One of my favorite historical fiction titles of the past several years was the documentary novel of Deborah Wiles, Countdown. Follow this link to her blog post, progress report, for a glimpse of her work space and the amount of research she conducts prior to her writing.
This is a book trailer for a new book, Leave Your Sleep illustrated by Barbara McClintock with music by Natalie Merchant.
Watch. Connect. Read. for these tweets.
Excellent points are raised in this article, Michael Morpurgo: We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading.
John Green on why books beat any iPad app.
Thanks to Children's Bookshelf of Publishers Weekly for these tweets.
Elizabeth Bird New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist and blogger at A Fuse #8 Production, posted Top 100 Children's Novels #1: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White and Top 100 Picture Books #1: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. You can sign up to have a PDF document of all the posts for both of these lists. When the lists are ready an email will be sent to you. What a wonderful opportunity and a boatload of work by Bird.
Here is a link to an extension of this work, Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results.
Now this is my kind of recycling, This abandoned Walmart has been reclaimed as a public library.
Do yourself a favor and head over to Travis Jonker's blog for what has got to be one of the best book videos of all time, Books on Film: The Best Book-Related Video of the Year.
100 Scope Notes for these tweets.
What we need to be teaching is changing more quickly than ever before. This is a very thoughtful article, Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World.
Very Pinteresting!: The hot social network is taking educators by storm.
NeverEndingSearch for this tweet.
These are my favorite quotes of the week by two authors.
"One can't prescribe books, even the best books, to people unless one knows a good deal about each individual person." --Rudyard Kipling
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) July 6, 2012
The "industry" can do whatever it likes. Reading Farmer Boy to my kids, from the copy I grew up w/ & that my MOM grew up w/-- that's magic!
— LaurelSnyder (@LaurelSnyder) July 2, 2012