Practical Steps for 'Reimagining School' | SLJ Summit 2020

Practical Steps for 'Reimagining School' | SLJ Summit 2020

Four administrators shared ways to connect with families, support and train teachers, and address the gaps laid bare in the pandemic.


11 Podcasts on Elections, Voting, and Civic Leadership | Kidcasts

With humor, song, and fact-filled history, these audio productions help kids understand the workings of democracy. 

Series Keep Readers Engaged and Growing | Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller, Oct 26, 2020
Reading a series can increase students' understanding of storytelling, text structures, and the author’s craft, as well as offering a connection with peers.

In My Mailbox: Questions I Get About Collection Diversity Audits

Karen Jensen, TLT, Oct 26, 2020
Karen Jensen answers some of the most frequently asked questions she receives about doing Collection Diversity Audits.

The post In My Mailbox: Questions I Get About Collection Diversity Audits appeared first on Teen Librarian Toolbox.

Cynthia Leitich Smith Awarded 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

SLJ Staff, Oct 21, 2020
A citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, the author of Hearts Unbroken was awarded the prize in recognition of her "outstanding achievement" in YA literature.

SLJ Staff, Apr 23, 2020
More than 1,000 librarians responded to School Library Journal's survey, offering insight into the profession during remote learning forced by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Here is the full report on our findings.

SLJ Staff, Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to a schedule for school from home, how does it compare to the traditional schedule and curriculum? It's a mix, according to School Library Journal's survey of  K-12 librarians, fielded from April 2 to April 12.

SLJ staff, Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to getting materials returned to the library, most librarians don't appear all that concerned, found School Library Journal's survey. In fact, 48 percent haven't made a plan for that.


Kathy Ishizuka, Apr 23, 2020
For educators, a lot has changed amid a global pandemic—and at the same time, much hasn’t. 

Kara Yorio, Jan 28, 2020
Lee & Low Books' Diversity Baseline Survey 2.0 shows the publishing industry has not become measurably more inclusive since 2015.

SLJ Staff, Feb 28, 2020
The discussions in the spring set of free, one-hour professional development programs will tackle serving striving readers, information inequity, and news literacy.


SLJ Staff, Jan 31, 2019
On the Diverse Books Survey page, users can access related content, newly updated, as well as our Diverse Books Survey report.

Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
While in the minority, the SLJ Diverse Books Survey reveals some librarians are declining to purchase books with diverse characters to avoid a challenge.

Desiree Thomas, Sep 01, 2020
These titles for middle and high school readers celebrate joy in the lives of Black teens and tweens. The characters in these stories laugh honestly, love fiercely, and exist wholly.

Anne Bensfield, Aug 27, 2020
Chills and thrills for young listeners.

SLJ Staff, Sep 16, 2020
Check out the SLJ reviews of the books that made the longlist for the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

IdaMae Craddock, Aug 25, 2020
Help smooth the path from in-person to online making.

Kara Yorio, Aug 31, 2020
History teacher Cathy Cluck wanted to make remote learning interesting and fun for her students, so she mapped out an American history road trip, hopped in her car, and taught from where history happened.

SLJ Reviews, Jun 04, 2020
From crafting to meditating, these lists recommend several books on a common theme or subject with selections for a variety of ages and reading levels—making them perfect ways to inspire reading, talking, and playing together as a family. 

By Abby Johnson, Sep 08, 2020
Books for kids who like these summer and fall 2020 shows and movies.

Unlock kids' creativity with episodes about origami, bookmaking, beavers, and more inspirations.

Julia E. Torres, Aug 06, 2020
The play about the Salem witch trials presents a moral dilemma, but it's another canonical work centering the white, Christian, male perspective. Here are suggestions for discussion and alternate works.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 22, 2020
A frank Q&A with First Second publisher Mark Siegel on the desire to look beneath the surface and ask difficult questions, as well as his quest to build a better world through comics.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 21, 2020
A roundup of manga covering a range of sports, from soccer and basketball to ice skating and volleball. Most geared for grades 8 and up.

SLJ Staff, Sep 22, 2020
Check out our reviews of the books featured at the SLJ Summit 2020's graphic novel panel "I Guess This Is Growing Up: Coming-of-Age Stories in Graphic Novel Format."

SLJ Reviews, Jun 26, 2020
Some of it’s memoir, and some is made up, but all of it makes for delightful summer reading.

Mahnaz Dar, Sep 22, 2020
Beetle and the Hollowbones author Aliza Layne fills SLJ in on the challenges of creating a character who doesn’t talk, how she balanced sweet and spooky elements, and her hopes for the graphic novel medium.

Brigid Alverson, Apr 22, 2020
2020 is turning out to be a bumper year for cat stories of all kinds. Here’s a look at some of this year’s cat tales.

Elizabeth Bird, Sep 01, 2020
How are book committees coping in the face of entirely virtual book discussions? I speculate and speculate and speculate some more.
Elizabeth Bird, Sep 22, 2020
Librarian Stacey Rattner and author Steve Sheinkin bring you the game show we've all been waiting for. Now answering the ultimate question: Who knows their books better? Authors? Or fans?

The post Author Fan Face-off: A Steve Sheinkin Video Production appeared first on A Fuse #8 Production.

Grace Enriquez, Sep 04, 2020
In this post, we share the questions we are grappling with and how we are beginning to come to some answers. We also invite you to share your questions or answers with us in the comments section so that we can tailor our posts this year to sharing books, resources, and teaching ideas that support what you and your students need.
Karen Bilton, Aug 17, 2020
#Fakenews is a growing epidemic. In an interview recorded for this year’s SLJTeen Live!, Peter Adams, the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president of education, said, “The belief that all information is somehow tactical—is out to manipulate us in some way, has an ulterior motive, is against us—is something we’re all vulnerable to.”  

This booklist for upper-elementary, middle, and high school students offers the tools to develop a critical eye and thoughtfully evaluate news sources.

Karen Jensen, TLT, Aug 31, 2020
A teen talks about the impact that assigned reading has on reading desire.
Karen Jensen, TLT, Jul 05, 2020
Wearing masks helps prevent the spread of Covid-19. Here are some ways that libraries can help normalize tweens and teens wearing face masks.
Jason Low, May 07, 2020
Employees with disabilities and chronic illnesses have long fought for basic accommodations now granted to millions of workers from home. Here's what else is needed.

Mahnaz Dar, Apr 22, 2020
The celebrated graphic novelist had to learn to love sports to tell a larger story of basketball dreams in Dragon Hoops.


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