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Lemmons, Karen – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2009
In this article, the author talks about the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL), an online digital library which gives students an opportunity to read and learn about other cultures and countries in a different way. The library's web site ( was designed by children, with the guidance and expertise of adults.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Electronic Libraries, Media Specialists, Internet
Harvey, Carl A., II – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2006
"As good as we are, we can always get better." At first thought, one might dismiss it as the chant of an overly optimistic cheerleader. As one really begins to think about it, though, this seemingly simplistic message is one everyone should strive for daily. But how does one get better? It does not simply happen by sitting isolated in the school…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Media Specialists, Librarians, Library Role
Krapp, JoAnn Vergona – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2005
Fantasy and science fiction are two genres that are products of imagination. Both present alternate worlds governed by their own laws and values, but it is the plausibility of events in each world that sets the two apart. In fantasy, events happen by magic or inexplicable means. In science fiction, events could happen based on advanced…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adolescent Literature, Reading Materials
Brodie, Carolyn S. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2005
This column presents a brief biography of author Seymour Simon, whose topics for children's photo essays include icebergs, gorillas, thunderstorms, optical illusions, snakes, air, water, planets, airplanes, volcanoes, cars, the brain, bridges, bugs, crocodiles, skyscrapers, sharks, and paper airplanes. Though he is best known in the style and an…
Descriptors: Biographies, Reading Materials, Childrens Literature, Authors
Prince, Robyn M. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2004
This column provides background related to several "hot" reading topics currently taking place in schools across America as educators strive to produce lifelong readers who enjoy reading, read for a variety of purposes, and make meaning from the texts they read. Information for further reading on the topics explored also are shared. Such topics…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Reading Materials, Educational Trends, Reading Instruction
Veltze, Linda – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2004
Multicultural reading advocates believe in the power of literature to transform and to change people's lives. They take seriously the arguments that racism and prejudice can be lessened through multicultural reading, and also that children from undervalued societal groups who read books that depict people like themselves in a positive light will…
Descriptors: Media Specialists, Teacher Role, School Libraries, Multicultural Education
Pappas, Marjorie L. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2003
One of the most important policy documents for a school library media center is the selection policy or the collection development policy. A well-developed selection policy provides a rationale for the selection decisions made by the school library media specialist. A selection policy represents the criteria against which a challenged book is…
Descriptors: Media Specialists, Library Services, School Libraries, Library Policy
Callison, Daniel – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2003
Discusses the textbook as instructional technology; research providing insight on the impact textbooks have on curriculum, teaching approaches, and student learning; the award-winning book "Lies My Teacher Told Me"; research indicating how the textbook can be more dominant in influencing learning than primary sources; advantages and disadvantages;…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education
Danielson, Kathy Everts; Lickteig, Mary J. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2003
Discusses the benefits of using informative trade children's books in elementary science instruction. Presents an annotated bibliography of 15 trade books that have special features that should complement any active science curriculum. (AEF)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Educational Resources, Elementary Education
Brodie, Carolyn S. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2003
Presents a profile of Myra Cohn Livingston who was best known as a children's poet and anthologist and also known for her teaching and mentoring of students and fellow writers through classes, lectures, and professional writings. Provides suggestions for extension ideas honoring the life and work of Livingston. Includes an annotated bibliography…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Authors, Biographical Inventories, Biographies
Winkel, Lois – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 1999
Provides an annotated bibliography of eight recommended children's books new titles and reprints to use in reading comprehension activities. Suggests grade levels and learning activities for each title. (AEF)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Elementary Education
Barron, Daniel D. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 1998
Argues that school library media specialists have a role to play in exposing the world of children on the fringes of society. Describes selected resources for teachers and older students, as well as books for students that focus on this theme. (AEF)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Childhood Needs, Childrens Literature, Childrens Rights
Zingher, Gary – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 1999
Describes how children can become immersed in the world of fairy tales through activities such as choosing a character and developing a monolog, and creating a pantomime, a prop and a piece of advice, all relevant to their character and story. Includes a list of resources. (AEF)
Descriptors: Acting, Characterization, Childrens Literature, Class Activities
Smuda, Janice; Brodie, Carolyn S. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 1998
Eve Bunting is an award-winning author of 167 books for children and young adults. After a series of interview questions and responses, activities are suggested to accompany several Bunting picture books. (AEF)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Authors, Awards, Childrens Literature
Barron, Daniel D. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 1998
Argues that a book should not be cherished simply for being a book, if its information is obsolete. Discusses the need to stop treasuring media beyond its utility; offer positive electronic alternatives to print media (rather than fighting technology); and assure that students have access to all the tools of learning. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Educational Media, Electronic Libraries, Information Storage
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