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April 15, 2014

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SLJ’s 2014 Spending Survey: Savvy Librarians Are Doing More with Less

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SLJ‘s spending survey, sent to school and public libraries, found that libraries’ use of digital tools, ebooks, and other resources continues to grow—while budgets do not.

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

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Everywhere you look, librarians are on the hunt for databases, databases, and more databases. But which one is best? Which offers material that your students will use? And which one will be accessible to them? Wonder no more.

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ALSC & YALSA’s Best Audio Picks of 2014

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At the recent Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia this January, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released their picks for the best audio books of 2014.

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

Poetry Audiobooks | Listen In

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In honor of National Poetry Month, poetry audiobooks for every age

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Introducing Students to NCTE’s Notable Poetry Titles

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The National Council of Teachers of English presents its annual list of notable poetry titles and offers suggestions for using them across the curriculum.

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The Great War: A Somber Centennial | Focus On

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This compilation of fiction and nonfiction titles presents a variety of viewpoints and an array of social, historical, political, and cultural aspects of what was described at the time as the war to end all wars.

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

How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program

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Close the achievement gap with powerful summer reading programs like these.

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

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

Most schools have highly regulated Internet policies that don’t address the productive use of social media by students. It’s time to revisit those policies.

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

New Book Features Unpublished Songs by Margaret Wise Brown

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From a dusty attic, unpublished work by Margaret Wise Brown, the mastermind behind Goodnight Moon, surfaces in a new book.

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

USBBY’s 2014 Outstanding International Books List

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USBBY’s annual list of the best books published in the previous year that originated in a country outside of the US introduces readers to the global community.

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

Tough Stuff: Books to Get Kids Talking About Life Issues| Focus On

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A compilation of recommended titles that work well as vehicles for book discussion. The books cover a variety of tough life issues and offer even reluctant readers a chance to discuss characters and their motivations, make connections to plot and setting, and craft some sophisticated arguments and analysis

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

Strong Women, Strong Stories: Audiobooks for Women’s History Month | Listen In

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In preparation for the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, check out these audiobooks highlighting the accomplishments of women who made strides in music, politics, science, literature, and beyond.

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

Title Match: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Returns for its Sixth Bout

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Sixteen of 2013’s best books for young people are being paired off to engage in a series of one-on-one contests, March-Madness-style. Launching on March 11, the online elimination competition will pit the year’s most acclaimed titles against one another in matches to be decided by author judges.

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

Librarians on the Common Core: Cautious Optimism

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While educators grapple with the Common Core State Standards, school librarians are finding aspects to celebrate. To start? Their jobs, and their important role in supporting teachers and students through this transition.

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

The Kate Connection: DiCamillo Talks About her Role as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo talks about her plans for her new role as National Ambassador, her advice on creating an environment to foster young readers, and more in this candid conversation with Travis Jonker.

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

More, Por Favor: English-language Picture Books | Libro por libro

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Here is a selection of English-language picture books, most 2014 releases, that feature Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout. Kids and adults alike, both English speakers and Spanish speakers, can enjoy these delightful titles.

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

Spotlight on Musicians and Fine Artists | Focus On

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Here’s a collection of picture-book biographies that introduces musicians and fine artists to children. The authors and illustrators have created engaging, child-friendly profiles that will hopefully lead readers to explore and seek out other materials about these amazingly talented individuals.

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

A Literacy Lesson from China: What an Exuberant Culture of Reading Can Teach Us

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The objective of a dynamic literacy initiative in some Chinese schools is not to raise reading scores but to develop positive reading attitudes that inspire children to read more at school and at home—and therefore to read, write, speak, and spell better throughout their lives.

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

The Heart of the School: Iowa’s Van Meter District Plans Library Expansion

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Shannon Miller, district librarian and technology specialist at Iowa’s Van Meter Community School District, is renowned for putting her school library at the front and center of learning. Now the school, which serves 852 K–12 students, is making that focus a physical reality with a planned multimillion dollar library expansion.

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

The Givers: What It Takes to Serve on the Newbery, Caldecott Committees

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While the process of selecting the Caldecott and Newbery Medalists remains top secret, SLJ asked various committee members, past and present, to offer their insights on how to get tapped for the honor of a lifetime: being part of a Youth Media Awards selection committee.

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