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#ClassroomBookaDay

21 Sep

jillian1.jpgI just recently heard a podcast on Books Between about Classroom Book a Day with it’s creator, Jillian Heise. I love the idea of reading a book every day kids are in school and not only that, but reading picture books to middle grade students. Jillian was inspired by Donalyn Miller and her summer vacation Book a Day challenge – and up-ed the ante to include her students.

I love the idea of teaching about a global perspective, theme, character development and so much more in a very short amount of time and then getting the chance to compare these ideas across a wide array of texts. This idea also promotes visual literacy which is becoming more and more integrated into students’ lives.

As I was listening to the podcast, I thought of a really interesting blog project – Blog Book a Day, if teacher’s can find five minutes to read a picture book during the school day, I should be able to do the same during my day. And it’s perfect in that I have access to a TON of picture books at the library, so I’ll never really have an excuse. So, I’m thinking about hashing out these details to start in January. It sounds like a great project!

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Reader’s Choice

8 Jul

Summer Reading is in full swing and without a doubt we’ve had parents requesting classics, literary books, and titles that will challenge their kids, rather than picking up the Diary of a Wimpy Kid title for the 100th time.  And while classics, literary fiction and challenging works have their place, I strongly believe that kids need to learn to read for fun rather than what’s required of them. As an adult, when was the last time you read something that was required of you (outside of work)? Or that you read something that challenged you?

I just spent the last three days reading a Nora Roberts trilogy – sappy, romantic, happy endings, the works. Nora Roberts tends to be my guilty pleasure books, I know everything is going to work out in the end, they don’t take much thought process, but I love them. If kids only read things picked out for them by teachers, parents and adults – how will they learn how great reading can be? When kids read the same title over and over again, it’s because they like it, the book makes them feel confident in their skills and isn’t that what we’re looking for? Confident readers that enjoy reading?

So the next time you stop by the local library or bookstore, allow your kids to peruse those titles that make them want to read and maybe slip in a few read-alike titles that a librarian or bookseller can suggest, maybe they’ll pick up those new titles right away and if not, when they’re ready, they will! Happy Reading!

Summer Camp Titles for Middle Grade Readers

7 Jul

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Although I didn’t spend my summers as a child at summer camp, many of my friends did and it always sounded like so much fun. Here’s a great list of titles for middle grade readers that are set in summer camp – Enjoy!

  1. Camp Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
  2. Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg
  3. Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett Krosoczka
  4. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
  5. Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  6. How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders
  7. Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
  8. Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  9. Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
  10. A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff
  11. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  12. Sports Camp by Rich Wallace

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/26/17

26 Jun

I’m so proud of myself – I was able to finish all three books on my list for this week and just started a fourth one! I was able to finish Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn and read Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt and  Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson. I also just cracked open Brightwood by Tania Unsworth which states that it’s the perfect book for fans of Doll Bones and from what I’ve read so far Serafina and the Black Cloak.

This upcoming week, I hope to be able to finish up Brightwood and then also read Refugee by Alan Gratz, author of Prisoner B–3087 due out at the end of July and The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick due out at the end of August. It’s amazing to me how much better I feel when I just spend time reading – I feel more centered and grounded and not quite like I’m treading water trying to keep myself afloat.  So I know, that if I’m feeling stressed out, I just need to give myself a little time with a great book to feel much calmer!


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

BEA in a Day

5 Jun

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My co-worker and I went up to Book Expo America (BEA) on Friday, just for the day. We couldn’t go for all three days and got up extra early on Friday to drive to New Jersey to grab the NJ Transit up to Penn Station and then walked the few short blocks to the Javits Center. With commuting time, we spend over 12 hours on an epic trip that napped us some really great SWAG and some awesome author autographs.

If you’re unfamiliar with BEA, it’s a yearly expo of publishers promoting upcoming titles for the summer and fall season, sometimes even hitting titles for early the following year. For many of the publishers, they spend the three days in meetings with authors, potential authors and working really hard to provide a quality experience for booksellers, educators and librarians.

It’s a chance for us, as librarians to become familiar with upcoming titles for picture books, middle grade and young adult genres. It’s so much fun talking with publisher reps who are as excited about books as we are and they have so much great knowledge about titles that they not only enjoyed, but truly loved reading.

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So here’s what actually happens, there’s a large convention space for all publishers and as a librarian, we walk around talking with reps and picking up Advanced Reader’s Copies or ARCs – books that are planning on being published in the next six months or so. These prints usually have some editing that needs to be done, some are without artwork or color, while others can be missing entire sections of the book.  But, for the most part you can snag some pretty awesome titles. For example, at a conference last year I got an ARC for The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill which later won the Newbery Award (and I was later able to get my ARC signed by the author which is pretty awesome). So, as you can see, I got the most recent title in the  Mr.Lemocello’s Library series, due out on October 10, 2017, along with 36 other titles, mainly middle grade and YA, but also a few picture books as well.

The Expo also has some really great talks going on through the three-day event including promotional talks, talking about diversity, and more. We were able to stop by the editor book buzz on middle grade fiction out this fall and got to a great afternoon talk which you can see in the picture below!

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The other exciting part of conferences and expos like BEA is the chance to meet authors and illustrators – this year we got to get book signed by Caldecott winner, Dan Santat, Chris Grabenstein, Lindsay Eager, plus (drumroll please…) Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Chris Harris author and producer of How I Met Your Mother and Neil Patrick Harris, yes that Neil Patrick Harris.

I was completely exhausted by the end of the day, but we had an awesome time and I’m hoping that next year, I’ll actually be able to spend the whole three days in New York! A great big thank you to all the publishers, authors, and illustrators who worked so hard to make this event a success! It was awesome!

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