June 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Summer Reading 2018: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

As we head into summer, we wanted to take the time to look back and look ahead to share trends we’ve noticed in our writing about children’s and young adult literature this year. We’ve loved each of the books we’ve written about this year. We’ve found that these great stories and works of nonfiction have […]

Summertime…and the Reading Is Easy

25 summer-themed titles for tweens and teens for reading all year ’round.

MakerSpace: Guitar Pick Jewelry

Because this year’s summer reading theme, Libraries Rock!, is music based, we have been trying to find ways to make our various MakerSpace activities music oriented. Luckily for us, we have a guitar pick punch that hasn’t been used very much in our space. Outside of the obvious – you can use it to make […]

Summer Reading Lists; New Graphic Novel Imprint and More | News Bites

There’s a lot happening in this installment of New Bites, including grant opportunities, awards, a new imprint, an ALA summit, and more.

Your YAs are going to want to hear this: Audiobook SYNC is back

It’s back! Now in its 9th annual season, Audiobook SYNC just announced its free book pairings for teen listeners for this spring and summer.  You can dig into the first of the weekly pairings on April 26th. at 7:00 PM Eastern. Each week from April 26 through July 25, SYNC will release two high-interest titles for young adult readers. […]

Summer Programming Ideas, from Ska Storytime to Outdoor Treasure Hunts

It’s midwinter—a perfect time to start planning your summer programming. Here’s a snapshot of what librarians are putting together for 2018.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

Baltimore Library Project Renovates 14th School Library

Fourteen libraries in the Baltimore City Public Schools have been renovated and now boast expanded collections and updated technology, thanks to a partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

School Bus–Turned–Bookmobile Rolls Across Georgia

Over the summer, the polka-dot bus visited areas without easy access to a public library.

Books on Bikes Initiative Keeps Students Reading in Summer

School librarians in Charlottesville, VA, get pedaling in order to bring books to kids.

Perfect Summertime Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Five titles perfect for celebrating—or reliving—the long, lazy days of summer.

“Build a Better World” with Chapter Books

Chapter Book Chat columnist Abby Johnson recommends three recent titles (along with lesson plan and activity ideas) that fit perfectly with the “Build A Better World” summer reading theme.

Those Endless Summer Reading Wish Lists | Authors and Illustrators Reveal Theirs

Not surprisingly, fun and funny is a theme during this post-election year.

5 Beach Reads for Teens: From Superhero Adventures to Thrilling Whodunits

Whether it’s a superhero adventure, a camp experience like no other, a whodunit, a coming-of-age tale, or a short but complete history of surfing, these five choices are just right for summer reading shelves.

Titles to Inspire Tweens and Teens to “Build a Better World” This Summer

Nonfiction Notions columnist Jennifer Wharton highlights a few titles perfect for this year’s Collaborative Summer Learning Program theme, “Build a Better World.”

Battle summer slump with two programs: Summer Sparks and SYNC

Looking for a way to beat the summer reading slump?  Check out these two programs to help kids of all ages keep their reading going all summer long.   1. Summer Sparks Classroom teachers and librarians are invited to join our friends Buncee and Capstone Publishing in their first Summer Sparks Reading Contest designed to […]

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“What’s on Your Summer Reading List?” Authors Respond

Curious to know what books are on your favorite authors’ coffee tables and bedside stands? Here’s your chance to take a peek. Our annual query yielded lists of eagerly anticipated new titles, guilty pleasures, and inspirational reads. Two authors were inspired to respond in verse.

The Summer Reading T-Shirt Fashion Show

I think we’ve all learned something here today.  When it all comes down to it, and when all is said and done, summer reading t-shirts that are deeply attractive are rare, beautiful butterflies and that should be treasured and honored.  Which is to say . . . . ARE YOU READY FOR A SUMMER READING […]