June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Great Books: Summer Adventures

These summer-themed picture books focus on getting outdoors, nurturing imaginations, and savoring time spent with family and friends.

Unlimited Engagement: Helping Teen Readers by Giving up the Struggle

Nearly a quarter of third graders who aren’t reading at grade level will not graduate from high school by the time they are 19. Here are ways to help them.

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Libraries of Things | Library Hacks

Looking for short-term use of cake tins, camping equipment, or bikes? These libraries lend out all of those items and a lot more.

Margaret at the Movies: Top 10 Films From Books by Edwards Award Winners

These films take inspiration from their source material without necessarily replicating the books to the last detail.

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ALA 2018: Session Picks from SLJ Editors and Other Attendees

Notable keynotes, panels, and events from this year’s conference.

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The Legacy of Margaret A. Edwards and the Birth of an Award

A YALSA past president reflects on the influence of Margaret A. Edwards and the award that bears her name.

KIBO, a Screen-Free Coding Set for Young Kids | Tech Review

This learn-to-code robot with a passing resemblance to Mr. Potato Head can be built and re-built.

Margaret Edwards Award Winner Angela Johnson Just Wants To Tell a Good Story

“I’ve never set out to teach a lesson, to lecture anyone,” says the author of more than 40 books.

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2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Announced

The awards for excellence in children’s and YA literature named one winner and two honor books in three categories.

Get Thee to a Makerspace: A Shakespeare-Themed Festival from SLJ’s 2017 Maker Hero

Shake Fest is a blow-out event Bard-related activities, crafts, and games in Alisha Wilson’s school library.

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WNDB Walter Grants Return | News Bites

A roundup of opportunities for grants, mentorships, and a new educator certification.

Tapping the Lifelong Potential of Making | Editorial

Making is having a positive impact on how kids learn and transforming how they feel about the world around them.

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A Fifth Grader’s Mission To Save His School’s Librarian

Jakari Singleton was moved to action when he heard his school might lose its long-time teacher-librarian.

Tributes Pour In for Richard Peck

News of Richard Peck’s death sent authors to social media to share memories and tributes to the legendary author.

Gina Gagliano Has Big Plans for Random House Graphic

Brigid Alverson sat down with Gagliano at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in her brief week between jobs, to discuss what she hopes to accomplish at Random House Graphic.

Starting with a Pop-Up, a School Library Grows in Denver

A Denver school librarian helps teens living in a “book desert” with no high school library.

Slime Science

The goopy substance is all the rage—and a great way to explore polymers during library maker activities.

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Study on Women in Social Studies Standards Finds Equity Issues

Staff at the National Women’s History Museum studied every state’s K–12 social studies standards for U.S. history to see what women and “topics associated with women” were discussed.

‘Fifty Shades’ Notwithstanding, Librarians Embrace the Great American Read

Any booklist is bound to be picked apart. So it’s no surprise that librarians have opinions about the 100 best-loved novels named in “The Great American Read.”

Bully Principal Missed Opportunity | Scales on Censorship

Parent with Caldecott concerns, a librarian fears “Vincent and Theo” content issues (again), and an administrator who cracks down on students’ rights: Pat Scales sets them straight.

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