A week ago tomorrow this was the Video of the Month on Mr. Schu's blog, Illustrating Caldecott Books: A Celebration of 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal. It was created by TeachingBooks.net and shared as part of the Caldecott, Newbery, Wilder banquet at the American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition. It is six plus minutes well worth your time and a great resource to use when teaching the Caldecott Medal in your classrooms.
It was a groove of trees. It was a place to go for refuge. It was a place to dream and to travel. Alice Walker is speaking about libraries.
Here's another video made during ALA 2013 discussing Kids Read Comics.
The author of Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein, speaks about her library experiences.
You might want to add these events to your yearly lessons. Each is a way to connect with others on a local or global level. International Dot Day Picture Book Month Roald Dahl Day
What an amazing resource! Up All Night: A History of the National Book Award Winners and Finalists in Young People's Literature
Integrating technology into the classroom as a means for learning; Digital Tools for Young Writers
Are you ready? It's time for book trailers!
Here's another fantastic resource to tuck away for your Mock Caldecott unit or study on a specific title which has won the award. Honor Roll: Celebrating Caldecott Honor Books There are many useful ideas in this article by Kathleen T. Horning.
The first book discussed here is an autobiography. To the first person who can tell me where this person first worked I will send a copy of Mo Willems' That Is Not A Good Idea. Please DM me your answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This title has been won.)
NPR Books Backseat Book Club speaks with the author of Glory Be, Augusta Scattergood. Lessons in Bigotry and Bravery: A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be'
Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Medal Committee member, one half of the #SharpSchu Book Club and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for these tweets.
Educator and blogger at educating alice, Monica Edinger has written a book titled Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad. Here is the book trailer.
Are you ready for World Read Aloud Day 2014? Mark your calendars for March 5 and get all the information at the website.
Colby, his wife Alaina, Brian Wyzlic, Niki Barnes, Suzanne Gibbs, Jen Vincent, Donalyn Miller and Gina Lovless organized the inaugural nErDCamp Battle Creek. Follow this link for all the sessions and accompanying notes. It was a stellar day for educators coming from twelve states.
Thanks to Colby Sharp, educator, one half of the #SharpSchu Book Club team, co-host of #titletalk, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread for these tweets.
You might want to use these two videos to a nonfiction unit or studies of the individual authors.
Many thanks for these tweets to Mary Ann Scheuer, teacher librarian, Cybils Book App Award coordinator, co-chair of author events at 2013 AASL National Conference and blogger at Great Kid Books.
For those anxious to read Anne Ursu's newest title The Real Boy, follow this link to read chapter one. You do need to have a Facebook account.
Thanks to Walden Pond Press for this tweet and link.
Who knew!? 16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney
To the person who can name #13 first by leaving their answer in the comments below or sending me a DM on Twitter, I will send a copy of Patricia MacLachlan's The Truth of Me. (This title has been won.)
Sending thanks to Jennifer Laughran, literary agent at Andrea Brown lit, children's bookseller and blogger at Jennifer Represents... for this tweet.
Wouldn't it be loads of fun to have one of these inside or outside your school building? Hobbit Holes
Thanks to author Madelyn Rosenberg (Canary in the Coal Mine) for this tweet.
Here's one of the newest videos released this week by Candlewick Press as part of their We Believe In Picture Books! campaign. Newbery Medalist and school librarian, Laura Amy Schlitz shares her words of wisdom. Thanks to Candlewick Press for this tweet.
The Nobel Prize website has a series (46) of educational productions, 29 of which are interactive games, of varying degrees of difficulty spread among each of the prize categories.
Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at Van Meter Library Voice, Shannon Miller, for this tweet.
A new dot was added to the colorful, creative site Celebri-Dots based upon Peter H. Reynolds book, The Dot. The newest artwork is done by author/illustrator Matthew Cordell.
Thanks to Terry Shay, 5-12 vocal and computer teacher, college adjunct, FableVision Learning Ambassador and blogger at TJ on a Journey for this tweet.
I consider it one of the most powerful and entertaining books I've read in the last several years. That's why this is good news---Andy Mulligan's Trash to be a Movie
Thanks to Monica Edinger, educator and blogger at educating alice, for this post and this tweet.
His annual list has been released---The Wildest Children's Books of 2013 There are titles, book jackets, a book trailer, inside glimpses and the reason they made the list included in this post.
Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, member of the 2014 Caldecott Medal committee and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this post and tweet.
Neil Gaiman speaks about the writing of his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, during Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher
Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher from Ted Habte-Gabr on Vimeo.
To the first person who can tell me why Neil Gaiman began writing The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I will send a copy of the book. Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.
Here's a good infographic titled What do you want kids to do with technology?
Many thanks to teacher librarian currently working in Hong Kong and blogger at The Styling Librarian, Debbie Alvarez for these tweets.
This is a fascinating and lovely article on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award recipient, Katherine Paterson which appeared in The Horn Book July/August 2013 issue. A Profile of Katherine Paterson
Thanks to The Horn Book for this tweet.
Larry Ferlazzo, educator, author and blogger at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... posted Two Good Infographics About Creating Good Infographics
Thanks to Larry for this tweet and post.
It was with sadness I read of the passing of author Barbara Robinson this week. School Library Journal posted this article about her and her work.
Thanks to School Library Journal for this tweet.
Here is a collection of some of my favorite tweets and quotes of the week.
As a writer I just write words. Whether you read them on paper or a screen is up to you. I just want you to read what I write.
— Seymour Simon (@seymoursimon) July 6, 2013
Son, "Dad, can we make a save the Earth list tomorrow? I'd like to save the Earth."
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) July 7, 2013
I'm thinking about the editors who stood side-by-side w/their authors at the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet last week. Such great partnerships!
— Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz) July 7, 2013
I have so many books I want to read I don't even know how to prioritize my TBR stacks right now. Definitely a #NerdyBookClub type of problem
— Jillian Heise (@heisereads) July 7, 2013
Still no internet at home. It's okay. Summers are made for rope swings.
— Ben Hatke (@BenHatke) July 7, 2013
I'm not saying it's hot today, but the joke I had about how hot it is today just melted.
— Mo Willems' Pigeon (@The_Pigeon) July 7, 2013
At @michigantheater, waiting for @neilhimself. A lot of reading going on :-) pic.twitter.com/YZ4rQG4aHq
— Brian Wyzlic (@brianwyzlic) July 7, 2013
The MG fantasy books that I like best are the ones that ring the most true--to my heart <3 #titletalk
— Shelley Moore Thomas (@story_queen) July 8, 2013
Only in the summer would I consider starting another book at 12:45 am. Bliss.
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) July 8, 2013
Like grief, the process of writing is neither linear nor predictable. Each book runs its own course. Writing each book teaches you anew.
— jane Yolen (@JaneYolen) July 8, 2013
While I lament the state of my towering TBR stacks, I have to stop for a moment to acknowledge the plethora of good books we get to read.
— Jillian Heise (@heisereads) July 8, 2013
@OrigamiYoda My students often ask what I'm doing with our classroom library if I die. I always laugh menacingly & say it's going with me.
— Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok) July 8, 2013
Sarah is so sweet talking with the elderly bookshop owner, "It's easy to get lost in a room full of books."
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) July 9, 2013
Subtle placement of the character on a page can be really important. Working out this scene in my "movie". pic.twitter.com/iQYfgFE4Fg
— Loren Long (@lorenlong) July 9, 2013
Rainy days are not only good for plants but good for book readers too.
— Seymour Simon (@seymoursimon) July 10, 2013
So sad at the news that Barbara Robinson has died. I met her once and the glint in her eye made me think she had a bit of Herdman in her.
— Kirby Larson (@KirbyLarson) July 12, 2013
Sitting on Oval Beach w/ @katsok @sok72 @donopolis. A woman walking by said, "You guys look like a reading club." If she only knew...
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) July 12, 2013