May 28, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ Resources for Back-to-School


Tech maven Joyce Valenza and longtime SLJ contributor Joy Fleishhacker share the latest tools and book picks for the back-to-school season. From curated reading lists to useful tech trends and tips, School Library Journal has gathered the following resources to help your students, patrons, parents (and you) get back in the swing of things. This compilation of tools will be updated continuously, so check back for new materials.

Back to reading

Bouncing Back to School: Great Books for Easing First Day Jitters
By Joy Fleishhacker
From what to wear to following rules to making friends, these engaging picture books address common beginning-of-the-year concerns with solid storytelling, genuine empathy, and upbeat resolutions. The list includes titles both new and tried-and-true that will reassure youngsters that their apprehensions are shared by others.

Books to Enhance Class Trips and Learning Adventures | Focus On

By Joy Fleishhacker

A mix of fact-filled offerings and fictional adventures, these titles give kids a break from the routine and encourage interactive learning experiences.

From The Horn Book

Back to School Reading by Katie Bircher

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.

Joyce Valenza’s tech picks

Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters

Meaningful, inspiring, attractive visuals to fill our display cases, grace our bulletin boards, and embed on our websites—and where to find them.

Your back-to-school letter

Valenza shares Doug Johnson’s suggestions for writing the back-to-school letter

Orientation inspiration

With help from the #tlchat community, Valenza crowd-sourced suggestions for making library orientations inventive, different, and fun.

More back-to-school tech tidbits

What Did You Do This Summer? | Tech Tidbits for Back-to-School

By Phil Goerner and Krista Brakhage

The duo has come up with 10 activities that will make answering that time-honored question a rich and creative experience.

Six Tools to Upgrade Your School Website

By Richard Byrne

If your website could use an upgrade, consider these tools to give it a boost for back-to-school—and save you time this fall.

The Best Back-to-School Video Ever

By Kathy Ishizuka

Who needs coffee? If this bit of inspiration from teacher Colby Sharp doesn’t jump-start your day, nothing will. This among a mix of resources and links to mark the start of a new school year.

A Geek’s Back-to-School Wish List

By Amy Blaine

Elementary school librarian Amy Blaine did a little online window-shopping and picked a few practical—and not so practical—items to take her throughout the day.

The “Cheap and Cheerful” Librarian, Melissa Techman, Shares Tips on Pinterest
By Kathy Ishizuka
Melissa Techman has great ideas. So School Library Journal asked the K-5 librarian at Broadus Wood Elementary School in Albemarle County, VA, to guest curate a board of “cheap and cheerful” ideas on Pinterest.