Warm Up Makerspaces This Winter with a Hot Cocoa Bar

By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

What are chilly February days perfect for? Making something warm and delicious in a makerspace, that’s what! Courtesy of Lerner Publications’ Party Time series, below are instructions on how you can transform a makerspace into a hot cocoa bar for an afternoon. Read More

5 Activities to Boost Computational Thinking in the Library

computational thinking skills activity

At the National Association of School Librarian’s Conference in November, I had the pleasure of meeting Lorena Swetnam and Cynthia Johnson, middle school librarians at Blythwood Middle School and Longleaf Middle School in Columbia, South Carolina. They presented on how they’ve introduced computational thinking in their libraries. They’ve pulled together their story with some great example activities and photos. Check it out!—School and Library Publishing Director Jenny Krueger 

Working in a middle school means every day with our students is unique and full of surprises. In the last year, we have worked together to create opportunities for our students and teachers to tinker, create, and collaborate. These makerspace activities allow us to see computational thinking skills in action: logics, algorithms, decomposition, patterns abstraction, and evaluation.

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Lerner Publishing Group Announces New Children’s Books Featuring Disney and Pixar Characters

Lerner Publishing Group is introducing new books featuring Disney and Pixar characters coming Fall 2018. Three engaging new series featuring beloved Disney and Pixar characters including Mickey Mouse, Miguel from Coco, Dory, Woody, Moana, Lightning McQueen, and more and a special Disney Frozen coding book will introduce popular early learning topics, engaging narratives, and beautiful illustrations and designs. The books will also include hands-on activities and online resources to bring core STEM and social and emotional topics to life. Read More

2018 Reading Resolutions

By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

Just for fun, I took an informal poll of my colleagues to find out what books they’re excited to read in 2018. Here are our answers! Read More