March 18, 2018

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New York Times Offers In-School Access; ‘Goodnight Moon’ Goes Bilingual | News Bites


The New York Times is making its digital offerings available for school-wide access through a new subscription service known as In-School Access. The subscription will cost schools $780 a year or more, depending on enrollment and faculty size. It will allow full access to and the Times’ archives from 1851-1922 and 1981-present. Learn more about the service.

plumanalyticsEBSCO company PlumAnalytics introduced a new data visualization feature that provides insight into the trends and stories behind the citation, usage, social media, and other data Plum collects from dozens of online sources. Read the full press release here.


Entries are now being accepted through January 15, 2015 for the 2015 REVERE (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) Awards, which honor exemplary teaching and learning resources for both children and adults. The awards are produced by the Association of American Publishers, PreK-12 Learning Group. Finalists will be announced in April 2015, and winners will be recognized during the REVERE Awards Gala on June 3, 2015. Read the full press release to find out more information.

disclogoOn November 6, Toyota and Discovery Education, provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launched the 2014-2015 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the Video Challenge invites teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive safely and avoid distractions. Ten finalists will be chosen and their entries will be posted online for public vote.  Additionally, a panel of judges from Discovery Education, Toyota, educators, and community leaders will select a first, second, and third place winner. Learn more about the challenge.

New guidelines have been announced for the 2015 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for authors of children’s and young adult fiction. The changes are intended to make it easier for writers to apply for the $5,000 work-in-progress grant. In addition, the application period has been extended until December 19. Under the new guidelines, authors can apply themselves and need only have published one novel, not two. The grant is awarded annually to a writer in financial need who has published at least one warmly-received novel for children or young adults. Application guidelines are posted on the PEN website.


The Family Travel Forum (FTF), the award-winning resource for family vacation planners, in association with Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism announced its winners of the 2014 I Love New York Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. Designed to promote teen literacy, the merit competition challenged students to blog about what they love most about New York State, with college grants to be awarded for the top three teen writers. 15-year-old Samantha Carney earned the first place price of $1000, with second and third place receiving $500 and $250, respectively. Read winners’ entries.


Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print Internacional, a comprehensive guide to contemporary testing instruments in both Spanish and English, is now available from EBSCO Information Services. It is a compilation of three databases from The Buros Center for Testing, including content from Mental Measurements Yearbook, and Tests in Print, as well as content previously available only in Pruebas Publicadas en Español. Click for the full press release.

In early November, School Library Journal announced its partnership with the blog “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers. Find out more here about the blog and its contributors.

nationalafterschoolassociationThe globally beloved Peter Rabbit character will be featured in a new health and wellness initiative, Hop to Health, launching this fall. The new kid-targeted campaign was created through a partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the National AfterSchool Association, and Nickelodeon who joined forces with Penguin Young Readers to educate children and their families about the importance of healthy eating habits and being active. Sixty thousand free copies of a new special edition Peter Rabbit book, On Your Mark, Get Set, Hop!, will be distributed to more than 300 out-of-school time providers across the United States. Further resources and information provided on the campaign’s website.

In late October, Pearson announced that iLit, the company’s tablet-based reading intervention program for grades 4-10, will now include titles from Saddleback Educational Publishing. The new titles feature content oriented towards teen interest, but are written at lower reading levels. For more information about the partnership, read the full press release.


The 2015 Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference will be taking place February 28, in Bellingham, WA. The event, now in its 11th year, will host award-winning children’s authors including Kate DiCamillo, Yuyi Morales, Matt de la Peña, and Joyce Sidman. Visit the conference website to learn more about the conference.

As of November 1, the 2015 Día National Program Registry is now open, and the Association for Library Service to Children is inviting libraries to begin registering their upcoming programs. By using the national registry, libraries help build a searchable database that showcases all types and sizes of library programs that highlight Diversity In Action.


scholasticartandwritingIn mid-October, Blick Art Materials announced its commitment to donate over $78,000 to the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in support of art education for students in grades 7-12. The art supplier will provide gift coupons for educators in low-income areas, and a $10,000 scholarship for one winner of the 2015 Art Portfolio Gold Medal, the highest possible honor for a student to receive through the program. Learn more about available scholarship.

Goodnight Moon, the iconic children’s book, was made available as a bilingual edition in late October through First Book, a nonprofit that tackles the lack of books and educational resources available for low-income families. The bilingual edition of Goodnight Moon is part of First Book’s Stories for All Project, an effort to increase the diversity in children’s books. For purchasing information, read the full press release here.

On November 5, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced Paul Gazzolo as senior vice-president and general manager. In this role, Gazzolo will lead Gale’s strategy, product development, and sales and marketing teams. Read the full announcement for more details.

In early November, Cinco Puntos announced its new web series, “Pan Dulce.” The monthly series will pair writers from two different indie presses in a lively discussion of their lives, loves, books, and favorite sweet breads (or preferred low-carbohydrate equivalents). Check out the series’s Youtube channel here.