May 28, 2017

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3 Professional Reading Titles To Boost Literacy

Tips for strengthening literacy through games, maker spaces, and reading and writing exercises.

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

Kids Create Video Games with Bloxels, no Coding Required | SLJ Review

Bloxels pairs an app with a physical board to give students the tools they need to create their own arcade-style video games.

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How Fair Is Your Maker Space?

No matter your budget, the key to a successful program is getting everyone to the table.

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How Universal Design Will Make Your Library More Inclusive

Universal Design involves designing spaces, products, programming, and more to make them as usable as possible for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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Braille’s New Age

Braille tablets and other new tech may help visually impaired children truly engage in e-learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Celebrating 20 Years of the Pura Belpré Award | Libro por libro

This year marks the 20th presentation of the Pura Belpré awards, and a huge celebration is being planned for ALA Annual in June. Tim Wadham takes stock of the trends and themes that recur in the winning titles, all of which affirm the Latino cultural experience.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Summit 2015: Whole-Child Ready

Stellar exemplars of creative programs and inspired leadership, underscoring a broad call for librarians to take action in an evolving learning landscape. That’s a big-picture view of the 2015 School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Meet Kristina Holzweiss, SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year

From her blog, entitled “Bunhead with Duct Tape,” to her maker space program called SLIME, Kristina Holzweiss, of Bay Shore Middle School in Long Island, NY, displays an energetic penchant for tinkering with traditional ideas.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys | SLJ Review

Chikwanine, Michel & Jessica Dee Humphreys. Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War. illus. by Claudia Dávila. 48p. (CitizenKid). websites. Kids Can. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771381260.

Gr 3-6–Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a child soldier at age five, Chikwanine tells his painful yet ultimately uplifting story with help from coauthor Humphreys and artist Dávila. Though there was unrest in his country, Michel lived a happy, carefree existence with his parents […]

Awards Roundup: The Cook Prize, Edgar Nominees, Sydney Taylor Award, and More

In the thick of awards season, many children’s and young adult books are being recognized with honors not related to the Youth Media Awards.

SLJ Reviews of 2015 Youth Media Award–Winning and Honor Books

The winners are in, and once again, SLJ predicted many of the top Youth Media Award winners and honor books. Check out the reviews of all the winning and honor books.

Alexander and Santat Win 2015 Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover and Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend took home the medals for the Newbery and the Caldecott awards, respectively. Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun captured the Printz award.

Tips for Creating a “Mock BOB” | SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books

Whether you’re hearing about SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) for the first time, or you’ve been a longtime fan of the virtual elimination contest that pits the best kids’ books of the year against one another, the online tournament can be a fun way to engage students, while increasing their literacy skills. Here are some tips for creating your own mock BOB.

Microsoft Gives Partners in Learning $250 Million More to Support Education Innovation Globally

Microsoft has committed $250 million to its Partners in Learning program, a worldwide education initiative that offers resources to both students and teachers.