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Today House and Senate negotiators released the final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference Report.  The House is currently expected to vote on the bill later this week, and the Senate will follow soon after.

In response to today’s announcement, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Leslie Preddy and American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman released the following joint statement:

“The AASL and ALA are thrilled that the members of the House and Senate Conference Committee recognized the importance of an effective school library program and understood the invaluable role school library programs play in...


by Katherine Ulrich

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday . . . are you sick of holiday shopping yet? Take a break from thinking of others (now that’s the holiday spirit!), and enter the Carnegie #SeasonsReadings Book Giveaway for a chance to win two copies of one of the six shortlist titles—one to keep, one to give. (Or two all for yourself, if you’re really embracing that whole “not thinking of others” thing.)

We kick off the three-week giveaway with Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron...


By Steve Zalusky

The first words we learn are closely tied to the images we as children see in picture books.  Each November, Picture Book Month celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age.

It also highlights their crucial function in our development not only as readers, but as human beings.  The month was founded by author Dianne de Las Casas, whose website says, “She believes in the transformational power of the arts in education and feels that imagination is the elixir that turns the ordinary into extraordinary.”

Explaining in a 2014 article in I Love Libraries how the initiative evolved, Dianne de Las Casas said that in 2011, the New York Times published an article questioning the future of...


by Sharon Lacey, courtesy of MIT News

A recently rediscovered trunk containing 2,600 letters sent from France, Spain, and the Spanish Netherlands between 1689 and 1706 will soon provide a fascinating glimpse into the plight of the early modern European everyman. These letters remained undelivered — including 600 letters never opened — because their recipients could not be found or would not pay outstanding postage costs. The trunk has been stored in The Hague’s Museum voor...

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Polak, Monique (author).
Oct. 2015. illus. Orca, hardcover, $24.95 (9781459809901). Grades 4-7. 296.4.
REVIEW. First published November 15, 2015 (Booklist). While this title in the Orca Origins series explains the holiday of Passover, it also goes further. In the introduction, Polak remembers her associations with the holiday while growing up in Montreal, mostly through friends’ seders. Her own family was not observant, and Polak believes this was in part because her Dutch mother was a Holocaust survivor. (In doing research, the author interviewed several other survivors, and their stories make up a good portion of the book.) In the first several chapters, Polak explains the holiday’s origins,...