August 1, 2014

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No More Pink: Independent Readers with Independent Female Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Fly away

From a naughty girl-turned-spy to a best friend who sometimes makes mistakes, these strong female characters make their own choices, even when it’s scary to do so.

Writing and Racing with Geronimo Stilton | Touch and Go


Not many mice can boast a series of books, graphic novels, and audiobooks, and a website and newspaper, unless of course, it’s Geronimo Stilton. And now the prolific journalist/editor/adventurer has added an app to his oeuvre, brought to us via Scholastic.

Hello World, Goodbye Flatland | Consider the Source

Photo by Ava Dakota Kim

“Between the booths, the artists, the displays, and the discussions, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is a feast for the eyes and ears; it is the market, the souk, of materials for children and young adults.” The innovative works on display there make American publishers appear timid in comparison when it comes to experimenting with style and format.

Waterfalls, Geysers, & Turbines |Touch and Go


“In Stockholm, Sweden, researchers have found a way to create usable energy from the excess body heat generated by the quarter million commuters who pass through the city’s train station every day.” This fact and a look at our use of energy—yesterday and today—can be found in a new app from Kids Discover.

Birds of a Feather: Fiction and Nonfiction Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Pigeon Needs a Bath

Books about birds can teach kids amazing facts about nature, and they can also make them laugh. From a lost chicken in the city to a pigeon who really needs a bath, these following titles will be a feather in your cap.

‘Love, the app’ | Touch and Go


The winners of the 2014 Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award were recently announced; Gian Berto Vanni’s ‘Love, the app’ took the top prize in the fiction category.

SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Books Is in Full Swing

Teen with BoB contender

SLJ ’s own version of March Madness, our sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BoB) elimination contest, kicked off on March 11 and has been going strong for 10 matches and counting. A recap of the Battle’s surprise victories, student-led celebrations, and quips from the Peanut Gallery.

Women Who Made a Difference │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Woman in the House

How can the efforts of one woman make an impact? The following nonfiction titles tell the stories of women who forged a path for future generations with small but powerful acts.

The Right To Know | Consider the Source

right to know

Instead of squabbling over elements of Common Core we need to look at what the standards offer: a ladder. We must break through the blur of the immediate…to what [young people] need to know, to the skills and tools that will allow them to know, and the assurance that they have a right to know.

Nosy Crow’s ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ | Touch and Go


The award-winning British digital developer with a distinct approach to fairy tales has a new app, and it’s something to crow about.

Diversity in Librarianship | Consider the Source


Over the past few weeks there’s been a great deal of discussion among librarians and authors about the lack of diversity in books published for children and teens. When it comes to our profession, have we closely examined the imbalances that exist? Marc Aronson weighs in.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! | Touch and Go


Once again it’s time to raise a few balloons as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2) with a roundup of his stories and Seuss-inspired titles, released as apps within the past 12 months.

The Intergalactic Duo Is Back & Bowling | Touch and Go


Capturing kids’ interest through games and badges is generally effective, but the trivia game ‘Ansel and Clair: American Bowl’ makes it clear that careful consideration must be given to both pacing and learning opportunities.

Resources for Award-Winning Middle Grade Fiction │JLG’s Booktalks to Go

PS Be Eleven

With the award season in full swing, how can you make the best use of the wonderful books you’re adding to your collection? Junior Library Guild’s Deborah B. Ford offers booktalks and resources for acclaimed fiction titles for elementary readers.

Must-Read Middle School Book Club Novels │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

True Blue Scouts

What would you do if your family was the only one with a fallout shelter and you heard the sirens? Or your mom needs money to save the family restaurant? Or you promised to follow orders no matter what, even if you know they are morally wrong? These are the situations facing the characters in this week’s selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild, our second round-up of book club novels ripe for discussion.

History in the Making | Touch and Go

Interior image from 'The Constitution' (Kids Discover)

When it comes to nonfiction apps for middle grade students, Kids Discover has produced of high-quality products that make welcome additions to classroom collections. Read what Sara Lissa Paulson has to say about their ‘Constitution.’

New Year, New Possibilities | Consider the Source


Thinking about Tanya Bolden’s ‘Courage Has No Color, the Story of the Triple Nickles’ and Steve Sheinkin’s forthcoming ‘The Port Chicago 50,’ Marc Aronson asks, “Why are there so few nonfiction books by people of color that are not about the history of their own race/ethnicity?”

Blinded by Blockbusters | Consider the Source


The “long-tail” promise of digital—that its long-term availability would come to impact the blockbuster phenomenon—has not come to pass. What does this mean for librarians?

Out of Australia | Haunting Stories for Tweens and Teens


When asked about the name “Slap Happy Larry,” Lynley Stace,the author, illustrator, and developer of haunting original digital stories commented, “In hindsight it’s ridiculously ironic. Neither of us is ‘slap happy,’ we don’t know a single ‘Larry’ between us, and our dark stories are not exactly ‘happy!’”

Winning Over Fidgety Listeners with New Storytime Classics │ JLG’s On the Radar


Do you have kids who wiggle and chatter while you read to them? Junior Library Guild editors have selected new picture book titles that will engage restless children from the first page to the last.