May 26, 2017

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Maker Spaces, STEM, Library Management | Professional Reading

Maker space projects galore; “a fascinating look at the intersection of science and the maker movement”; and an accessible guide on management for school librarians.

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The Silent Garden: Raising Your Deaf Child by Paul W. Ogden & David H. Smith | SLJ Review

OGDEN, Paul W. & David H. Smith. The Silent Garden: Raising Your Deaf Child. 3rd ed. 344p. ebook available. index. Gallaudet University. Nov. 2016. pap. $34.95. ISBN 9781563686764.

In this third edition of this esteemed text, coauthors Ogden (department of communicative disorders and deaf studies, California State University, Fresno) and Smith (director, Center on Deafness, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) deliver a foundational approach to raising deaf and hard-of-hearing children, emphasizing that “being deaf is not about hearing but about […]

New Professional Development Titles on Latino Texts and Connecting Young Readers with Nonfiction

Mentor texts that focus on Latino culture, ways to make nonfiction texts relevant and accessible to your youngest patrons, and the library commons.

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

Professional Reading Reviews | January 2017

A primer for taking on censorship, the ins and outs of media mentorship, and a guide for coping with conflicts within the school.

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Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators by Pat R. Scales | SLJ Review

SCALES, Pat R. Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators. 244p. appendix. Rowman & Littlefield. Sept. 2016. Tr $38.99. ISBN 9781442264328.

As the title implies, this volume serves as a resource for public and school librarians who face complaints or objections to books housed within their young adult collections. There are 54 separate examples listed alphabetically by title (including Go Ask Alice, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Judy Blume’s […]

“I Wish My Teacher Knew” | Professional Shelf

A third grade teacher asked her students to complete a simple sentence. Their responses were eye-opening.

Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Michael Sadowski | SLJ Review

SADOWSKI, Michael. Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students. 232p. (Youth Development and Education Series). chart. index. notes. Harvard Education. Aug. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781612509426.

In his introduction, Sadowski writes, “Safety is an essential baseline…but it is not a sufficient goal in itself.” Aimed at educators, this book lays out many clear and detailed ways that schools can better meet the needs of LGBTQ students. The author advocates for moving beyond antibullying policies, safe spaces (often […]

Once upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish by Jamie Campbell Naidoo & Katie Scherrer | SLJ Review

NAIDOO, Jamie Campbell & Katie Scherrer. Once upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish. 136p. further reading. index. ALA Editions. May 2016. pap. $48. ISBN 9780838914113.

This thorough introduction not only gives guidance on how to organize and conduct a bilingual storytime but also details how to do effective outreach to Latinx communities. The book is half manual and half ready-to-use bilingual programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and mixed-age and family groups. The thematic, language-rich plans include songs, […]

Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang | SLJ Review

BANG, Molly. Picture This: How Pictures Work. rev. ed. illus. by Molly Bang. 134p. Chronicle. Aug. 2016. Tr $28.99. ISBN 978145213515; pap. $22.99. ISBN 9781452151991.

Bang published the first version of her groundbreaking exploration into the psychology and physiology of viewer response in 1991 (Bullfinch Pr.). Having confronted her own compositional challenges, the author/illustrator wanted to share her newfound understanding regarding the language of images. Using construction paper shapes as stand-ins for narrative elements in “Little Red Riding Hood,” […]

Helping Girls Thrive in STEM Fields and Working “Storytime Magic” | Professional Reading

This issue, SLJ highlights titles that focus on everything you need to know to deliver an amazing storytime, a guide to helping female students get involved in STEM, and a primer on reading instruction.

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Multicultural Literature for Latino Children, Early Literacy, and Storytelling | Professional Reading

This month’s professional reading titles include global offerings for storytellers, a primer on developing literacy skills, and more.

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Guidance for Kindergartners, Programming for Teens, and Inspiration for ESOL Educators | Professional Reading

This month, find plenty of guidance, whether you serve kindergartners, teens and tweens, or English-language learners.

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

A New Approach to Picture Books, a Look at Visual Learning, and Reaching Out to Teens | Professional Reading

This month’s professional reading covers some timely topics for patrons of all ages, from a look at a new way of examining picture books with kids to the scoop on teen services.

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Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See by Megan Dowd Lambert | Professional Reading

Lambert, Megan Dowd. Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See. 176p. ebook available. Charlesbridge. 2015. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781580896627. Lambert’s Whole Book Approach challenges librarians to think differently about how they share a picture book in a group setting. It asks adult readers to value the opinions of young listeners and to engage them to become active participants as they try to make meaning of […]

Navigating the “Tween Scene,” Getting “Between the Sheets,” and Exploring Realistic Fiction | Professional Reading

From a look at programming for tweens to a guide to navigating sexual content, this month’s professional reading delivers some can’t-miss new resources.

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

Professional Reading | May 2013

Practical advice for teen services.

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.