Despite seasons of budget cutbacks, education leaders are spending again. One-to-one devices are a favorite. How might teacher librarians support the strategic work involved?
Collaborative research prompts students to share their discoveries, exposing them to more material than if they go it alone. It can also teach them to work together, defend choices, and think critically about Web content. Here, Richard Byrne’s picks to help jumpstart the process.
A curriculum from Vinci, available to parents by subscription, promises to “inspire the genius” in young children. Public libraries have actually been offering remote services to families for a while now, maintains Lisa Kropp, who further considers the notion of virtual preschool.
This month features the arrival of the DVD and audio versions of Jon Agee’s satirical Nothing, Alison McGhee’s wintry Making a Friend, and Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton’s The Very Fairy Princess, who lets her sparkle out in both formats. Christopher Myers’s H.O.R.S.E. and Ann M. Martin’s Reign are among the starred audiobook reviews.
With a heavy focus on Native American history (future modules will incorporate other topics), PebbleGo Next is one database you and your patrons will want to look for.
Duolingo has released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its popular free site for foreign language learners. Melissa Techman covers the teacher dashboard and the application’s potential use in the classroom.
The diversity in the 2015 Youth Media Awards selections was a critical step in the right direction, though barriers remain. Perhaps we will look back and recognize this as a turning point.
School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.
Getting a new school library off the ground takes ingenuity—and elbow grease. Read how these determined librarians did it. Plus: grant opportunities and key questions for volunteers.
Outstanding STEM Apps: Digital resources on life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences
Current academic interests include increasing the number of accessible science and digital resources. The apps listed here satisfy both needs.
Middle graders are in for a treat with this latest spate of new installments in beloved series, from the mysterious Gargoyles Gone AWOL to the humorously poignant How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel.
This month’s stellar nonfiction includes a guide for armchair travelers from the Lewins, a history of chocolate, and a can’t-miss title on critical thinking.
Don’t miss the late Bonnie Christensen’s final picture book, a biography of Elvis; the latest from April Pulley Sayres, and Robert Burleigh’s heartrending portrayal of the rescue of a humpback whale.
A Love Letter to Salsa, a Tribute to Families, and an Unusual Friendship | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4
The latest titles for children include a gorgeous, bilingual picture book on salsa, a new look at families, and The Skunk a can’t-miss offering from Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell.
The latest middle grade books take on myriad subjects, from a boy struggling to understand the Red Scare to a young girl expressing her life through letters to her pen pal, Hank Williams. And finally, don’t miss Gone Crazy in Alabama, which finishes off the trilogy that began with One Crazy Summer.
The SLJ March issue is chock-full of YA heavy-hitters. From Nova Ren Suma’s latest magical realism offering to David Levithan’s companion play to Will Grayson, Will Grayson¸ the following titles for teens push genre boundaries, invite reflection, and are brimming with moving narratives.
Visit old friends and new with this month’s SLJ stars. Will Grayson, Will Grayson fans will delight in finally seeing TIny Cooper’s masterpiece come to life, and Avi fans are in for a treat with Catch You Later, Traitor. Graphic novel fans have a wonderfully gruesome new series with “The Lunch Witch,” while YA fans looking for a new voice will find it with Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days.
An educator recommends titles for teen patrons of diverse faiths, along with tips and a working booklist. Check out these suggestions, and add your own.
A compilation of books about women who made a difference in their chosen fields and in the world in general. The highlighted individuals include standard-bearers and lesser-known figures, all of whom showed exemplary strength, determination, and all willingness to make a stand.