June 25, 2017

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Picture Book Read-Alongs | Listen In

Reading a picture book aloud fosters print awareness, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension.

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Going Viral: Books About Infectious Diseases | Focus On

Humankind has always been plagued by infectious disease. It is likely that Ramses V died of smallpox in 1157 BCE in Egypt. In 160 CE, China’s Han dynasty was devastated by plague. Who hasn’t heard of 14th-century Europe’s Black Death, an epidemic responsible for the demise of millions? Outbreaks of various diseases have occurred throughout history—no era, culture, or continent has been spared. But the study of infectious disease is not just for history buffs—cases of infection have recently […]

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Sphero Goes Crystal Clear with SPRK, a New Version of the Programmable Robot

SLJ reviews the 2.0 version of Sphero, one of the maker movement’s “robotic darlings,” writes Wendy Stephens, who takes the new, clear skinned SPRK through its paces.

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Where are the ELL Books? Educators need more content to serve growing demand

Technology may be transforming the way people learn a second language—but not in K–12 schools. Instead, librarians and teachers still prefer to use print books to support their English language learners (ELL), according to a survey by SLJ and Rourke Educational Media.

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Mermaids, Pirates, and Terrifying Tales | Middle Grade Series Update

A round up of some recent and forthcoming middle grade series and sequels.

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Libros para compartir | Spanish Language Roundup

A selection of new Spanish language and bilingual materials for elementary-age children and their families.

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Graphic Novelists Reflect on School Visits

Comics artist Jillian Tamaki, writer Mariko Tamaki, and author and illustrator George O’Connor share their thoughts on “taking about stories and stuff” and “how to host a successful author visit.”

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Gale’s Classrooms in Context (CLiC) | Reference Online

Gale’s CLiC (Classroom in Context) provides students with authoritative, up-to-date information that supports Common Core and national and state standards within a vetted, safe environment.

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What Do Tweens Want?

Librarians create special spaces and services for preteens.

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Open Door Policy for All Students | Scales on Censorship

The importance of providing student access to the library.

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Beyond Walls: Libraries and Incarcerated Youth

The prison reform movement is putting a spotlight on educational opportunities for youth in custody, including library services and greater access to technology.

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The Book Club at Camp Glenwood, A Minimum-Security Facility for Boys

Book club participants at Camp Glenwood want to read about “something real—about people who have made it after being in trouble,” says Kris Cannon, who leads the club. That includes works by Jarvis Jay Masters, Matt de la Peña, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Walter Dean Myers, and others.

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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | October 2015

This month’s must-haves include a powerful, semiautobiographical novel from Jack Gantos; the latest “Scientists in the Field title”; and the latest Lumberjanes book.

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The Challenge: Extending the Conversation About Censorship | Editorial

With the arrival of Banned Books Week, it’s important to look for ways to dive deeper than “banning is bad” to prepare our kids to address intellectual freedom issues in an informed and principled way.

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Meet the Recipients of the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award

Read about the winner, first runner-up, and editor’s choice for SLJ’s 2015 Build Something Bold Award, honoring creativity in school library programming that incorporates hands-on learning led by the librarian or media specialist.

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