As the weeks have passed so to has the School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books. Even though the end is getting closer it still might be fun to do this with students after it's over to see how they vote as opposed to the judges' decisions. School Library Journal has provided a page of downloadable graphics to use in designing your own brackets. Each match appears as a PDF file.
Thanks to School Library Journal for these graphics and this tweet.
With every tweet about a new book trailer I can easily envision my book pile getting larger and my bank account getting smaller but the book trailers are very convincing. Here are some of those appearing in our feed this week courtesy of Mr. Schu.
This interview of author Shana Corey by Mr. Schu appeared this week on the Kidlit Celebrates Women's History Month. It is jam-packed with information. Don't miss it.
For the next #SharpSchu book club on April 24th during National Poetry Month, authors and titles featured are Sharon Creech's Love That Dog and Caroline Starr Rose's May B.: A Novel. Inspired by Love That Dog and Sharon Creech, Caroline Starr Rose wrote a poem which was posted on Watch. Connect. Read. on Monday. It's beyond beautiful.
Don't miss these great links for National Poetry Month; here , here, and here.
Printable PDF titled 50 Things Kids Will Miss If They Don't Have A School Librarian In Their School.
Here's another outstanding resource gathered by Mr. Schu on his blog. In this series of videos, step by step, viewers are taken through the process of creating a book. In these we see how Lauren Oliver's The Spindlers was made.
Here are fifteen movies featuring bookstores. Did you guess any of them? Can you think of more?
Fans of Katherine Applegate's Newbery Award Medal winning, The One and Only Ivan, will be thrilled with this news. It's huge.
Thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, member of the 2014 Newbery Award committee and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for all these tweets.
Now this is a book all members of the #nerdybookclub can read and love, A History of Reading, highlighted at Brain Pickings.
Thank to author and educator, Christoper Lehman, for this tweet.
When a colleague on Twitter says Wow more than once in a single tweet, you take notice.
This video would be great to use during National Poetry Month.
Thanks to Katie Clark, 6th grade ELA teacher for this tweet.
One of my favorite sites to follow is Free Technology for Teachers. This week Richard Byrne had a post titled A Short Guide to Terms Commonly Used in Blogging which is worth reading as is A Simple But Powerful Student Blogging Activity.
Thanks to Richard for these posts and the tweets.
I just finished reading a short story author Kate Messner wrote for the Scholastic Storyworks site. They Might Be Dangerous is amazing; downloadable as a PDF with lots of additional activities.
This is Kate's blog post--- A Suggested Response to Amazon's Acquisition of Goodreads
Thanks to Kate Messner for these tweets and providing her readers with another great tale.
If you missed #titletalk last Sunday or want to review all the great book suggestions under the heading of humor the archive has been posted.
Thanks to Cindy Minnich, educator, curator of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at Charting By The Stars for this tweet and for compiling the archive.
How would you like to win a Skype visit with Molly Idle? To celebrate the launch of her new book, Tea Rex, she is offering this, plus some extra goodies, to those who comment on her blog.
Thanks to Molly Idle for this tweet and this opportunity.
On the heels of #titletalk on Sunday this article says it all, Healthwatch: Stanford Study Shows How Humor Activates Child's Brain.
Thanks to educator and blogger at Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish Joan Young for this tweet.
Have you heard about this, Meet the scientific accident that could change the world? This is mind-blowing technology.
To the first person who can name this invention I will send a copy of Doug TenNapel's graphic novel, Bad Island. Please DM me on Twitter or leave the answer in the comments below. (This title has been won.)
Thanks to Kelly Tenkely, educator and blogger at iLearn Technology for this tweet.
Greg Heffley is going to be in print again, Abrams Announces Wimpy Kid #8. I wonder if the illustration offers a clue as to the title.
Thanks to Children's Bookshelf of Publishers Weekly for this tweet.
Thanks to author Melissa Stewart for this tweet and developing these tables, CCSS ELA-RIT: Easy-to-Understand Tables of Standards.
I wish on a daily basis the people controlling the money would read this, Do Schools Need Libraries?
With so many apps being released it's hard to know which one will be best for you. This article does a good job, Evernote vs Google Keep: Which Does More?
For all you book nerds check out this article, What the #Nerdybookclub Taught Me About Reading.
Thanks to Colby Sharp, teacher, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread, for these tweets.
This week author/illustrator Patricia Polacco sent out two tweets offering new videos to give readers the inside scoop on how she gets inspiration for her books. These would both be good for an author study. Thank you, Patricia Polacco.
For the giveaway this is a hard one. In one of these videos Patricia Polacco names her new Christmas book. What is the title? The correct answer will get you a book written and illustrated by another Michigan author/illustrator, Wendy Anderson Halperin. Her beautiful new book is Peace. DM me your answer on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This title has been won.)
Just in time Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'm Bored, has a new printable, an Easter version (note card) which is adorable.
To the first person who can tell me what the object in the basket is saying in this illustration, I will send a copy of Philippa Leather's new book, The Black Rabbit.
Leave your answer in the comments below or via DM on Twitter.
Many thanks to Debbie for this tweet and sharing her talents further with her readers.
Have you heard about these new literacy awards? This is some serious money being awarded here.
Thanks to author Susan Hood for this tweet.
Certainly glad to see this post yesterday, Poetry Friday: In A Messy Room. Get your spine poems to Travis by April 2.
Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, member of the 2014 Caldecott Award committee and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this tweet.
A new book trailer was released into the wild yesterday by Dan Santat for the book, Because I'm Your Dad.
Thanks to illustrator/author Dan Santat for this tweet.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes, thoughts and pure fun from Twitter this week.
@johnlit360 @mrshaffertmce @nikiohsbarnes @katsok @colbysharp The only people who are behind are folks who don't read at all:)
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) March 23, 2013
There was a bowed swoop of clouds in the sky. My 9yo said, "look, it's an albino rainbow."
— Shannon Hale (@haleshannon) March 24, 2013
Fell asleep reading. Not sure if this is something to be proud of or not.
— Adam Lehrhaupt (@Lehrhaupt) March 24, 2013
"@lehrhaupt: Fell asleep reading. Not sure if this is something to be proud of or not." I vote yes.
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) March 24, 2013
The more they laugh, the more they read, and the more the read, the more proficient they become as readers. #titletalk
— Cathy Potter (@cppotter) March 25, 2013
Humorous books speak to the power of Vigor over Rigor.#titletalk
— JoEllen McCarthy (@imalwayslearnin) March 25, 2013
Punxsutawney Phil, I wouldn't be surprised if the NJ mafia were planning a hit right now.
— 匕คrค lคzค尺 ツ(@taralazar) March 25, 2013
The sound of kids talking and giggling together could be one of the greatest things in the world.
— Adam Lehrhaupt (@Lehrhaupt) March 25, 2013
“@janeyolen: This is my 50th year of book publication, my first instance of tweeting.” <= Welcome, Ms. Yolen. We all adore you!
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) March 26, 2013
Here's a hummingbird on her nest on our party lights on our porch on this night. twitter.com/MarlaFrazee/st…
— Marla Frazee (@MarlaFrazee) March 26, 2013
You might be a #nerdybookclub member if you've fallen asleep across an open book, woken up, & began reading again.
— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) March 26, 2013
When I do school visits, I hope I look OK, not too crazy, etc. Then way later, the drawings arrive in the mail. twitter.com/MarlaFrazee/st…
— Marla Frazee (@MarlaFrazee) March 26, 2013
Best feeling in the world:writing something the-kid-you-used-to-be would have loved.
— LaurelSnyder (@LaurelSnyder) March 26, 2013
Wait. I assumed the money I pulled from the dog's mouth came from my purse, but maybe I've just discovered the world's most adorable ATM.
— Lynne Kelly Hoenig (@LynneKelly) March 27, 2013
#bookaday MTH Pirates Past Noon - Son, "Dad, I'd like to give Magic Tree House a trophy because I love it so much."
— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) March 28, 2013
I gave away 24 books at Ball State University tonight. The only thing better than giving away books is reading them.
— John Schu (@MrSchuReads) March 29, 2013
In the world my children live in, the currency is stickers.
— Julie Falatko (@JulieFalatko) March 29, 2013
Midnight talks have a certain magic. twitter.com/SandyBoynton/s…
— Sandra Boynton (@SandyBoynton) March 29, 2013
This is my floor during mud season instagram.com/p/XdXAOcMpNs/
— Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) March 29, 2013