December 3, 2016

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Scholastic’s New Study Looks at Equity in Education

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The report looks at barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, the role of families and communities, and the needs for learning supports and professional development.

Morris and Turner Contendas

Hello! It’s roundup time, today focused on contendas for awards other than the Printz. One of these awards is a real actual award, the William C. Morris YA Debut Award; the other is imaginary but no less real in my heart. The Morris you all know about, of course, and we’ve been covering several debut/Morris […]

Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books

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While ebooks have stalled, the outlook for the children’s book market looks good. That data and coming trends were unpacked at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit.

How Librarians Help Kids With ADHD Thrive

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Students with this special need can require more attention in school, including in the library. Here’s how media specialists are guiding them to stay on task, and succeed.

When Good Authors Go Bad

Ok, I confess: the title of this post is mostly clickbait. I’m too much of a libra (and librarian) to be able to call these books anything as absolute as “bad.” The less clickbait, more classic title could be: In which the reader is disappointed in not one but two four-star books, by authors she […]

More questions than answers here

Like Joy, I’ve got a double feature: two titles with strong reviews (My Name is Not Friday has three stars; The Bitter Side of Sweet has four), good writing, and memorable characterization. These two titles are both important reads. But are they Printz contenders? My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter Scholastic, January 2016 […]

Tips in Time for International Literacy Day

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In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Scholastic is sharing tips culled from four countries that can help children everywhere become lifelong readers.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

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Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Morton Schindel, Founder of Weston Woods Studios, Dies at 98

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The work of this prolific producer of audiovisual materials adapted from award-winning children’s books had been translated into more than 20 languages.

Scholastic to Launch New Multi-platform Series Led by Scott Westerfeld

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Bestselling author of the “Uglies” series to lead a new series that spans across multiple books and an interactive gaming environment.

Scholastic Authors Reveal What’s Coming for Fall

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Scholastic’s unique video publisher preview is full of fun and surprises, as well as plenty of collection-worthy titles for the upcoming school year.

Review of the Day: The King of Kazoo by Norm Feuti

King of Kazoo By Norm Feuti Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $22.99 ISBN: 978-0545770880 Ages 9-12 On shelves July 26th When I used to run a children’s book club for 9-12 year-olds, I’d regularly let them choose the next book we’d discuss. In time, after some trial and error, I learned that the best way […]

Will You Be Our Next Celebrity School Librarian?

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Are you one of those people who laments “I never win anything?” If you’re a superstar school librarian (and you are, of course) then your luck may be about to change.

We Will Continue to Raise Our Voices: Survival, Slavery, Censorship | Up for Debate

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This ‘shocking and unprecedented case of self-censorship’ was, in fact, an editorial decision. The publishing industry makes thousands of them every day. They happen in response to many factors, including outside pressure, personal bias, and money. This decision happened after many voices were raised opposing the book, led by Black Lives Matter activist Leslie Mac.

So People Disagree. Is This a Problem? | Up for Debate

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Withdrawing a book from circulation—which makes it disappear as effectively as burning—is a dangerous course. The book is gone. By the same logic, other books will also disappear, or never be written. But there’s another compelling cause for concern: Censorship often works against those who are the most marginalized—historically, women, minorities, and dissidents.

Scholastic Yanks Controversial Picture Book

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The new release “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” draws heated criticism for its depiction of slaves, in similar fashion to “A Fine Dessert.”

Untwine

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat Scholastic, September 2015 Reviewed from final copy Can I admit something embarrassing? This is the first time I’m reading Edwidge Danticat. I’ve been recommending her for years to eager readers, but I haven’t actually sat down and read any myself, until now. But what a title to start with: Untwine has […]

Printzbery, Part 4: Last but Not Least

I’ve had a busy two days, catching up on a few of the swing books we’ve got on the slate for our in-person Printzbery discussion this weekend. Also a busy few days sniffling and crying since both books are heavy on the feels. The Marvels, Brian Selznick Scholastic, September 2015 Reviewed from ARC (3 stars) […]

New Report from Scholastic Shows School Libraries Work

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Brand new research shines a light on the unique positive effects school librarians have on student learning outcomes.

Scholastic Rolling Out Special Diverse Books Flyer for Holidays

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Scholastic Reading Club flyers showcase diverse books in time for the holidays.