March 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Librarians Love to Share Award Winners with Kids

Excitement is building for the YMAs announcement on February 12. For librarians, it can dictate displays, future lesson plans and what books to buy.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Written by Derrick D. Barnes and Illustrated by Gordon C. James Published in 2017 by Bolden, Agate Publishing ISBN 978-1-57284-224-3 Grades 1 – 6 A 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction Recommended Title Book Review “You came in as a lump of clay, a blank, canvas, a […]

World Read Aloud Day Adds Magic Night This Year

Every child likes to be read to, even those irritable tweens, according to the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading research.


Wishtree Written by Katherine Applegate and Illustrated by Charles Santoso 2017 Feiwel and Friends ISBN 978-1-250-04322-1   Grades 3-6 Book Review “My friends call me Red, and you can, too. But for a long time people in the neighborhood have called me ‘the wishtree.’” From celebrated author, Katherine Applegate, comes her latest literary triumph–Wishtree. Fast-paced, […]

Love and I am Loved

Love Written by Matt de la Peña Illustrated by Loren Long Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018 ISBN # 978-1-5247-4091-7   Book Review Love is present in the most subtle, yet remarkable ways in this utterly moving picturebook by Newbery Award winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long. From the […]

33 Titles To Jump-Start Black History Month

In an effort to make our coverage of Black History Month a more nuanced and valuable experience, we’ll be posting several related roundups throughout January and February.

Picture Books in the Dorm Room?

How two college professors used curated “book bags” to help undergraduates develop a deeper understanding of children’s literature.

Orbis Pictus Honor Book: Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee Illustrated by Man One Published by Readers to Eaters, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-9836615-9-7 Grades 2 and Up Book Review On the very first page of this innovative and immensely relevant picture book biography, readers are presented with a “Ramen […]

A Safer Future: Shaping a New Norm with #MeToo | Editorial

Librarians can do more to raise awareness of the rights of girls and women, and of sexism and its price—and build cultural literacy about consent vs coercion.

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

A “Man Utterly Beyond Category” | Tonya Bolden on Frederick Douglass

Two hundred years after the birth of the orator, statesman, and human rights activist, the author offers a close look at his life and achievements.

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass | A Bibliography

A selected bibliography in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass.

Sparking the Conversation Through Graphic Novels

New and forthcoming graphic novels address contemporary social issues.


Round Written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo Published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN 978-0-544-38761-4 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review In Joyce Sidman’s latest nonfiction picture book, a young girl professes, “I love round things,” and so launches a poetic exploration of all things round. Immersive mixed media illustrations crafted […]

15 Tech Tidbits To Bring the 2018 Winter Olympic Into Your Classroom

Educators have a terrific opportunity to expand their students’ learning, and librarians can play a key role in research and support of classrooms during the Olympics. Here are some tools.

How To Make Electricity | Touch and Go

Introducing interactive experiments on the iPad that demonstrate principles of electricity.

New Job, New Country, New Literature: A librarian starts a new chapter in Singapore

Susan Grigsby has embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, leaving the U.S. for a school librarian position in Singapore. Here she shares some prized new finds as she begins to explore a whole new world of children’s literature.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

The Best of 2017

It has been a hard year. In the United States and around the world, there is important work to be done to advance social justice. We realize now more than ever how much words matter. Words can inflict harm. But words can also transform lives. Words can shape the future and can give us a […]

Tips for the Littlest Writers | First Steps

Pre-writing and writing skills are important in the pre-K years. Help tots strengthen their handwriting with these activities.

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

A Passion for Words: Three Bibliophiles Who Changed the World

Three 2017 picture book bios present a uniquely envisioned portrait of its subject, while also celebrating the power of books to express ideas, rouse imaginations, and inspire discussion.