November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ Reviews Kid-Friendly Robots Dash and Dot | Test Drive

Dash and Dot, by Wonder Workshop, are two robot “buddies” that arrive ready to play and program out of the box. Chad Sansing takes them for a test drive and considers their potential application in the classroom.

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To Weed or Not to Weed? Criteria to ensure that your nonfiction collection remains up to date | Everyday Librarian

With a growing emphasis on nonfiction in the curriculum, it’s time to examine what’s sitting on school library shelves.

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It’s About Choice: Tactics for Fostering Intellectual Freedom | Scales on Censorship

Censorship expert Pat Scales tackles the trouble with trigger warnings, the finesse of Banned Books Week planning, and the problem with narrowing options for reading.

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Realistic fiction tackles teen issues while it entertains listeners | Listen In

This month we’ve gathered a diverse selection of stories featuring teen protagonists facing many different challenges and situations.

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Real World Readers: Attention-Grabbing Titles | Focus On

Loaded with surefire kid appeal, these fiction and nonfiction series are meant to entertain, reinforce skills, and, more importantly, create a lifelong love of reading.

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Taking It to the Kids—Middle grade author visits

Three middle grade authors reflect on their experiences meeting their readers face-to-face.

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The Year of Mathical Thinking: A new award celebrates excellent math titles

This past spring an award worthy of your attention was announced: Mathical Books for Kids from Tots to Teens. The prize, which honors exceptional books, evolved from an alliance between Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

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Postcards from Nerdcamp: PD gets fun in a grassroots unconference on literacy

Nerdcamp is “the grassrootsiest of grassroots and ground zero for the “free-range” reading movement, writes Travis Jonker. “And it has the potential to revolutionize professional development in your school district.”

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How Three California Cities Fought to Save School Libraries

This report on urban school districts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vista, CA, illustrates the setbacks faced by each and the steps taken to restore or maintain school librarians after budget cuts following the 2008 recession.

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Let’s Build a More Physically Active World | Editorial

Study after study shows that kids thrive when they get the play and exercise they need. Like grown-ups, they are happier, sleep better, and even learn better. So, why do we increasingly encourage a sedentary lifestyle?

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The Latest from Amanda Hocking, R.L. Stine, and More | YA Series Update

School Library Journal editors round up the latest entries of popular fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, and horror series, including works by Amanda Hocking, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Janet Edwards, and R.L. Stine.

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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | August 2015

The best selections this month include the can’t-miss follow-up to The Day the Crayons Quit, a picture book biography of the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, and Laura Amy Schlitz’s rich work of historical fiction, The Hired Girl.

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School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey

IPads, maker spaces, 3-D printers, and coding skills top the tech wish lists for 1,259 school librarians across the country, according to School Library Journal’s 2015 Technology Survey.

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