August 17, 2017

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Professional Reading Titles on Reluctant Readers, Readers’ Advisory, and More

Look no further for advice on how to tempt reluctant middle school readers, how to lead a school library, and more.

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3 Professional Reading Titles To Boost Literacy

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

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Guided by Meaning in Primary Literacy: Libraries, Reading, Writing, and Learning by Joyce Carroll, Kelly Barger, Karla James & Kristy Hill | SLJ Review

CARROLL, Joyce, Kelly Barger, Karla James, & Kristy Hill. Guided by Meaning in Primary Literacy: Libraries, Reading, Writing, and Learning. 297p. chart. illus. index. photos. Libraries Unlimited. Feb. 2017. Tr $39.94. ISBN 9781440843983.

A practical and important book on supporting early literacy in schools and libraries with lessons in writing and reading. The title’s most crucial arguments are that literacy (and, for that matter, anything) should resonate with those we teach and that “brain research has supported meaningful instruction […]

Step Up Your Storytime, Role-Playing Games 101, and a Primer on Early Learning Spaces | Professional Reading

This month’s titles have you covered, from reinvigorating storytimes to providing information on the importance of play.

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Tapping into Kids’ Curiosity About the Natural World | Professional Shelf

The push to incorporate informational texts into instruction offers teachers and librarians an opportunity to tap into young readers ’curiosity about the natural world. Three recent publications with a focus on the selection and use of science-related texts in the classroom and for programming are timely aids for teachers and librarians.

Diversity, Intellectual Freedom, and Innovation | Professional Reading

The latest professional reading encourages bringing dynamic, diverse, and innovative materials to patrons, from Pat Scales’s Books Under Fire to Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps and Carole J. McCollough’s Coretta Scott King Award Books Discussion Guide.

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‘Teaching to Complexity’ | Professional Shelf

When it comes to measuring text complexity, teachers and librarians know it’s not just about attaching a particular lexile number or other quantitative label to a book jacket. A new, practical tool walks educators through the process of selecting the best texts for instruction.

What the New Research Tells Us About Adolescence and Learning | Professional Shelf

Does cramming for exams work? Are there benefits to testing? What type of projects encourage deeper understanding? New research in brain and cognitive science offers insights into adolescent behavior and learning with significant implications for both students and teachers.

Take a Wild Ride Through the History of Children’s Lit, Revamp Your Storytelling Skills, and Brush Up on Collection Development | Professional Reading

Check out Betsy Byrd’s much-anticipated Wild Things, a look at children’s literature through the ages. Hoping to enhance your storytimes? Try Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Kathy Fling Klatt’s STEP into Storytime.

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Banned Books | Sparking Discussions with Students

Encourage children and teens to read a banned or challenged book isplay of titles by Dav Pilkey, Louise Fitzhugh, Pura Belpré, Rainbow Rowell and other popular authors deemed “inappropriate” at one time or another.

Support for Struggling Learners | Professional Shelf

With solid advice and practical examples, two recent professional titles advocate student-centered approaches that support struggling learners as they gain confidence and increase proficiency.

‘Building a Better Teacher’ | Professional Shelf

What’s missing in our attempts to improve our nation’s schools? In her thought-provoking, new book Elizabeth Green argues that it is teacher training programs.

Explore Some ‘Best-Loved’ Nursery Rhymes, Navigate Girl World with a Mother-Daughter Book-Club, and More | Professional Reading

Katherine Goiver’s Half for You and Half for Me gives readers the inside scoop behind nursery rhymes we all know and love, while Lori Day and Charlotte Kugler’s Her Next Chapter provides the skinny on how mother-daughter book clubs offer a guide to helping girls through those difficult teen years in this month’s crop of Professional Reading titles.

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A New Guide on Programming for Children with Autism, Ways to Share Poetry, & Other Excellent Resources | Professional Reading

Barbara Klipper’s excellent new guide to programming for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and Sylvia Vardell’s freshly updated Poetry Aloud 2 are reviewed in this issue’s selection of professional reading titles.

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June Starred Reviews

From a dystopian adventure set in Hawaii to a surreal, graphic-novel-inspired picture book to a deep exploration of one history’s most infamous families, the June Stars offer excellent examples of the best in fiction, nonfiction, and media for children and teens.

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Summer Reading To “(Re)Invigorate” Your Teaching | Professional Shelf

“There’s power in firsthand advice from people in the field who have been recognized for their excellence and expertise” and educators looking to reinvigorate their teaching need look no further than these two books for tips and suggestions on how to do so.

‘The Global Education Toolkit’ | Professional Shelf

The ‘Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners’ offers a wealth of practical ideas, suggestions for activities, and resources guaranteed to encourage and energize meaningful learning about the world.

Connected Learning | Professional Shelf

A collection of 18 inspiring, real-life stories gleaned from the National Writing Project’s “Digital Is” website highlights the work of teachers actively shaping classroom instruction to meet the needs of diverse student populations amid the challenges of new standards and high-stakes testing.

Sex in the Library and Music Programming Guide Stand Out in Crop of New Professional Reading Titles | Professional Reading Reviews

A guide for librarians on sexual content in teen literature and an exploration of music programming for the primary grades top the list of new professional reading titles.

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April Starred Reviews

From an ode to an innovative jazz musician to an unreliable narrator-driven YA novel, check out the book and multimedia titles that made SLJ’s April list of stellar offererings.

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