The author of Wicked, the book that spawned the blockbuster Broadway play, Gregory Maguire talks with SLJ about his latest otherworldly novel Egg and Spoon, who should be reading it, and why fairy tales are necessary nutrition for the modern world.
“I try to help my students be passionate readers,” writes teacher Pernille Ripp. “I try to be a role model for this in the classroom—but to do this I have recently realized that I must also discuss why, for many students, reading sucks.”
A good video can be a powerful way to help students understand new concepts. The challenge isn’t locating quality instructional clips—but rather organizing your selections. Making playlists in YouTube is one strategy, but there are better options. Try these tools for organizing and creating video courses.
Fantasy and science fiction for children and young adults is a genre that can bridge language and cultural barriers and find popularity throughout the world. English-speaking authors have all been widely translated and are familiar to Latino children here in the United States. But what about the authors writing in this genre in Spanish?
Essential is what our early literacy programs need to be—especially if we want children’s librarian jobs to be considered necessary community services. Make it your mission this year to increase early literacy services at your site by offering at least one nursery-rhyme-based program a month for ages birth to two years old.
It’s the “holy grail of ebook features for education,” writes Chris Harris, of Whispersync for voice. But we need clarity on Amazon’s terms of service before schools can reasonably commit to the Kindle ereader.
Take a look at the latest round of comments, letters to the editor, and corrections from SLJ’s November issue. Librarians give suggestions for NYPL’s 100 Great Children’s Books list. Could the embrace of technology by librarians be the cause of library budget cuts?
Wouldn’t it be great to provide a video tour of your library for students and teachers? You can do this easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.
To compile our 2013 list of best audiobooks, we asked some audio-savvy school and public librarians for their recommendations. The following selections have been chosen for their outstanding text, narration, sound quality, and how well the audio enhances listeners’ appreciation of the written work.
Librarians from around the country made their way to Austin, Texas, on September 28–29 for SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit. On stage and off, the conference convened key players and collaborators who are shaping a vision for the future of libraries. Here’s a snapshot and slideshow of the leadership event.
Recently, I’ve reconsidered that element of human experience called interest, thanks to Annie Murphy Paul and Mimi Ito. Murphy Paul is a journalist covering cognitive science and Ito, a cultural anthropologist, is a proponent of the Connected Learning concept, but their ideas both relate to the power of interest, and the impact on kids when it is fostered.
SLJ’s November Multimedia reviews feature From Up on Poppy Hill DVD, the audiobook format of acclaimed Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and children’s classic, Matilda, among others.
From Louise Erdrich’s Chickadee to Eric Gansworth’s If I Ever Get Out of Here, the books on Debbie Reese’s list of titles by Native and non-Native authors, and the accompanying digital and multimedia resources, will enrich and strengthen your library’s collection on American Indian cultures and peoples.
Nonny Hogrogian’s picture book Come Back, Moon; Fanny Britt’s graphic novel Jane, the Fox & Me; and Mike and the Mighty Magic Pants’s CD Gotta Be the Pants! made SLJ’s November stars list. Take a look inside for more stellar titles.
This month’s selection of “Best Apps” demonstrates the range and diversity of digital material available for children and teens. Where else would Charlie Brown, Franz Liszt, and Slap Happy Larry find themselves on the same page?
“Librarians are ideally positioned to become cultivators of students’ interests,” according to Annie Murphy Paul. A journalist and author, Murphy Paul sheds light on the latest cognitive research on this critical component to reading and learning in SLJ’s November 2013 cover story.
From Kazu Kibuishi’s latest to several image-heavy literary adaptations–including William Shakespeare’s works and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre–, SLJ’s November graphic novel reviews cover the gamut of genres and subjects.