June 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Margaret at the Movies: Top 10 Films From Books by Edwards Award Winners

These films take inspiration from their source material without necessarily replicating the books to the last detail.

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ALA 2018: Session Picks from SLJ Editors and Other Attendees

Notable keynotes, panels, and events from this year’s conference.

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Collaboration Puts Chicago History At Students’ Fingertips

Explore Chicago Collections, a free online portal, lets users search the digital collections of the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago History Museum, and other member institutions.

Fab Lab Makes Impact on Special and Alternative Education Students

A hands-on STEM learning center at Colonial High School (CHS) in Grindstone, PA, provides needed skills, an emotional outlet, and a lifeline to many teens.

“A More Perfect Nation” | Focus On

Books about U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the social movements and court cases that have forced our nation to reexamine the “unalienable” rights afforded only to select citizens in the 18th century.

Get Thee to a Makerspace: A Shakespeare-Themed Festival from SLJ’s 2017 Maker Hero

Shake Fest is a blow-out event Bard-related activities, crafts, and games in Alisha Wilson’s school library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

WNDB Walter Grants Return | News Bites

A roundup of opportunities for grants, mentorships, and a new educator certification.

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.

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.

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.

Picture Book Police Officers

Not all kids see the police as community stewards, but picture books do.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Free Databases for California Schools in 2018–19, AASL Social Media Superstars, And More | News Bites

Information database subscriptions can be prohibitively expensive for school districts, but next year in California, every school will have access for free.

Up Close and Personal with Children’s Book Artists

A set of sterling online resources bring book illustrators into the classroom for look at technique and material, along with some engaging personal stories.

Going Rogue to Teach Code: A school librarian offers strategies for teaching every age group

Once we inspire our students to love coding, how do we transition them from the safety of block-based languages to the kind of coding that solves real-world problems?

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Five Tips For a Successful Mystery Skype

Put students in control, check time zones, and other suggestions to make the most of Mystery Skypes, in which students try to guess another classroom’s geographical location.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

School Librarian, Where Art Thou?

The profession is evolving, and there are fewer of us. What has been happening? Here’s what the numbers say.

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A Perfect Storm Impacts School Librarian Numbers

Several circumstances created conditions contributing to U.S. school librarian cuts. Here’s a look at likely issues at three levels—national, state, and local/school district.

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How To Run a Successful Kids Book Club

Start small. Lead by letting go. Read more tips from experts who run book clubs for kids of all ages.

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Big Fish, Small Budget: Insights from SLJ’s 2017 Spending Survey

School librarians see declining budgets, but many have influence over spending, our survey shows.

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Cubetto: A Wooden Robot That Teaches Toddlers How to Code | Tech Review

The purposefully unstructured nature of Cubetto will make it a wonderful addition to pre-K and early elementary classrooms.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.