October 2011 Updates

Here are some of my favorite books for this month:

Enjoyed other books:
Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel – I loved this version, hilarious story. Favorite quote: “What the heck is that thing?!”

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst – Wow, creative voice, made me chuckle throughout.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy – Brilliant fantasy that is set in Portland- wonderful illustrations and a treasure I look forward to reading aloud with my son.

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney – Impressive historical fiction book. Interesting community and setting.

I shared this slideshow with book trailers with my Ridgewood Newbery Club which then selected their top 6 books.

Also, I share resources with the community and librarian colleagues each month, they’re compiled in an OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries) newsletter and also, I thought I’d get in the habit of sharing them here:

Debbie’s Discoveries from 9/1-10/1, 2011
Here we go:
#1:  OASL Library Resources Diigo:  so far there are over 100 fabulous webpages bookmarked by numerous OASL friends, will you include your voice?  Will you join the Diigo group?  We hope so: http://groups.diigo.com/group/oasl-libraries-resources
My favorite read this month was an adult book snuck in!
The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma: http://www.makeareadingpromise.com/index.html
This was a beautiful, quick read celebrating the promise between father and daughter to spend time reading every night together and also quite a sad but poignant message about school libraries at the end of the book.
My second favorite read (but really quite close) was Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.  I always love receiving in my inbox the latest from Twenty by Jenny and I thought her review captured the book perfectly:
Librarian articles and lesson/library resources:
Here is the article that you should share with your whole community:  How to get your child to be a fanatic reader:
Here is the article to share with all principals, school board members, community members:
The pick-me-up webpage to amuse you: 10 ways to stick it to your librarian:
Elementary Teacher Librarians:  Have you seen this blog page: Try Curiosity!  It has terrific guiding questions and lesson ideas: http://trycuriosity.blogspot.com/
Hoping to see friendly library-people celebrating books at Wordstock this year!  http://www.wordstockfestival.com/
I have my new sign up and will be providing them for teachers around the school:
Inspired to create a library promotion video now, easy and fun:
Celebrate those Banned Books:
This link includes pictures/list of 10 popular children’s classics and the reasons why attempts were made to remove them from circulation:
Also, Google Earth Map of Banned Books: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/map-of-book-bans-and-challenges.html
Want to be inspired by a student’s actions against book banning?:
Activities/Resources in the library:
Book Tasting in the Library:  we’ve heard this idea of students sampling/judging books in other ways, I like the wording and comments in this post:
Interesting idea: put poetry on the floor = Floor-etry!  What a way to celebrate words:
Flowchart recommendations for SF/Fantasy- fabulous resource, what can we create inspired by this?
Celebrate Books and Authors:
2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the beloved classic, The Phantom Tollbooth. Meet the book’s creators, Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, and hear them discuss how this classic came to be.
NPR has had wonderful stories to listen to:
Wanna Live Forever? Become a noun:
This Pig Wants to Party: Maurice Sendak:
Plus celebrate the new Shel Silverstein’s Poetry Book:
Hope you’ve already seen this video sharing background information about Dr. Seuss’s new book The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories… I am enjoying the book and the App as well!
Another article- since I’ve already mentioned Sendak, Seuss, and Silverstein, here’s a terrific one:
Childrens Authors Who Broke the Rules:
Books to movies:
I love The Borrowers by Mary Norton, this might be an interesting adaptation: http://vimeo.com/28578633
Articles I think are useful to read:
Wonderful Jim Scheppke wrote this article that all should read:
Important article with our advocacy:
Article about how we approach children’s education:  What if the secret to success is failure?
I completely dislike the article title but the content is interesting to read:  Why reading aloud has no effect and what to do about it:
Texting Improves Vocabulary?!:
Fascinating book art creation mystery:
Did you hear Daletta Gonzalez get interviewed on NPR’s Think Out Loud? If not, here is the link:
Ode to Teachers: Beautiful Article:
Random Video I saw:
Another YouTube Movie that might be terrific for your Guardian’s of Ga’Hoole fans:  Transformer Owl!
Who wants to join a library connected romp around Portland inspired by this article? http://www.neighborhoodnotes.com/news/2011/09/portlands_literarythemed_bars_where_drinking_and_reading_mix/

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