Coding Resources for School Librarians (and a Call for Authors!)

coding resources for school librarians

By Product Planning Director Jenny Krueger

When you think of school libraries, what are the first words that come to mind? Books? Reading? Research? How about coding?

School librarians are educating a generation of students to be tech-savvy digital citizens. My son, for example, knows what an algorithm is. He knows how to use a Raspberry Pi, and he takes a coding class two days per week. He is seven years old. It’s a brave new world, and school librarians are building it. Read More

Open Call: Work-for-Hire Authors [High Interest/Low Reading Level]

Darby Creek call for submission high interest low reading level

By Amy Fitzgerald, Editor 

“Everyone has that struggle subject in school,” says Darby Creek editor Mandi Janikowski.

“For me, it was math. I didn’t get it, didn’t care about it, didn’t want to learn more about it. So while reading has never been a problem for me, I can imagine how struggling and reluctant readers must feel when it’s time to pick out a book in school. That’s what makes working with the Darby Creek imprint one of my favorite things about my job.”

I feel the same way. The main goal of Darby Creek is to create books that appeal to struggling and reluctant readers, giving them an enjoyable reading experience that encourages them to pick up another book.

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Open Call for YA Literary Horror Submissions


What’s most frightening: The play of unfamiliar shadows in a once-familiar place? The sight of a distorted face, remorseless, teeth bared? The unreliability of the human mind itself?
Different scares resonate with different people, of course. But if you were prepared to answer, ‘Honestly, none of these are more frightening than the threat in my YA manuscript,’ then please read further.
Carolrhoda Lab is looking for carefully crafted works of prose horror for young adult readers. An ideal submission might resemble a YA echo of Brian Evenson’s grim surrealism, an Angela Carter-esque exploration of the scary side of a classic tale, a story with the terrifying topicality of Get Out, or a work in the tradition of Suspiria’s sublime creepiness.
Please send all submissions to carolrhodasubmissions [at] lernerbooks [dot] com. Pitches from the general public welcome. Complete manuscripts only. Although horror thrives on the unknown, please include complete contact information and a one-page synopsis of your novel.
I cannot guarantee a reply to every submission. This open call begins today, March 22, and will last until the end of April.
Greg Hunter – Carolrhoda Lab