productivity Tools | News Bites

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This month’s industry news features a $2 million Teen Learning Lab launching in Memphis, the winners of a National Coalition Against Censorship essay contest about The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and STEAM mini-grants from ALSC.

Jay Asher’s Anti-Bullying Tour; Ursula Le Guin Honored; Read to a Child Hosts Digital Fundraising Campaign | News Bites

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Get the latest SLJ industry news roundup here: learn about Jay Asher’s national anti-bullying tour; Ursula Le Guin will be honored by the National Book Foundation; and PBS has a tech initiative going on through November 30 that offers free tech how-tos and tablet giveaways.

Review: First Graphics: Volcanoes! and Earthquake!

Volcanoes! Earthquakes! Written by Renée Gray-Wilburn Illustrated by Aleksandar Sotirovski Capstone Press These two hardback graphic novels, part of Capstone’s First Graphics: Wild Earth series, do a nice job of explaining basic earth science for young readers (the books have a reading level of K-3). Each book is divided into three chapters. The first is [...]

Capstone’s Pebble Go Is Now Mobile

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Capstone now offers customers early access to a beta version of its popular PreK-3 research solution PebbleGo™—PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface design optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD, and other mobile devices, as well as a number of navigation and user enhancements.

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special

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Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

New Angles on Nonfiction | Editorial Series Made Simple

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Spicing up the same old subjects can be hard, but these series make for some great new options—your readers will be informed, entertained, and, perhaps best of all, intrigued. Read on!

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Review: Jellaby: The Lost Monster

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Jellaby: The Lost Monster By Kean Soo Capstone; $12.95 Cartoonist Kean Soo’s big, purple, vaguely quotation mark-shaped monster returns in a new edition of the 2008 graphic novel, ready and waiting for new grade-schoolers to discover him—along with any older readers who might have missed the book the first time around. Soo’s Jellaby began life [...]

Capstone Adds YA Imprint; Ezra Jack Keats Awards Announced | News Bites

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Capstone adds YA “Switch Press” imprint. Register your Día programs. Ezra Jack Keats Awards announced. Baker & Taylor integrates Blackboard Learn. LEAP For Libraries grants. In the Margins top 10 list. SYNC free audiobooks. Alexandria Library Automation System now supports MakinVia.

Pictures of the Week: Red Balloon Bookshop (MN) Celebrates 29th Anniversary

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Authors Rebecca Fjelland Davis, Jill Kalz, Nancy Loewen, and Trisha Speed Shaskan helped the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minnesota celebrate its 29th anniversary on November 23 and 24 with signings and storytimes.

What Lies Beneath: Weird and Unusual Marine Life | Nonfiction BookTalker

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Animals with transparent guts! Fish that make their own light! An underwater bird? Booktalk audiences hungry for adventure and monsters can find both in remarkable books on marine mysteries. While the following titles are aimed at fourth grade and above, even younger readers will find the pictures irresistible.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; LOC’s Twitter Feed for Educators | News Bites

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YALSA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation are offering two $1,000 grants for Summer Reading programs: one for employing a teen intern and another for purchasing resources. The Library of Congress has launched a new Twitter feed for K–12 educators which can be found @TeachingLC. ALSC members are encouraged to send suggestions for the 2013 Theodor Geisel Award to the committee chair, Penny Peck. Capstone Interactive ebooks are now compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Capstone Donates Over 3,000 Books to Moore, Oklahoma Elementary Schools

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After the storms last spring devastated the Moore (OK) community, Capstone recently sent a shipment of 3,000-plus books to support the city’s two elementary schools, Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary.

Capstone’s Interactive “Super” Ebooks; Gamers Wanted for the Innovation Math Challenge | News Bites

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Thirty-two titles from the “DC Super-Pets,” “DC Super Heroes: The Man of Steel,” “Superman,” and “Batman” series are now available as interactive ebooks from Capstone. Educators, student teams, gamers, or programmers can submit entries of games, math videos, infographics, or manipulatives to the WGBH Educational Foundation’s Innovation Math Challenge for prizes of $1,000.

Links: More Jellaby, more Wimpy Kid

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Abrams has revealed the cover of the latest Wimpy Kid book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. It’s going to be a sort of electric green. Hit the link to see a very short trailer and download your own Wimpy Kid computer wallpaper. This is the eighth book in the series, for those who [...]

Help Rebuild Oklahoma Libraries; Lammys, Ezra Jack Keats Minigrants Presented | News Bites

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Capstone Publishing has created different ways that the library community can help the children and school libraries affected by the recent tornado in Moore, OK. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s Minigrant Program has awarded 59 grants to teachers and librarians in 29 states. The World Almanac for Kids Online has been relaunched by Infobase Learning to include a new streamlined interface and new content. Benjamin Alire Sáenz won a Lambda Award for his acclaimed Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe in the LGBT Children’s/Young Adult category.

Booth Browsing at BEA 2013

Dragging bags and bags of “goodies–” I mean books– around the Javits Center all day (in the first heat wave of the season no less!), probably means I’ll wake up with a charlie horse in the morning. I walked around the convention hall, concentrating on children’s book publishers, hoping to notice some sort of trend [...]

Agatha Awards Announced; ABDO Revamps ‘Star Trek’, ‘Jurassic Park’ Library Editions | News Bites

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Penny Warner’s The Code Busters 2: The Haunted Lighthouse won the 2012 Agatha Award. Capstone is adding 60 more Presidential titles to the K–3 PebbleGo Biographies module in August 2013. ABDO’s will publish library editions of IDW’s “Jurassic Park” and “Star Trek” graphic novels this fall.

Author Michael Dahl Celebrates “Educators Day” at Minor League Baseball Game

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Author Michael Dahl helped give away hundreds of copies of his new picture book Goodnight Baseball (Capstone, 2013) on “Educators Day” at a Saint Paul Saints baseball game on May 9. The day is exclusively for teachers and students, and was the first exhibition game of the minor league baseball team this season.

Review: Superman Adventures

Superman Adventures: Men of Steel By Paul Dini, Rick Burchett and Terry Austin Superman Adventures: Distant Thunder By Scott McCloud, Rick Burchett and Terry Austin Captson/Stone Arch; $15.95   In looking for DC back issues to mine for hardcover reprints, Capstone stuck a particularly rich vein in Superman Adventures, the 1996-2002 series based on the  [...]

Ready to Research! Navigating K-3 Curriculum Objectives

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Common Core State Standards require that we build strong research habits from the earliest grades. Calls for:
· Increased exposure to informational text
· Preparation for the rigors of text-based discussion and evaluation
· Emphasis on writing, comprehension and collaboration
All point toward the need to begin the habits of good research with our youngest students.

Join a lively presentation and discussion with Cobb County, GA elementary media specialists Ellen Adams and Tina Launey to learn how they are using Capstone’s PebbleGo database to motivate students, master curriculum objectives and prepare their students for a lifetime of learning! This archive is no longer available