July 20, 2017

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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

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Hack Your Notebook: Circuitry mixes with paper in a creative project for 21st century learners

What if we could reappropriate traditional paper pads to teach technology and foster creativity? It might look something like “Hack Your Notebook,” a project that adds illumination—literally—to what you write or draw with a craft called paper circuitry.

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Library Police: Who Determines What Is “Appropriate”? | Scales on Censorship

Pat Scales responds to a kindergarten educator who questions the age-appropriateness of This One Summer as a Caldecott Honor Book and an English teacher who grapples with what to do about her student teacher from a Christian university who has asked to opt out of working with To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Sleepy creatures, historical fiction, & a new Sammy Keyes | Audio Reviews

L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz and Ilyasah Shabazz’s historical novel about her father Malcolm X, are among this month’s audiobook reviews.

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Humans, Machines, and In-betweens | Focus On

A assortment of serious and fanciful books about robotics technology, how it has developed, and where it is going. Meant to amuse and inspire future scientists and engineers, these selections inform readers that the possibilities are limitless and that these cutting-edge creations are here to stay .

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SLJ Reviews the MaKey MaKey | Test Drive

The popular Arduino kit makes a game of learning and banana pianos are just a start. School Library Journal Test Drive columnist unpacks the learning potential of MaKey Makey.

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Lincoln, Jefferson, and Franklin | DVD Reviews

The arrival of Barb Rosenstock’s Ben Franklin’s Big Splash makes waves, along with Maira Kalman’s inspired biographies of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. Additionally, post-Katrina New Orleans and the civil rights movement are poignantly depicted in The Whole Gritty City and The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Those Tired Summer Reading Lists. Here’s What to Do.

Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.

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Make ‘Em Laugh | Listen In

An assortment of amusing and aurally awesome audiobooks.

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Poems for All Seasons| NCTE 2015 Notable Poetry List

Take a look at the selections on NCTE’s 2015 list of notables—and ideas on how to use them across the curriculum.

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Librarians Can—and Should—Help Students Navigate the High Cost of College | College Ready

School librarian Katie Llera talks with her students early, when they’re sophomores, about the SAT, ACT, and possible careers—and about their financial needs. “I haven’t heard of many other librarians getting involved [in college guidance],” she says.

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A Starred Sequel, a Family Adventure, and Laugh-Out-Loud Stories in the Latest Chapter Books Reviewed

A handful of new chapter books are reviewed in the April 2015 issue, including the imaginative and funny sequel to Dory Fantasmagory.

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Killer Manga, a Whodunit, & Noelle Stevenson’s “Nimona” | YA Graphic Novels

“Lumberjanes” cocreator Noelle Stevenson’s webcomic about a shapeshifting sidekick gets a print edition and galactic-themed manga feature murderous and heroic aliens. Check out the YA graphic novel reviews featured in SLJ’s April 2015 issue.

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Step Up Your Storytime, Role-Playing Games 101, and a Primer on Early Learning Spaces | Professional Reading

This month’s titles have you covered, from reinvigorating storytimes to providing information on the importance of play.

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Get Lost in New York, Untangle a Mystery or Two, and Join the Circus | Middle Grade

From a graphic novel about two kids getting lost on the New York City subway system to a tale set at the circus, these reads will keep kids turning pages.

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Latest Titles from Sarah Dessen, Paul Griffin, & Marissa Meyer | High School YA

From timely realistic fiction by veterans Sarah Dessen and Kody Keplinger to sparkling debuts by Renee Ahdieh, Kris Dinnison, Sona Charaipotra, and Dhonielle Clayton, the following titles featured in SLJ’s April 2015 issue will engage and entertain high school readers.

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Diverse Urban Fantasy, Ghostly Horror, & Speculative Thrillers | YA Middle School Fiction

Caroline B. Cooney is back with another thriller for young teens and fantasy fans will have their fill with Daniel Jose Older’s YA debut, Shadowshaper. Middle schoolers who enjoy sci-fi and romance have much to look forward to in the following YA titles reviewed in SLJ’s April 2015 issue.

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Princess Problems, Dance Drama, and Rainbows Galore | Beginning Readers

These beginning readers present a variety of kid-friendly scenarios, from Princess Pistachio, the story of a young girl who knows she’s destined for big—and royal—things, to a quest to discover what really lurks at The End of the Rainbow.

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A Primer for Big Siblings, A Tale of Two Twins, and the Latest from Nikki McClure | Early Childhood Picture Books

These picture books for the younger set cover all manner of family situations (separation anxiety, twins, and how to handle a new baby). And readers won’t want to miss Nikki McClure’s gorgeous concept book In.

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Enchanting Offerings from Helen Ward, Sara O’Leary, and Rowboat Watkins | Elementary Picture Books

These delightful offerings run the gamut, from an impertinent dessert who learns a much-needed lesson (Rowboat Watkins’s Rude Cakes) to a guinea fowl in search of the perfect set of spots (Helen Ward’s Spots in a Box) to a gorgeous love letter to a child’s imagination (Sara O’Leary’s This Is Sadie).

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