Some of you may have read about this website in Jacque Petersen's weekly post. I spent a little time looking around in the site and I think abookandahug.com would be a great link from your home pages. The sites author/owner is a children's bookseller/librarian/parent/grandparent all rolled into one. Her page on Books for Boys has some new tips and categories worth investigating and she is developing a Books for Girls page. She also has a page of videos from her TV program, Books Alive, where she interviews authors. And I really liked the number of "If you like xxxxxx" links for those patrons who have read an entire series and need suggestions as to where to go next. My only complaint was in Firefox, on my screen, some of the text spilled over from the white background to a darker background and was a little difficult to read. Check it out for yourself though! Katie
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Higher Higher by Leslie Patricelli 978-0763632410 (NE)
What Are You So Grumpy About by Tom Lichtenheld 978-0316065894 (SH)
Leo Cockroach, Toy Tester by Kevin O'Malley 978-080277604 (SH)
Eoin Colfer's Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer 978-0756965143 (SH)
Nasreen's Secret School by Jeanette Winter 978-1416994374 (MD)
Benny & Penny in the Toy Breaker by Geoffrey Hayes 978-1935179078 (LM)
Benny & Penny in the Big No-NO by Geoffrey Hayes 978-0979923890 (LM)
Permabound's DC Super Heros Series
Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems 978-1423113478 (LM)
The "Wild Outdoors" series by Capstone (Duck Hunting, Deer Hunting, Bowhunting, Freshwater Fishing)9781429648080,9781429648073, 978142964809, 9781429648103 (CS)
"Becoming a Sodier" series by Meish Goldish, Bearport Pub., Air Force, 978-1936088102; Army, 978-1936088119; Marine Corp, 978-1936088133; Navy, 978-1936088140; Coast Guard, 978-1936088126 (CS)
Little Wolf's Book of Badness 978-1840028232 (PF)
Of Thee I Sing: a Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama 978-0375835278 (PF)
Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub 978-0399246593 (JF)
The Story of Snow: the Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Casino 78-0811868662 (JF)
The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel 978-0060753726 (JF)
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems; illus by Jon Muth 978-1423103004 (GT)
Three Questions by Jon Muth 978-0439199964 (GT)
Oh, No! or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett 978-1423123125(BB)
Chalk by Bill Thomson 978-0761455264(BB)
Shark vs.Train by Chris Barton 978-0316007627(BB)
Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down 978-0316070164 (BB)
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams 978-1590787120 (BB)
Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull 978-0152066390 (BB)
Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds 978-0399250910 (BB)
"Survive Alive" series by Neil Champion, Amicus Pub. Finding Food and Water, 978-1607530374; Making Shelter, 978-1607530411; Finding Your Way, 978-1607530381; Tools and Crafts, 978-1607530428 (BB)
The Kid's Guide to Building Cool Stuff 978-1429622769 (BB)
How to Draw Cool Fashions 978-1429634069 (BB)
The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux by Emily Arnold McCully 978-0374366940 (CN)
What a collection!!! You can't imagine how I miss hunting for treasures like these and being able to buy and share them with students. Thanks for sharing folks!! Katie
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the ultimate guide ISBN-13: 978-1423121718 (MD)
Info on "Winter Break Reading Challenge" Contact Miriam Dunbar for details
Snowmen at Christmas ISBN-13: 978-0803729957 (JC)
Silver Packages ISBN-13: 978-0531300510 (JC) there is a Write-from-the-Beginning lesson on this book
Alaskan Night Before Christmas by Tricia Brown ISBN-13: 978-1589805545 (BB)
Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera ISBN-13: 978-0547406220 (BB)
Christmas Menorah's by Janice Cohn ISBN-13: 978-0807511534 (CN)
Great Migrations DVD found at Barnes & Noble at 40% off by (BB)
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt ISBN 0-15-205307-7 (LD/MH)
Idea - RIF book drive at Pearl Creek. Ask Michelle for details.
Poetrees by Douglas Florian ISBN 1-41698672-3 (DR)
Soldiers Night Before Christmas by Trish Holland ISBN-13: 978-0375937958 (LM)
Rangers Apprentice, Bk 9 Halt's Peril ISBN-13: 978-0399252075 (LM)
Dimond Willow by Helen Frost (concrete verse) ISBN-13: 978-0374317768 (PF)
Spinning Through the Universe by Helen Frost ISBN-10: 0374371598 (KS)
Website for poetry - Paige Bentley www.deschuteslibrary.org/poetrypaige
NEED!!! Titles for 6th grade girl with 1.3 RL (forward titles to Michelle at Pearl Creek AND send on elibrarian
Say what?? Yes, 36 Pages, that is the number of pages in most picture books and this is a blog all about picture books, acknowledging how hard it is to limit oneself to such limited space and celebrating those creative souls who do it well.
I haven't read this yet, in fact I don't own a copy...yet, but it is at the top of my purchase list. Book List, Library Journal and the Amazon customer reviews all give it high praise. We'll be getting a copy for he LMS Professional collection but it looks like something you might want for your teachers AND parents.
From Melissa Rickey at UAF Dept of Education
Here is a forwarded email from poet Janet Wong
Dear Melissa, Darcy, and Barbara:
I am very happy to announce that a free downloadable Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of my next book, ME AND ROLLY MALOO, is now available at www.charlesbridge.com/arc. Username: Charlesbridge
Please take a look, and if you like it, share it with your colleagues, students, and friends! This is the book that I featured in one of the small sessions that Barbara attended, and it is also the book that I will focus on in my IRA luncheon talk in Chicago.
A note about the title: Jenna Lee is the one who tells the story in this book. I describe her as "ME" in the title because so many of us, particularly children, define ourselves in terms of the people around us. Rather than taking the lead in forming our own identities and making our own decisions, we are shaped by peer pressure. In this book, Jenna becomes a cheater because Rolly wants her to cheat.
I'm hoping that this story will encourage lively classroom discussions about popularity, identity, being a leader, and doing the right thing. I think this book could make a successful read-aloud (with the graphic novel-like elements providing a natural opportunity for readers' theater).
On a related subject: Charlesbridge is doing a drawing, with the prize being a Skype school visit from me. You can find details on their website, about halfway down the home page: www.charlesbridge.com. Please feel free to spread the word about this. Last month I plunged into the world of Skype and did a half-dozen Skype sessions with students, and it was fun for everyone, I think, because it had a "special event" feeling despite the fact that it was pretty easy to do. I'd love to "visit" more students this way!