July 28, 2016

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Painting Pictures with Words | Books for National Poetry Month

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These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.

The Collage Art of Micha Archer

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Micha Archer, author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem, shares her collage techniques with readers.

Magic in Our World | Spring 2016 Middle Grade Fantasy

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Exploring topics from grief to bullying in settings both contemporary and historical, a trio of 2016 titles mine real-world emotions and situations—and top them off with dashes of magic, horror, and talking skunks.

Kate DiCamillo on Truth, Twirling, and “Raymie Nightingale” | Interview

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Honest, affecting, and peopled with characters that readers won’t soon forget, Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale is a book for every child.

The Digital “Shakesperience” | Touch and Go

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Share these digital resources with thespians and students of Shakespeare during National Poetry Month.

In “The Land of Forgotten Girls” | An Interview with Erin Entrada Kelly

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Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, the story of a young Filipino girl growing up in Louisiana, found its way onto many of 2015’s best books lists. In her second novel, The Land of Forgotten Girls, the author returns to the Louisiana setting and the immigrant experience.

Browsers’ Delights | Animal Compendiums

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Three new, generously illustrated animal books offer young browsers more than an afternoon of delight.

American Girls | Historical Fiction Featuring Feisty Females

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Looking for strong female characters in stories steeped in period detail to recommend for Women’s History Month? Share these exciting new young adult novels and short stories with your patrons.

Disrupters, Daredevils, and Artists: Women Who Changed the World

Rappaport, Doreen. Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

Celebrate Women’s History Month by sharing a picture book biography about a boundary-breaking, world-transforming, awe-inspiring individual.

The Importance of Being Little | Professional Shelf

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Access to universal prekindergarten education has found a place on the agendas of top political leaders, but do we really understand what our youngest learners need to thrive in a school setting?

Freedom in Congo Square | An Interview with Carole Boston Weatherford

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Carole Boston Weatherford is known for her many award-winning books—both nonfiction and poetry— that combine careful historical research with breathtaking lyricism. Her latest book imagines the anticipation and exhilaration of a few hours of freedom experienced by enslaved Africans in early 19th-century New Orleans.

Celebrating African American History

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Through compelling stories, dynamic texts, and striking artwork, this selection of recently published picture books highlights trailblazing African Americans.

Spellbound | Captivating Read-Alouds

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Looking for a read-aloud that will entertain, enthrall, intrigue, and elucidate?

Nonfiction Notes: Spotlight on Space

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As we learn more about the cosmos, it’s essential to replace older books with up-to-date titles. Here are a few to fill the gaps on your shelves.

Celebrating African Americans: The Arts

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Handsomely illustrated and eloquently told, these picture book biographies offer insightful introductions to noteworthy African Americans who have defined their place in the world by following their passions and pursuing their art.

May the Facts Be with You | Mind-Boggling Stats, Marvels, and Daredevil Feats

ARLON, Penelope. The Ultimate Book of Randomly Awesome Facts

While sometimes seen as lightweight, frivolous fare or eye candy, record books and almanacs can help students develop an understanding of measurement, draw historical comparisons, and make connections, and are often the gateway to the enjoyment of other nonfiction titles.

The Shadow Knows | Fact and Fiction About the Groundhog’s Claim to Fame

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While there’s much written about the groundhog and Groundhog Day, it’s not always clear how much of it is based on fact—which is why a look into the habits and behaviors of this rodent offers a great opportunity for classroom research.

Reading Picture Books With Children: An Interview with Megan Dowd Lambert | Professional Shelf

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In her book Reading Picture Books With Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See, Megan Dowd Lambert demonstrates how the very young can engage in sophisticated discussions about design elements that add meaning to text.

Creature Features | Starring the Best of the New Animal Compendiums

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Look into the formidable eyes of an Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake, stare down the toothy jaws of a crocodile, spy some razor-clawed flying prehistoric bipeds, and take a peek at the more than 130 cat breeds in these compendiums of animals past and present.

Something Old, Something New | Old Favorites and New Trends in Easy Readers

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While favorite authors from Dr. Seuss to Mo Willems remain perennial favorites with our earliest readers, each year brings new authors and titles to share with this audience.