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July 5, 2015

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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

Review: How To Fake A Moon Landing

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Review: Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Review: Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Though it certainly exists, finding a comic that connects to the sciences and contains a funny and engaging story for elementary age students isn’t all that easy. But AMP Kids’ latest original graphic novel will certainly have multiple links to the science curriculum and continue to entertain readers all the way through. Stinky Cecil in […]

Scienceflix: An In-Depth Exploration to Tempt Budding Scientists | Reference Online

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Billed as “Science for the Next Generation,” Scholastic’s ScienceFlix is a highly engaging digital resource that offers students an in-depth examination of more than 30 subject areas.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Reaching a Range of Users, from the Youngest to the Oldest | Reference Online

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This month, we highlight databases for both the oldest and the youngest patrons. While Sparticl brings together the best science material on the Web, World Book’s Early World of Learning focuses on users making their first forays into reading.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Engage & Immerse: General Science | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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From the four elements to the four corners of the world, these series encourage discovery and impart knowledge of the natural and human-made worlds, for the most part doing so in such engaging ways that many readers will forget they’re reading books about Science with a capital S

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Flora, Fauna, & Food Chains: Life Science | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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A wide variety of subjects are tackled in this look at the life sciences: plants, the human body, biomes, and more

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Of Machines & Mathematics: STEM | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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There’s plenty of food for thought here for readers with a STEM bent, from information on loud, fast vehicles to the invention of tools to contemporary computer technology.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Look Back and a Look Forward | Reference Online |October 2014

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Recent online databases from Rosen and World Book introduce readers to the exciting world of science and the realm of reading, respectively.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Google Science Fair: inspiration from kid and adult scientists

Google Science Fair: inspiration from kid and adult scientists

Want to convince kids that their creativity and inventive spirit can make a difference?  I know of no better way than to share examples of that spirit demonstrated by the winners of this year’s Google Science Fair. On September 22, three young women from Ireland took the Grand Prize for their investigation of the use […]

Eyes Wide Open: A proof of concept for sustaining the conversation around books

Eyes Wide Open: A proof of concept for sustaining the conversation around books

What if a book continued to resonate for its readers in a tangible way long after the pages were closed? What if books inspired, not just individual–but collective and collaborative response, creative expression, participation, action? What if communities formed around books? What if author’s webspace inspired true dialogue and interaction? And how can librarians, with […]

Summer Badges and More from the Smithsonian

Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian

Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer? The Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program can motivate kids to explore and learn wherever they are this summer, while earning recognition for their achievements.

Digging dinosaurs digitally

Digging dinosaurs digitally

I can see so many young scientists getting very excited about this. I can picture a new type of digital eureka as archeologists on their digs check their cell phones to identify or verify a newly discovered artifact. The University of Michigan’s Online Showcase of 3-D Fossil Remains is a collection 20 years in the […]

The World Around Us: Life Science | Series Made Simple

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Here, you’ll find a ton of great new series that not only introduce students to the natural world around them but that also make great use of Common Core Standards: an amazing mix.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Nonfic Titles Align to Next Gen Science Standards | Series Made Simple

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Longtime reviewer and children’s literature consultant John Peters explores several new science series, many of which align closely to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS.)

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.