April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Barbara Bush Leaves Legacy of Championing Literacy

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

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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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.

“Thirteen Reasons Why” Tops Most Challenged List

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 354 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2017, and Monday released its annual list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Maker Space Gets an Upgrade, Becomes “Part of the Healing Process”

A couple of 3-D printers and motivated students has the MSD maker space evolving and playing a role in the students’ healing process.

Most Challenged: A Look Back at Books Some Wanted Off the Shelves

The ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom will release the top 10 most Frequently Challenged Books from 2017 on Monday, April 9. While we wait, let’s look back at those that made the list in years past.

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.

50 Years Later: Books for Kids and Teens About Martin Luther King, Jr., Apollo 8, and More

A selection of books that provide a look back at some of the tumultuous and impactful events that occurred 50 years ago, the ramifications of which are still being felt today.

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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.

‘Read Woke’ School Reading Challenge Makes an Impact

A school librarian’s reading initiative highlights social justice.

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Woodson named 2018 Laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature has earned another honor.

Kid Lit Community Joins March for Our Lives

The children’s literature community came together at March for Our Lives events around the country, and around the world, to support students leading the call for stronger gun control laws.

Russell Freedman Brought History to Life For Kids

The award-winning nonfiction children’s writer has died at 88.

10,000 School Librarians and Counting | Editorial

Nationally, the data confirms, the field has been grappling with a precipitous decline in full-time equivalent school librarian positions over the past decade. It’s time to rebuild.

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AILA Rescinds Sherman Alexie’s 2008 YA Book of the Year Award

An honor for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, winner of the 2008 National Book Award, has been taken away by the American Indian Literature Association, after multiple accusations of sexual harassment against author Sherman Alexie.

Check Out SLJ’s National Poetry Month Pinterest Board

Teen librarian Dawn Abron curates a poetry-themed Pinterest board filled with ideas for programming, displays, and more.

Students Walk Out; Librarian Creates Display to Inform, Support Kids

School librarian Angie Morris pulled books from her collection at Rolesville (NC) Middle School to help students understand the issues as they prepared to take part in the National School Walkout.