There’s nothing like a book recommendation from a friend. Encourage students to share their opinions by creating a student-driven book review site. Richard Byrne shows you how in the accompanying screencasts.
Feedback this month ranges from the defense of librarians who embrace technology to support for Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits, which is still being challenged by parents in a North Carolina school district.
Here is a selection of English-language picture books, most 2014 releases, that feature Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout. Kids and adults alike, both English speakers and Spanish speakers, can enjoy these delightful titles.
The Common Core State Standards are under attack from many arenas but, argues Paige Jaeger, critics should instead be honing in on Race to the Top. It has driven the ills of excessive testing, teacher measurement, and data-archiving monsters that track “achievement” by numbers.
Children need to enter school ready to learn to read, which means they must be introduced early to a host of varied vocabulary. Sharing 1,000 books with them before kindergarten—via programs for parents and caregivers that model best reading practices—is the ideal way to do this.
Here’s a collection of picture-book biographies that introduces musicians and fine artists to children. The authors and illustrators have created engaging, child-friendly profiles that will hopefully lead readers to explore and seek out other materials about these amazingly talented individuals.
President Obama honored 10 educator Champions of Change in November. As a grateful recipient of that award—and the sole school librarian in the group—Carolyn Foote feels even more inspired to bring librarians and educators together online.
The objective of a dynamic literacy initiative in some Chinese schools is not to raise reading scores but to develop positive reading attitudes that inspire children to read more at school and at home—and therefore to read, write, speak, and spell better throughout their lives.
Shannon Miller, district librarian and technology specialist at Iowa’s Van Meter Community School District, is renowned for putting her school library at the front and center of learning. Now the school, which serves 852 K–12 students, is making that focus a physical reality with a planned multimillion dollar library expansion.
While the device may have some improvements in subsequent iterations, the 3-D pen has potential for use with teens, especially with burgeoning maker programs.
As 2014 arrives, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to our newest members of the team, poised to serve you, dear readers, even more effectively than before.
While the process of selecting the Caldecott and Newbery Medalists remains top secret, SLJ asked various committee members, past and present, to offer their insights on how to get tapped for the honor of a lifetime: being part of a Youth Media Awards selection committee.
“Twenty thirteen was the ‘year of the tablet’ and good riddance,” says Christopher Harris. Time to focus on the real reason to invest in any tool for learning: content and pedagogy.
How to Start through Creating Citations: ProQuest Research Companion | Online Reference | January 2014
ProQuest’s new Research Companion serves as an effective introduction for those making their first attempts at conducting original research. A convenient step-by-step guide shepherds users through the process, allowing students to avoid many of the pitfalls of this critical exercise.
From a comically cosmic space adventure to a rip-roaring tall tale to several in-depth looks at the lives of fascinating American figures, the January Stars offer opportunities for readers to engage in joyful escapism or intensive close reading.
From Brian Ralph’s retro-cool Reggie-12 to David Merveille’s homage to a classic French film star, the graphic novels (and graphic nonfiction) reviewed in January offer a wide range of reading choices for comic fans.
Several titles in our January Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction section are just in time for Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), including Bolden’s Seaching for Sarah Rector; Anderson’s Women’s Rights Movement; Lewis’s Women of Steel and Stone; and Shabazz’s Malcolm Little.
Sign language, baseball, endangered animals, and various folk and fairy tales make up a diverse selection of titles reviewed in our Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction section this month.
Laurie Halse Anderson’s eagerly anticipated new novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory tops our Grades 9 & Up Fiction reviews and earns a Star. New titles by popular YA authors Francesca Lia Block, Marie Lu, and Rick Yansy also appear in our January issue.
Several eagerly anticipated sequels can be found in January’s Grade 5-8 Fiction section including The Ghost of Tupelo Landing, Shelia Turnage’s companion to the Newbery honor-winning Three Times Lucky; The Shadowhand Covenant, book 2 in Farrey’s Vengekeep Prophecies series; Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done by Stephan Pastis; and James Ponti’s Blue Moon (Book 2 in the Dead City series.)