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2021 Youth Media Awards from ALA

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An exemplary school library collection should include favorably and reputably reviewed titles. It should also include award-winning state titles (like SD Prairie Awards and SD Teen Choice Book Awards ) and national titles (like ALA's Youth Media Awards ). Recently, the American Library Association (ALA)  announced the 2021 Youth Media Awards.  These awards include the top books, digital media, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults.  Popular 2021 awards include... The John Newbery Medal honors the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.  When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller The Randolph Caldecott Medal recognizes the most distinguished American picture book for children. We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. Before the Ever After written by Jacqueline Woodson T

Prairie Pasque Book Menu

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Librarian Tyler Muth of Freedom Elementary in Harrisburg School District shared a fun addition to the library curriculum. To support textual literacy and digital literacy while also incorporating the South Dakota Book Awards, Muth made a book menu for 4th and 5th graders. Muth got creative using  Canva to develop the menu. Then he used  Flowcode to make a free QR code that students could scan with iPads to access the menu. To extend learning, Muth plans to host a book tasting using this book menu. The menu has reading samples linked as well as linked book trailers if available. Here's what the menu looks like: .pdf version If you want to check out the entire menu with working links, simply scan the code below with your phone or iPad. Disclaimer: The South Dakota State Library does not endorse any service, product, or recommendation listed in this post.

AASL's Best Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning + SDSL Databases

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Looking to work in some more digital literacy and informational literacy into your library curriculum? We took a look at a few of the resources on AASL's  Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning  list and paired them with some of the South Dakota State Library databases , SDSL databases and digital resources are offered free to all South Dakotans with instant access (no login required!) to almost all of the databases if within the geographical boundaries of South Dakota. Access the complete list sorted by alphabetical order or access our student research lists for  elementary , middle , and high school . Let's get started! KidLit TV  is a PreK-3 library resource offering in-depth interviews with authors and illustrators, book trailers, how to draw videos, and other literacy-related activities. Get a backstage pass to all kinds of literacy goodies. KidLit pairs nicely with a variety of  SD State Library databases  including but not limited to  Book Flix, True Flix, Miss

Best of 2020

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Book Access and School Libraries

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ACCESS .  It's so important. Digital access has been spotlighted in the last year with the major transition to distance learning due to the pandemic. This type of access is incredibly important as we address issues that revolve around equity in education and digital learning. That being said, print book access continues to be vital. Research has shown that print access helps to level the playing field by contributing to academic achievement and positive student outcomes. This is especially true for underserved students, younger students, and students without Internet or without reliable Internet. The South Dakota State Library created a new brochure titled Book Access and School Libraries to go along with its South Dakota Future Ready Libraries brochure .  This document lives on the SD State Library website under School Libraries > Advocacy and under School Libraries > Reading Resources.

AICL's Best Books of 2020

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Looking for children and young adult book titles with Native/Indigenous content?  The respected and renowned American Indians in Children's Literature blog has published its list of Best Books of 2020 . This list is a go-to when looking for book titles with quality content about Indigenous People and mostly from Native authors. This post allows you to systematically  explore the AICL blog further. You are also encouraged to check out previous years' best book lists . They are a gold mine for building the library or classroom collection or supplementing instruction.  Here are just a few titles from AICL's Best Books 2020 list... LINK LINK LINK LINK Link LINK Disclaimer: The South Dakota State Library does not endorse any service, product, or recommendation listed in this post.

Choice Boards for Elementary Library

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Teacher-librarian Stefanie Hage at John Harris Elementary in Sioux Falls, SD injects digital literacy and student agency into her library curriculum. Hage shared with me two new projects she developed since taking last summer's Passionate Reader Book Study through the SD State Library.  In that course, we read Pernille Ripp's book titled Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child. The book hit home on the power of reading for the sake of reading - no strings attached. It emphasized the importance of student choice and voice. With this in mind, Hage created two digital choice boards for her students providing them student agency - the type of learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests and self-initiation. With these boards, students get to choose how they will learn through a digital activity like watching a video, listening to a book, or reading a passage.  The first board is for grades Kindergarten

Deep Fakes, Clickbait, AI...Oh My!

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Article A professional article loaded with resources and book recommendations.  A News– and Media Literacy–Themed Mixtape for Tough Times  from School Library Journal.  SOURCE: slj.com WEBSITE An easy-to-use glossary of terms and a handy infographic describing types of misleading news . Both of these and more from  EAVI: Media Literacy for Citizenship . SOURCE: eavi.eu Disclaimer: The South Dakota State Library does not endorse any service, product, or recommendation listed in this post.

Fact vs. Fiction and More!

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Sometimes teachers and other staff don't even know the school library has a professional collection so be sure to communicate that with your stakeholders. Here are some ideas:  Send an email with an image of the book, a brief summary, and a reason WHY they should check it out.  Book talk it! Create a video book talk or find one online to share.  Display a poster or the book/resource itself in the teacher's lounge, workroom, mailroom, etc. Feature it in your library newsletter, blog, website, etc. Remember pictures are worth a thousand words so add a linkable cover image. Host a book study or book club. Drop a note to specific teachers you think would benefit most. This feels personal and (most) people appreciate that. Up your customer service game by hand-delivering the book/resource. Go the extra mile and throw in a little token of goodness. One of my favs? Those pre-packaged lens cleaning wipes that you can get from big box stores. We ALL have screens and it feels nice to wip

News Literacy Project

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The News Literacy Project  (NLP) is a nonpartisan national education nonprofit that provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn, and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information. I've been blown away with the content. Visit the  Educators page to get see all there is to dive into but I'll list a few specific resources below that have been most valuable to me as a learner and a teacher. The Sift The Sift  is NLP’s free weekly newsletter specifically for educators and the content is stellar. The newsletter explores timely examples of misinformation, addresses press topics, and explores social media trends and issues. It also includes links, discussion prompts, and activities for use in the classroom. Is That a Fact? Is That a Fact?  is NLP's podcast which features experts that help listeners understand the impact of misinformation, social media policies, the importance of trust in the news to our democracy.