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October 23, 2014

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Put a Little Spook On Your iPad | Apps for the Halloween Season

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Two iPad apps will put your middle grade students in the Halloween mood.

What’s the Story?: Words Make the Tale | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Storytellers are weavers of words. Their choice of what to say and how to say it binds listeners in a mesmerizing spell of letters. The following books for children, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, will work their way into the minds and hearts of young readers.

Brian Cox’s ‘Wonders of Life’ | Touch and Go

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He refers to himself as a bit of an “academic ” and lucky for us that he is one. Brian Cox is also a highly engaging, enthusiastic teacher of all things science. In his latest immersive production, ‘Wonders of Life,’ he delves into the origins and mysteries of life on Earth.

A Virtuoso Performance: ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons’ | Touch and Go

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A new app from Touch Press is always cause for celebration, and in ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,’ the developer, with the help of Deutsche Grammophon, has engineered a production that mirrors the groundbreaking work accomplished in its productions of ‘Beethoven’s 9th’ and the ‘Liszt Sonata in B Minor.’

Let’s Go to the Video… Rethinking College Applications | Consider the Source

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Reading Portfolio, a tiny non-profit, is hoping to make wide and deep reading a verifiable and valued experience—and one that students can present to college admissions boards.

The New News-O-Matic | Touch and Go

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News-O-Matic, a subscription app launched in June 2013 by Press4Kids, has recently undergone enhancements for its readers—and their educators.

Throwback Thursday | Are librarians the authors of their own stereotype?

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Digging around in want ads for librarians from the 1950s and 1960s begs the question: did the profession play a role perpetuating the stereotype, particularly in children’s librarianship, of a female profession?

Debut Novels for Middle Schoolers│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Joining the ranks of other first-time novelists are a business school graduate, a Katrina survivor, a magistrate, and a Vassar graduate. Writing about adoption, natural disasters, multiple sclerosis, suicide, and demons, these writers explore situations that often trouble many young teens.

Ken Burns, Curated | Touch and Go

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Ken Burns has been busy. The award-winning filmmaker’s seven-part television series, ‘The Roosevelts,’ premiered on PBS recently, and ‘Ken Burns’ the app, featuring hours of curated clips from his documentaries was just released.

Guest Kvetching: Transparency is Paramount | Consider the Source

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Tanya Lee Stone, the noted nonfiction author and a guest columnist this week, addresses a topic that is receiving a great deal of attention in the children’s literature world: full disclosure in nonfiction.

Minding the Gaps, Part II: Highlighting Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Recipients │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation for The Horn Book’s “Mind the Gaps” event at Simmons College on October 10, brush up on the winning titles that will be showcased by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

Fresh Ideas for iPad Maker Programming | Touch and Go

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Looking for fall programming inspiration? Consider these ideas from the authors of ‘The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children’s and ‘Tween Library Programs.’

Early Literacy Picture Books for Fostering Lifelong Learners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation of The Horn Book and SLJ’s “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event, check out the following early literacy selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Let Pixar Turn Your Library Into a Laboratory | Consider the Source

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Looking for inquiry projects that will get your students excited? Introduce them to The Pixar Theory and see where it leads them.

The March Goes On | Touch and Go

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As we mark the 51st anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, two first-rate compelling resources on that day and the Civil Rights era now have iPad iterations. Both are essential classroom resources and both are free.

Celebrating Titles that “Mind the Gap” at ‘The Horn Book’ at Simmons Event │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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It’s not too late to register for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book award recipients at the Mind the Gap event at Simmons College on October 10. In the meantime, brush up on the winning titles by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

A Mystery Unravels | Touch and Go

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Prepare to spend time with this app. On opening it you’ll find yourself in a labyrinth and a mystery, and it’s up to you to decide how the story unfolds.

‘Til We Meet Again: New Series Installments for Intermediate Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Children in second through fourth grades often exhaust a complete series in a matter of weeks. Check out the following chapter books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild that feature characters undergoing the same hijinks and adventures as their young readers.

Interactive & Imaginative: New Apps for Young Children | Touch and Go

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This week we highlight three apps for children preschool-grade one: a multimedia production to reinforce concepts and two flights of fancy. What do they have in common? In a word, action!

Waiting for the Common Core to Go Away? Don’t Hold Your Breath | Consider the Source

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I often hear the hope, expressed as an expectation, that the Common Core State Standards are about to disappear. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in opposition states.