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Miranda Thigpen Selection Toolkit

School Library Selection Toolkit

School Library Journal | The world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens

'The world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens." This is a great resource for librarians and teachers. It has great ideas of what to select and ways to use the books in your library.

Booklist Online: More than 180,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers—from the trusted experts...

"Booklist Online: The best book reviews for public libraries and school libraries, and the best books to read for your book club, brought to you by the ALA." Browse the book of the day or recent articles for the best reviews. You also have the option of searching specific titles.

Book Reviews - Kids Books | Common Sense Media

"Read age-appropriate book reviews for kids and parents written by our experts." This is an easy and reliable resource for book reviews.

The Children's Book Review, Book and Ebook Reviews of the Best Kids' Books

"Growing Readers (SM). The Children's Book Review is the kid's, parents, publishers, teachers, and author, illustrator, source for children's book reviews on both new and classic children's literature and books." Browse by age group and review lists for ideas to use in your library.

Blog | Kidsreads

"A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy." Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. Content includes books from bestselling, medalist and debut authors.

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

"The Best Apps for Teaching & Learning is a recognition honoring apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner." This source lists the newest apps, provides resources, and allows the users to nominate their favorites.

The EdTech Roundup - Home

"The Ed Tech Roundup is your source for regular updates on the latest educational technology news & reviews.We also have a growing library of lesson plans and resources to help classroom teachers integrate technology across the curriculum." Includes the latest apps and devices with reviews to make the best technology selections for your library.

THE Journal: Technological Horizons in Education -- THE Journal

"The education technology news magazine for K-12 district leaders, IT personnel, and administrators." This will help with technology selection in your library. Read reviews and find out what is new and how to use it.

Digital Education - Education Week

"Education Week reporter Ben Herold explores how technology is shaping teaching and learning and the management of schools. Join the discussion as he analyzes the latest developments." Find out what is trending in technology.

BookMarks - Education Week

"Bookmarks covers new releases and trends in the K-12 education-publishing arena. Educators and policy experts round out the blog with their periodic book reviews." This is a great resource for making book selections.

Author's Corner by Education Week Press - Education Week

"Author’s Corner features occasional updates by Education Week Press, the publisher of must-read titles on policy, research, and instruction. Select Education Week Press authors, such as Gary Marx, also contribute to the blog." The articles include book reviews for professional learning. The blog does occasionally cover technology in education.

The Horn Book — Publications about books for children and young adults

"The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide are the most distinguished journals in the field of children’s and young adult literature and the core of our company." Great book lists for adding to your collection.

Library of the future: 8 technologies we would love to see

"Library future depends on technologies. We've collected a couple of great concepts that could be used in the near future." This site also has great links to book reviews and list as well as technology recommendations that would be great in your modern library.

Children’s Books - The New York Times

"Reviews of and essays about picture books, middle grade books and young adult literature." This is a great trustworthy review website for the best of what's new in the book world.

The Hub -

Great reviews for selection of books for middle/high school students.

The best educational software for students | PCWorld

"Get your PC ready for another academic year with the best and most productive applications." Reviews and purchase advice make adding technology to your selection a breeze.