February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Bookmobiles and Beyond: new library services on wheels serve newborns through teens

From TechMobiles to early learning hubs, mobile library outreach is on the rise.

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

Día 2017: A Celebration of Literacy and Diversity

Bringing kids and books from every culture together is the goal of El dia de los libros, and plans for this year’s “Day of Books” are more far-reaching than ever.

Experts Share Insight, Tools to Help Students Fight Fake News

School librarians and teachers uncovered new ideas to help students tell fact from fiction with the ISTE/SLJ “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” webinar.

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.

Comfort Zone | An original comic by Gene Luen Yang

An early lesson in empathy inspired Gene Luen Yang. In an original comic for School Library Journal, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature depicts the inspiration for his Reading Without Walls program.

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

Toy “Sleepovers” Boost Kids’ Reading Skills, Says New Study

Children’s librarians are leveraging an old favorite, stuffed animals, to impart a love of reading. A new study shows their efforts make a measurable difference.

Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

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

Scholastic’s Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest Opens

One school in each state will win 500 books. Deadline to enter is April 14.

On student scrutiny: two strategies

We’re focusing a lot of attention these days of helping students determine credibility. For many of us, this is not a hot new topic. I dug around a bit and dusted off a couple of tools that, I think, stand the test of time.  You are welcome to make copies and retool them for you […]

2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide

The biannual report is a reminder for librarians that parents and kids want good stories, humor, and strong characters. The challenge is improving access.

One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

An elementary school in Westport, CT, kicked off their One Book, One School initiative on Read Across America Day, with a suspenseful school-wide assembly.

Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa

In South Africa, 90 percent of schools don’t have a library. The CEO of Mandela Bangle, Nelson Mandela’s project, is setting out to change that, one bracelet (and shipping container) at a time.

Getting Book Rich | Editorial

The national Book-Rich Environment Initiative promises to be a critical step in addressing print scarcity for low-income kids. Libraries will be key partners.

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

Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

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

ILA Report: Digital Literacy Is Hot; Access to Books and Content Is Not

The International Literacy Association’s What’s Hot in Literacy report shows that what’s trendy to talk about is not always the same as what’s most important to discuss.

Faked Out | Editorial

The news literacy gap is today’s information crisis.

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

Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

These Superintendents Are Sold on Libraries | Editorial

Four influential superintendents see libraries as catalysts for school success—and librarians as change agents in a disrupted learning landscape.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.