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November 21, 2014

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In the Know: Nonfiction Titles in Spanish | Libro por libro

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Tim Wadham highlights nonfiction titles that speak directly to the interests of Spanish-speaking youngsters.

The 1920′s: The Decade That Roared | Focus On

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The books below will effectively sharpen readers’ knowledge and understanding of the Roaring 20′s, from carefully researched nonfiction to perceptive examples of historical fiction.

Top Tools for Upgrading Your Resume | Cool Tools

Top Tools for Upgrading Your Résumé | Cool Tools

It’s spring, a time when students start looking for summer jobs or internships—and that requires some attention to their resumes and portfolios. In this month’s “Cool Tools,” Richard Byrne taps the best applications for creating an online showcase of your best work.

Balancing Readability and Reading Fluency | On Common Core

Paige Jaeger

Knowing the research behind text complexity is critical to understanding the Common Core’s call for more complexity, and how reading for pleasure fits in.

2013 ALSC & YALSA Book Picks: The year’s best titles for children and teens

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Check out School Library Journal’s comprehensive guide to the 2013 Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Notable Children’ Books and the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Best Fiction for Young Adults and Great Graphic Novels for Teens.

SLJ Reviews the WiFi Smartpen Sky by Livescribe | Test Drive

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Beyond the bells and whistles, “where the Sky smartpen really shines—like the Echo and Pulse models before it—is its capacity to record and post audio-enhanced notes called “pencasts,” writes School Library Journal gadget columnist Jeff Hastings.

Letters to SLJ | March 2013

Is there a lack of Latino lit for kids or just a lack of awareness. Find out what our readers are saying.

The Cost of Cuts: When we lose librarians, it’s the kids who suffer most | Editorial

Glass half-full

The Pennsylvania study joins a growing body of research that proves the efficacy of librarians in our schools, but the findings of this study alone should take the decision to cut a librarian off the table.

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

Illustration by David Flaherty.

An important new study of Pennsylvania’s schools shows that students in schools with full-time librarians score substantially higher on reading and writing tests than their counterparts in schools that lack librarians.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List: March 2013

The Highway Rat (Donaldson) ©2013 by Axel Scheffler.

Check out SLJ’s Stars list. From Julia Donaldson’s “The Highway Rat” to Gail Carriger’s “Etiquette & Espionage.” There’s something for everyone.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | March 2013

The Adventures of Captain Underpants
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What do Dav Pilkey’s ‘Captain Underpants” and the London’s Philharmonia Orchestra have in common? They’re both featured in this month’s column.

Book Review: Professional Reading | March 2013

Check out SLJ’s professional reading section, where you’ll find new read-aloud selections by Rob Reid, among other titles.

Book Review: Grades 5 & Up | March 2013

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SLJ’s grades 5 and up section has several great novels, including a new one by Ruta Sepetys.

Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle (Raschka) 
©2013 by Chris Raschka.

Here’s SLJ’s latest reviews of books for preschool through grade four.

Multimedia Reviews | March 2013

Hi! Fly Guy (Weston Woods) ©2005 by Tedd Arnold.

Check out SLJ’s March DVD and audio reviews, including 13 starred reviews. There are some great titles to use in the classroom and for kids to peruse during spring break.

Fiction Series Update | March 2013

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Series update lists the latest installments in ongoing fiction series. This month’s titles include fast-paced adventures, hilarious middle-grade reads, and more.

Meet the Latest Newbery Winner: How Katherine Applegate created a modern-day classic

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Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate offers a behind-the-scenes look at how she created The One and Only Ivan, a modern-day classic.

Book Review: Graphic Novels | March 2013

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Check out the three stars, plus many other reviews, in March’s graphic-novel section.