SAYL Mail for January 29, 2021

SAYL Mail    School and Youth Librarian’s Newsletter   January 29, 2021


Author Barbara Jacko Atwater and Ethan Jacko Atwater are available for online readings.

They have written two books based on stories from her great Uncle Walter Johnson. These Alaska Dena’ina fables, How Raven Got His Crooked Nose and Chia and the Fox Man are published by West Margin Press. For more information you may contact them at Teacher guides are available for both books. See title links.


Joy Harjo’s project Living Nations, Living Words

seeks to recognize and highlight living Native American poets from all over America including two from Alaska. Each link on the map contains information about the poet and a recording of the poets reading and discussing one of their works. A great resources for sharing with students when learning about poetry and literature as well as when learning about native Nations.


New Alaska DEED and DHSS Art Initiative

The Amplify Youth Voices Alaska Project will enable your Alaskans to use different forms of artistic expression and share creative messages of safety, hope, love and encouragement about the COVID-19 pandemic. Young artists are invited to participate in online artist workshops and submit home grown arte that reflects their resiliency and creativity.”  Visit the website.


Check out our new statewide database on SLED: History Makers

HistoryMakers contains “over 148,163 stories assembled from life oral history interviews with 2,691 historically significant African Americans as of October 2020”. Add a link to your school and library website and be sure to share this new resource with your teachers! Great for History Day, research projects involving primary documents and Black History Month.


Upcoming Events of interest to school librarians

February 11 @ 3:00pm     AASL Townhall Leading Learning:

“This is a chance to share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.” The topic this month will be “Black History Month Reimagined.”  REGISTER HERE



Tuesday, Feb 16 (10-11:00 am) Getting a Seat at the Table: Ways to Become Irreplaceable at Your School (Follett)

Join award-winning Media Specialist Carrie Friday as she walks you through different ways you can advocate for school libraries in your own school, your community, at the district level and to anyone else who will listen. In this webinar, Carrie will show you ideas you can immediately implement so that you can change the perception of the library and your position, and start gaining some ground to be a library light for all to see. REGISTER



Timely Topics

Tough Topics and Tough Conversations Resources “The books on these lists are to help inspire conversations with children going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more. They are available for grades K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. Resources for adults are also included.”            Tough Conversations Tip Sheet


Online PD opportunities for early February


Feb 2

(10-11 am)

Showcasing Social-Emotional Learning (Booklist)

As the pandemic continues and children everywhere experience seismic shifts in their routines, schooling, and socialization on a daily basis, social-emotional learning—and mental wellness—remain of paramount importance. Of course, finding ways to teach children about interpersonal skills, self-awareness, decision making, and more is much easier said than done. But in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Fabled Films Press, Lorimer Children & Teens, Owl kids, and Scholastic offer a starting point, presenting forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers that put SEL and wellness front and center.




Feb 3

(8-9 am)



Behind the Book Author Takeover STUDENT EDITION with Jennifer L. Holm (Follett)

On February 3, 2021 at 11:00am CT we are excited to bring you New York Times best-selling and Newbery Honor-winning author Jennifer L. Holm who will discuss her out-of-this-world new novel about a kid raised on Mars that learns that he can’t be held back by the fears of the grown-ups around him.





Feb 5

(10-11 am)



Graphic Novel Showcase: Adult and YA Titles Coming This Spring (Booklist)

New year, new AMAZING graphic novels! We’re kicking off 2021 with your #ReadGraphic must-haves in this free, hour-long webinar with Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and IDW Press. Don’t miss this wonderful showcase featuring adult and YA titles perfect for your patrons or your personal tbr list.




Feb 6

(7-8:30 am)



Tech for Teens Club : LEGO Stop-Motion Videos (PACER Center)

Join us for another Livestream Tech for Teens! Using just a mobile phone and LEGO brand toys, we’ll be learning how to create stop-motion style videos that you can share with your family and friends. Learn the techniques to create smooth animation using the Stop Motion Studio app (iPhone & Android). Then create your own stories and bring your characters to life! Requirements: 1 mobile device with camera (iOS or Android), Stop Motion Studio app installed, your choice of movable figures or objects such as LEGO brand toys.




Feb 9

(11-noon )



STEM, Health, and Mental Health (National Girls’ Collaborative Project)

How can STEM programming promote a healthier lifestyle? How does spending time in the great outdoors make you feel? Join a panel of speakers from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Gateway to the Great Outdoors as they share ways to connect physical and mental health to STEM learning.




Feb 11

(9-10 am)



Fall in Love with New in Nonfiction from Scholastic (School Library Journal)

Get excited for nonfiction with Deborah Hopkinson, Dan SaSuWeh, and Dana L. Church, who weave stories so intriguing, students will forget that nonfiction is “boring” and beg for more. Plus join us for a special preview of new and upcoming Scholastic nonfiction titles for all ages.




Feb 15

(3-4 pm)



Excellence in Nonfiction Celebration (YALSA)

Join us as we celebrate the winners and finalists of our Nonfiction Award virtually.




Feb 16

(10-11 am)



Graphic Novel Showcase: Titles for Young Readers Coming this Spring (Booklist)

Graphic novels have been proven to help reluctant readers engage with more books, inspire creativity and imagination, and boost confidence in struggling readers (it’s no wonder we have #ReadGraphic fever)! Join us for our second graphic novel showcase to get the scoop on upcoming graphic novel titles for young readers from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Tundra Books, and Yen Press! Plus, we’ll hear from author/illustrator Cale Atkinson about a hilarious new book series!




Feb 17

(10-11 am)



Lifting Voices: Books Like Us: The Power of Seeing Yourself Reflected in a Book (Mackin)

Simon & Schuster editors and authors from the Denene Millner Books and Salaam Reads imprint share the moment when they were able to connect with a character that reflected their own personal narrative. Seeing themselves reflected in a book had a powerful impact on their sense of self and shaped the editors and writers they would later become. Moderated by Kendra Levin, Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.





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