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2014 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Intermediate Fiction and Nonfiction - The Horn Book

2014 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Intermediate Fiction and Nonfiction - The Horn Book | Raising Readers | Scoop.it

zNeed suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked our top ten in each age range, all published 2013–2014, that are ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of titles, follow this link to a printable …

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Horn Book Magazine has just released their summer reading list comprising all newly published works. You can read it online or download the whole list as a PDF. Also, look out for the A-S reading lists, going live on the library website (aslibrary.net) this week!

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Don't Underestimate the Power of Pleasure Reading

Don't Underestimate the Power of Pleasure Reading | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
When students crack open a book of questionable literary merit in their free time, teachers and parents should see it as a valuable exercise, not a waste of time, write Jeffrey D. Wilhelm and Michael W.
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Students have some amazingly insightful things to say about how reading about vampires or romance helps them develop and mature.

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Book Club | New-York Historical Society

Book Club | New-York Historical Society | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
Love reading books about the people and places in New York history? Want to discuss them with other history fans and their authors? Want to explore real museum artifacts from the time you've been reading about?
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This history-based book club looks like a fantastic opportunity. Some really great authors such as Walter Dean Myers and Donna Jo Napoli have been guests in the past. Book Wrap sessions take place once a month.

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Great Graphic Novels for Kids 2013 | The New York Public Library

Great Graphic Novels for Kids 2013 | The New York Public Library | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
Late last year, I featured some of my favorite graphic novels aimed at children 12 and under from the New York Public Library's collection. The list proved so popular I even made a sequel.
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Librarian Ryan P. Donovan at Mid-Manhattan Library loves comics and  shares here a few of his favorite new graphic novels published this year. The graphic novels cover a wide range of topics from superheroes and monsters to an endearing story about love and friendship.

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Picture Book Biographies | Portals to the Past

Picture Book Biographies | Portals to the Past | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
Superb choices for sharing aloud or reading independently, picture book biographies make useful starting points for investigations of subjects that span the curriculum. This year's selections includes artists, activists, and an aviatrix.
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Each of these biographies takes a unique and creative approach to conveying information and features outstanding artwork.
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SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013

SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels  of 2013 | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
The “Good Comics for Kids” (blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkids) bloggers were burning the midnight oil this year, with a batch of top-notch fall releases that kept us reading—and debating—right up to our deadline.
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This list recommends graphic novels for all ages. The trend this year is kid books with adult appeal.

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Sleepaway Camp

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Creative Writing Workshops for Kids 6 to 18.
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At Writopia Lab camp, campers develop short stories, plays and poems in daily author-led workshops.

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Age 7-12 Books

Age 7-12 Books | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
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Common Sense Media has just released a Holiday Gift Guide. This link goes to a section about  books that would make great gifts for 7-12 year olds. Other media included in the gift list are movies, video games, music, TV shows on DVD, apps, and websites.

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Guest Blogger: James Howe | The TeachingBooks.net Blog

Guest Blogger: James Howe | The TeachingBooks.net Blog | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
I like to say that I began writing before I knew how to write.
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James Howe talks about how he writes to celebrate difference.
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Big, Bigger, Biggest | Dinosaur Delights

Big, Bigger, Biggest | Dinosaur Delights | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
A bevy of new nonfiction titles open a window onto the extraordinary animals that walked the earth eons ago.
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We have plenty of dinosaur fans at A-S who will be delighted by these fantastic new titles!

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New York Public Library Identifies 100 Great Children's Books Of Last Century

New York Public Library Identifies 100 Great Children's Books Of Last Century | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" is one of the newest titles on the New York Public Library''s list of 100 great children's books of the past century.
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I'm pleased to learn that NYPL took into consideration whether books continue to be popular with children today. Quite often books we remember fondly from our childhoods have ceased to work their magic.

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My Son's New Obsession: Fairy Tale Comics Edited by Chris Duffy

My Son's New Obsession:  Fairy Tale Comics Edited by Chris Duffy | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
Fairy Tale Comics:  Classics Told By Extraordinary Cartoonists  Edited by Chris Duffy.  Ages 6 – 12. (My three-year-old son is ENTHRALLED by this book.) First Second.  September 2013. 128 pages.  I...
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Books Of Wonder - LAUGH IT UP!

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Five authors of funny books for middle grade readers will be at Books of Wonder this Saturday (Oct 19th) starting at 2pm. The author of Big Nate will be there. I might have to take my son!

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American Library Association announces 2014 youth media award winners -- PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Library Association announces 2014 youth media award winners.
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For those of you who like to follow children's book awards, the ALA just announced the winners for 2014.

This includes well known awards such as the Newbery and Caldecott but also a wide range of other awards such as
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children.
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
Pura Belpre (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

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Engaging male role models for literacy

Engaging male role models for literacy | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
Our Dads Read program is running again this year due to popular demand. The thought I have in mind as I write that sentence is that there has never been any question that I would skip it. Professio...
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An interesting blog post about a book club that encourage fathers, uncles etc. to read with boys. Could be something we try here at A-S? Let me know if you are interested.

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The Five: The Young-Adult Bubble

The Five: The Young-Adult Bubble | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
The growing influence of a very profitable genre.
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I missed this when it first came out but it's a interesting window onto the current world of YA lit.

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Author and Illustrator Peter Brown On His Process

Brown, recipient of a Caldecott Honor, describes his creative process and the artistic influences that shaped his picture book, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, which is among…
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Kindness Counts: Great Books for Nurturing Compassion

Kindness Counts: Great Books for Nurturing Compassion | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
These superb offerings about caring and kindness make fitting choices for sharing with youngsters as we enter the holiday season.
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These picture books present children with enlightening instances of empathy, generosity, and compassion.
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SLJ Best Books 2013 Picture Books

SLJ Best Books 2013 Picture Books | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
SLJ's book review editors selected the best picture books of 2013. This year's list includes memorable characters, including a dancing flamingo, some unhappy crayons, a repressed tiger, and punctuation personified.
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Here's another useful book list to help with holiday gifts!

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14th Street Y

14th Street Y | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village.
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Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins has long been a favorite book at A-S. Here is a wonderful chance to see it being performed (Sunday, December 1st at 4pM)

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Book Buddies! Book Discussion Group | The New York Public Library

Book Buddies!  Book Discussion Group | The New York Public Library | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
A regular discussion of great children's books in a fun and informal setting.  For kids between the ages of 7-9 that are reading on a 3rd-4th grade reading level.  This month's book selection is The No.
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I just found out about this book group that meets at the 42nd St Branch of NYPL on a Friday afternoon. Nice way to end the week!

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New Kids' Books Just in Time for Thanksgiving Break

New Kids' Books Just in Time for Thanksgiving Break | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
Cat vs. aliens, science-savvy mystery solvers, and a controversial conclusion to the "Divergent" trilogy give kids of all ages something to chew on.
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November book picks from Common Sense Media.

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Public Library’s ‘ABC of It’ Looks at Children’s Books

Public Library’s ‘ABC of It’ Looks at Children’s Books | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
“The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” a remarkably rich new exhibition at the New York Public Library, dissects a major part of growing up.
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This exhibit about children's literature looks well worth a visit.
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Best Illustrated Books

Best Illustrated Books | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013, with sample artwork from each.
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Click on this link for a slide show that showcases the outstanding art in this year's award winning books. Consider some of these for holiday gifts!

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5 Questions for Lemony Snicket + Book Giveaway!

5 Questions for Lemony Snicket + Book Giveaway! | Raising Readers | Scoop.it
With the release of the second book in his All the Wrong Questions series, Lemony Snicket answers a few of our own queries (and we're giving away the first two books!).
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