July 23, 2017

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Science Award Opportunity; #BlackSTEMLikeMe | News Bites

Our round-up of news briefs includes award-worthy librarians, a teen who made the most of her love of books, and new opportunities for STEM exploration.

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

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.

Welcome to Readialand

A bold new movement embraces tech’s potential to support early literacy across income levels.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Digital Wild West of Apps Is an Opportunity for Librarians

Being able to accurately size up language and literacy apps for young children isn’t easy in today’s online environment. Yet it is a crucial service, one that librarians are uniquely suited to provide.

PNC Bank’s $350 Million Early Learning Push | First Steps

Banks aren’t traditionally known for innovating with early childhood education programs, but Pittsburgh’s PNC Bank is a happy exception. Its bilingual Grow Up Great initiative builds strong partnerships with libraries and other cultural institutions around early learning.

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

YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.

Summer School for Educators; PEN Awards Shortlist; Follett’s 4,500 New EBooks | News Bites

SLJ brings you a round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

A Bevy of Alphabet Apps | Touch and Go

Judging from the number of alphabet apps, it appears that every developer has created at least one. This week we look at five of them, each worthy of a child’s attention.

Sesame Workshop Launches Early Literacy Initiative

Sesame Workshop has partnered with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation to launch a new early literacy initiative, Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day. The program aims to be a free bilingual, digital resource made up of tips, games, and activities designed to improve a child’s reading and writing capabilities from an early age.

The Early Bird: How Sesame Workshop is adapting its revolutionary educational content for devices

A peek behind the scenes of Sesame Workshop, which is negotiating the digital shift with care. The venerable brand has conducted more than 76 tests over two and a half years to understand how children, ages three to five, adopt and adapt to touch devices in their learning.