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Why Reading Sucks: Talking honestly with kids might make them more passionate readers

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“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.”

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Resources for Curating Video Collections and Creating Custom Courses

Resources for Curating Video Collections and Creating Custom Courses

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.

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Device & Conquer: SLJ’s 2013 Tech Survey

Device & Conquer: SLJ’s 2013 Tech Survey

As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students. More than 750 school librarians responded to SLJ’s survey, representing K–12 public and private schools across the country. According to the data, they make the most of what they have, learning one day and sharing that knowledge the next.

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Spotlight on Spanish-language Fantasy | Libro por libro

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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?

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Chew That Book: Why Babies Belong in Libraries | First Steps

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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.

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Love Whispersync, Hate the Terms: How can schools legally work with Kindle technology?

Love Whispersync, Hate the Terms: How can schools legally work with Kindle technology?

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Who’s to Blame for the Demise of Libraries? | Feedback

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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?

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Why Verse? Poetic Novels for Historical Fiction, Displacement Stories, and Struggling Readers

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There are many reasons to write novels in verse, according to author Terry Farish: To reflect a culture’s music and literary heritage; to offer reprises of a language’s rhythm; to create a fast pace that mirrors the character’s own ride; to bring the cinematic camera intimately close.

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SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

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.

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Best Audiobooks: 20 Must-Have Titles for Tweens and Teens

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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.

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Austin Power! A Snapshot of School Librarian Leaders | SLJ Summit 2013

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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.

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Foster Stronger Schools by Supporting Reading Freedom | Scales on Censorship

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Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Pat Scales responds to questions about book challenges, dystopian novels in elementary school, and the age-appropriateness of Bullying Prevention displays.

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The Learning Spark: How Interest Fuels Cognition | Editorial

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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.

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Multimedia Review | November 2013

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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.

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Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians | Focus On

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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.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars | November 2013

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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.

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Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | November, 2013

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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?

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The Science of Interest: Cognitive Research To Engage Students and Foster Real Learning

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“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.

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Book Review: Graphic Novels | November 2013

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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.

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Book Review: Grades 9 Up Fiction | November 2013

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From Swati Avashti’s hybrid novel, Chasing Shadows to Sean Beadouin’s Wise Young Fool, the books featured in SLJ’s November fiction reviews for older readers are chock-full of distinct voices, fast-paced storylines, and unforgettable characters.

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