February 26, 2017

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Celebrating Black History: Real People and Real Lives

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Dig into the past and explore the historical events, personal perspectives, and challenges and achievements that have contributed to the black experience in the United States with these recently published titles.

From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society

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Dozens of titles that help promote a deeper understanding and acceptance of our human differences, selected and recommended by the Bank Street College of Education.

In Call for Early STEM Learning, Libraries Cited as Potential ‘Charging Stations’

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Gaining STEM skills is as important for young children as learning to read, asserts a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and supported by the National Science Foundation. Libraries could play a critical role in this call for more preschool STEM learning opportunities.

Behind the Poster: Artist Calef Brown Talks with SLJ

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SLJ chatted with the Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award winner about what led him to the creation of the striking poster included in our February 2017 issue.

DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Librarians React

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The embattled school choice proponent squeaked out a victory in the Senate confirmation vote, to the consternation of many in the education community.

Trigger Warnings and Emotional Distress

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How should librarians present material that may upset some students?

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SLJ’s News Literacy Pinterest Page

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An up-to-date news literacy resource curated by school media and ed tech specialist Jen Thomas.

After Travel Ban, Schools and Libraries Reassure Students and Families

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Schools pledge support to families, public libraries throw open their doors, and students commit acts of kindness while monitoring bullying.

Teach Students Resilience, Empathy, and More with Social Emotional Learning Strategies

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Bolstered by ESSA, social emotional learning is taking off in schools. Here’s how.

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How My School Library Embraces Social Emotional Learning

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Anita Cellucci, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year Finalist, designed programs to encourage mindfulness and support mental health.

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Hearts and Minds: Picture books that strengthen social emotional learning

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A starter collection of picture books that address social emotion learning topics and themes for one-on-one sharing and sparking discussions with young audiences.

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Outstanding International Books: Presenting the 2017 USBBY Selections

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This is the 12th annual Outstanding International Books list selected for the United States Board on Books for Young People by a committee of librarians, educators, and children’s literature specialists.

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STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

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Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.

A King for All Seasons | Focus On

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A selection of books and media that explore Arthurian legend and stories that it inspired. From scholarly works to popular culture references, these stories continue to captivate our collective imaginations.

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Eight Librarians Flip Their Skills To Serve a New Calling

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These powerhouse librarians leveraged their experience to shift careers midstream, after decades on the job, or post-“retirement.” They’re still giving to the profession.

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Great Books: Celebrating Winter

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Picture books filled with cold-weather escapades, charismatic characters, and crystalline emotions are the perfect accompaniments to hot cocoa as readers and listeners await spring.

“March: Book Three” Makes History at the YMAs | ALA Midwinter 2017

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John Lewis’s “March: Book Three” took four Youth Media Awards, including the Printz, while Javaka Steptoe’s “Radiant Child” won the Caldecott, and Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” took the Newbery.

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2017

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Our reviews of the YMA titles, plus past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Audio Review

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REYNOLDS, Jason. Ghost. digital download. 3:29 hrs. S. & S. Audio. Aug. 2016. $14.99. ISBN 9781508230472.

Gr 5-9 –Guy Lockard has assumed the mantle of narrator-of-choice for Reynolds’s fiction: Ghost (2016 National Book Award finalist) is Lockard’s third Reynolds title, following As Brave as You and Rashad’s chapters in All American Boys. Here, as seventh grader Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw, Lockard performs with excitable bravado, ruminating honesty, and trash-talking speed. Ghost runs fast with good reason, having escaped his father, […]