June 24, 2018

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Kathy Ishizuka

About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com@kishizuka on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.

“Black Panther”-Inspired Lesson Plans Leverage Hit Film to Teach Tech

Free lesson plans combine digital fabrication with an exploration of cultural symbols inspired by the hit Marvel film.

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So You Know Your YA Authors. Who’s on Our Cover?

Six winners of the Margaret A. Edwards Award are pictured, along with the honor’s namesake.

School Library Journal Debuts New Logo

SLJ has a new look. Here we reveal our new logo, which graces the cover of School Library Journal’s June print issue.

Yuyi Morales Has an Immigration Story to Tell, Her Own | SLJ Day of Dialog 2018

Yuyi Morales closed out School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog with this keynote address.

With Books, You Can Change the World—and Future Politicians Who Tweet, Says Angie Thomas at SLJ Day of Dialog

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.

‘Fifty Shades’ Notwithstanding, Librarians Embrace the Great American Read

Any booklist is bound to be picked apart. So it’s no surprise that librarians have opinions about the 100 best-loved novels named in “The Great American Read.”

‘Teach This Poem’ Wins Innovations in Reading Prize

Teach This Poem, a free resource that helps educators and students infuse poetry into learning, has won the 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation.

Adobe Offers $5 Student Access to Creative Cloud

Photoshop and Adobe Premiere for $5? Starting May 15, Adobe will offer its full suite of Creative Cloud applications to K–12 schools at $4.99 per license, per year.

What’s the State of Diverse Books in Libraries? We’re Fielding a Survey.

School Library Journal has launched a survey about children’s and young adult book collections in school and public libraries—we want to know how diverse titles are being selected and acquired in these institutions.

VR Use Should be Minutes, Not Hours. New Study on Kids and Virtual Reality Advises Parents, Educators.

A new report addresses the potential impact of virtual reality on kids’ cognitive, social, and physical well-being.

We Closed the Comments. Here’s Why. | Editor’s Note

The comments section enables readers to provide feedback and engage in conversation. In this case, we’ve far exceeded the standard function of comments on a news story.

The Year in SLJ Covers | 2017

It’s been quite a year. Here’s how we covered it in School Library Journal.

John Green Keynote | SLJ Summit 2017

Author John Green opened School Library Journal’s 2017 Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN, with an emotional keynote. Here’s the video.

Finalists Announced for 2017 National Book Awards

Here are the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, announced this morning, along with their School Library Journal reviews.

My Principal Is ‘All Over the AR Points.’ Readers Respond to Leveling.

Our feature story on reading levels, “Thinking Outside the Bin,” quickly proved to be among our most popular stories so far this year. As expected, there was plenty of feedback from readers

Neal Porter Joins Holiday House

Porter will be Vice President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books, bringing his imprint from Macmillan Children’s Book Group to Holiday House,

“Heavy Medal” Blog Launches with New Hosts

School Library Journal welcomes two new bloggers to the fold. Roxanne Hsu Feldman and Steven Engelfried join “Heavy Medal,” sharing blogging duties with Sharon McKellar in the popular discussion surrounding the top contenders for the Newbery Medal.

ALA, Google Seek Libraries to Apply for Coding Pilot this Summer

Is your library ready to code? The American Library Association and Google want you. Here’s what you need to know about applying for the $500K pilot launching this summer.

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SLJ Joins Campaign on Democracy, Curates Related Book List

What makes democracy work? That’s the core question posed in a learning campaign launched by Facing History & Ourselves. School Library Journal offers a related book list, “Foundations for Future Voters.”

SLJ Debuts “Higher Ground” Column on College, Career Readiness

School Library Journal has launched “Higher Ground,” a new monthly column covering all aspects of college and career readiness.