School Libraries

History Has Its Eyes on Her: Biographies of women are a hot trend in children’s publishing

It had rained on and off throughout the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. Yet on the afternoon of January 21, 2017, the …

Librarianship

Heavy Medal Finalist – All’s Faire in Middle School — Heavy Medal

Long List Title: ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL<br>(Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short …

Librarianship

AASL opens nominations for Social Media Superstars

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is delighted to announce the return of its social media recognitions, which celebrate …

Social Media Marketing

Heavy Medal Finalist – Orphan Island — Heavy Medal

Short List Title: ORPHAN ISLAND<br>(Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.)<p>There is maybe no more controversial …

Librarianship

Picture Books in the Dorm Room?

How two college professors used curated "book bags" to help undergraduates develop a deeper understanding of children's literature.

Librarianship

Using Nonfiction in Book Clubs for Tweens

In recent years, there’s been a resurgence of interest in book clubs for grade school and middle school students. When librarians think of book …

Librarianship

The Book of Dust

This isn’t necessarily a big book in Printz speculation terms, but it’s a big book in the kidlit field; lots of excited librarians, lots of buzzing …

Books

Newbery / Caldecott 2018: Final Prediction Edition

I was all prepped to begin today by saying that the entire reason I’m doing this post in January is because the ALA Youth Media Awards are slated to …

Librarianship

Heavy Medal Finalist: I’m Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups — Heavy Medal

Short List Title: I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING AND OTHER NONSENSE FOR MISCHIEVOUS KIDS AND IMMATURE GROWN-UPS<p>(Titles on our short list will be …

Librarianship

‘The Hate U Give’ Returns to H.S. Shelves in Katy, TX

The Texas school district returned the book to high school libraries pending review.

Librarianship

On search agility: There’s more than one place to start

I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t in a search rut. We usually begin our search in one of two search giants. But while they may not have achieved</i> …

Wolfram Alpha

Chronicle Acts To Replace Image in ‘The Ultimate Book of Space’

Girls in STEM remains a hot topic in publishing, and any books that encourage or show girls participating in STEM activities are typically well …

Librarianship

Reynolds, Weatherford Named Winners of 2018 Walter Dean Myers Award

The winners and honorees of the third annual "Walter Award," given by the We Need Diverse Books organization, have been announced.

Librarianship

25 Authors for Teens Share Their 2018 Writing Resolutions

<i>The start of a new year usually signifies a fresh start for most people, even YA authors.</i> SLJ <i>reached out to authors from our 2017 Best Books for</i> …

Books

The Advocate's Toolbox | Proof: Efficacy of School Libraries

What’s Your Why? Defining Your Mission | Take the Lead By <b>Jennifer Sturge</b> on December 11, 2017<p>When did you last think deeply about why you are a …

Education

Video Sunday: “My hero, my mentor, and my friend in my head”

Video Sunday is back, baby! After our extended month-long hiatus it’s time to stretch the old video muscles and get back in play. Now I don’t know …

Librarianship

Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library

Thursday, February 22, 2018 <b>| 6:00 p.m. Central</b><p>Participants will be introduced to the language of competencies as part of the structure of the …

Education

Review: ‘Duck Tales: Treasure Trove’

<i>Duck Tales: Treasure Trove</i><br>Writers: Joe Caramagna and Joey Cavalieri<br>Artists: Gianfranco Florio, Andrea Greppi, Luca Usai, and others<br>IDW Publishing; …

Librarianship

Looking good is easy: Fun with logos

Logo made with DesignEvoWe’re seeing a bounty of cool design tools these days.In our correspondence, our promotional materials, our business cards, …

Graphics

Sleepers

Via giphy, and here because they say images are good. And who doesn’t love a sleeping panda?2017 is done and there’s nothing else to be reviewed by …

Librarianship

Heavy Medal Finalists – Clayton Byrd Goes Underground and The First Rule of Punk — Heavy Medal

As Roxanne explained yesterday, we are going to start discussing our final long list of titles in a way as similar as possible to the way the real …

Librarianship

10 Books To Read After “The Hate U Give”

What do you read after completing the most lauded and talked about YA book of 2017? Angie Thomas’s <i>The Hate U Give</i> by has already garnered multiple …

Librarianship

Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment in Its Ranks

A writer was making small talk during the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) annual conference when she says the man she …

Librarianship

The Lost Reviews 2017: Books and Their Hooks — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production

Julie Danielson calls it her Ghost File, and that’s as good a name as any for the books a blogger fails to talk up sufficiently in the previous year. …

Books

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<b>Logan</b> • A Utah art teacher says he will appeal a decision to fire him after his sixth-grade students saw nudity in classical paintings.<p>The Herald …

Salt Lake City

Advocate This, Not That!

“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library,” wrote the historian and novelist Shelby Foote. Consider a corollary to this …

Education

How My Library Doubled Its Circulation

Students at the Shawnee Mission (KS) Northwest High School library with their selected reads.<p>Modern life tends toward snippets of attention: push …

Teaching

Move Over, Scholastic: Follett Launches Book Fairs

A recent book fair at the Leland Middle School in North Carolina.<p>Allison Gale spent seven days running a Scholastic Book Fair for Leland (NC) Middle …

Librarianship

A School Library’s Free Bookstore Turbocharges Reading

Student Kelsey Chelberg shops at the Book Boutique.It is 8:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, and the library is buzzing. Students are reading in every nook and …

Librarianship

Five Ways I Created Opportunity at My Title I School

About four years ago, I reported to my new role as a teacher librarian at George W. Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park, MD, a Title I school. …

Librarianship