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9 Amazon Kindle Tips to Get More Out of Your E-Reader. Amazon has made reading books on Kindle as simple as clicking a button every couple of minutes. However, that has led to many overlooking the rest of the Kindle’s abilities. Most users don’t look past the standard Kindle features. Therefore, here are some tips to help you get more out of Amazon’s ebook reader. You might be familiar with the Send-to-Kindle feature which lets you quickly email books or documents to your Kindle. But while it’s compatible with a vast range of file formats, only two allow you to take complete advantage of its functionalities like font size and WhisperSync. Fortunately, Amazon offers an easy solution. 2. By default, your Kindle’s home screen is populated with books Amazon thinks you might be interested in and items from your reading list. To do that, you will need to go to the Settings, then Device Options. 3. Amazon also lets you link your social accounts like Facebook and Twitter to your Kindle. 4. 5. 6.

If successful, the screen will flash momentarily. 7. BookSeriesInOrder.com - Book Series in Order. TripFiction. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures | Books. The 11 Best Sites for Finding What Books to Read Next. Trying to find good books to read during your commute or planning out your summer reading early?

There is nothing more daunting than going to a bookstore without a shopping list. So, make sure that your next read is going to be a good one. There are plenty of sites you can use to look up books based on your personal taste, favorite authors and titles, or even based on a specific plot summary or character. Whether user-generated, based on recommendations, or using a book recommendation search engine, there are a variety of ways that these sites are going to answer the question: what should I read next?

Gnooks is probably the simplest of these sites to use. The interface is clean and distraction-free, but if you want to find out more about the recommended authors, you’ll have to take your search elsewhere. The only other feature on Gnooks is the option to make one of three selections: I like it, I don’t like it, and I don’t know. 2. You should already be familiar with this book community. The Different Ebook Formats Explained: EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, and More. Advertisement More people are reading ebooks than ever before. Their lower cost and more portable nature means that they now account for 30 percent of all book sales in the United States.

But it’s not all good news for consumers. Unlike MP3s, which you can throw onto any music player and expect them to work, ebooks are a maze of proprietary and open standard formats. To complicate matters further, not all e-readers support all formats. In this article, we look at some of the most common formats, explain their pros and cons, and tell you which readers support them.

EPUB is the most widely adopted ebook file format. Because EPUB is free to use, open standard, and vendor-independent, it has grown to become the most common ebook format. In many ways, it’s the ebook equivalent of the trusty MP3—both in a good and bad way. And the downside? Like EPUB, the MOBI format also grew out of the old OEB format. Amazon bought the company in 2005 and allowed it to flourish for 11 years. 3. 6. EPUB vs. A Librarian’s Guide to Choosing the Right Book for You! There’s no question that reading is important — it educates, inspires, entertains, and so much more. But with thousands of books published every week, how does a reader (especially one that is just getting into reading) decide which one to pick up? This question often occurs for me both because of my work as a librarian and because I am a reader myself! So how does one choose what to read? Read What You Like “Never apologize for your reading taste” — Betty Rosenberg The first rule in Choosing Books Club is to read what you like!

This may seem like odd advice to begin with because, well, isn’t it obvious? Far too many people allow their reading to be guided by the taste of others; they limit themselves to bestseller lists or the latest publishing craze or want only to read the “right” books. With so many choices out there, every reader can find a book to match their preferences. Discovering Your Reading Tastes Pacing: How quickly does the book move? Finding Your Genre Narrowing Your Options. The 12 Worst Workplaces in Contemporary Literature. Thinking Outside the Bin: Why labeling books by reading level disempowers young readers.

Reading flip guides 20180312. I downloaded the image from an online bookstore, as are the blurbs. I produce them inhouse by printing them out - guillotining the cards along the block edges, folding them in half and then laminating them. I am only making guides for the most popular requests - so when I am busy or absent, the other library staff can direct students to them. So far I have only done three for our Year 5s and 6s: Murder mysteries, Mystery stories and Real life graphic novels. Horse stories, humorous stories, dog stories, fantasy graphic novels, verse novels will be next, and then I will start doing guides for the Year 7s and 8s. The key rings are 35mm in diameter and weer purchased from a local hardware store The reading guide cards are 9cm wide and 13cm high Click here for Flip guide template.

Picturebooks for Older Readers – Liz Derouet. Recently I spoke to a group of secondary English teachers, showing them my latest favourite YA reads. I could not resist including a small selection of picture books that I think should be stocked in secondary libraries. Swan Lake by Anne Spudvilas This gorgeous picture book is illustrated by the talented Anne Spudvilas. The story is retold in three acts, with the verbal text taking up only three pages of the book. The remainder of the book is wordless, with full page illustrations. I reviewed this book for Reading Time, my review can be found here. Swan Lake is published by Allen & Unwin, $29.99. Say Yes by Jennifer Castles and Paul Seden Another publication from Allen & Unwin, Say Yes is about two close friends in the 1960s. I reviewed Say Yes for my blog and it can be found here. It is available from Allen & Unwin for $29.99. Drawn Onward by Meg McKinlay and Andrew Frazer Drawn Onward is a book of hope and positivity.

I reviewed Drawn Onward for Reading Time. And Bernardo P. Like this: Don’t knock kids for rereading books. Encourage them to read, full stop | Andrew McCallum. I get as frustrated as the next parent when my children appear unable to move on to reading pastures new. Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants books are hugely entertaining but surely there’s no reason to read the complete collection, volumes 1-12, for the seventh time? A new report seems to agree with me. It claims secondary pupils are falling behind in their reading because they are not moving on from writers they first met in primary school. It cites data showing the 10 most popular books in secondary were all written by Jeff Kinney and David Walliams. The report comes from Renaissance Learning, which runs the Accelerated Reader programme in schools. Is reading development really this simple though? The first reason for this is that the benefits of independent reading seem to stem more from the act itself than from the specifics of the material.

Second, revisiting familiar ground can aid literacy development. The report is not without merit. . … we have a small favour to ask. 2018 · The Stella Prize. Stella is delighted to announce the 2018 Stella Prize longlist of powerful books by Australian women. In a year when women’s voices are demanding to be heard, the 2018 Stella Prize longlist showcases the power and diversity of writing by women in Australia. The determination required to create change, and the political necessity of telling our own stories, shines through in the fiction and nonfiction of this year’s list.

Many authors on the longlist explore the importance of narrative for both our understanding of the past and our imaginings of the future. The prominence of books by smaller independent publishers speaks to the vibrancy of Australian publishing, and the longlist as a whole is a testament to the potency of women’s writing in Australia today. Enjoy discovering the 2018 Stella Prize longlist – click the covers below to learn more about each title, and read the full judges report further down the page.

Judges' report. Bookfish. Whichbook | A new way of choosing what book to read next. 900 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. Australia's new children's laureate Morris Gleitzman hopes to inspire children in dark, uncertain world. Children need inspirational stories more than ever as they contemplate their futures in a sometimes dark and uncertain world, according to Australia's new children's laureate, Morris Gleitzman.

The author of 40 children's books will use his two-year term to promote the value of stories for young people in developing resilience, empathy, smart thinking, optimism and hope. Rarely has a generation needed these qualities more urgently, Gleitzman said. "This is probably as daunting a world to contemplate by young people as it's ever been in human history," he said. "Communication technologies have boomed over the last couple of decades and young people have access to the world like never before. "There are very few aspects of human life that adults who care for kids can keep hidden. Gleitzman succeeds writer-illustrator Leigh Hobbs as laureate, an ambassadorial role created by the Australian Children's Literature Alliance to promote the importance of reading, creativity and story. Charting the geography of classic literature. 11 Simple Ideas to Promote Reading No Matter What You Teach. 2018 Mock Caldecott List. Happy Picture Book Month!

I am participating in a 2018 Mock Caldecott unit with Mr. Colby Sharp's fifth graders. We will read, evaluate, and discuss twenty-one picture books. In identifying a “distinguished American picture book for children,” defined as illustration, committee members need to consider:Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.The only limitation to graphic form is that the form must be one which may be used in a picture book. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound, film or computer program) for its enjoyment.Each book is to be considered as a picture book. Nominee 1: Windows by Julia Denos; illustrated by E.B.

Goodale Mr. Edutopia. The Importance of Reading Fiction – The Mission. I am going to begin this article by posing an argument: reading fiction is important. Everyone can agree that reading is an important component in developing a successful life. Consuming content sharpens your intellect and builds your knowledge set. It seems almost universal that the more successful you are, the more you read. But this focus on reading is one-dimensional. Fiction is a forgotten gem, an untapped well of knowledge and information. I’ve made my argument. Fiction helps you understand other people’s perspectives Fiction has a power that no other form of communication does: the power to insert you fully and completely in someone else’s mind. When you read fiction, you’re seeing the world through a character’s eyes.

Watching a character interact with the world around them is powerful. Good fiction runs deep into the realms of psychology and philosophy. When you take off the guise again — set down the book — you walk away changed. Fiction deepens your understanding of evolution. Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level. Our recent article on reading levels and the dangers of using strictly prescribed leveling systems in libraries for young readers sparked much dialogue and debate. One of the most popular and widely used reading systems is the “A to Z” gradient, developed by Irene C. Fountas, professor in the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and Gay Su Pinnell, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. Both researchers have been adamant that their leveling system was designed as “a teacher’s tool, not a child’s label.” We caught up with Fountas and Pinnell, who jointly gave their perspective on leveling, libraries, reading comprehension, and what they say to districts mandating leveled collections.

The system you developed to assess student reading ability and comprehension involves more than just a leveling system for books. In a nutshell, what is the system designed to do and how did you develop it? Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons, user Mr. Theconversation. For centuries, most children’s books reinforced messages that children are unimportant, incompetent and powerless. Children need to shape up and adopt adults’ values. Children must change to fit into an adult world. Today, it’s easy recognize these books as “childist.” Fortunately more and more children’s books today provide a different set of messages — empowering ones. If you support, respect, encourage and even admire children, then you’ll want to give them books that help them thrive and meet their full potential. In other words, you’ll want to choose “child-centered” books instead of “childist” ones. Lack of respect Childism is prejudice against children. But Young-Bruehl also points out that childism is much more subtle than outright abuse.

As Young-Bruehl explains, childism comprises: “The prevailing images or stereotypes of children that individual adults and societies use to rationalize their feelings towards them.” Shattering the hierarchy But there’s good news. Are You an Echo. A Culture of Reading / Avenue4Learning. I had a great conversation last night on Twitter about “silent reading” time. Some teachers feel it is a waste of time… that kids are more likely to become discipline problems during this time… that they’re not really reading… or that they’re not comprehending what they’re reading.

I disagreed. And now, as I think about it, I can disagree because our school values and intentionally cultivates a culture of reading. This culture provides time, choice, modeling, reading aloud (for all our classes, not only our “littles”), discussion with peers, options in how/what/why they read, but most importantly that reading books is something we ENJOY. Books are gifts.

Some of the things we don’t do: reading logs, forced leveled readers, reading tracking programs, prescriptive reading lists, required reports/discussion/book conferences for every book a child reads, etc.. In my opinion – and 20+ years of teaching experience – those things kill the joy of reading. Books are gifts. Author Chris Grabenstein: Books for Kids! Now you can host a Lemoncello-style Scavenger Hunt in YOUR library. Working with Children's Services librarians from the Carroll County Public Library in Finksburg, Maryland, Chris has created Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Escape Game for libraries everywhere! Everything you need is available in one downloadable PDF: Set Up and Game Play InstructionsGame Master GuideAnswer Sheets for players to fill inClue CardsLess Challenging WORD Answer CardsMore Challenging PICTOGRAM Answer Cards To access this PDF file, you will need a special code (otherwise, all the players could find the answers to the word puzzle right here!).

If you are a librarian or the person organizing the game, just send an e-mail to Chris and he will send you the secret code. If you've already done that step, click here to enter your Access Code. Chart every country's favourite book on this map. A storybook tour of London's past. The @DavidGeurin Blog: 11 Simple Ideas to Promote Reading No Matter What You Teach.

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Books that Change the Course of Our Lives – The Writing Cooperative. How Australia's children's authors create magic on the page. Guess the character in children's fiction - quiz | Children's books. Hilarious summaries of classic novels? There's a comic for that. Broadcast Yourself. Children’s Book Week 2016 - Resources. The Complete Calendar Plug-In of the World's Fictional Holidays. Kurt Vonnegut - The Shapes of Stories. Top 10 quotes about tolerance in children's books | Children's books. The Book Seer | What should I read next.

Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away | Simon Jenkins | Opinion. Book People: Anna Ciddor. The Inky awards: resources for your library. 10 Fairy Tales With a Twist. Great Books for Resistant Readers in Middle School and High School. Picture Books that Celebrate Books and Libraries. Speed Dating by Book Genre: Personal Ads. Police Sketches of Literary Characters Based on Their Book Descriptions. How Does 'A Wrinkle in Time' Look on a Map? A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book give you no choice. #quote. "Ban This Book" Poster · Incidental Comics · Online Store Powered by Storenvy. A reader’s manifesto (cartoon) Not Just for Little Kids – What Picture Books Have Taught My Middle Schoolers.

The best picture books of 2015. The Ten Best Weather Events in Fiction. The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015. Review: The Strays by Emily Bitto. Review of Bitto, The Strays TEXT Vol 18 No 2. Book Review: The Strays – Emily Bitto - The Big Smoke. The Strays by Emily Bitto review – the fizz and the fall of bohemian living. The Book Seer | What should I read next. The Power of Taking Reading Breaks. Learning To Read Alone Is Not Enough. Your Students Need A Reading Champion. Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind.