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October 30, 2014

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Patterson’s Passion: Revitalizing School Libraries Will Take Big Ideas—and Bold Action | Feedback

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James Patterson’s print editorial “My Say: Man on a Mission” and its online version, “Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries” continues to create a stir. His challenge to “embark on a crusade to get kids reading more books” has generated dozens of ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

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USBBY’s 2014 Outstanding International Books List

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USBBY’s annual list of the best books published in the previous year that originated in a country outside of the US introduces readers to the global community.

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Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

“The EV3 is one of those toys that transcends consumerism and becomes a pathway into new kinds of hands-on production and learning for kids and adults alike,” writes Chad Sansing in our review of LEGO’s latest version of the popular Mindstorms robotics platform.

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Multimedia Assessments: Tools for making dynamic audio-and video-based tests

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Video, audio, and images can help students gain deeper understanding of a question. Previously, struggling readers might have had assessment questions read aloud to him or her. Now, multimedia tools allow these students to take tests independently.

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Tough Stuff: Books to Get Kids Talking About Life Issues| Focus On

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A compilation of recommended titles that work well as vehicles for book discussion. The books cover a variety of tough life issues and offer even reluctant readers a chance to discuss characters and their motivations, make connections to plot and setting, and craft some sophisticated arguments and analysis

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Challenge-Ready: Using Thoughtful Leadership to Promote the Freedom to Read | Scales on Censorship

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Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Pat Scales offers advice and resources to educators looking to promote the freedom to read in their classrooms and libraries.

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Strong Women, Strong Stories: Audiobooks for Women’s History Month | Listen In

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In preparation for the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, check out these audiobooks highlighting the accomplishments of women who made strides in music, politics, science, literature, and beyond.

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Title Match: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Returns for its Sixth Bout

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Sixteen of 2013’s best books for young people are being paired off to engage in a series of one-on-one contests, March-Madness-style. Launching on March 11, the online elimination competition will pit the year’s most acclaimed titles against one another in matches to be decided by author judges.

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‘Cultural Competence’ Is Essential to Serve Teens

‘Cultural Competence’ Is Essential to Serve Teens

With a society that’s growing increasingly diverse, librarians should proactively integrate cultural aspects of “diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic groups” into programs and services.

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Meet the Parents: Critical for Implementing the Common Core | Editorial

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In the initial rollout of the new standards, outreach to parents has been all too scattershot and, in many cases, much too late—in reaction to test results. It could take the pilot states years to recover from this misstep.

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What’s Happening at the Core?

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Despite the vast array of publishing materials geared toward the Common Core State Standards, educators still seek support—and time to adapt

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Librarians on the Common Core: Cautious Optimism

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While educators grapple with the Common Core State Standards, school librarians are finding aspects to celebrate. To start? Their jobs, and their important role in supporting teachers and students through this transition.

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Science Made Simple: A Review of the Today’s Science Database | Reference Online | February 2014

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With every link and article, with every illustration and helpful tip, it is clear that Infobase had one thing in mind in revamping Today’s Science: student success. This database is attractive in design and easy to use. It is packed with well-researched, relevant information and provides practical tips covering not only how to maximize the database’s usefulness, but also how to maximize research methods in all areas of study.

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Book Review: Professional Reading

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From integrating free ebooks into collections to building successful collaborations with technology departments, February’s Professional Reading reviews focus on titles with strong practical applications for school and public librarians.

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Multimedia Reviews | DVD & Audio

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Adaptations of the acclaimed picture books Building Our House and Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! are among the new video arrivals, including the moving documentary My So-Called Enemy. Better Nate than Ever grabs the audiobook spotlight, along with a look at World War II in fact and fiction.

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February Starred Reviews

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What do six-foot tall (and rather rowdy) praying mantises, an aspiring nature photographer, and an artist with synesthesia have in common? They can all be found within our fabulous February Stars list.

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Reference Book Reviews | February 2014

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New reference works on mythology and folklore, science, the American Civil War, and more.

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction

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From a version of Cinderella starring chickens to a look at The Beatles for kids, the Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction reviews feature unique and surprising new titles.

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Book Review: Grades 9 & Up Fiction | February 2014

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David Almond, Cecil Castellucci, Mark Frost, Chris Lynch, and Veronica Rossi have books reviewed in our Grade 9 & Up section this February.

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

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Several picture books featuring birds, some things (and dogs!) that go go go, and a few charming penguins round out our Preschool to Grade 4 section this February.

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