February 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

VA School Librarians Spearhead Historic Community Collaboration

65 trees, each one in memory of a fallen Civil War soldier, are planted at a high school on a historic parcel of land through a collaboration of librarians, teachers, and local and national organizations.

Piecing Together Our Past: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

A focus on U.S. military battles and engagements marks this season’s offerings.

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Pick of the Day: Mr. Lincoln’s High Tech War (Audio)

Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War discusses our 16th president’s acceptance and use of new technology during the Civil War. Check out the review of the audiobook narrated by Fred Sullivan.

Pick of the Day: Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union (DVD)

Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union (Series). 3 DVDs.  20 min. ea. with tchr’s. guides online. Prod. by Witnessing History. Dist. by TMW Media. 2011, 2012 release. ISBN unavail. $69.95 ea. Includes: The Formation of the Union and Its Early Challenges; The Missouri Compromise of 1820 to the Tariff Compromise of 1833; The Compromise of 1850 to the Civil War.
Gr 6 Up–Henry Clay served in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate and worked to preserve the Union against the destructive forces […]

Pick of the Day: Abe Lincoln’s Dream

SMITH, Lane. Abe Lincoln’s Dream. illus. by author. 32p. Roaring Brook. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-608-4.
Gr 2-5
–A picture book that transforms the 16th president from a seemingly austere, severe figure into a sympathetic character. A young African American girl named Quincy encounters the ghost of Abe Lincoln on a school tour of the White House. He tells the child about a recurring dream in which he is sailing a ship on a stormy sea, unsure of where he’s heading. (The […]

Pick of the Day: Unspoken

COLE, Henry. Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad. illus. by author. 32p. CIP. Scholastic. Nov. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-39997-5. LC 2011043583.
Gr 3-8
–Gorgeously rendered in soft, dark pencils, this wordless book is reminiscent of the naturalistic pencil artistry of Maurice Sendak and Brian Selznick, but unique in its accurate re-creation of a Civil War-era farm in northwestern Virginia. On the dedication page, readers see a star quilt on a split rail fence, symbolizing the North Star. Confederate soldiers […]