April 23, 2018

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

Partnership Prepares Teens for College

A teacher and librarian team up to give high schoolers better research and presentation skills.

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

Repurposing School Library Positions | Take the Lead

A school district superintendent describes school libraries as “a model of the type of learning space towards which education is evolving.”

Never Too Old: Embracing Picture Books To Teach Older Students

Traditional picture books provide versatile, effective teaching tools for a range of students.

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

What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? | Professional Shelf

A well-conceived guide to teaching nonfiction, chock-full of book suggestions

Book Grants; #StrivingReaders Giveaway; IWitness Video Challenge | News Bites

Here’s a roundup of grant opportunities, contests, and award submissions.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Launches New Policy Toolkit

The toolkit is a valuable resource for all libraries to help create or revise selection and reconsideration policy.

Libraries Can Help Disrupt School-to-Prison Pipeline

A recent conference at the Brooklyn Public Library focused on “Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline.”

Kara Yorio joins SLJ as News Editor

Veteran journalist joins SLJ staff.

Advocate This, Not That!

Four bold strategies to elevate your school library.

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

Customize Lesson Plans with StudySync

StudySync’s new resource helps educators create lesson plans that build students’ vocabulary, hone research skills, and much more.

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

Five Ways I Created Opportunity at My Title I School

Manage the money, amplify student voice, and more tips from SLJ‘s 2017 Hero of Equitable Access.