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April 15, 2014

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SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcements, and I want to make sure that others do not! SLJ just announced two new awards that are ripe pickings for so many of you! 1. School Librarian of the Year! You know who you are. I urge you to nominate yourself.

Review of the Day: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-63912-5 Ages 4 and up On shelves April 29th When I was a young teen my favorite book was Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Steeped in Bradbury’s nostalgia for his youth, I was in the throes of adolescence, probably on [...]

Scholastic Presents Math@Work: ‘Top Chef’ Hosted Webcast Tying Classroom Math to Culinary Careers

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Register now for Scholastic’s April 29 webcast of Math@Work in which The Chew’s Carla Hall and recent Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi get together with three NYC high school students to create healthy dishes and discover the links between classroom math and the careers they aspire to.

Q&A: Author Andy Griffiths on His Ever-Growing ‘Treehouse’ Series

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The 26-Story Treehouse author spoke to SLJ about the treehouse of his childhood, punk rock, advice for young writers, and more.

Scholastic Kicks off Free Teacher Registration for Summer Reading Challenge Starting April 7

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Starting April 7, Scholastic opens registration for K-8 educators who can register their students for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, an online reading program geared to tackle summer slump. Also, find out more about Scholastic’s Google+ Hangout to provide successful summer reading strategies on April 16.

Announcing SLJ’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You?

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School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing join forces to announce the SLJ School Librarian of the Year Award.

Review: The Dumbest Idea Ever

Review: The Dumbest Idea Ever

The Dumbest Idea Ever By Jimmy Gownley Scholastic; $24.99 Everyone knows where comic books come from—comic book creators make them, publishers sell them and comic book stores sell them (Or libraries let you borrow them.) But where do comic book creators come from? Jimmy Gownley’s new autobiographic graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever explains where at [...]

Review: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Review: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot By Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dan Santat Scholastic ISBN: 9780545631068 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores April 29, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library We are living in the age of the re-boot. What once was sacrilege – messing with a beloved piece of art – is now accepted. [...]

Review of the Day: Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

Review of the Day: Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons By Jon J. Muth Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-16668-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 25th I have a colleague who is mighty careful when regarding haiku. She’s Japanese-American herself, and one thing she simply cannot stand is when someone takes a set of words, slaps them into five/seven/five syllable lines, [...]

Pick of the Day: A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

A delightful and inspiring debut.

Review: The Nazi Hunters

Review: The Nazi Hunters

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. 2013. Library copy. YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist. It’s About: In 1960, a group of Israeli spies and operatives captured the Nazi fugitive, Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann had been in [...]

Review: The President Has Been Shot

Review: The President Has Been Shot

The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson. Scholastic. 2013. YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist. It’s About: The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.  The Good: The past November — the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK — I watched a lot of specials and documentaries about [...]

Review: Superworm by Julia Donaldson

Review: Superworm by Julia Donaldson

Superworm By Julia Donaldson Illustrated by Axel Scheffler Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545591768 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In stores January 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s a rhyme battle going on in children’s literature. It’s a battle between fans of non-rhyming Sendak and MC Seuss. You can like both, of [...]

Death and Love: Sorrow’s Knot & The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Death and Love: Sorrow’s Knot & The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Today, I’m talking about two books that are in my personal top 10 of the year. And both revolve around death and love, two primal, powerful pieces of life. And they’re both fantastic. Other than that, they’re really different, and I suspect neither of them has much chance at a Printz nod, which is sort [...]

Review of the Day: The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman

The Silver Six By A.J. Lieberman Illustrated by Darren Rawlings Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $22.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-37097-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Ambition. It’s not a term I usually associate with children’s graphic novels. Your average everyday children’s comic is not particularly ambitious. There are so few of them out there that you can’t [...]

A Corner of White

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A Corner of White (Book 1 of The Colors of Madeleine), Jaclyn Moriarty Scholastic, April 2013 Reviewed from ARC and final ebook This is a doozy of a book. Clair talked about the difficulties summing up a complex book like The Raven Boys, but that would be a breeze compared to this one. It’s crowded [...]

Pick of the Day: The Hypnotists | Audio

The Hypnotists audiobook

In this funny, fast-paced tale of supernatural suspense, Jackson “Jax” Opus never thought too much about his color-changing eyes until strange things began happening to people who looked into them.

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves

We put out a call asking for interested parties to take a shot at making the case for their top book of the year, and today, occasional guest poster Clair Segal is back to do just that. Or sort of that, because she’s taken on a challenge: talking about a second book in a series. [...]

Scholastic Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek

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For the sixth time, Scholastic is offering librarians—and the nation—a sneak peak of its upcoming titles via an online video. The publisher’s spring preview for 2014 presents “38 Books in 38 Minutes” with appearances by more than a dozen authors, illustrators, and editors.

Review: A Spark Unseen

Review: A Spark Unseen

A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron. Sequel to The Dark Unwinding. Scholastic. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: The 1850s. England. Katharine Tulman awakes to find someone trying to break into her room. She prevents the kidnapping of her Uncle Tully, but more threats to his safety and peace of mind come. What can [...]