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November 1, 2014

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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.

History That Bears Repeating: Picture Book Nonfiction │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Fascinating narrative nonfiction satisfies the curriculum while quenching kids’ thirst for a riveting story. The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, including picture books about Gandhi and Stubby the War Dog, will intrigue young readers.

Seamus Heaney and a Tale of Five Fables | Touch and Go

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What do a contemporary Irish poet, a 15th-century Scots poet, and a storyteller that lived more than 2000 years ago have in common? Find out in this review of the latest iPad offering from Touch Press.

The Numberlys Imag.N.O.Tron | Touch and Go

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Find out what Moonbot Studios, that “secret zero-gravity colony inhabited by interstellar beings” in Shreveport, LA, has been up to. Once again, it defies reality.

Delivering Quality Spanish-Language Books: The Guadalajara International Book Fair | Consider the Source

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How can we bring high quality Spanish-language books into American libraries? The Guadalajara International Book Fair is one answer.

Pierre et le loup | Touch and Go

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Sergueï Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ is often a child’s first introduction to the orchestra. This delightful production of that musical story that can be enjoyed by those miles away from a concert hall….

Growing Up Together | Consider the Source

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J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” and John Green’s “Fault in Our Stars”—the books and films—have me thinking that instead of conceding “Young Adult” to “New Adult, ” maybe we should create the category of “New Family”—books that are both truly YA and truly adult.

The Wonders of Science in Elementary Nonfiction │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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From dung beetles that eat on the job to farmers who search leaves by hand every day, facts gleaned in the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have your patrons glued to the beautifully illustrated picture books.

The World of Plants | Touch and Go

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Readers of ‘Kids Discover’ magazine know that it is packed with fabulous photos, fascinating facts, and amusing activities; this app, which was adapted from an issue of the magazine, contains all those features, and more.

Books About Friendship: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Friends who are mean, change, and moving are probably not anyone’s favorite subjects. The following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild focus on friendship with life lessons that all young readers can learn.

Greatest Generation | Consider the Source

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Charlotte Zolotow, Margaret K. McElderry, Jean Karl, Dorothy Briley, and Frances Foster—all creators of modern books for children and teenagers—groomed many young editors. What was it that these greats had in common?

Celebrating Dad and Mom | Touch and Go

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Parental love is celebrated in two apps for the preschool crowd from Snappyant. With Father’s Day on the horizon, these may be just the apps for the family iPad.

‘Shakespeare at Play’ | Touch and Go

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The plays, sonnets, and life of William Shakespeare have long fascinated scholars and thespians. Recently, both these groups have turned their attention to producing digital resources for students. Rick Chisholm Productions enters the arena with ‘Shakespeare at Play.’

Where, What, How, and Why Teens Do and Don’t Read | Consider the Source

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In his last column, Marc Aronson raised a number of questions about the recently released Common Sense Media brief on “Children, Teens, and Reading.” Seeta Pai, Vice President of Research at Common Sense Media, responds.

Friends 4 Ever: Picks for Preschool Storytime │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes a friendship seems unlikely because of different cultures or even species, but despite differences, a bond forms. The following are books, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, will be a hit in storytimes.

Shaun Tan’s ‘Rules of Summer’ | Touch and Go

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Scholastic, the publisher of ‘The Arrival,’ ‘The Bird King,’ and other titles by Shaun Tan, released his ‘Rules of Summer’ late last month. Fans of this author/illustrator will recognize some familiar, characteristic elements in this series of “tableaux” featuring two boys at large in their world during the summer holidays. The app offers 11 language options.

It Merely Looks Like a Toaster: Fantasy Novels for Middle Schoolers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Menacing appliances are just one part of the story in Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman’s adventure. Check out the next installments in Pete Hautman’s “Seven Wonders” and Catherine Fisher’s “Obsidian Mirror” series. Rebecca Hahn joins this elite group of fantasy authors with her debut novel for fans of Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina.

Creepers & Peepers | Touch and Go

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The sounds and habitats of several small creatures are featured in three apps produced by Dawn Publications, a company known for its close-up views of the natural world. Luminous artwork in vibrant colors, and light, effective animations will engage children as they learn about insects, amphibians, and a meadow mouse.

Pets Do the Strangest (and Most Wonderful) Things: Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Having a pet―no matter what it is―can inspire some amazing stories. The following selections of pet tales are no exceptions. Check out these critter-filled picture books selected by Junior Library Guild editors.

An Elegant Proof: ‘Incredible Numbers’ on the iPad | Touch and Go

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“Math is Beautiful” states Ian Stewart, and along with the production team at Touch Press, he delivers an elegant proof of that claim in ‘Incredible Numbers,’ a visual exploration of mathematical concepts.