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Archives for December 2010

Immigration: Coming to America

By Phyllis Levy Mandell, 12/31/2010

Give me your tired, your poor…

But not too tired, not too poor.

And we will give you the red tape,

the long line, white bread in its wrapper,

forms to fill out, and the looks, the stares

that say you are not where or what you should be,

not quite, not yet, you will never live up to us.

—from “Statue of Liberty Dreams of Emma Lazarus, Awakens with Tears on Her Cheeks” […]

Holiday Memories 2010

Here’s our fifth annual series presenting holiday memories from some of your favorite children’s books authors and illustrators. Share your holiday memories with SLJ on Twitter, using the hashtag #HolidayMemory.

Pam Muñoz Ryan, Photo: Sean Masterson

Pam Muñoz Ryan’s most recent book is The Dreamer (Scholastic, 2010), with illustrations by Peter Sís. Her forthcoming picture book Tony Baloney (Scholastic), illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, will be out in January 2011.

The Mystery Tree

I was born on Christmas Day. As a child, all of […]

Storybird—Digital Storytelling

Rarely do I come across a tech tool that’s great for younger students as well as older ones. Well, here’s one you need to about: Storybird, an online collaborative storytelling tool, just knocked my socks off! And the best part about it is that kids really enjoy Storybird and it can be meshed into nearly any curriculum.

But don’t just take my word for it. Go to its website and follow the step-by-step instructions. You can start with a single click […]

Are There Any Volunteers?: A pain-free approach to getting the very best out of parents

Illustrations by Marc Rosenthal.

With more than 30 years on the job, Cassandra Barnett has seen loads of parent volunteers make a genuine difference in the school library—and others who disappear after a week or so. “I had mothers who wanted to volunteer, but they canceled as often as they came,” says Barnett, a media specialist at Arkansas’ Fayetteville High School and past president of the American Association of School Librarians. “These are well-meaning people. But if […]

Best Books 2010

SLJ’s editors have chosen the 62 books annotated below as the best of the year. While novels include some historical settings and contemporary concerns, it is fantasy that continues to reign supreme. More original, and more creative than ever, it includes selections that are frightening, edgy, wildly funny, electrifying, and magical, with protagonists fighting evil in brilliantly created new landscapes, realms, and kingdoms, as well as in our world. This year’s humor is found mainly in the fantasy; most […]

The Big App: New York’s libraries take homework help mobile–with a little help from their friends

—“Why when I search for ‘Full Metal Alchemist’ do I end up with results about comic books and nothing about Full Metal Alchemist [the manga series]?”

—“Why can’t I do a search for anything that has more than two words?”

— “Can I search just for events that are in my local branch?”

These are just some of the questions posed by teens in response to HomeworkNYC Apps, a suite of tools designed to provide around-the-clock help to the […]