February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Fostering Readers

Booklists and selected reviews from SLJ, plus articles focusing on reading, reader’s advisory, book clubs, etc.

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special

Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

At Virginia Libraries, Kids Will Read with Dogs This Summer to Bone Up on Literacy

With the help of therapy dogs, a reading therapist, and reading mentors, the Chesterfield (VA) County Library will host a summer reading program for children, including disabled kids.


Raising the Bar on Independent Reading

Anyone who’s had the pleasure of getting lost in a good book of their choosing knows the joy of independent reading. As educators, we take that experience one step further, understanding that independent reading is a key element to a well-rounded and successful literacy program. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Brain Hive LLC.

April Starred Reviews

From an ode to an innovative jazz musician to an unreliable narrator-driven YA novel, check out the book and multimedia titles that made SLJ’s April list of stellar offererings.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Superheroes and Villians Star in New Middle Grade Fiction

Five new middle grade books feature caped crusaders and their rivals.

Pick of the Day: Secrets of the Sky Caves

The author takes readers on a fascinating journey, blending adventure, science, and history.

Pick of the Day: Caminar

Unlike many novels in verse, which can read like conventional narratives with line breaks, Caminar contributes poetry that elevates the genre.

Pick of the Day: Fortunately, the Milk | Audio

Hilarious, captivating, and just plain fun, this is a production not to miss.

Pick of the Day: Following Papa’s Song

Stunning artwork takes readers into the lush, inviting waters filled with marine life swimming effortlessly across the pages.

Pick of the Day: Nicky’s Family | DVD

A top choice for Holocaust studies and profoundly memorable.

New Books for ‘Downton Abbey’ Fans

Three new YA books feature upstairs and downstairs drama for fans of Downton Abbey.

Pick of the Day: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

This inventive and engaging fantasy, based on the story of the Snow Queen, will be a welcome addition to middle grade collections.

Pick of the Day: A Volcano Beneath the Snow

Marrin offers a multisided look at the events and controversy surrounding John Brown’s role in the banishment of slavery and his ongoing inspiration for current events.

Pick of the Day: This Star Won’t Go Out | Audio

This is the memoir of Esther Earl, a 16-year-old who suffered from terminal thyroid cancer that metastasized in her lungs.

Pick of the Day: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The author admirably touches upon profound issues related to identity and race and tenderly conveys intergenerational bonds.

Pick of the Day: The Last Ocean | DVD

This is a very worthwhile addition to all collections on environment, ecology, and nature.

How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program

Close the achievement gap with powerful summer reading programs like these.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pick of the Day: Extraordinary Jane

In a world full of competition for kids to be the fastest, smartest, and best at everything, this story’s message is a worthy one.

Pick of the Day: Eye to Eye

Large, colorful pictures of more than 20 animal eyes are accompanied by a small illustration of the entire creature and a brief paragraph of intriguing information.

Pick of the Day: Sea Hearts | Audio

This tale of selkies and human frailty, published in print as The Brides of Rollrock Island (Knopf, 2012), will appeal to listeners looking for depth of plot and well-crafted prose.