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Animation Made Easy: The best tools for student projects, from stop motion to GIFs

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With accessible tools, you and your students can create your own simple animations to convey powerful ideas. Screencast tutorials will have you up and running with the latest “Cool Tools” from Richard Byrne, SLJ columnist and blogger at “Free Technology for Teachers.”

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SLJ’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2013

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Flexibility and personalized education: That’s what the learners of 2014 will expect from their libraries. We must be available everywhere, nimbly respond to students’ needs, and allow kids to learn in ways that suit them. It’s an exciting time. Here are the top trends for 2013 and beyond.

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A Meeting of the Minds: The First Multiple Intelligences Library

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A school library in St. Louis, Missouri, boasts something unique: It’s the only known library whose design is based on Multiple Intelligences theory—a groundbreaking concept of intellect conceived by psychologist Howard Gardner and widely embraced by educators.

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Creature Feature: Fanciful Characters Drove this Transmedia Story

Creature Feature: Fanciful Characters Drove this Transmedia Story

In an ambitious foray into transmedia, Razorbill has teamed with pecial effects company Framestore to produce The Creature Department (2013). The making of the new novel by Robert Paul Weston, starring a cast of fantastical characters, was a unique collaboration with Framestore (creators of the Geico Gecko), which played an active role in the book’s creation.

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Building Better Collections; Diversity in YA | SLJ Feedback

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Readers reply to Nina Lindsay’s question: What qualities make a book a good one for kids? A school librarian challenges major publishers to stop ghettoizing “diverse” and “multicultural” children’s books.

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Singing the Story: Musical Audiobook Read-alongs | Listen In

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Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan explore the role singing plays in early literacy development and how audiobooks can be used to further this growth. From Janis Ian’s The Tiny Mouse to Simms Taback’s Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, these titles make excellent sing-along picks for preschool storytimes.

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Germany’s Unperfekthaus: Is this the Library of the Future?

Germany’s Unperfekthaus: Is this the Library of the Future?

Let’s be honest. Physical resources are in decline, and the transition to digital holdings will only accelerate. So what can we do with all that library space opened up by the decline of print? Consider the Unperfekthaus, a German model that encompasses maker spaces and much more.

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Flashback: Historical Photos Transport Us to the Past | Nonfiction Booktalker

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Studying a photograph of a long-ago event can be both transporting and educational, as the books in “Captured History,” a series about photography from Compass Point, show.

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SLJ Top 10 DVDs for 2013

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With so many superb DVD productions in 2013, it was a tough task to choose the 10 best. This year’s top picks reflect an array of topics including art, science, biography, and social studies, with Ken Burns’s documentary The Dust Bowl leading the list.

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Librarian Creates Site for Teachers to Earn Digital Badges for New Skills

Librarian Creates Site for Teachers to Earn Digital Badges for New Skills

Even teachers need a little acknowledgment for learning new skills, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming. Through her site, Worlds of Learning, Fleming is offering teachers at her school and beyond the opportunity to earn digital badges—honors that can be posted online—for mastering digital literacy in various areas, from QR codes to video editing.

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The Promise of 1:1: Rollouts Are Opportunities for Reinvention | Pivot Points

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Implementing 1:1 mobile device programs in schools offers librarians a seminal opportunity to help usher in a new era of connectivity, flexibility, and empowerment for learners. These projects promise to redefine teacher librarians’ roles, their leadership, and perceptions by others.

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SLJ’s Top 10 Latino-themed Books of 2013

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This has been a stellar year for Latino-themed titles for children. SLJ’s Libro por Libro columnist, Tim Wadham, selected 10 of the best works published this year that represent the vibrant Hispanic cultures united by a single language and heritage.

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Inventions: What’s the Big Idea? | Focus On

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The titles included here address questions about inventions in a variety of entertaining and informative ways. They also address the life and times of the inventors themselves, making many excellent choices for Common Core concepts.

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SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013

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The “Good Comics for Kids” (blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkids) bloggers were burning the midnight oil this year, with a batch of top-notch fall releases that kept us reading—and debating—right up to our deadline. The top trend this year: kids’ books with adult appeal.

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction | December 2013

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A pop-up Little Mermaid, Pete the Cat drives a yellow bus, and more…

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars | December 2013

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Trucks, dinosaurs, and a tiny mouse that goes to sea.

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Multimedia Reviews | December 2013

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December multimedia reviews include the vibrantly animated DVD The Painting, the moving documentary The March, and the audiobooks of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones.

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Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | December 2013

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Marta Braun on Eadweard Muybridge’s experiments with motion photography.

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Book Review: Grades 9 & Up Fiction | December 2013

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Lisa Amowitz’s Breaking Glass is an “edge-of-your-seat thriller with a supernatural twist.”

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction | December 2013

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Hervé Tullet’s The Big Book of Art inspires youthful creativity.

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