October 24, 2016

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“What’s on Your Summer Reading List?” Authors Respond


Curious to know what books are on your favorite authors’ coffee tables and bedside stands? Here’s your chance to take a peek. Our annual query yielded lists of eagerly anticipated new titles, guilty pleasures, and inspirational reads. Two authors were inspired to respond in verse.

The Summer Reading T-Shirt Fashion Show

I think we’ve all learned something here today.  When it all comes down to it, and when all is said and done, summer reading t-shirts that are deeply attractive are rare, beautiful butterflies and that should be treasured and honored.  Which is to say . . . . ARE YOU READY FOR A SUMMER READING […]

My Library’s Summer Reading T-Shirt is Cuter Than Yours

Or is it? Folks, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a library in possession of a summer reading program must produce a t-shirt of some kind.  And generally speaking, it is usually a walking eyesore.  Though I owe New York Public Library more than I can ever repay, I must confess that each and […]

Take a Bite Out of Summer Reading with Shark Week–Themed Titles


What could possibly make the end of the school year even better…shark week! Here are a few nonfiction titles straight from SLJ archives sure to please novices and experts alike.

Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists from a Public Librarian (and a Mom)


Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer


Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Summer Reading Picks

Memorial Day has passed. The summer solstice is here. You’ve broken out the grill. The sweltering weather has started (at least here in NYC), and visions of beaches, pools, and vacation are dancing in our heads. Depending on where in the country you live, the kids are either finished school or wrapping it up and […]

Teens Promote Summer Reading Through Video Contest


Looking for ways to entice teens to participate in summer reading? Reel them in with videos created by their peers for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.

“Be a Summer Reader; Be a Lifetime Reader” Says Kate DiCamillo


Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo stars in a series of short videos describing her love of libraries and reading.

Six Tips to Combat Tween Summer Slide


Middle school librarian Christina Keasler offers simple tips to keep tweens engaged over the long summer months.

We’re Moving to the School Library Journal Blog Network!

We are thrilled to announce that The Classroom Bookshelf is joining the School Library Journal Blog Network. SLJ is the world’s largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens. The SLJ blogs have long been some of our favorite sources of information on children’s and young adult literature, apps, technology, and informational […]

Schools Partner with OverDrive to Offer Books 24/7 in June


The digital distribution platform has teamed up with schools in every state and parts of Canada to allow students to access a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and award-winning YA ebooks.

The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources


Take a look at these program ideas, resources, and recommended reading—and add your own.

Shadow Magic | 30-Second Booktalk


Giant bats, dark magic, necromancy, and non-stop action fill Joshua Khan’s debut middle grade fantasy, as explained in a super short booktalk.

Integrating Nonfiction into Your Summer Booktalking | Nonfiction Notions


Nonfiction Notions columnist Jennifer Wharton recommends several recent nonfiction titles and offers simple ways to include them in summer reading booktalking.

12 Tween Titles to Add to Your Summer Reading Lists


Middle school librarian Amanda Buschmann recommends a dozen titles sure to round out any summer reading list. Add your own recommendations in the comments!

Partnerships Promote Culture of Reading in Texas


From Pizza Hut to a local supermarket to a famous ball player, a library-advocacy team in Houston found the perfect partners to create change for students.

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs


Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

Audiobooks and the Summer Reading Push | Tech Tidbits


Audiobooks are just what teens need to combat the summer slide. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares the top free resources to offer over the break.

The Olympics Are Coming! Great Sports Reads for Teens


Percolating with athletic action, these titles also include smartly treated coming-of-age themes that will captivate sports fanatics and couch potatoes alike.