April 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Free Math Kits; National Geographic and CCSS; S.E. Hinton Ebooks | New Bites

bedtime mathAs an incentive to get kids to visit the library during the summer, Bedtime Math is offering two math-focused programs for free to libraries across the country. The “Bedtime Math Pajama Party” kit contains games for three-to-nine-year-olds that teach basic math, such as “Twisted Tangrams,” as well as glow-in-the-dark magnets, party favor bags, and everything that’s needed to plan for programming the event in the library. The kit can be ordered online.

“Summer of Numbers” sets include two-month calendars (June 15–August 17) that feature Bedtime Math problems. The set also includes gold star stickers that kids can apply each day they do a math problem. Library representatives can order the calendars through May 15 for delivery before mid-June.

Both programs have been piloted in dozens of libraries in New Jersey and across the U.S. “Since the beginning, we have said that literacy and numeracy go hand in hand, and that public libraries are allies with Bedtime Math to keep students engaged and learning during the summer and all extended school breaks. We look forward to sharing these free library-and kid-tested programs more broadly,” noted Laura Overdeck, Bedtime Math founder.

National Geographic and Common Core

national geogrpahic kids w/ dolphinsNational Geographic Kids is being launched by Gale, part of Cengage Learning, as a new resource in their National Geographic Virtual Library product line. Intended for elementary and middle school students, National Geographic Kids includes full issues of the magazine from 2009 to the present, 500 downloadable images, and 200 National Geographic Kids books, including nonfiction titles and the National Geographic Readers. The resource’s content supports Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

You can purchase or subscribe National Geographic Kids as a stand-alone or as part of the complete National Geographic Virtual Library line. You can get a free trial of the product and find out more information.



Four S. E. Hinton novels are now available in ebook format for the first time from Diversion Books: Taming the Star Runner, Rumble Fish, Some of Tim’s Stories, and Tex. They can also be purchased from the iBookstore and all major online ebook retailers.



flood Book coverCapstone Partners with Save the Children

Capstone is working with Save the Children to raise money for the organization’s emergency fund to help children and families during severe crises and natural disasters with food, medical care, and education. Capstone will donate money to Save the Children from its sale of Flood, a wordless picture book by Alvaro F. Villa about a family’s experience after a flood. You can request a free reader’s guide to the book from Capstone Young Readers.




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Phyllis Mandell was Managing Editor/Multimedia Review Editor for SLJ.