December 7, 2016

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Giant Squid: Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

Giant Squid By Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-59643-599-5 All Ages 2017 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children  Book Review Giant squid remains a mystery. The first photograph of a living giant squid was not taken until 2004; the first video of a live giant […]

Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | November 2016

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A compelling look at the ecosystem, careers in leadership, and everything readers ever wanted to know about the human body.

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Cover Reveal: ‘Science Comics: Flying Machines’

You’re seeing it here first: Today we have an exclusive first look at the cover for the latest entry in First Second’s Science Comics line, Science Comics: Flying Machines, by Alison Wilgus and Molly Brooks. We have a couple of the interior pages for you too with a look at the young Wilbur and Orville […]

Video of the Week: ‘Hamilton’ Meets High School Neuroscience

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Science gets a rap beat in “Mental Abnormalities,” a student’s adaptation of the musical’s opening number.

Vernier to Host Free Workshops for Science and STEM Educators

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Learn how to use new hardware, software, and mobile technologies in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental, Earth science, and middle school science curriculums— for free!

Pumpkins, Pyramids, & Pixels: Science & Technology | Series Nonfiction

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STEM offshoots continue to proliferate as authors and publishers find ingenious new angles with which to present well-worked topics and material, from a look at innovative inventions to a glimpse at engineering efforts.

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Think Like a Scientist: General Science | Series Nonfiction

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Whether curious about how amber is created or what the difference is between a neutron and a neutrino, readers are asking questions, and publishers are answering them by offering a multitude of series that appeal to inquisitive minds.

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DAQRI for your science teachers: Elements 4D and Human Body Anatomy 4D

(Video by David Petro) As you get ready to reconnect with your favorite science teachers this fall, you’ll want to share two fabulous apps by the augmented reality developer DAQRI. Elements 4D This is a different kind of block play likely to engage new fans of chemistry. Using either paper or wood six-sided blocks inscribed […]

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin | SLJ Review

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Benjamin, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish. 352p. Little, Brown. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.ISBN 9780316380867. LC 2014044025.

Gr 4-7–Suzy’s best friend, Franny Jackson, was a strong swimmer. There is no way she could have drowned, at least in Suzy’s mind. Suzy’s determined search for a different explanation for her friend’s death leads her to believe that Franny was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish. Having nothing but time, since she has no other friends and has decided to stop talking, Suzy sets out […]

It’s explosive: Brit’s Biggest Bangs

No mess.  No danger.  No smelly fumes. BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a fun, interactive video experience that allows users to channel their inner mad scientists, mixing dangerous chemicals with sometimes explosive results without a proper laboratory. The secret behind the interactivity is a central choose-your-own-adventure video around which annotations lead to separate videos that […]

Camp Google

There’s a new (free) camp in town.  No bus necessary.  Camp Google is designed to engage kids ages seven through ten in creative science activities. Each week students explore provocative questions and themes with experts across the globe, courtesy of such impressive partners as: Khan Academy National Geographic Kids NASA National Park Service This week is […]

Keep ’em Coming Back for S’mores | Programs That Pop

Every teen librarian knows programs that offer snacks are usually a hit and can even entice teens reluctant to join in the fun. With that in mind, we offer many teen programs that include snacks, from Chocolate Fest to Pizza Gardening. When the Student Ambassadors proposed making a solar-powered s’mores oven for an Earth Day activity, we knew it would be a hit.

Map of Life goes mobile

Map of Life goes mobile

This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources,  the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]

It’s Natural: Science Picture Books for Storytime │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Sparking kids’ excitement in the natural world during STEAM-themed lessons or storytimes is easy when you choose from the following titles. Add an experiment, or visit the resources suggested, and kids will leave the library with a plethora of new knowledge about their world.

Review: How To Fake A Moon Landing

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Climate change, fracking, evolution, vaccinations, homeopathy, chiropractics, even the moon landing, are all hot button controversies that come up in the news. In this book, Darryl Cunningham looks at them with a cool, critical approach, exposing the myths of science denial using comics, photographs and easily readable text. Review: How To Fake A Moon Landing: […]

Past, Present, & Future: General Science | Series Nonfiction

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Whether curious about the planets or physics, math or medicine, readers will discover a wealth of information about the various disciplines of science and technology in these thought-provoking series.

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Pollution, Pollination, Plague: Science & Natural History | Series Nonfiction

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Spanning subjects from disease to the food chains and beyond, these new arrivals remain solid examples of the science.

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Best Databases: Watch science spring into action with these must-have resources

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SLJ has reviewed all of the year’s databases in anticipation of our best of list. The results are in: a roster of dynamic and on-point databases that will more than meet 21st-century student needs.

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Sign Language Primers, Graphic Guide to Science, and Selections on the Civil Rights Movement | Nonfiction Series Update

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SLJ presents Nonfiction Series Update, continuations in ongoing series that are not to be missed. This installment, check out the latest on animals, sign language, cell division, civil rights, and more.

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