November 29, 2015

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Marilyn Nelson’s “My Seneca Village” | A Lesson Plan and Discussion Guide

my seneca village

In a series of stunning poems, Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards honoree Marilyn Nelson introduces readers to My Seneca Village, a multiethnic 19th-century community that thrived on the edge of what today is New York City’s Central Park

Beyond the Headlines | Featuring Technology and National Issues

painting for peace

From cyberattacks and idisorders to wrongful convictions and medical ethics, a selection of new nonfiction books provides depth and context to topics of current interest.

Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Circumstances: World War II Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

into the killing seas

Set against a backdrop of dramatic world events, three engrossing and vividly written novels provide glimpses at history from the relatable perspectives of their young narrators.

“World Wildlife Fund Together” | Touch and Go

Screen from WWF Together

Children love photo-essays and stories about animals and educators looking to introduce global issues into the curriculum often find endangered animals a good place to start. The World Wildlife Fund provides a digital offering on the topic, with an update to their WWF Together app, available free on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.

Beyond the Headlines | New Books on Current Issues


Focusing on some of today’s hottest topics, these books provide critical updates and add context and depth to news stories on environmental and global issues.

I’m Your Neighbor | Books to Foster Understanding and Bridge Differences


I’m Your Neighbor (IYN), a project and website that promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures to engage communities “in a discussion of commonalities and differences.”

Exploring America’s Past: Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers


Three new superbly written books feature unique protagonists with compelling points of view and provide insight into the experiences of others, while underscoring the extraordinary courage of otherwise ordinary kids

Cooking Up Some Fun | Recipes for Young Chefs


As the holiday season approaches don’t forget to stock your shelves with a few cookbooks.

“This Side of Wild” | A Conversation with Gary Paulsen


With his latest book, This Side of Wild, Gary Paulsen explores pivotal experiences in his own life, such as running the Iditarod, and describes the profound effect that animals and the wilderness have had on him.

From Ziggurats to Skyscrapers | What We Build and How We Live

take shelter

This eye-opening selection of books about buildings and architecture provide a wealth of opportunities for exploring various cross-curricular topics including art, science, environmental studies, history, and cultural studies.

“One Teacher in 10 in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out” | Professional Shelf

One teacher

“Today, in 2015, teachers can be fired in 29 states because of their sexual orientation and in 32 states because of their gender identity.”

Jane Goodall, Messenger of Peace


A look at Jane Goodall’s forthcoming A Prayer for World Peace, made available to SLJ‘s readers from minedition.

Dark Descents | Chilling Tales for Teens

dark shimmer

As the temperatures dip lower and pumpkins appear on front stoops, teens may want to turn to books that go bump in the night.

“Funny Bones”: Celebrating the Day of the Dead


As November approaches, consider these two new books on the Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos.

All In A School Day | Picture-Book Perspectives

I'm new here

A selection of new picture books touch upon commonplace situations that are often part of the school experience, exhibiting sensitivity to their young protagonists’ perspectives.

Forays into Foreign Territory | Teens Forging an Identity

all american

Immersing readers in the minds of the male protagonists, these three recent coming-of-age YA novels awaken teens to settings, people, and ideas they might not otherwise have encountered.

Companions Steadfast and True | Great Books about Imaginary Friends


Ranging from picture books to novels, this selection of fun-filled tales about pretend pals celebrate unfailing friendship, effervescent individuality, and the prodigious power of imagination.

Celebrating Literacy: Kids as Readers, Writers, and Imaginers

the whisper

Filled with imagination-stirring moments and an intrinsic appreciation for the many joys of reading, these engaging picture books cast young protagonists in the role of creator, inspiring children to go forth and dream big.

An American in Paris | A View from Abroad


A librarian at The American Library in Paris prepares for back to school.

In the Groove with Andrea Davis Pinkney | Interview

Andrea Davis Pinkney in front of the  in Detroit, home of Motown

Weaving history into her profiles of such Motown groups as the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5, Andrea Davis Pinkney has crafted an evocative and insightful look at a sound and an era.