Monday, June 20, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - June 20, 2016

We bring you this special edition of It's Monday, What Are You Reading! Today I want to look at what my K-4 students have checked out this past school year.

The Top Ten Circulated Books

10. Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 6) by Jeff Kinney, 978-1419-70223-5.

Cabin Fever Event Guide

9. Fish in A Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt, 978-03991-6259-6

Educator's Guide

8. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, 978-17435-3987-3

The Thing About Jellyfish Educator's Guide

7. A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord, 978-05457-0027-6

A Handful of Stars Educator's Guide

6. The LEGO book by Daniel Lipkowitz, 978-07566-6693-4

5. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, 978-12500-4323-8

Crenshaw Educator's Guide

4. Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel, 978-05452-1028-7

3. Cardboard by Doug TenNapel, 978-05454-1873-7

2. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, 978-05451-3206-0

1. Smile by Raina Telgemeier, 978-05455-4060-5

Here's a great 
from Scholastic. 

Any surprises?

I'm happy that chapter books made the list! After the Mock Newbery Club ended, I booktalked some of our reads to the 3rd and 4th graders.  I'm hoping there's a direct correlation! I am pained with the lack of diversity on the list! Definitely a goal for Fall 2016.

Check out Daydream Reader (@NikiOhsBarnes) for more ideas of what the K-4 crowd is reading. We've got some books in common!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stepping Into Digital Literacy

Recently I was honored to present at the 34th Annual Sharjah International Book Fair in Sharjah UAE. This was the second annual American Library Association (ALA) Library Conference. It was a an incredible experience.

My presentation was on my starting to integrate Digital Literacy into the library curriculum. It's truly a work in progress and I'll update as I learn more!


Fair Pictures
Showing the route from DC to Dubai UAE

Fair welcome
Students were everywhere at the fair!

Loved the variety in book covers

Presentation tweets

Answering questions about access

 Had a great time learning with other school librarians at the fair! Thank you to ALA for such a wonderful and fulfilling opportunity.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Voyagers Series Giveaway

Samples and prizing are provided by Random House Children’s Books
#VoyagersHQ - check out the site!
All right science fiction fans, there's a new series that already has two books out for you!

Part sci-fi, part eco-mystery, all action-adventure.

As the young heroes in VOYAGERS journey into outer space to save planet Earth, you are invited to become part of the story by joining the crew through the multi-platform, VOYAGERS HQ. 

The HQ extends the adventure beyond the page, unlocking games and activities on your device!

Each book has clues and codes that lead to world extensions to be explored, played, and shared. Your online profile tracks your progress through the VOYAGERS universe, and gives you rewards, ranking and virtual currency for each product code redeemed.

You can create your own custom VOYAGERS character, follow the team and experience this space adventure through the eyes of your own virtual droid.

Book 1 - Project Alpha by  DJ MacHale

Earth is in danger! Without a renewable source of clean energy, our planet will be toast in less than a year. There are 6 essential elements that, when properly combined, create a new power source. But the elements are scattered throughout the galaxy. And only a spaceship piloted by children can reach it and return to Earth safely. First the ideal team of four 12-year-olds must be chosen, and then the first element must be retrieved. There is not a mistake to be made, or a moment to lose. The source is out there. Voyagers is blasting off in 3, 2,1!

Credit: Gayle Goodrich

About the Author
D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon, Morpheus Road, the SYLO Chronicles. He has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Flight 29 Down and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.

Website: DJ MacHale Books
Twitter: @DJMacHale
Facebook:  Author DJ MacHale

Book 2 - Game of Flames by Robin Wasserman

The Alpha team has been chosen and they've already snagged the first element on planet J-16. The second is hidden on Meta-Prime, a planet filled with metal mazes, catapults of fire, and warring alien robots. But what our Voyagers don't know is that there is another ship, the Omega team, following hot on their trail...

About the Author
Credit: Sonya Sones

Robin Wasserman is the author of several acclaimed books for children and young adults, including The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, Hacking Harvard, the Cold Awakening Trilogy, and the Chasing Yesterday Trilogy. A former children's book editor, she lives and writes (and frequently procrastinates) in Brooklyn, New York.

Website: Robin Wasserman
Twitter: @RobinWasserman
Facebook: Robin Wasserman

The Giveaway

Get both books in the series AND a special prize pack: A branded iphone 6 case with a home GadgetGrip button! Open to US addresses only. Giveaway closes Wednesday November 18, 2015, 11:59 pm.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Library Update - Part 3

Taking the atelier apart in preparation for the renovation. Sinks have been removed!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Library Update - Part 2

At the end of the school year, the Head of School gathered a bunch of volunteers to pack up the library. That was good and bad. The good was I had a lot of volunteers. The bad was I couldn't control HOW things were packed nor where they were placed nor how they were LABELED! Also, since our update has been delayed, I've had to dig through boxes time and time again to try to find books. Students also only had access to books on a cart.

Book Box Surprise!

Books to be weeded
Finding books to checkout

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Library Update - Part 1

Fall of 2014, I moved to The Stanley Clark School in South Bend. It's a small private school serving students from PreK-8.  I would oversee 4 small libraries: Main (all ages but mostly 1-4), Fannin (PreK-K,) The Tigers Den (5-8 fiction only) and The HPL (professional library).  The one thing I knew going in was the main library and the Fannin Hall library would be combining into a remodeled space.

Here is what the space, known as the atelier, looked like:
Downstairs - kdg lunchroom

Upstairs - 4/5 Lunchroom

Here's the original Main Library:

Here's the original Fannin Hall - I don't have many pictures inside. It was so small, we would sit in the hall and rotate inside!

 So we will see how we will combine the two libraries and also include space for making and legos. Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fable Comcs Blog Tour - 5 Questions with Ulises Farinas

Various authors. Fable Comics. Macmillan (First Second Books). 2015. 128 pg. 978-1626721074. $19.99
From the publisher:
From classics like “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Grasshopper and the Ants” to obscure gems like “The Frogs Who Desired a King,” Fable Comics has something to offer every reader. Twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by twenty-six different cartoonists. Edited by New York Times bestselling Fairy Tale Comics’ Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.
What a great way to study fables in the classroom. These interpretatins are not only graphic but may provide a twist teachrs and students hadn't expected! Read on as Ulises Farinas answers 5 Questions on The Great Weasel War - his interpretation of The Mice and the Weasel.

1. When researching The Mice and The Weasel - I came across several versions. Which did you use and how did you choose it?
We didn't stick to any single version, we tried to distill the moral into a fun new concept, while still maintaining the essence of the original fable. 

2. Greatness carries its own penalties is one moral of this fable. Agree or disagree? How did you translate this to your version?
When the moral is placed within the context of war, its warning is much more against foolhardy endeavors than greatness in itself. Recognizing your own limitations and preparing properly is something too many people fail to do when confronting their obstacles. When they are defeated, only then it is obvious which mistakes they've maken.

3. Am I detecting a sense of the absurd/humor in your version?
Of course, War is absurd, it is a hysteria that overwhelms people and rids them of their common sense. The original fable had them wearing ornate head-dresses, on mice. I think the absurdity is intended in the original fable as well.

4. I see you are working with Freitas on this story and also on a recently released Godzilla title. How do you two know each other and what’s your working process?
Erick Freitas and I work together on all our titles that we write. Usually we go over an idea together on the phone, afterwards he or I write an outline of what should happen, and Erick writes a script based on that. Then we go back and forth finessing it til it's where we want it.

We've known each other since we were 11 years old. 

5. So, what’s next for you?

Erick and I are currently writing Judge Dredd for IDW, and our anthology series Amazing Forest is being published by IDW as well. 

You will find many of your favorite authors and illustrators in Fable Comics:
Fable Comics is:
James Kochalka and ‘The Fox and the Grapes’
Tom Gauld and ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’
George O’Connor and the ‘Hermes’ fables
Sophie Goldstein and ‘Leopard Drums Up Dinner’
Charise Harper and ‘The Belly and the Body Members’
R. Sikoryak and ‘Lion + Mouse’
Jennifer L. Meyer and ‘Fox and Crow’
Eleanor Davis and ‘The Old Man and Death’
Jaime Hernandez and ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’
Simone Lia and ‘The Crow and the Pitcher’
Graham Chaffee and ‘The Dog and His Reflection’
Maris Wicks and ‘The Dolphins, The Whales, and The Sprat’
Vera Brosgol and ‘The Hare and the Pig’
Kenny Widjaja and ‘The Demon, The Thief, and the Hermit’
Corinne Mucha and ‘The Elephant in Favor’
Liniers and ‘The Mouse Council’
Mark Newgarten and ‘Man and Wart’
Israel Sanchez and ‘The Milkmaid and Her Pail’
Ulises Farinas and ‘The Great Weasel War’
R.O. Blechman and ‘The Sun and the Wind’
Graham Annable and ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’
John Kerschbaum and ‘The Grasshopper and the Ants’
Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline and ‘The Thief and the Watchdog’
Gregory Benton and ‘The Hen and the Mountain Turtle’
Roger Langridge and ‘Demades and His Fable’

SLJ Good Comics for Kids features Fable Comics editor Chris Duffy, 9/21
Charlotte’s Library features James Kochalka and ‘The Fox and the Grapes,’ 9/22
Musings of a Librarian features Tom Gauld and ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,’ 9/23
Sharp Reads features George O’Connor and the ‘Hermes’ fables, 9/24
Fly to Fiction features Sophie Goldstein an ‘Leopard Drums Up Dinner,’ 9/25
Supernatural Snark features Charise Harper and ‘The Belly and the Body Members,’ 9/26
It’s All Comic to Me features R. Sikoryak and ‘Lion + Mouse,’ 9/27
Ex Libris Kate features Jennifer L. Meyer and ‘Fox and Crow,’ 9/28
The Roarbots features Eleanor Davis and ‘The Old Man and Death,’ 9/29
Fleen features Jaime Hernandez and ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf,’ 9/30
The Book Monsters features Simone Lia and ‘The Crow and the Pitcher,’ 10/1
The Brain Lair features Graham Chaffee and ‘The Dog and His Reflection,’ 10/2
Librarian in Cute Shoes features Maris Wicks and ‘The Dolphins, The Whales, and The Sprat,’ 10/3
Women Write About Comics features Vera Brosgol and ‘The Hare and the Pig,’ 10/4
The Busy Librarian features Kenny Widjaja and ‘The Demon, The Thief, and the Hermit,’ 10/5
The Book Rat features Corinne Mucha and ‘The Elephant in Favor,’ 10/6
Read. Watch. Connect features Liniers and ‘The Mouse Council,’ 10/7
Cherry Blossoms and Maple Syrup features Mark Newgarten and ‘Man and Wart,’ 10/8
Jenuine Cupcakes features Israel Sanchez and ‘The Milkmaid and Her Pail,’ 10/9
Bumbles & Fairy Tales features Ulises Farinas and ‘The Great Weasel War,’ 10/10
Graphic Policy features R.O. Blechman and ‘The Sun and the Wind,’ 10/11
The Book Wars features Graham Annable and ‘The Hare and the Tortoise,’ 10/12
Sturdy for Common Things features John Kerschbaum and ‘The Grasshopper and the Ants,’ 10/13
Kid Lit Frenzy features Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline and ‘The Thief and the Watchdog,’ 10/14
Maria’s Melange features Gregory Benton and ‘The Hen and the Mountain Turtle,’ 10/15
Read Write Reflect features Roger Langridge and ‘Demades and His Fable,’ 10/16


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