May 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Top 10 Audiobooks 2017

These 10 titles represent the best of October 2016 to October 2017 audiobook releases, with selections for all age groups and interests. They tell fascinating stories—both fiction and nonfiction—that are enhanced by exceptional narration.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. HarperAudio. Gr 9 Up. Read by Bahni Turpin.

When Starr witnesses her friend’s death by a white officer, she must deal with the reactions of her family, her inner-city neighbors, and her upscale private school friends—not to mention […]

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Nearpod Expands Content Through Partnership with BBC Worldwide Learning

This fall, students will be able to able to engage in digital lessons based on BBC documentaries as part of a new partnership.

Digital Comics Boosting Skills of Students with Special Needs

Educators are turning to an old kid favorite in a new form to boost challenged learners’ interest and skills in reading and writing.

SLJ School Librarian of the Year Finalists Leverage ESSA in MA

Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner share what they’ve learned from working on the Massachusetts School Library Association’s ESSA committee.

Vernier to Host Free Workshops for Science and STEM Educators

Learn how to use new hardware, software, and mobile technologies in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental, Earth science, and middle school science curriculums— for free!

USC Shoah Foundation Announces 2016 IWitness Video Challenge

The IWitness Video Challenge gives middle and high school students a chance to give back to their communities while honing their digital skills. Inaugurated in 2013 by Steven Spielberg, the competition was designed around the same premise as “Schindler’s List,” that one person can make a difference.

CDW-G Launches Collaboration Nation

CDW-G’s second annual Collaboration Nation video contest kicks off February 1, offering cash and product prizes to K–12 schools.

Scholastic Yanks Controversial Picture Book

The new release “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” draws heated criticism for its depiction of slaves, in similar fashion to “A Fine Dessert.”

Black History Month Ideas From NCTE

Get resources and fresh ideas for holding a read-in anytime during the month of February to mark Black History Month.

The Nutcracker Comes to America by Chris Barton | SLJ Review

BARTON, Chris. The Nutcracker Comes to America. illus. by Cathy Gendron. 36p. chron. ebook available. further reading. photos. Millbrook. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781467721516.
Gr 2-5–This well-researched history tells how three brothers from a small town in Utah came together to present the first full-length version of The Nutcracker in America. That performance on Christmas Eve, 1944, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco started a holiday tradition that continues to this day in cities across the United States. […]

A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen | SLJ Review

ROSEN, Michael. A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young. illus. by Chris Riddell. 80p. Candlewick. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763681166.
Toddler-PreS–This collection of silly rhymes and poems is sure to please the prereading crowd. Most of the entries are a page or less, and although they are often nonsense, they are notable for their joyful rhymes and bouncy rhythm. The text often echoes the style of traditional nursery rhymes, working with nonsense words and made-up characters to bring fun […]

Libros para compartir | Spanish Language Roundup

A selection of new Spanish language and bilingual materials for elementary-age children and their families.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

What James Said by Liz Rosenberg | SLJ Review

ROSENBERG, Liz. What James Said. illus. by Matthew Myers. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781596439085.

K-Gr 3–Telephone is a game that many children have enjoyed for generations—that is, when the game is intentional. But what about when something gets passed from person to person and it isn’t fun for everyone involved? In Rosenberg’s charming picture book, a girl is upset by what she perceives to be a derogatory comment coming from her best friend. James has never […]

Accessible Reads for Struggling and Reluctant Readers | Hi-Lo Roundup

The SLJ review editors round up a selection of the latest hi-lo (high interest, low reading level) titles for middle to high school students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Meet the Reviewer | John Peters

Each month SLJ takes a peek behind the books at the brilliant and passionate librarians who read, evaluate, and review the thousands of books and materials every year. This month we meet longtime reviewer and contributor, John Peters.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | September 2015

Excellent new titles from Mac Barnett, Emily Jenkins, Mo Willems, M.T. Anderson, and Steve Sheinkin top the September Stars list.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Tough and Tiny | Board Book Roundup

Familiar concepts, animals, cool transportation, and eye-popping artwork distinguish the latest crop of offerings for babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Q&A: Meet the Creator of Ms. Marvel, the First Female American-Muslim Superhero

Hey librarians, here’s a chance to introduce your patrons to Marvel’s first female American-Muslim superhero. SLJ talks to the creator behind Ms. Marvel, a teenage superhero who fights crime and happens to not eat bacon.

The First Lady and Discovery Education Collaborate on Virtual Field Trip During Visit to China

First Lady Michelle Obama visits China, hoping to soothe U.S. China relations, and keeping in the mind efforts to enhance the role of the digital classroom experience between nations.

NYC’s Bank Street Center to Host Free Kid Lit Panels Ahead of 4th Annual BookFest

Later this month, the Bank Street College of Education’s Center for Children’s Literature (CCL) will begin a series of three free panel discussions moderated by Leonard Marcus, curator of “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” the critically acclaimed exhibition currently on view at the New York Public Library. The series will be followed by CCL’s 4th annual BookFest @ Bank Street on October 19, featuring the award-winning Kate DiCamillo as keynote speaker.