How To Run a Virtual Book Club with Middle Schoolers

How To Run a Virtual Book Club with Middle Schoolers

School librarian Laura Gardner offers best practices to stay connected with students and keep the fun factor high. 

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Announcing the 2020 School Librarian of the Year Longlist

Kara Yorio, Mar 02, 2020
Five impressive applicants have made the School Librarian of the Year longlist.

In Cahoots and Making Connections | How To Find and Collaborate With Local Authors

Kelly Jensen, Mar 10, 2020
It might seem daunting or challenging, but with the help of a few resources, it’s possible to develop rich connections between young booklovers and authors right in their own community–and schools and libraries are the key.

Making the Most of Independent Reading

Julia E. Torres, Mar 09, 2020
Librarians and ELA teachers can work together to strategize and develop a school-wide culture of independent reading.

Laying the Groundwork for Summer Reading Starts Now | Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller, Mar 09, 2020
There are plenty of steps librarians can take in spring to get students primed for a summer of reading. 

Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 21, 2018
The majority of public and K–12 librarians consider it "very important" to have a diverse book collection for kids and teens, according to SLJ's nationwide survey. But there are hurdles, including a lack of quality titles in specific areas.

Librarians respond to the challenge of where to put diverse books once they have them in their collections.

SLJ Staff, Jan 31, 2019
On the Diverse Books Survey page, users can access related content, newly updated, as well as our Diverse Books Survey report.

Lauren Barack, Jun 11, 2019
These services meet the needs of children and families across the country, with programming ranging from robotics to summer meals to ever-popular reading challenges.

Kara Yorio, Jun 11, 2019
Nearly  100 percent of public libraries use incentives in their summer reading programs, according to SLJ's survey. Still, respondents had a lot to say about prizes as well as what motivates kids to read over vacation.

SLJ Staff, Mar 20, 2019
Scholastic releases its latest Kids and Family Reading Report.

Kara Yorio, Aug 09, 2019
Survey shows parents and teachers agree public schools—and teachers—need more money, but have differing opinions on the role of public schools and how to evaluate them.

Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
While in the minority, the SLJ Diverse Books Survey reveals some librarians are declining to purchase books with diverse characters to avoid a challenge.

Seventeen titles made SLJ's list of the most distinguished young adult books published in 2019. 

Cindy Shutts, Jul 08, 2019
A game-loving librarian's suggestions to raise the level of your collection. With recommended games for elementary, tweens, and teens, from Candy Land, Uno and Oregon Trail, to Exploding Kittens and Sushi Go.

Wayne D’Orio, Sep 04, 2019
Here's an information literacy action plan to support college-bound students.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 25, 2019
Superheroes and comics go together like mac and cheese. These 10 graphic reads celebrate heroes, from Black Canary and Green Lantern to Dog Man, Super Potato, and, yes, Rainbow Brite.

Twenty-one exemplary titles made SLJ's list of the best picture books published in 2019.

Twelve wonderful middle grade and young adult #OwnVoices titles that reflect Indigenous life and culture. They include historical and contemporary fiction as well as anthologies, graphic novels, and speculative science fiction.

Kelly Jensen, Dec 03, 2019
In the last few years, there's been a rise in YA anthologies hitting shelves, and the trend isn't slowing down. Librarians weigh in on these books' popularity and how to use them in schools and public programming.

Fourteen outstanding titles made SLJ's list of the best graphic novels for children and teens published in 2019. 

Cicely Lewis, Sep 20, 2019
Sports-themed titles to empower all young readers.

Kara Yorio, Mar 08, 2020
The new DC title, which will be released on December 1, will profile female public figures including Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, and Greta Thunberg.

Taylor Worley, Mar 05, 2020
A collection of titles across all genres to build up resources for budding young activists. 

Mahnaz Dar, Feb 06, 2020
Back in print at long last, the "Owly" series is now in full color, with words. Here's how author Andy Runton adapted his beloved books.

Brigid Alverson, Jan 12, 2020
It’s looking like 2020 will be a big year for graphic novels for young people.

SLJ Staff, Mar 05, 2020
The articles are just the beginning. Don’t miss the ongoing Facebook and Twitter discussion about SLJ's stories.

Amanda MacGregor, Feb 27, 2020
More 6 million American children, ages 2–17, have an ADHD diagnosis. Here are some books and other resources to help better serve these kids in our schools and libraries.
Kathy Ishizuka, Feb 25, 2020
When it comes to understanding racism, kids are ready for the conversation, says Jason Reynolds, co-author with Ibram X. Kendi of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. And us?

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Feb 24, 2020
Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder of the 1619 Project, spoke to Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi about their collaboration on Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

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