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Archives for November 2011

Greek Myths: OMGs! | Focus On

Terrifying monsters and fearsome beasts? Courageous and quick-witted heroes? Thrilling adventures and dangerous quests? These tales have it all, plus the unforgettable characters, timeless themes, and range of human emotion that have drawn people to Greek myths for eons. Included here is a spectacular array of offerings guaranteed to tempt myriad tastes and reading abilities. Spanning in age range from elementary level through young adult, the titles are presented in user-friendly sections: picture books, inviting collections of tales each […]

Energize the Curriculum: Put game-based learning in the palm of your students’ hands | The Gaming Life

Mobile computing and game-based learning are two of the six major trends that will have a huge impact on K-12 learning in the next five years according to projections found in the New Media Corsortium’s 2011 K-12 Edition of the Horizon Report (http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2011-Horizon-Report-K12.pdf). Mobile devices like Apple’s iPod Touch and iPad are already being used in classrooms around the world. In Pender County Schools in Burgaw, NC, we began placing iPod […]

Sonic Youth: Must-have audiobooks for teens and tweens

Looking for must-have audiobooks for teens and tweens? We have plenty of great new choices.

Are you listening? We hope so, because kids across the country are wild about audiobooks. Voracious readers and reluctant ones, special-needs students and English-language learners are all hooked on them—and not just at school, in the car, and at home. They’re turning to audiobooks every chance they get.

What are the best new audiobooks for teens and tweens? To compile our latest list, we asked […]

Absolutely Dino-mite!: Jessie Hartland’s latest picture book puts a new spin on kids’ favorite reptiles | Under Cover

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum tells the true story of how a 145-million-year-old Diplodocus longus ended up at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Were you crazy about dinosaurs as a kid?

I was not one of those kids who were especially excited about dinosaurs. I didn’t really know much about them, and I didn’t think there were dinosaurs in the United States. I thought they were in Africa or India—in […]

What I Learned Along the Way | Editorial

Since this is my last editorial as School Library Journal’s editor-in-chief—I’m leaving the magazine to return to my first love, public libraries—forgive me for engaging in a little reflection.

Back when I joined SLJ, in August 2005, the world was gripped by Harry Potter fever, the Patriot Act was the hottest topic in library land, and a young Illinois Senator, Barack Obama, had captivated audiences at the American Library Association’s annual conference in […]

One Step Ahead: SLJ Leadership Summit 2011

SLJ’s latest leadership summit tackles the swiftly changing world of reading and ebooks

It was like a scene out of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Suddenly, there was a collective gasp, followed by a heartfelt explosion of cheering, clapping, and ear-to-ear grins, as more than 200 librarians and educators found out they’d each be receiving an autographed copy of Brian Selznick’s new, eagerly anticipated novel, Wonderstruck (Scholastic). Welcome to SLJ‘s two-day Leadership Summit, September 22-23 in Arlington, VA.

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A World of Possibilities: The Life of an International Librarian

Craving adventure, professional growth, and some fabulous perks? Consider the life of an international librarian.

Have you ever pictured yourself on safari in the Serengeti? Or fancied yourself wandering through Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar on a leisurely Saturday morning? With all of the budget cuts, pink slips, and upheaval that have besieged our nation’s schools, it may be the perfect time to make those dreams a reality by becoming an international school librarian. As it turns out, there are […]

Make Way for Stories: There’s a good reason why people are passing up picture books

Last October the New York Times featured an article by Julie Bosman, “Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children,” which outlined the fate of most new picture books: they tend to “die a sad little death” on booksellers’ shelves as more parents abandon them and push their preschoolers to read chapter books. As someone tackling publishing issues from the outside, Bosman missed the mark a few times, sometimes misrepresenting those she interviewed. Not surprisingly, […]

When Trauma Hits Home: Did you know that infants are the largest single group of victims? | First Steps

One of the most startling things we learned this year is that 48.6 percent of trauma victims in our state of Oregon are younger than six years old. And infants make up the largest single group of victims. These children may experience violence at home or within their neighborhoods; they may face separation from a parent or caregiver because of divorce, death, incarceration, or even military deployment.

We were attending a training session […]

Avoidance Behavior: Moving children’s books to the teen collection is the coward’s way out | Scales on Censorship

We’ve always kept Robie Harris’s books in our children’s room. But after a mother complained about them, our public library director asked us to put the titles in our teen collection. Although I was reluctant to move them, I felt I had to comply. Is this a form of censorship?

Yes. Harris’s books are written for children and families and should be available in your children’s collection. I’ve heard the argument from public […]