December 15, 2017

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Tips for the Littlest Writers | First Steps

Pre-writing and writing skills are important in the pre-K years. Help tots strengthen their handwriting with these activities.

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Private School Confidential | SLJ Spotlight on YA

Five gripping teen tales expose the darker sides of prep school.

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Top 10 DVDs | 2017

Environmental studies and early language arts were the dominant themes this year. However, there were plenty of surprises from an eclectic range of subject matter.

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Top 10 Apps 2017

Gaming apps reign this year—incorporating logic, spatial awareness, and strategy skills into the mix.

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Two New Middle Grade Novels Explore Racism, Past and Present | SLJ Spotlight

Two powerful middle grade novels explore the tough yet crucial topic of racism.

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Top Tools for Computer Science Learning, AR/VR, and Game Design

Four tech experts recommend a selection of websites and applications.

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Top 10 Music 2017

This was another stellar year for children’s music that saw the release of an incredible mix of outstanding albums featuring a wide range of musical genres. While the diverse styles range from country to rock, and hip-hop to jazz, these selections do have one thing in common: their universal themes. These albums cover issues that children are facing every day: acceptance, empowerment, friendship, and love. Chosen by the reviewers from SLJ’s ClefNotes music column, these albums will appeal to […]

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Top 10 Audiobooks 2017

These 10 titles represent the best of October 2016 to October 2017 audiobook releases, with selections for all age groups and interests. They tell fascinating stories—both fiction and nonfiction—that are enhanced by exceptional narration.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. HarperAudio. Gr 9 Up. Read by Bahni Turpin.

When Starr witnesses her friend’s death by a white officer, she must deal with the reactions of her family, her inner-city neighbors, and her upscale private school friends—not to mention […]

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YA: Dark Magic, The “Descendancy,” and a Teenage Scrooge | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Historical fiction meets sci-fi in 20th century Philadelphia during the flu epidemic; recovered memories spark a teen to question her ex-boyfriend’s tragic death; and debut author Maaren crafts a stellar fantasy for A Wrinkle in Time fans in this month’s Xpress.

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Chapter Books: Shape-Shifting Robots and Sweet Slices of Life | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two new series explore an adventurous young boy and his robot companion, and a little girl with big ideas in this month’s chapter book Xpress.

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Audiobooks: Baba Yaga, Civil Rights, and Advice from an Olympian | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Three extraordinary teens face face high school, their biggest challenge yet; a young girl and her grandfather find a temperamental typewriter; and a multicultural attempt to broaden Eurocentric history feature in December’s audiobook Xpress.

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Picture Books: A Love Letter to NYPL, Retellings of Classic Tales, & More | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

A unique exploration of jobs A-Z; two brothers begin a quest to rescue their dragon-napped dog; and a tiny fish uses teamwork to help a lost baby whale in December’s picture book Xpress,

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Graphic Novels: Romance, Roller Derby, and River Spirits | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Swordplay and swooning abound in Scarlet Rose; two roller girls find their friendship tested; and a pair of tweens enter a beautiful new river realm in December’s graphic novel Xpress.

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Nonfiction: Animal Myths, Bone Books, Amazing Bodies, & More | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

An entertaining exploration of pirate history; a frank discussion of sex and gender in Spanish; and Zetta Elliott’s “Benny” addresses autism for a young audience in December’s nonfiction Xpress.

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Middle Grade: “Aunt Claire Presents” Two Series Reissues | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two books from the early 20th–century depict friendship and life among the elite in this month’s Xpress.

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Top 10 Graphic Novels 2017

SLJ’s “Good Comics 4 Kids” bloggers curate their annual top 10 list of graphic novels for kids and teens.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2017

The Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers select the best adult books of 2017 with teen appeal.

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