December 9, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Power of Possibility: Dreamers Who Changed the World

New inspiring picture book biographies introduce individuals who fought against impossible odds, and persevered to achieve magnificent things.

The Land of Fire and Ice | Iceland’s “Upstart Island”

Author and scientist Loree Griffin Burns reports on a trip to Surtsey with a group of Icelandic scientists.

Choosing Kindness Online | Tips & Tools

Tips and tools to create a culture of kindness online.

Puberty, Consent, and Sexuality: A Few New Titles

A year ago, I read 75 books about puberty and sexuality for a “Focus On” article for School Library Journal. You’re welcome.

Sim Cell by Touch Press | Touch and Go

A new app from Touch Press puts students inside a cell on a mission.

The NCTE Book Awards: Opportunities for Collaboration

Ever heard of John Amos Comenius or Charlotte Huck? Maybe not, but you’ll remember them now.

They’ve Got Moxie | In Conversation with Celia C. Pérez and Jennifer Mathieu

Two authors geek out on Sassy, punk bands, zines—and their new books.

Thought-Provoking Picture Books | A Selection of 2017 Titles for Older Readers

Short on text and provocative in theme, these picture books are guaranteed to engage students into middle school and beyond.

Dialing Up the Creepy | New Graphic Titles for Teens

This selection of new and forthcoming graphic novels range in subject and tone—from mildly creepy to spine-tingling.

Falling for Fall: Great Books To Celebrate the Season

These fun-to-share picture books with exuberant artwork accentuate the sense of wonder inherent in nature’s transformations.

Top-Shelf Chapter Book Read Alouds for A New School Year

Looking for books to recommend as read alouds? Our readers and reviewers weigh in on new books worth sharing.

Imagining Peace

Three new books serving a range of grades will jump start #PeaceDay discussions on September 21.

If You Give a Kid a Story | Wordplay and Writing Prompts

Get your students’ creative juices flowing with these picture book prompts.

A Birthday Treat: A Conversation with Julie Fogliano

A talk with Julie Fogliano about the creation of the picture book When’s My Birthday?

“Know-Nonsense” Guides to Honing Writing Skills

Writing inspiration from the likes of Jack Gantos and Patricia Reilly Giff awaits middle graders.

Smiles of Bibliophiles: Celebrating Books and Reading

Share these titles to celebrate the importance and empowerment of literacy and to set the tone for a book-loving school year.

Easy as 1-2-3 | The Best of the New Math Books

From enchanting picture books to engrossing manuals, these offerings will provide fresh ways to present and explore ideas and reinforce fundamentals.

“Deadly Deeds and Perilous Professions” | A Conversation with Sarah Albee

Through spellbinding stories laced with science, Sarah Albee explores the history of a topic that both horrifies—and fascinates—us.

Transcending the Genre: True Crime for Young Adults

While true crime is often associated with the prurient and the voyeuristic, a trio of new titles prove that the genre is far more nuanced.

Here Comes the Sun | Digital Resources for the Solar Eclipse

Gear up for a cosmic experience on August 21 with these easy-to-access, digital resources.