Must See Picture Books for Kids! Below is a continuation of our big list of Caldecott Award winners. The books listed on this page of our list are surely some of the most stunning and extraordinary picture books for kids that have ever been published. Each one merits the honor. Caldecott Committee: We agree! Getting past the easy reach As I’ve been working on writing my book and hitting these mental milestones (40,000 words felt like a lot, then it felt like a lot to rework my outline, then it felt like I’d hit a mountaintop at 55,000 words and counting), I’ve been thinking a lot about the way we talk about and promote books to readers. Then in today’s Shelf Awareness, I saw this about the “book grapevine.” Click through and read it because it isn’t long. In short, the book gets great promotion on the ground level, then it gets promotion from a big-name person in the field or industry, that word gets to a reader who then suggests the book to, in this case, a book seller (and you can swap book seller for librarian or teacher or any other reader advocate), who then reads the book and they themselves do ground-level promotion of the title, too.
101 Web 2.0 Teaching Tools Online tools and resources have made it easier for teachers to instruct students, and for students to collaborate with those teachers and with other students and parents. These “Web 2.0” teaching tools aren’t magical, but they may seem to defy definition at times since they save time, help you to stay organized, and often take up little space on a computer. Some of these applications are Web-based, which means that they can be accessed from any computer. The following list is filled with tools that will make a teacher’s, or those enrolled in the best online education programs, life easier.
Google Lit Trips for Young Readers Where in the world will our youngest readers travel as they discover the world of books! Reading About Reading Kind Words Site Map Site Search Videos 25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read It’s a truism that kids’ books aren’t just for kids. Franchises like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games wouldn’t be nearly as successful if adults weren’t packing into theaters along with teens and tweens, and besides, the stigma against teen lit is so passé. YA is a rich, fascinating, and constantly evolving subset of literature, and it speaks volumes about the values literature passes on to subsequent generations. That said, here are 25 of the best books and series whose appeal endures even for those whose ages don’t end in “-teen”; some are eternal classics, some personal favorites. All are excellent. Harry Potter series, J.K.
Black Sheep Press: Authors Jane Cobb, BA, MLS, is a Children's Librarian with 25 years experience working with children and their families. She is currently the Coordinator of Parent-Child Mother Goose and Man in the Moon Programs for Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, British Columbia; a Trainer for the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program in Toronto; and an Instructor of Children's Services in the Library Technician Program at Langara College in Vancouver. Jane is the author of What'll I Do with the Baby-o and I'm a Little Teapot. View Jane's Blog: Kathryn E. Shoemaker, illustrator of What'll I Do with the Baby-o, is the illustrator of over thirty-six books for children and the author of four books for teachers.
Five Ways Libraries Can Offer Readers’ Advisory on Tumblr by Molly Wetta *This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of RA News. Primary Possibilities: Wednesday Wisdom- Technology If you are lucky enough to have an iPod or iPad in your classroom you know that they can be great motivators for students. There are tons of apps that teach and reinforce what your students need to learn. You also know that keeping kids in the app that you want them in is usually not quite so easy! You suddenly hear the sounds of birds flying through the air and pigs oinking and you know that someone has found their way to that Angry Birds app you just can’t bring yourself to delete. Here are step-by-step directions for keeping your students on task and on the right app. I am showing this using my iPhone but these same steps can be used on iPods, iPads, and iPad Minis.
Five Sentence ChallengeFive Sentence Challenge The 100 WC prompt is published on Sundays. The 5SC prompt is posted every two weeks on Thursday evenings. Children write their pieces in class These are posted to the class blog The URL of the POST (not the blog URL) is linked to the 100WC.net for that prompt. Please make sure you link to the right prompt! 44 Books to Read if You Love Twilight by First Mate Keira If you haven’t yet read the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, you should. All 4 books are out. This is their order: Plus there’s a companion piece to Eclipse entitled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner .