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Canada’s Launches First Indigenous-Language TV Channel

A new, all-Inuit Inuktut language channel has been launched in Canada, serving as the country’s first channel broadcast entirely in an Indigenous language. Devised by the team at Nunavut Independent Television (NITV), Uvagut TV (Inuktut for "Our TV") began broadcasting Inuktut language shows, movies and live programming on January 18.

Spanish-language resources help support distance learning

The Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now has released a new tool to help Spanish-speaking families navigate distance learning. Aprende Más, meaning “learn more,” is an initiative started with the support of Barclay Bank and help from the Delaware Department of Education.

Tae Keller Wins Newbery Medal for ‘When You Trap a Tiger’

The American Library Association announced two of the country's most prestigious prizes for children’s books on Monday: the Newbery Medal, which went to Tae Keller for "When You Trap a Tiger," and the Caldecott Medal, an award for picture books, for "We Are Water Protectors," illustrated by Michaela Goade. "When You Trap a Tiger," published by Random House Children's Books, follows a biracial girl named Lily whose family moves in with her ailing grandmother. A magical tiger appears, a figure from her grandmother's Korean folk tales, and offers Lily a deal in exchange for restoring her grandmother to health.

He Saved 669 Children From Nazis — A New Book Tells His Story To Kids

How old should kids be when they start learning about the Holocaust? While many educators believe the appropriate age is 10, a new book by Caldecott Honoree and MacArthur Fellow Peter Sís is recommended for children ages 6 to 9. Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued tells the true story of the Englishman, Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from the Nazis including Vera Gissing. Told with simple, direct language, readers get to know what Vera's life was like in her small town near Prague before the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia. They learn about Nicky's hobbies before he grew up to be a banker ("mathematics, stamp collecting, photography, and fencing"). Sís' illustrations blend the details of everyday life with imaginative, whimsical flourishes. On the cover, little Vera stands alone on the platform of an enormous train station holding a small suitcase and a kitty cat stuffed animal.

English language teachers continue work during pandemic

Students learning English as a second language continue to be taught in Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools despite challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Elizabeth Clark is an English language learner teacher for E’town, working primarily at Helmwood Elementary School and Panther Academy. She speaks English and Spanish, her first language. She began working in the district in 2019 as an ELL assistant, but recently moved up to an instructor.

Meet the Winners of the 2021 Pura Belpré Awards!

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros, winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award, brings us the story of twelve-year-old Efrén, whose world flips when his mother is deported to Mexico, but whose determination to reunite his family never wavers. Ernesto Cisneros’s debut novel adeptly balances hope and heart break in this timely story of undocumented individuals working to build a better life. ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, follows Little Lobo and his pet sidekick Bernabé on a savory adventure, fetching lunch for Toro y sus amigos ahead of the Lucha Libre 5000. Each food truck stop highlights diverse and delectable cuisine, and is flavored with cultural references and a vibrant community of food vendors.

Refugee Internship Program Brings Skilled Workers to Local Companies

Interns are generally stereotyped as students seeking to explore a new field and build their resumes. But what if they were trained professionals already armed with bona fide experience in the relevant industry who just need a break? Thanks to a new internship program created by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), employers in the metro Atlanta area can fill gaps in their workforce by tapping into adult refugees’ professional talents.

Western Dubuque schools look to further grow English Language Learners program

The Western Dubuque School district is currently conducting studies to improve the school experience for non-English speakers through growing its English Language Learners program, (ELL). Dan Wendler, the principal of Cascade Elementary and the ELL Coordinator for the district, explained the program.

2021 Youth Media Awards Winners

The biggest day in children's literature has arrived, and while there will be no in-person audience cheering the Youth Media Awards winners today, it doesn't take away from the excitement and achievement during this difficult year. Following is the list of winners announced at this morning's virtual ceremony.  Please check back at SLJ.com throughout the day for more coverage, including and interviews with winning authors and selection committee members.