A teacher is reading aloud in a third grade classroom, and the students are captivated. All but two of them, that is. Blake and Adelaide are lost in their own thoughts as they fidget, doodle on scraps of paper, and stare at the ceiling. The selection is a perfect third grade read-aloud, so why are these two children not engaged? Because one size never fits all. That goes for clothing, and it certainly goes for books. Blake and […]
There are many reasons to tell stories to children. To begin with, when children listen to and focus on a story told to them, they are developing listening, comprehension, and analytical skills.
From materials that showcase the important aspects of North American culture, such as the history of Native American peoples, to apps and websites that detail issues abroad, including the flow of refugees through Europe, these tools serve to enrich students’ discovery and understanding of places and cultures other than their own.
Sessions on maker spaces, leveraging ESSA, and STEM learning are among the highlights of the ALA and ISTE conferences this month.
Artistic remix influences kids’ creativity on almost every level. Here’s how, and why you need to understand it.
Libro por libro columnist Tim Wadham presents some classic and new works for emerging readers that either feature Latin@ characters or have been translated into Spanish.
What Carolyn Mackler, Sherman Alexie, Julie Berry, Tim Wynne-Jones, and others say about experiencing and harnessing inspiration.
A carefully curated selection of accurate, up-to-date sex education titles that aim to be age appropriate and that reject heteronormal assumptions and stereotypes.
“Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White” is bound to be one of the biggest books of the fall season. We are thrilled to share these engaging snippets.
“Free Verse” author Sarah Dooley has been leading a writing group at a West Virginia public library for six years.
Public libraries are providing rich early-learning writing experiences with paper and pencil—along with chunky crayons, water, paintbrushes, and even a dollop of shaving cream.
Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway musical, this librarian gets kids rapping, listening, and learning American history.
On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.
Considering the current political climate, it is no surprise that many readers find themselves wondering what is fact and what is fiction, what is good information and what is questionable. It is essential that thoughtful, balanced, and nuanced works of nonfiction are available to young people—our country’s future voters.
In “Helping and Healing,” Rita Meade emphasizes the importance of the social sciences in contributing to the development and well-being of young people and their impact on society. In “Bug […]
Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.
Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.