May 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

How To Organize 250,000 LEGO Pieces

SLJ‘s 2016 School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson’s quest for the ultimate LEGO storage solution.

A Fifth Grader’s Mission To Save His School’s Librarian

Jakari Singleton was moved to action when he heard his school might lose its long-time teacher-librarian.

Tributes Pour In for Richard Peck

News of Richard Peck’s death sent authors to social media to share memories and tributes to the legendary author.

#KidsNeedBooks Twitter Campaign Helping Students and Schools in Need

One tweet has turned into a book donation campaign.

Gina Gagliano Has Big Plans for Random House Graphic

Brigid Alverson sat down with Gagliano at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in her brief week between jobs, to discuss what she hopes to accomplish at Random House Graphic.

A Slice of the Bronx Book Festival | Pictures of the Week

Rainy weather couldn’t stop the first ever Bronx Book Festival from being a great success.

Study on Women in Social Studies Standards Finds Equity Issues

Staff at the National Women’s History Museum studied every state’s K–12 social studies standards for U.S. history to see what women and “topics associated with women” were discussed.

‘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.”

Flossmoor Public Library Struggles with “Rowdy” Tweens and Teens; Relaxes ID Policy

When Flossmoor Public Library (IL) initiated a new policy requiring tweens and teens to show student ID in order to use the library, the response from the library community was swift and largely negative. Now, administrators are taking a second look at the policy and figuring out more equitable ways to manage their boisterous young patrons.

Barnes & Noble Launches YA Podcast

The bookseller looks to capitalize on interest and excitement surrounding YA novels and authors.

Summer Reading Lists; New Graphic Novel Imprint and More | News Bites

There’s a lot happening in this installment of New Bites, including grant opportunities, awards, a new imprint, an ALA summit, and more.

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival | Pictures of the Week

Lara Starr of Chronicle Books, and the author of several “Star Wars” cookbooks, was a guest at this year’s Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival.

Maker Grows Up: Committing to Sustainable Programs Nationwide

Strategies for adaptability, financing, and assessment are key to the movement’s future.

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‘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.

Children’s Program Sparks Backlash in Illinois Town

Some community members in O’Fallon, IL, objected to a public library event centered around the children’s book, “Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire.”

When Cosby’s ‘Little Bill,’ Alexie and Asher are on the Shelf: What Should A Librarian Do?

School and public librarians struggle with how to handle the books of Bill Cosby, as well as authors Sherman Alexie, Jay Asher, and James Dashner, who have been accused of sexual harassment.

Latinx Literature Gives Students A Voice | #Representationmatters

An educator reflects on representation in the classroom.

MIT Developing Assessments To Quantify Makerspace Educational Value

University’s Teaching Systems Lab is teaming up with MakerEd and two schools to try to quantify what students learn and, in the process, change the mind-set of educators and parents.

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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.

“After the Fall ” Wins Anna Dewdney Read Together Award

Dan Santat’s picture book that tells the story of overcoming fear and anxiety is honored.