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What Do You Think about the New AASL Standards? Librarians Weigh In!

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Whew, caught your breath from Phoenix and AASL yet? As is always the case with conferences, there was so much to take in. Talks on advocacy, technology, makerspaces, helpful programming in your library, graphic novels, fake news, leadership, growing relationships, Future Ready, young adult fiction, primary sources, media literacy, book awards…so much to do and …

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Author of the Month Michael Garland

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Michael Garland has given children so many adorable picture books, so many amazing illustrations, so much joy—we just had to meet the man behind these books. Which are your favorites? Grandpa’s Tractor, Miss Smith Reads Again!, Daddy Played the Blues, Car Goes Far, Tugboat? Or is it one of his other equally delightful stories? When …

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Author of the Month Ray Anthony Shepard

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Meet Ray Anthony Shepard, author of Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery. This inspiring nonfiction debut comes from a place of love and admiration for those who risked their lives for “the inspirational ideals of individual freedom and liberty.” In Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery, Shepard …

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Author of the Month Patricia Hruby Powell

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It’s no secret that diversity is a huge topic in our country, our schools, and, of course, our school libraries. As librarians, you know how important it is to provide books with varying perspectives, characters, and settings. So do yourself a favor and check out books by Patricia Hruby Powell, like the highly recommended Loving …

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Tragedy—Healing—Understanding: Using Primary Civil Rights Resources with Children and Teens

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Stories connect us all. The more we know about each other’s stories, the better we are able to understand one another.  Use the resources found in this article to help your students and teachers connect with the stories of people who lived through the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Don’t let the conversation sparked by the …

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