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Genco, Barbara – School Library Journal, 2011
In this article, the author describes ten nonfiction books she recommends for adults: (1) "My Reading Life" (Pat Conroy); (2) "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" (Barbara Demick); (3) "Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refuge Boy" (Carlos Eire); (4) "The Perfect Shape + The Perfect Sauce =…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Reading Materials, Adults, Annotated Bibliographies
Engelfried, Steven – School Library Journal, 2010
Legend has it that when Archimedes made a discovery related to water displacement, he leapt out of a bath declaring, "Eureka!" Whether true or not, the tale serves as a symbol for the notion that a burst of inspiration can lead to an exciting new discovery. Most books about inventions, however, tell a different story. The path from the germ of an…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Intellectual Property, Books, Reading
Glasscock, Lisa – School Library Journal, 2010
It's no secret that books can be used by readers to learn new things. How-to books are published on various topics, and none are requested more often by children than art books. Tackling instruction in book form requires organization, creativity, and planning. Willingness to tailor a book's features and approach is essential to creating a…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Artists, Art, Books
Gordon, Carol – School Library Journal, 2010
The reading patterns and habits of young and old are changing as reading migrates from the printed page to the computer screen. Now, new forms of expression such as remixes and mash-ups are emerging from interactive digital environments. How can school librarians help students read with understanding in dynamic digital environments? How can they…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries
Green, John – School Library Journal, 2010
It is a fun parlor game to speculate about what the future of books will look like. The author wonders whether stories will be read on screens and supplemented with gaming, illustration, video, and multimedia riddles. In this essay, the author shares his vision of the future of reading and describes what he learned from writing a story based on…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Innovation, Novels, Library Materials
Genco, Barbara – School Library Journal, 2010
With so many choices and so many terrific nonfiction titles in the pipeline, picking the "right" read can be daunting. This year, the author offers a variety of choices: the future of books, the life of a great American photographer, jigsaw puzzles as a metaphor for life, the negative legacy of America's positive thinking, a history of American…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, Electronic Publishing
Horning, Kathleen T. – School Library Journal, 2010
Mere days before the announcement of the new children's book ambassador, speculation was still running wild. However, when the Library of Congress introduced Katherine Paterson as the new kids' book ambassador on January 5, the choice was greeted with unrivaled enthusiasm. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (for "Bridge to…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Awards, Reading Materials, Reading Material Selection
Poe, Elizabeth – School Library Journal, 2010
2010 marks the fifth year the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) has selected an honor list of international books. Once again, titles on the list crisscross the globe. They have been published in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Foreign Countries, Reading Materials
Freitas, Donna – School Library Journal, 2009
In this article, the author presents a list of her favorite romantic young adult novels to tempt the hearts of the tweens and teens. They are arranged in their appropriate Cupid-inspired categories.
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Reading Materials, Preadolescents
Gutierrez, Peter – School Library Journal, 2009
Just a couple of years ago, it was tough to find good graphic novels for the K-4 crowd. Sure, there were some standout selections, such as Andy Runton's "Owly", Jimmy Gownley's "Amelia Rules!", and Jennifer and Matt Holm's "Babymouse", but they were lonely exceptions in a barren landscape. Things quickly changed when publishers realized that the…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Cartoons, Library Materials, Book Reviews
Valenza, Joyce Kasman; Johnson, Doug – School Library Journal, 2009
The library, as we once knew it, may no longer be relevant. And, yet, this is undoubtedly the most exciting time in history to be a librarian. The future of the school library as a relevant and viable institution is largely dependent on librarians and how quickly they respond to change. They worry about their field and their practice. They worry…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Intellectual Property, Computers, School Libraries
Goldsmith, Francisca – School Library Journal, 2009
During the past year, more than three dozen librarians working with teens in public, school, and college libraries have evaluated books published for the adult market with an eye toward identifying those that are worthy of teen reading as well. By examining more than 600 titles, this journal was able to select about 250 for review across the year.…
Descriptors: High School Students, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, War
Gutierrez, Peter – School Library Journal, 2008
This article offers a savvy guide to the best graphic nonfiction books for middle schoolers. These include: "Ronald Reagan: A Graphic Biography" by Andrew Hefler; "Clan Apis" by Jay Hosler; and "Corpses and Skeletons: The Science of Forensic Anthropology" by Rob Shone.
Descriptors: Anthropology, Nonfiction, Reading Material Selection, Middle School Students
Krashen, Stephen – School Library Journal, 2006
This article focuses on a literacy approach called free voluntary reading. In schools, this approach is often called sustained silent reading, or SSR. The secret of its effectiveness is simple: children become better readers by reading, and it may be the only way to help children become better readers, writers, and spellers. Study after study has…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Sustained Silent Reading, Silent Reading, Independent Reading
Vardell, Sylvia M. – School Library Journal, 2006
Just 10 years ago the Academy of American Poets initiated the observance of National Poetry Month to celebrate poetry and its place in American culture. Since then, the movement has continued to gain momentum with the emergence of Young People's Poetry Week in 1999, a focus on poetry slams as the centerpiece for Teen Read Week in 2003, and the…
Descriptors: Poetry, School Libraries, Library Materials, Reading Materials
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