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October 21, 2014

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Teach Kids how to Code, Make Apps and 3-D Models With These Tools

Teach Kids how to Code, Make Apps, and Try 3-D Printing With These Tools

The best applications for teaching basic programming skills—no geek cred required to use them successfully in your classroom or library. Other apps enable kids to build 3-D models, which they can print, too.

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Selecting Apps for Babies; Is ‘Part-Time Indian’ Appropriate for Sixth Grade? | Feedback

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Should babies be exposed to apps? Rachel Payne responds to a comment on her “Are Learning Apps Good for Babies?” piece. Is removing a book from a required reading list a form of censorship? One reader questions the inclusion of Sherman Alexie’sThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian on a sixth-grade reading list.

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What Lies Beneath: Weird and Unusual Marine Life | Nonfiction BookTalker

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Animals with transparent guts! Fish that make their own light! An underwater bird? Booktalk audiences hungry for adventure and monsters can find both in remarkable books on marine mysteries. While the following titles are aimed at fourth grade and above, even younger readers will find the pictures irresistible.

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Nexus 7 Tablets Strengthen Google’s Play for the K–12 Market

Nexus 7 Versus the iPad: The new tablets strengthen Google’s play for K–12 schools

Coupled with the much-anticipated Google Play for Education store, the Nexus 7 bolsters Google’s growing claim to the K–12 tablet landscape.

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What’s Your Story? Making a Powerful Case for the Library | Project Advocacy

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When we tell the story of our library, do patrons feel that it represents them? Every time we discuss a successful program, we are reinforcing our library’s importance to administrators, students, and teachers. Here are some effective strategies from Michael Margolis, CEO of Get Storied, an organization devoted to transformational storytelling.

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A School and Public Librarian Find Common Ground on the Common Core

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In SLJ’s recent “Common Core and the Public Librarian” one-hour live webcast, Olga Nesi, regional coordinator for the New York City Department of Education, Division of Library Services, and Nina Lindsay, the children’s services coordinator for Oakland (CA) Public Library, discussed the national initiative and, in particular, what it means for public librarians.

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Audiobooks that Celebrate Teachers | Listen In

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The Listen In columnists took the opportunity offered by World Teachers Day, October 5, to suggest audiobooks in which teachers play a central role, with titles ranging from Andrew Clements’s Frindle to Richard Peck’s The Teacher’s Funeral.

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Review Star: Heralding SLJ Book Review Editor Trevelyn Jones

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After three decades as editor of School Library Journal’s Book Review, Trevelyn Jones will retire October 18, leaving behind a legacy of expertise, integrity, and a love of children’s literature that is largely unmatched in the industry. To celebrate her retirement, SLJ reached out to Jones’s industry colleagues to reflect on her contributions.

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Board Games to Support the Common Core

Board Games to Support the Common Core

Christopher Harris believes that board gaming is a strong contender to become the “Next Big Thing” in schools. Yet no sector of education has laid claim to it. Could libraries be the place where gaming flourishes?

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Low Tech, High Gains: Starting a Maker Program Is Easier Than You Think

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Has the maker movement taken hold in your library yet? Starting a maker space is easier—and less costly—than you may think. Technologies such as robotics, digital video production, computer coding, and 3-D printing may garner the most attention, but traditional activities instill the same spirit of invention, collaboration, and critical thinking of the maker phenomenon.

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BiblioBoard Review | Online Reference | October 2013

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Librarian Jennifer Prince reviews BiblioBoard, a database offering ebooks, primary sources, and that can store locally created materials.

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Memoirs: Stories From a Life | Focus On

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These first-person narratives introduce readers to the subjects’ lives and experiences and help to preserve history through the eyes of someone who was there. They make for compelling reading—and are great choices for meeting the Common Core requirements for nonfiction.

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Book Reviews: Reference | October 2013

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Reviews of recent print reference works on careers, sports, and more.

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Follow the Leaders: Washington State’s Stellar Advocacy Model

Caption Opener: Teacher librarian Ron Wagner with some of the young people who inspire him to fight for school libraries.
Photograph by Faith Cathcart.

How Washington State teacher librarians redefined their roles, organized, and created an outstanding advocacy model for all.

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Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | October 2013

Pigeon Presents…Mo on the Go! (Disney Publishing Worldwide) © Willems.

This month’s featured apps include some familiar characters, a story that has seen a number of awe-inspiring incarnations, and a nonfiction title that illuminates science concepts.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars | October 2013

Toilet: How It Works (MaCaulay)
©2013by David Macaulay

Web excerpt On Randolph Caldecott, the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program, and the work of paleoartists

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Makin’ a List… of December Holiday Books | October 2013

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A roundup of fiction and nonfiction titles to help celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. These beautifully illustrated picture books, informational titles, and novels are perfect for family sharing and will help to make the season bright.

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Grades 5-8 Fiction | October 2013

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A sequel to The Peculiar (Bachmann), a first novel reminiscent of works by Kate DiCamillo and E. B. White (Pennell), and Book 3 in the “Ashtown Burials Series” (Wilson)

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Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction | October 2013

The Tree Lady (Hopkins) 
©2013 by Jill McElmurry

On fireflies (Morgan), animal feet (Arndt), and bridging Niagara Falls (O’Neill)

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Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | October 2013

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A pasta cookbook (Barlow), on being a writer (Majors), graphic design (Kidd)

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