The National Council of Teachers of English hosted a chat on Banned Books Week which is archived.
Thanks to the National Council of Teachers of English for this tweet.
Now here are lots of ideas to engage students not only at the beginning of the year but when a need for creating community arises, From Scavenger Hunts to Photo Sharing, Fun Apps to Calm the Back-to-School Jitters.
This is such good news to readers of Deborah Wiles, Countdown. countdown and revolution (and playlists and computers and phones)
Markus Zusak on books and the freedom to read
Author Grace Lin is celebrating the release of her new book with Ling and Ting Birthday Party: Name the Books Game! Get a sticker and a magnet!
In case you missed the exciting #SharpSchu Book Club chat, it is archived here. The books discussed were Mike Boldt's 123 versus ABC and Aaron Becker's Journey.
The Scholastic channel on YouTube released several videos this week. The links are here, Henry Cole and Unspoken, Kazu Kibuishi, Jerry Pinkney and I Want To Be, Kazu Kibuishi and Amulet, LeUyen Pham, Yuyi Morales, Nancy Carpenter and Lucky Ducklings, Jerry Pinkney, Jeff Kinney and Diary of The Wimpy Kid, Yuyi Morales and Nino, Dav Pilkey and the Art of Read Every Day, LeUyen Pham and Shoe La-La-La!, Judy Schachner, and Henry Cole. The tweets will be added to Mr. Schu's Storify embedded here.
Are there any book trailers this week? Of course, there are.
Many thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Medal Committee member, co-host of the monthly #SharpSchu Book Club and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for his tweets this week.
As a reader and educator, I find the extra knowledge about the process of creating a book by the author and/or the illustrator extremely interesting. It allows us to look at a book with a different set of eyes. The article posted at The Horn Book, Today's Picture Book Biographies: Back Matter Matters makes several good points.
Thanks to author Louise Borden (The Journey That Saved Curious George) for this tweet.
I've had the first two books in this series on my TBR pile for quite some time. Check out these videos. To the first person who can tell me the name of the hotel in these books I will send a copy of Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst illustrated by Lane Smith. Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.
Thanks to author Patrick Carman (Floors)for this tweet.
You might not believe 12 Crazy Reasons Why Books Have Been Banned as posted on the HarperCollins Childrens Tumblr.
To the first person who can tell me the title of the first book on the list and why it was banned I will send a copy of The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson. Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter. (This has been won.)
Thanks to Tasha Saecker, Assistant Director of the Appleton Public Library in Appleton, Wisconsin and blogger at Waking Brain Cells for this tweet.
I can guarantee you, your children and your students will be watching this trailer over and over. The book, Battle Bunny, written by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett with illustrations by Matthew Myers, is to be released on October 22, 2013.
Thanks to author Mac Barnett (Count the Monkeys) for this tweet.
On The Lucky 13s, a blog for authors debuting in 2013, the authors talk Meanwhile...Middle Grade! Back to School... Each of them weighs in on the role of school in their books.
Thanks to author Polly Holyoke (The Neptune Project) for this tweet.
Are you getting ready for The Global Read Aloud? Author Kate Messner's Marty McGuire has been selected for the 1st and up group. She had an exciting post this week, Announcing Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
Thanks to author Kate Messner (Wake Up Missing) for this tweet and post.
How many books have you read on this list? Are there any you would add? Are there any you would remove? 50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child
Book number 15 on this list is written by Tomie dePaola. To the first person who names the title of this book I will send a copy of Crankenstein by Samantha Berger with illustrations by Dan Santat. Please leave your answer in the comments below or DM me on Twitter. (This has been won three times.)
Thanks to teacher librarian, and blogger at Van Meter Library Voice, Shannon Miller for this tweet.
Don't miss #titletalk tomorrow night at 8:00 PM EST. The topic will be creating a school-wide reading culture.
Thanks to educator, co-host of #titletalk, and author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child and Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits, Donalyn Miller for this tweet.
Here's a wonderful, upbeat New! Digital Citizenship Song and Video for the younger guys and gals. I'll bet you'll be humming this all day too!
Joyce also shared a Smore she made titled A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit which is fantastic!
Thanks to Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian and blogger at NeverEnding Search for these tweets.
I know you'll want to get and read a copy of Dream Friends by You Byun after seeing this trailer. I know I do.
Thanks to Nancy Paulsen of Penguin Publishing for this tweet.
Here is my gathering of quotes and favorite tweets from the week.
"There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them." pic.twitter.com/dzhfCTEYOn
— Michael Carton (@michaeltcarton) September 21, 2013
My 4YO packed 10 lbs worth of books thinking a book fest is an event where you bring your books for a day out to mingle w other folks' books
— Jarrett J. Krosoczka (@StudioJJK) September 22, 2013
When I was a kid, I dreamed about coming to live here, From the Mixed Up Files-style. pic.twitter.com/ojHcTQKF4Y
— Matthew J. Kirby (@writerMattKirby) September 22, 2013
I proudly gave my daughterinlaw's nieces a copy of http://t.co/ygZ1I8oGMS this morning. Best part of being a children's author is the kids.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 22, 2013
Starting young. And yes, she's totally reading. #childrensbookfair pic.twitter.com/mCwLCIKAGr
— Liesl Shurtliff (@LieslShurtliff) September 22, 2013
My favorite line from student/parent at home reading reflection: Sometimes reading is getting in the way of everything else. He is obsessed.
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) September 22, 2013
Quotation of the day: "My hobby is smelling books." -3rd grader
— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) September 23, 2013
My son Sam said: "Dad, I love all the books mom picks out for me at the library!" :) This made my day!
— Niki Ohs Barnes (@daydreamreader) September 23, 2013
Goodbye, Summer. It was fun. pic.twitter.com/YXMTMPO5W3
— Sandra Boynton (@SandyBoynton) September 24, 2013
To add to my Pinch-Me List: For a brief moment today, I was Eric Carle's studio assistant. http://t.co/j448CtcAxw pic.twitter.com/nntq28kl8s
— Jarrett J. Krosoczka (@StudioJJK) September 24, 2013
This morning a third grader brought in a handwritten letter from the tooth fairy. That stuff just didn't happen when I taught fourth.
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) September 25, 2013
I think about every moment I ever drew as a kid every moment these days as I draw for kids.
— kellylight (@kellylight) September 25, 2013
Anyone else purposely slow down when they're near the end of a really, really good book so it'll last longer?
— Debbie Ridpath Ohi (@inkyelbows) September 26, 2013