April 26, 2017

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Reading (and Engineering with) “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

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Here’s how a school community of 1,200 students, ranging in age from four to 18, came together to pull off an all-school read of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” that will be talked about for years.

Día 2017: A Celebration of Literacy and Diversity

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Bringing kids and books from every culture together is the goal of El dia de los libros, and plans for this year’s “Day of Books” are more far-reaching than ever.

Sendak Library Cards Draw Attention To Importance of Storytimes

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Brooklyn, NY kids are going wild over their new library cards.

From Teacher Librarian to Thought Leader | Take the Lead

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Strategic positive exposure for school libraries in her district helped this Lilead Fellow gain recognition for teacher librarians.

What the Trump Budget Means for School Libraries

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In addition to Education Department cuts, the budget proposes the wholesale elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Here’s what you can do.

Kids Make Art for Social Justice in L.A. Museum-Library Partnership

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The Los Angeles Public Library hosted “Art Without Walls,” an art event with the L.A. Hammer Museum where kids honored women in their lives while sending messages about equal rights.

11-Year-Old Starts Book Club for African American Boys

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Fifth grader Sidney Keys’s “Books N Bros” club celebrates characters who are black—and gets boys reading.

Librarians Mobilize for Equity Under the Trump Administration

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Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.

Experts Share Insight, Tools to Help Students Fight Fake News

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School librarians and teachers uncovered new ideas to help students tell fact from fiction with the ISTE/SLJ “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” webinar.

Wearable Tech May Build Babies’ Budding Vocabularies | First Steps

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A surprise discovery of a “word pedometer” at ALA Midwinter inspires an early literacy experiment.

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Gene Luen Yang Comic Available for Download

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Download a high-res PDF version of “Comfort Zone,” Gene Luen Yang’s original comic for SLJ.

Baby Brother Blues | “The Boss Baby” Movie Review

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Author/illustrator Marla Frazee’s titular tyrannical tot from her acclaimed picture book waddles onto the big screen, wreaking his own brand of mayhem.

Digital Comics Boosting Skills of Students with Special Needs

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Educators are turning to an old kid favorite in a new form to boost challenged learners’ interest and skills in reading and writing.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan Finalist for National Medal

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New York’s Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been named one of 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The public is encouraged to share stories about the museum.

Laini Taylor on Genre Blurring and “Strange the Dreamer”

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While writing her latest YA fantasy, Laini Taylor followed her hearts.

Librarians Providing Safe Havens as Deportation Fears Loom

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The recent expanding of deportation regulations have not just stirred up fear and worry in communities, they have also spurred many schools and districts to take action.

Music Education, via an LP Appreciation Society

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My high school student record club tunes in to analog pleasures and the thrill of discovery.

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“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

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A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

Toy “Sleepovers” Boost Kids’ Reading Skills, Says New Study

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Children’s librarians are leveraging an old favorite, stuffed animals, to impart a love of reading. A new study shows their efforts make a measurable difference.

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

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With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.