Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Review: Samson in the Snow

SAMSON IN THE SNOW by Philip C. Stead tells quiet story of blooming friendship on a snowy day.
Samson is a wholly mammoth that longs for a friend. What he doesn’t realize is that his simple acts of kindness are building the foundations of an unexpected threesome. Full-color, wordless pages contribute to the appeal of this simple story.
Librarians will find this sweet story to be useful in jumpstarting conversations about the meaning of friendship and importance of kindness. The prehistoric setting will be a drawn for some readers.
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Published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan on September 27, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Book Review: Great, Now We've Got Barbarians!

GREAT, NOW WE’VE GOT BARBARIANS! by Jason Carter Eaton is a hilarious picture book featuring uninvited guests.
When his mom says his dirty room will attract pests, a young boy doesn’t expect to be invaded by barbarians! This cautionary tale will teach even the sloppiest kids about the importance of a clean room.
The illustrator’s colorful illustrations of silly situations will keep readers entertained from beginning to end.
Librarians will find this humorous tale a hit with children. Use this picture book as a springboard for creative writing activities focusing on household chores and other everyday activities.
Published by Candlewick on February 14, 2017. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Technology Review: Short & Curly

SHORT & CURLY is an Australia Broadcasting Network fast-paced podcast aimed at inquisitive children.
Each 20 minute, fun-filled podcast focuses on a different ethics topic related to technology, animals, school, pop culture, or some other interesting theme. Designed for children and families, the podcasts are designed to stimulate conversation.
Librarians will find these engaging podcasts address topics of interest to children. Consider an activity that involves asking students to listen to an episode and write their reaction to the ethics issue discussed.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Technology Review: Brains On!

BRAINS ON! is a website containing engaging science podcasts for youth.
Produced by MPR News and Southern California Public Radio, these short, informative podcasts ask and answer fascinating science questions. While some podcasts interview experts and scientists, others are presented in the form of plays or songs. Each podcasts is co-hosted by a different child.
Users can listen to the latest podcast or explore archived programs. Children can also go directly to a list of podcasts focusing on interviews, music, activities, or audio.
Librarians will find that children enjoy the website’s approach to presenting science information. Use these podcasts to inspire teachers and children to create their own class programs.
To visit the website, go to

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Website Review: Picture This: New Orleans

PICTURE THIS: NEW ORLEANS explores over a dozen stories about the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
A photographer traveled to New Orleans to document how the people of New Orleans recovered in the ten years since the disaster. Told through photographs, video clips, and short articles, this interactive experience shares the diverse experiences that emerged following this epic disaster.
Librarians will find this visual storytelling website to be useful for exploring the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Pair it with the many books available on this topic.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Technology Review: Europeana Collections

EUROPEANA COLLECTIONS is a large digital object portal providing access to over 54 million digital items.
Sponsored by the European Union, the comprehensive website features cultural heritage materials from across Europe. Items include artwork, books, videos, and sounds. Users can search the collection or browse resources by color, source, topic, or person. Collections and Exhibitions provides users with organized access to thematic topics related to key people, events, time periods, and themes.
The website blog features items and collection of interest. Tags and categories can be used to easily explore these digital items.
Librarians will find this resource valuable for students studying topics related to Europe culture and history. Students will need to be reminded that many of the primary source materials are not available in English. However, some materials include transcripts.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Review: Little Bot and Sparrow

LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker is a charming story of friendship between a robot and a bird.
This simple adventure follows a small, discarded robot who learns about life from a curious sparrow.
Librarians will find this story includes a number of possible topics for class discussions involving friendship, robots, birds, nature, and seasons.
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Publisher by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan on September 27, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Book Review: We Are Growing!

WE ARE GROWING! by Laurie Keller is a hilarious beginning reader about a patch of grass.
As a group of grass, weeds, and insect characters discuss their growth, they’re unaware that a mower is about to change their lives.
Librarians will find that children immediately relate to the goofy characters and situation. Teachers will enjoy the fun word play and possibilities for vocabulary connections. In addition, this book is the 2017 winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel award.
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Published by Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Hachette on September 20, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.