It has been a difficult summer for my furry friend, Xena. We battled an infection for a month and it has been hard to find the right combination of medications to combat the stiffness and pain of her advanced arthritis. Thanks to cold laser treatments (Xena wearing doggles to protect her eyes) for now we are not using any medication. To that end I am having a lot of giveaways here today to celebrate her 13th birthday next Wednesday. Good luck. Have a great weekend. Take time for reading. Relax.
One of the most important things we do as educators is connecting with our parents. Here are Top 10 Resources on Back to School for Parents from Reading Rockets, and Get Ready for New-to-School with Rocket! from Random House.
To the first person who can tell me one of the four tips listed on the Rocket page I will send an ALA poster featuring Rocket with 100 bookmarks. Poster view is linked here. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This has been won.)
So many book trailers, so little time, but we love them all. Certainly they motivate readers and enhance our booktalking.
Gordan Korman video conversation about his new series, The Hypnotists, Book One, Hypnotize Me.
Straight from the Scholastic Teacher page, Events, Lessons, and Resources for Teachable Moments and 100 Ways to Use Digital Cameras
There are lots of dates you might want to add to your master calendar from the Reading Rockets Literacy Calendar
August 28 marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech. Random House offers materials featuring Kadir Nelson's book.
For an author study, 12 Questions with Gary Paulsen, brought to us by Random House.
To the first person who can tell me what Gary Paulsen did before he was a writer, I will send a paperback ARC of Solider Dog by Sam Angus. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter
Time's a wasting---Have you entered The 25th Anniversary Readathon for Matilda by Roald Dahl.
There is so much fun happening in September! September 13 is Roald Dahl Day!
The International Reading Association is hosting a We ♥ Graphic Novels Week. Here is an article with librarian suggestions including Mr. Schu.
There is also an outstanding article written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka In Other Words: Meeting Readers Where They Are
I can't imagine a library not wanting to hang these posters on their walls. I'm even going to hang one in my home! Children's Literature from A to Z Fly Away With Books
Teacher librarian, Joyce Valenza has posted a gathering of Orientation Inspiration at the School Library Journal.
Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Award Committee member, co-host of the #SharpSchu Book Club monthly chat and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for his many tweets this week, keeping his PLN informed.
There has been quite a bit of chatter about creating accounts on Twitter for classrooms. Here is a post offered this week. A Great Visual Guide To Create Twitter Account For Your Class
Thanks to Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School (NJ), NASSP National Digital Principal Award Winner 2012, Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, author, speaker, for this tweet.
Here are links to Neil Gaiman's two websites, one in the UK, the other in the US.
Thanks to author Neil Gaiman (Fortunately, the Milk...) for these tweets.
There are lots of requests for good audiobooks. Here is a guest post done by Debbie Alvarez for A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet, Guest Post: Top Audiobooks for Children
To the first person who can tell me the top title on the 5th to 6th grade list, I will send a copy of A Dog's Way Home written by Bobbie Pryron. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This has been won.)
Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at The Styling Librarian, Debbie Alvarez currently working in Hong Kong, for this post and this tweet.
Here's a great list to explore, The Best 17 iPad Digital Storytelling Apps For Teachers I knew some of these but others look very inviting.
To the first person who can name the second app on this list I will send a hardcover copy of Soldier Dog by Sam Angus. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.
Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at NeverendingSearch, Joyce Valenza for this tweet.
Come join us on Twitter for the September #SharpSchu Book Club! Get all the information about the date, time and book titles here.
To the first person who can name both titles up for discussion in the next chat I will send an ALA READ To Your Hero poster with 100 bookmarks. The poster is linked here. Send me a DM on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This has been won.)
Thanks to educator, co-host of the monthly Twitter chat #titletalk, co-host of the monthly Twitter chat #SharpSchu, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread, Colby Sharp for this tweet.
For those of us who have loved Charlotte's Web and read it aloud to our students, take a moment to read E. B. White explains why he wrote 'Charlotte's Web'
Many thanks to author (The Plant Hunters), children's literature expert and blogger at Children's Book-A-Day Almanac, Anita Silvey for this tweet.
Have you signed up for the free School Library Journal Kevin Henkes Live! Join us for an exclusive webcast with beloved children's book author, Kevin Henkes
Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at The Nonfiction Detectives, Cathy Potter for this tweet.
The August #pb10for10 event hosted by Cathy Mere, elementary educator and blogger at Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community and Mandy Robek, educator and blogger at Enjoy and Embrace Learning was a stunning success with 123 participants. View all the lists at this link.
Thanks to Cathy Mere for this tweet.
Did you miss it this Tuesday? Head on over to Let's Get Busy with author Adam Lehrhaupt, another podcast courtesy of Matthew C. Winner, elementary library media specialist, 2013 Library Journal Movers & Shakers Tech Leader, co-founder of @levelupbc and blogger at The Busy Librarian.
To the first person who can tell me the title of Adam's debut picture book I will send a copy of Xena's favorite picture book, Homer by Elisha Cooper. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.
Thanks to Matthew C. Winner for this tweet.
If you're planning a road trip you might want to glance over The Complete Listing of All Public Children's Literature Statues in the United States
Thanks to Elizabeth Bird, blogger at A Fuse #8 Production and New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist, for this post and this tweet.
Enjoy some more videos released by Candlewick Press to continue the We Believe In Picture Books! year.
Candlewick Press is having a sweepstakes to help celebrate International Dot Day. Follow the link for all the details.
Thanks to Candlewick Press for these tweets and these videos.
Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Wumbers) continues her website creation a week with Alphabetical I Like Order. There is so much potential for use in the classroom at this site. All her website creations are loaded with possibilities.
Thanks to Amy Krouse Rosenthal for this tweet and her creations.
Announcing September Kids' Book Club Pick: 'Wonder' Start sending in your questions.
Thanks to NPR Books for this tweet.
I, among many, are looking forward to the new Neil Gaiman book, Fortunately, the Milk. Here is a video where he explains his inspiration for this title.
To the first person who can tell me why Neil Gaiman wrote this new book I will send an ALA poster featuring Otis and 100 bookmarks. Here is a link to view the poster. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This has been won.)
Thanks to Katherine Sokolowski, educator and blogger at Read, Write, Reflect for this tweet.
It seems the list of fantastic new titles never ends, there never seems to be a lull. Travis Jonker weighs in with his 10 to Note: Fall 2013 Preview
To the first person who can tell me the first nonfiction book on this list I will send an ALA poster featuring Daisy with 100 bookmarks. Here is a view of the poster. Leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.
Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, 2014 Caldecott Award Committee member and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this tweet and post.
Children tell it like it is. What Would a World Without Libraries Look Like? Kids Have Their Say
Thanks to Book Riot for this tweet and post.
Do not miss this article about the importance of having certified librarians in each and every school. Please read this.
Thanks to author Melissa Stewart (No Monkeys, No Chocolate) for this tweet.
This is a collection of quotes, comments and plain fun and informative tweets over this week. Enjoy.
“Reader’s Rights.” http://t.co/tTudnQbvL3
— Crescent Dragonwagon (@cdragonwagon) August 10, 2013
So... I've made a hat out of pinecones. :) #CampRex #authorpohotp pic.twitter.com/nQDy6WSGVN
— Molly Idle (@MollyIdle) August 10, 2013
@daydreamreader @BethShaum @Loveofxena @LibraryFanatic Picture books have so many treasures for readers!
— Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz) August 11, 2013
@kbport714 Yes, #nf10for10 is in February. Mark your calendar. @daydreamreader @mandyrobek @jacbalen
— Cathy Mere (@CathyMere) August 11, 2013
Join #virtualbookclub on 8/19 at 9 p.m. EST! We are chatting about The Wig in the Window with author @KKittscher! @epan11 #nerdybookclub
— Niki Ohs Barnes (@daydreamreader) August 11, 2013
Twitter is like life. It's what you make of it.
— Fantasy Author (@BrianRathbone) August 11, 2013
My PLN makes me think more deeply, care more. Love the challenge of the Twitter conversation.
— Teri Lesesne (@ProfessorNana) August 11, 2013
And where is librarian role when computers pick books? Next product will be all online with eBooks selected by levels. No human needed.
— Teri Lesesne (@ProfessorNana) August 12, 2013
We need this chair! http://t.co/mu7VBNwrZL
— BankStreetBooks (@BankStreetBooks) August 12, 2013
God in heaven, I love librarians.
— Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) August 13, 2013
Some questions from @loveofxena made me remember how so many key elements in RUMP were not discovered until it was nearly fully written.
— Liesl Shurtliff (@LieslShurtliff) August 13, 2013
Today is one of those days when I'm having fantasies about Hermione Granger's Time Turner. Just for a week or so...
— Kate Messner (@KateMessner) August 13, 2013
The highlight of the week, for me, was looking out and seeing so many students smiling back. THAT is why I do everything I do.
— Terry Shay (@tjshay) August 14, 2013
My dog and I are dieting at the same time.... Is that weird?
— Dan Santat (@dsantat) August 14, 2013
Take a minute today to say thank you. Nothing in the world is more powerful than sincere thank you for creating a positive moment in ur life
— Ann Garvin (@AnnGarvin_) August 14, 2013
The secondary students had so much fun putting their "Library In Their Pocket" today in the #vanmeter library #tlchat pic.twitter.com/0TsxngvSCx
— Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller) August 15, 2013
RT @lauramayv: I want this deck chair! #edbookfest pic.twitter.com/0N23Q0y8pQ
— Guardian Books (@GuardianBooks) August 15, 2013
It's like every square of dark chocolate grants me an idea. So many amazing ideas today!
— Liesl Shurtliff (@LieslShurtliff) August 15, 2013
“@melissajkwhite: New library center: joke center! Read, write and share jokes! #tlchat #tlelem #iowatl pic.twitter.com/xcTqgBGISc” Great idea!
— Shawna Ford (@CurtisLibrary1) August 15, 2013
@joycevalenza Libraries not a grocery store but a kitchen: everyone hangs out, shares-actions transformational not transactional #libsummit
— TeachingBooks (@TeachingBooks) August 16, 2013