February 27, 2017

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The Magical and Messy Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat | A Conversation with Javaka Steptoe

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In his dazzling Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe explores the life and art of Basquiat through words and pictures.

A “Buzzwangling,” “Dahl-icious” Centennial

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Looking for ways to celebrate the Roald Dahl centennial in September? Look no further.

Conquering Middle School Miasma

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There’s no need for kids to muddle through middle school—books can guide the way.

Life (and Learning) After High School: Exploring the Options

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For every young adult with clear career goals, there are many more still seeking a niche that fits. These titles will help them navigate the path ahead.

Demystifying an Election Year | From Special Interests to the Candidates

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If it is a challenge for adults to make sense of this year’s election season, how much more so is it for children and teens? These books will help.

Writes & Wrongs | When Authorship and Adolescence Converge

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Several new YA titles explore the world where authorship and adolescence converge—dramatically.

Great Books for a Summer’s Eve

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A selection of books to initiate discussions of nature’s nocturnal mysteries, and inspire dream journeys.

“What’s on Your Summer Reading List?” Authors Respond

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Curious to know what books are on your favorite authors’ coffee tables and bedside stands? Here’s your chance to take a peek. Our annual query yielded lists of eagerly anticipated new titles, guilty pleasures, and inspirational reads. Two authors were inspired to respond in verse.

Grab Them with Graphic Novels

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Featuring concise narratives, vivacious artwork, and page-turning comic book formats, these recently published graphic novels make compelling choices for encouraging and empowering young readers.

Growing Up Under the “Strain of Suspicion” | Marina Budhos’s “Watched”

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Marina Budhos’s new book explores the impact surveillance has on a Muslim teen, his family, and his community.

Armchair Adventures | Travel the World in Books

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Stock your library shelves with this collection of profusely illustrated titles that will take readers from legendary routes traversed years ago to cities and countries around the globe.

RA for “Early Able, Eager Readers” | Professional Shelf

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Providing readers advisory services to young, voracious readers can be a challenge, especially when reading ability far exceeds age or grade level. Here’s help.

Helping Children and Teens Succeed | Professional Shelf

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Two recently published books explore practices that have the potential to increase student success, while calling for significant changes in prevailing pedagogies.

Take Wing | Books About Birds for Budding Naturalists

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A selection of informational books and stories that will help children learn the basic characteristics of birds, differentiate between species, and appreciate the amazing diversity of the creatures that inhabit our world.

Teachers Write! is Back| Professional Shelf

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Itching to write, or improve your skills? Kate Messner’s annual free online summer writing program for teachers and librarians is open for registration.

Story Is King | How To Be a Great Storyteller

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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.

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The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources

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Take a look at these program ideas, resources, and recommended reading—and add your own.

Parsing a Tale | A Storyteller Shares Tips On Learning “The Old Woman and Her Pig”

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Everyone has their own method of learning a story; Judy Freeman shares hers.

Spellbound: Ursula Vernon’s “Castle Hangnail”

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Looking for a great read-aloud? Consider Ursula Vernon’s enchanting Castle Hangnail, featuring a 12-year-old who fancies herself a wicked witch but knows almost no magic and only a handful of spells.

Coding: Resources To Get You Started

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So you want to teach a class on coding. Where do you start?! Here are some ideas.