School Library Journal DVD reviews editor Kent Turner selects the top picks out of the more than 250 DVDs reviewed in SLJ this year. The following are memorable works that will enhance curricula with their strong educational and entertainment appeal.
Four superhero stories, three tales with a touch of fantasy, and the drama of a trouble-plagued Antarctic expedition are among the “Good Comics for Kids” bloggers’ favorites.
From works by Pura Belpré Award-winners to debut authors hailing from Argentina, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, SLJ’s top selections for children and teens about and by Latinos are as diverse and multidimensional as the culture they represent.
It’s here! A list of some of our favorite apps, reviewed over the last 12 months in SLJ’s “Touch and Go” column. The 10 that made the list represent the range and variety of material available to both children and their educators. Enjoy!
Inventive and quietly determined, Pearl Harbor Elementary School librarian Denise Sumida uses high tech to foster a culture of deep readers.
The Adult Books 4 Teens reviewers have come together to nominate, discuss, and winnow the best titles of the year into a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. The following are must-have titles for teens and were originally reviewed on SLJ’s Adult Books 4 Teens blog.
These titles look at the science behind the development of storms and other weather phenomena, the economic and human impacts, and the abilities to predict and mitigate future occurences.
A public librarian’s interaction with teens affirms her faith in bibliotherapy, as does her research. Read her story, along with a recommended list of realistic YA fiction. We invite you to suggest more titles.
SLJ and LEGO Education recognize four schools in Alabama, Texas, Virginia, and Illinois for their innovative library designs, achieved on a range of budgets.
A collection of stories that have come down through the ages and includes myths, legends, and folktales, all with a heroic quest at the core.
Audiobooks that showcase the exceptional stories made possible by the groundbreaking work of a man whose life was changed by reading and writing.
The Manhattan hospital’s far-reaching implementation of this early literacy initiative, in which pediatricians hand out books to babies and young children during checkups, is changing lives.
Tim Wadham presents worthy and exemplary informational books for bilingual and Spanish-speaking communities that should be on display not only during Hispanic Heritage Month, but also incorporated into nonfiction bibliographies year-round.
This roundup of eerie titles, just in time for Halloween, is guaranteed to keep readers up at night, turning pages as their hearts pound. These dark and creepy tales offer vicarious chills to be enjoyed in the warmth and comfort of one’s own room.
While graphic novels are increasingly used as teaching tools, their strong imagery can be a double-edged sword.
Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, strives to “expect the miraculous”—his school library’s motto, an idea drawn from Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning book.