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Did you know? Learning to code has other benefits for students beyond the technology aspect. Even if students don’t grow up to be programmers, learning to code also teaches them how to collaborate, communicate, think critically and logically, problem solve, edit, and pay attention to details.

Discover great resources for teaching coding online and off at lernerbooks.com/go/coding – and grab our infographic for use in your library, classroom, virtual classroom, or social media!

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico’s independence day is September 16 and Chile’s is September 18. It’s a time to celebrate and learn about Americans with ancestral roots in Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

We have books for all ages and in all formats, from graphic novels to biographies.

Great resources are also available at HispanicHeritageMonth.gov/

New Articles Available NOW on Lerner Sports!

We’ve added even more of your readers’ favorite athletes to our ever-growing collection of profiles on the Lerner Sports Database! Find 60 new athletes biographies, including:

  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Mia Hamm
  • Nastia Liukin
  • Magic Johnson
  • Pele
  • Zion Williamson

and many more! ! If you’re a current Lerner Sports subscriber, start browsing the updated database now. If not, request a free trial to check out these new athletes and more.

Download Our Free Activity Guide!

Seeking fun self-guided activities for readers? Check out our list of Lerner Sports reading challenges, a guide featuring over 20 activities that will have readers exploring every inch of the Lerner Sports database! Activities highlight each sports category in the database and encourage readers to peruse athlete profiles, dig deep into stats, learn new vocabulary, and more!  

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Book Tie-Ins

Though many gymnastics fans were disappointed with the postponement of the Summer 2020 Olympics, readers can still get a behind-the-scenes look at the high-flying sport! Check out print books below that make perfect supplements to gymnastics content on the Lerner Sports database. 

US Olympian Aly Raisman is a leader on and off the mat. She is an outspoken voice against sexual assault. Learn about the most fascinating details of her life as a gold-winning gymnast.

Learn what it takes to become a professional gymnast! Readers will get a fascinating insider look at the life of a gymnast, from preparing for competition to events outside the gym.

Coding Is Definitely a Literacy

This week, SLJ shared in an opinion column that Coding Is a Literacy. “School librarians are especially pivotal in coding literacy because, as with any other language, the age of acquisition for any language matters. Librarians are uniquely placed in schools with students from their early years, long before children have access to computer science electives,” writes IdaMae Craddock, a librarian at the Albemarle (VA) Lab Schools.

We couldn’t agree more. Below is a list of our most popular coding series, many of which contain hands-on coding activities that can be accessed remotely for free, meaning you can do a digital makerspace activity even with distance or hybrid learning.

Sports Coding Concepts

Interest Level: Grade 1 – Grade 3   ·  Reading Level: Grade 1

Introduce readers to computer coding through no-tech, sports-themed projects. Readers will move a soccer ball by writing an algorithm and use loops to create a winning football play. Sports fans will enjoy learning the basics of coding—with no computer needed! Author and elementary school librarian Allyssa Loya designed this series to be intimidation-free for both readers and educators.

Ready, Set, Code!

Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 5   ·  Reading Level: Grade 3

Introduce young coders to the most popular coding programs and languages. Step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations guide readers, while fun activities help them apply what they’ve learned.

Kids Get Coding

Interest Level: Grade 1 – Grade 4   ·  Reading Level: Grade 3

What’s an algorithm? How do you fix bugs? What is an app? How do you program a computer game? This series leads students through the basics of computer programming using real-world examples and practical activities.

Mission Code (Alternator Books)

Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 6   ·  Reading Level: Grade 4

Dive into the fascinating world of coding languages! These titles walk new programmers through the basics of creating their own code. Hands-on learn-to-code activities accessed through an online Page Plus link add to the fun!

Digital Makers (Alternator Books)

Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 6   ·  Reading Level: Grade 4

Learn how to create, launch, perfect, and safely share digital works of art, including videos, songs, blogs, and websites. This series capitalizes on the popularity of both digital technology and makerspace activities. Creator profiles and expert tips provide extra inspiration.

Project Code

Interest Level: Grade 4 – Grade 7   ·  Reading Level: Grade 5

This exciting, makerspace-friendly series offers a variety of step-by-step projects for programming in Scratch. Easy-to-follow instructions guide young programmers through activities that showcase how to code animation, create music, write a story, and design computer games. The projects build essential programming knowledge and skills, preparing kids to take what they’ve learned and apply it to their own Scratch creations.

All of the above books are available in library-bound hardcover and multi-user eBook formats from most school library vendors. If you purchase direct from Lerner, we’re offering a budget-saving special, where you can receive both formats for the price of just the eBook. Learn more here!