November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

A Newly Minted School Librarian Starts Her Career—in Nigeria

Kate Davis received her MLS in March and has started her first experience as a librarian at the American International School of Abuja in Nigeria.

Finalists Announced for 2017 National Book Awards

Here are the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, announced this morning, along with their School Library Journal reviews.

Riders’ Advisory: Bike-related programs expand in libraries

Library bike programs can be as simple as storing a tire pump on-site and loaning bicycle locks—or as complex as loaning out bikes.

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

Want To Build a Great Maker Space? Plan Before You Play, Say Experts.

Got the maker bug but don’t know where to start? Check with the very people you hope to entice: your students. Panelists Laura Fleming, Tamiko Brown, and David Jakes offered their advice in the webcast “Build a Great Makerspace.”

Virtually There: Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

These educators are embracing virtual reality as a new tool for student engagement, collaboration, and content creation.

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

Students Create VR Field Trips in Charlottesville, VA

Middle schoolers turned their lens on the Jefferson School in Keswick, VA—one of two segregated one-room schoolhouses built in the 1920s.

15 Spooky Halloween Titles for Young Readers

Lots of treats in this roundup of Halloween titles just right for a variety of revelers, from toddlers to veteran trick-or-treaters.

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

Getting Ready for Banned Books Week? Check Out SLJ’s Updated Pinterest Board

Teacher librarian Kathy Burnette updates SLJ’s Banned Books Week Pinterest board with new, eye-catching, and inspiring ideas to kick off the annual celebration (September 24–30).

How Educators Can Respond to Mental Health Concerns Raised by “13 Reasons Why” | In the Classroom

For ELA teacher Valerie Sawicki Bellomo, the controversy over the Netflix adaptation of 13 Reasons Why presented a challenge and an opportunity to support students’ mental health.

Bathroom Book Blurbs: Reading Recommendations in Every Stall

People read anything when using the restroom—so why not advertise books? Here’s how Texas high school librarian Jaime LeRoy did it.

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

A Student-Designed Maker Cart

These Florida middle schoolers prototyped a stylish commercial storage bin, thanks to a design challenge and partnership with a furniture manufacturer.

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

23 YA and Middle Grade Books To Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

A mix of fiction and nonfiction titles from such stellar talents as Daniel José Older and Margarita Engle. And, as a bonus, professional reading picks for those serving Latinx communities.

Ten Titles Make the 2017 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The 2017 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes two previous National Book Award finalists. Nine of the ten authors are women, and two are debut novelists.

My Principal Is ‘All Over the AR Points.’ Readers Respond to Leveling.

Our feature story on reading levels, “Thinking Outside the Bin,” quickly proved to be among our most popular stories so far this year. As expected, there was plenty of feedback from readers

Maker Movement Grows in K-12, with Librarians Leading the Way, Finds SLJ Survey

Since 2014, when SLJ conducted its first maker survey, maker activities have increased by four percent at the elementary and middle school levels.

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

After a Member’s Ouster from Newbery Medal Committee, a Closer Look at Social Media Rules 

Social media guidelines for Newbery Committee members were devised a few years ago to avoid controversy about how the prestigious book awards are determined. But the rules have raised issues of their own.

SLJ Editors Respond to DACA Decision

The latest White House move to terminate DACA is shameful, crushing the dreams of 800,000 young people and striking a blow to the core principles of this country. This is not who we are.

New Reading Lists Aid Advanced Readers

A new resource from the Children’s Book Council offers challenging but age-appropriate titles to children reading at advanced levels.

After Hurricane Harvey, School Librarians Provide Support and Stories

In the Texas flood zone, a costumed “Book Fairy” entertained kids displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Other school librarians donated books and provided more ways to help.

Remembering Dianne de Las Casas, Founder of Picture Book Month

Friends and family members gathered in Metairie, LA, to celebrate the life of de Las Casas, author, storyteller, and creator of Picture Book Month.