May 3, 2016

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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.

Inside and Outside the Human Body: A Closer Look

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Employing a variety of narrative approaches and illustrative styles, these up-to-date, lively presentations impart basic information about human biology.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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.