September 19, 2014

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And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today


To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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The Book Is Far Superior to the Ebook for Early Literacy | Up for Debate


The adult-child relationship is the foundation of healthy, early child development, including early literacy skills, and print books—not ebooks—invite and sustain parent-child interaction and the personal and intimate experience of sharing and talking through reading.

Ebooks Enhance Development of the Whole Child | Up for Debate


When new media tools are expertly selected and appropriately used with children, such tools can support and enhance adults’ role in supporting development of the whole child, especially three- to eight-year-olds.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Keynotes Early Education Summit in NYC’s Scholastic Headquarters

PreK Nation

On August 5, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio keynoted the Preschool Nation Summit 2014 co-hosted by Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit aimed at providing access to quality early childhood education programs for children in Los Angeles County. If you missed the event, you can catch a video of the happenings here.

Chaos in Your Children’s Section? Embrace It. | First Steps

Lisa G. Kropp

Mayhem, schmayhem. If your library’s children’s room is chaotic, it’s proof that the little ones are learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Get On Board: SLJ Selects A Bevy of Board Books


In light of increased attention on early childhood development, SLJ presents a selection of fun and engaging board books.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

American Academy of Pediatrics Says Reading from Birth Can Close Learning Gap


The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced a new policy that tells parents read to their children from birth in order to help close the achievement gap.

Early Learning, Partnerships Top Trends at 2014 ALA Annual | ALA 2014

Parachute play in the Networking Uncommons at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of Library Sparks Magazine

Prevailing topics for youth librarians included the influence of the Guerrilla Storytime movement, the increased collaboration and cooperation between schools and public libraries, and a nostalgia for some favorite authors.

Be a Player! Ten Tips for Building Your Library’s Toy Collection

Toy Collection

Early childhood specialist at the Brooklyn Public Library Rachel G. Payne provides a top ten list for librarians looking to develop their toy collection.

How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance


A study by author Krista Maywalt Aronson revealed that children who looked at picture books portraying children from different races together reported more interest in playing across difference.

10 Tips for Adding STEM Concepts to Storytime


The authors of Storytimes for Everyone: Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy (ALA, 2013) provide guidance for incorporating science and math concepts into traditional storytimes.

Preschool and the Income Gap: Libraries Must Step Up to Serve Children of Color | First Steps


The effects of the income gap are starkly evident in long-range studies of our youngest learners, making it critical for libraries to provide early learning services to those who need it the most: poor children.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Must-have Board Books for Early Childhood Collections


A selection of tried-and-true titles that babies and toddlers adore.

Give ’Em Chalk: Hands-On Learning Is Fun and Builds Literacy Skills | Editorial


The most exciting time for a kindergarten teacher is when a kid looks up and says, ‘Hey, I can read!’” Fostering early literacy is the focus of our very first theme issue. We’re also debuting a new look, with some significant improvements to the all-important reviews section.

Early Notes on Early Learning

From Dr. Robert Needlman explaining the difference between babies falling asleep and learning how to go to asleep, through Cambridge librarians Julie Roach and Beth McIntyre coaching us through selecting books for preschool story time to Anna Dewdney using photographs to demonstrate how to transform unpleasant expressions on family members faces into picture book gold, [...]

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Storytime, Science, and Silliness: Up Close with Librarian Susan Anderson-Newham


2013 Mover & Shaker Susan Anderson-Newham, early learning supervising librarian at the Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, WA, talks about the importance of collaboration and a good sense of humor to her work, why hands-on play is key to kids’ learning, and her top early learning picture books of all time.

Bank Street Writers Lab Hosts Early Literature Conference

Jean Marzollo and Robie H. Harris at Bank Street.

Lovers of children’s picture books and early literacy advocates gathered earlier this month at Bank Street College for “Literature for Early Childhood: What Do You Need to Know?” an inaugural mini conference sponsored by the Bank Street Writers Lab. The event brought together child development experts, educators, and creators of children’s literature.