April 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Steve Jenkins on Popular Pick “Animals by the Numbers”

Jenkins connects literacy, design, and the surprising world of animal facts.

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Secret Agent STEM | SLJ Spotlight

From murderous poisoners to poop-sniffing dogs, there is a wealth of educational and accessible material here.

New Titles by Molly Idle, William Joyce, & Steve Jenkins | SLJ Sneak Peek

New picture books by Molly Idle and William Joyce; a middle grade superhero tale by James Patterson; a picture book biography about New Orleans musician, Trombone Shorty; and more. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the upcoming April issue.

From Woodpeckers to Whale Sharks | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

Don’t miss the late Bonnie Christensen’s final picture book, a biography of Elvis; the latest from April Pulley Sayres, and Robert Burleigh’s heartrending portrayal of the rescue of a humpback whale.

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Minding the Gaps, Part II: Highlighting Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Recipients │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

In anticipation for The Horn Book’s “Mind the Gaps” event at Simmons College on October 10, brush up on the winning titles that will be showcased by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

Stellar Nonfiction for Young Readers│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

From amazing facts about eyes to an artist who could see colors, the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild fill a need for top-notch nonfiction that captures the imagination while feeding the demand for increased rigor.

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.

Video Sunday: Gobs of authorial types (and the filling of pants with tacos)

This is probably going to be of the most interest to those of you who have an interest in comic book inking in general.  Paul Karasik, who is the head of programming for Comic Arts Brooklyn, interviewed Jeff Smith while he (the creator of the Bone graphic novel series) inked a Bone illustration for the […]

Pick of the Day: The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog

Crump documents investigations of the Rhinoderma darwinii, an inch-long frog native to Chile and discovered by Darwin in 1834.

JLG’s On the Radar: Poetry Picks for Elementary Readers

Whether it’s a class assignment or a novel in verse, poetry expresses our deepest desires and fondest memories. It’s National Poetry Month, and the editors at the Junior Library Guild have selected the following new titles to motivate students to voice their own poetic thoughts.

Pick of the Day: Pug and Other Animal Poems

animal poems with subjects ranging from pugs to geese to fireflies

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Award-Winning Science Books for Elementary Readers

Looking for great, original science books? Check out the following award-winners for thorough nonfiction that also incorporates art, poetry, and ideas for hands-on experiments.

News Bites: Win Big with Verizon’s App Challenge

Verizon’s App Challenge is designed to increase student interest in STEM while offering a project-based experience that develops teamwork among students. Groups of 5-10 students are encouraged to develop an app that addresses a need or problem in their school or community.

The Wild World of Steve Jenkins | An Author Study

The Common Core’s emphasis on nonfiction challenges educators to provide insightful and interesting materials to students. In order to best serve my population, I decided to create a series of nonfiction author study units similar to those we already did. Since most teachers at my school tend to assign animal research reports to introduce nonfiction, I chose Steve Jenkins for my first nonfiction author study—someone whose books are found in most classrooms and libraries.