If Kids Can’t Read What They Want in the Summer, When Can They? | Opinion

If Kids Can’t Read What They Want in the Summer, When Can They? | Opinion

Assigned summer booklists can seriously hinder kids’ long-term interest in reading. Donalyn Miller makes the case for giving children agency to choose what they read.

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Amanda MacGregor, Jun 18, 2019
Lots to love in this rundown of forthcoming books from Penguin Random House. I can't wait to read the new books by Junauda Petrus and Renée Ahdieh. How about you?
Amanda MacGregor, Jun 18, 2019
YA author Amber Smith talks about the constantly twisting road that led her to being out, happy, loved, and incredibly proud of the life she's created.
Elizabeth Bird, Jun 18, 2019
“Don’t ask what’s wrong with the reader, ask what’s wrong with the book.” After discovering that the British have a publisher that produces high quality books specifically aimed at dyslexic readers, I investigate further and attempt to figure out why America hasn't taken similar steps to meet this evident need.
Joyce Valenza, Jun 17, 2019
I am currently working on a research project with partners from the University of Florida and OCLC. Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. I thought I’d share some of our preliminary findings. This post […]
Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 22, 2018
The majority of public and K–12 librarians consider it "very important" to have a diverse book collection for kids and teens, according to SLJ's nationwide survey. But there are hurdles, including a lack of quality titles in specific areas.

Librarians respond to the challenge of where to put diverse books once they have them in their collections.

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
SLJ's Diverse Books Survey reveals that many librarians are not aware of the term and movement toward better representation.

Kara Yorio, Oct 25, 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.

Linda Jacobson, Sep 26, 2016
Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.
Lauren Barack, Apr 28, 2017
School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.
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Linda Jacobson, Mar 01, 2018
School librarians see declining budgets, but many have influence over spending, our survey shows.
Kristyn Dorfman, Apr 04, 2019
While no one book list can adequately explore all the variations in culture and traditions embodied within the broad category of the “Asian/Pacific American Experience,” readers who identify as Asian American and/or Pacific American—especially as first-generation Americans—will find reflections of their own stories in these novels.

Daryl Grabarek, Apr 09, 2019
While experts agree that getting governments to legislate the reduction of waste in all forms is the most important step we can take at this moment in time, it’s never too early to educate our students about what needs to be done globally and locally, and what they as individual citizens can do.

Cicely Lewis, Apr 29, 2019
Books featuring people of color in outer space and alternative worlds.

Katie Egan Cunningham, Apr 01, 2019
Our brains are neurologically hardwired for stories, and a story-rich life is one key to building strong social-emotional learning skills.

Jennifer Snelling, May 01, 2019
With projects ranging from aquaponics to breakerspaces, these innovators maximize tech's creative potential. It starts in the library.

SLJ Staff, Apr 08, 2019
From delightful picture books to probing YA novels, these titles represent the cream of the crop reviewed in SLJ's April issue.

Mahnaz Dar, Apr 29, 2019
The Eisner Award nominations aimed at kids and teens are a varied bunch, from Vera Brosgol's Be Prepared! to Chad Sell's The Cardboard Kingdom.

SLJ Staff, Apr 29, 2019
As part of the Children's Book Week celebration, the Library of Congress has digitized some historically significant children's books.

Twenty-eight titles to celebrate in April and throughout the year.

Shelley Diaz, Nov 06, 2018
Check out the recording of Acevedo’s 2018 SLJTeen Live! keynote, in which she talks about her path to publication, the importance of literacy and seeing yourself books, and more.

SLJ Staff, Sep 28, 2018
Just hours before the 13th annual Carle Honors gala, SLJ reviews managing editor Luann Toth talked to the 2018 Carle Honors recipients at the legendary Algonquin Hotel in New York City on September 27 on Facebook Live

Kara Yorio, Oct 28, 2018
There was a lot to take in on the first day at SLJ's Leadership Summit, which was full of moving speakers, inspiring panels, and breakout sessions with ideas for attendees to take back to school and implement.

SLJ Staff, Oct 15, 2018
What is Read Woke? School librarian Cicely Lewis and students at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA, explore the idea that led to a reading revolution at their school—and internationally.

Kathy Ishizuka, May 31, 2018
In a talk that ranged from her Mississippi roots to her personal influences, including a certain young reader who inspires her today, author Angie Thomas delivered a forceful keynote at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.
SLJ, May 14, 2018
Get out the pliers and roll up your sleeves: All you need to know to lead a toy-take apart session with students.  

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