April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Librarians from Parkland, FL, and Brookfield, CT, Win Snicket Prize

Diana Haneski, of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Yvonne Cech, formerly at Sandy Hook Elementary School, received the 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

Incident Offers Opportunity for Education on Serving Patrons with Autism

Experts push awareness and education after a boy with autism was asked to leave a New Jersey library.

Catching Up With SLJ’s School Librarians of the Year and Honorees

Awards, keynotes, published books, and more. Six previous winners and honorees updated us on their activities.

Among Story Contests, Imaginormous Challenge Stands Out

Five winning story ideas from kids will be developed into an ebook, video game, dessert, musical theater piece, and inspiration for the design of a new toy.

Barbara Bush Leaves Legacy of Championing Literacy

The matriarch of the Bush family is being remembered for her commitment to child and family literacy.

“Teaching For Black Lives” Brings Perspective and a Resource to Educators | News Bites

Find out the best teaching programs in the country, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ); the choices for New York City’s “One Book, One New York” campaign; and who won the Lippincott Award this year.

Erin Entrada Kelly Talks Newbery Award And Filipino Storytelling Tradition

The author’s character-building approach in “Across the Universe” takes her readers on an honest, authentic journey.

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A Chat with John Schumacher, Scholastic Ambassador of School Libraries

Traveling the country, John Schumacher finds joy in school libraries. “I’ve met thousands of inspiring librarians and students,” he says.

Let the Debate Begin: A Side-by-Side Look at “Sorcerer’s Stone” Covers

Take a look at the classic and new “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” covers, and let the scar debate begin again.

“I Spy” Author Jean Marzollo Remembered for Her Generosity, Love of Words

Marzollo published more than 100 children’s books and was best known best for the “I Spy” series, a collaboration with artist and photographer Walter Wick.

Selznick Creates “Harry Potter” Covers for 20th Anniversary

Selznick’s new illustrations will appear on paperback editions of all seven “Harry Potter” books.

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.

Teen Power | Editorial

It has been thrilling to watch the #NeverAgain movement rise. Adults have a special opportunity to stand up with young people.

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Books on the Big Screen: “A Wrinkle in Time” & “Ready Player One” | Movie Review

Two big-screen extravaganzas by award-winning directors take on two popular novels with mostly with positive results, though one filmmaker had arguably a higher mountain to climb.

Get Ready to Log Those Minutes: It’s Almost Time for Scholastic’s “Magical” Summer of Reading

It’s time to start planning for the Summer Reading Challenge and, with the addition of community partners, Scholastic takes aim at the issue of access.

Fighting Cuts: How To Keep Librarians in Schools

From before eliminating positions is proposed to getting those jobs back when they’re gone, Elissa Malespina gives you a plan of attack.

Don’t Stress About Coding: Focus Shifts To Teaching Problem Solving Not Computer Skills

Educators look at coding in a new context, with computational thinking and basic computer literacy as the goal.

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There’s More Money! Now What?

The unexpected $700 million boost to the Title IV A grant budget offers school librarians more opportunities for funding.

“Real Friends,” “Spill Zone” Among Inaugural Graphic Literature Award Nominees

In an attempt to bring more “legitimacy and respect” to comics and graphic novels, graphic literature gets its own awards.

Apple to Help Chicago Educators Bring Computer Science to the Classroom

In addition to new, lower-priced iPad for schools, Apple is launching a professional development coding program for Chicago educators.