This post is another great list of books to consider for your collection, selected by members of the members of the International Reading Association's Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group. It has titles for the entire range of school age readers (and many us adults will enjoy as well.)
The entry in the K-2 for the book Thunderstorm sounds like a title which could easily support our science curriculum while also being an entertaining read. Another paired with it is called Flood. Again a book easily tied to curriculum. Also on the list is a book illustrated by Erin Stead, creator of Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
Secondary folks need to check out this list as well for there are also recommendations for middle school and high school collections. For fans of Moon Over Manifest the list includes Clare Vanderpool's Navigating Early, which I whole-heartedly endorse as a great read. Katie
This BoingBoing post by Cory Doctorow (author of Little Brother..and now its sequel Homeland) has a link to a PDF full of useful information and resources about using comics in the classroom. This includes tips on how using graphic novels can meet some of the new Common Core standards. We'll look into getting some of the resources listed on page 7 of the PDF for our professional collection at LMS. You might want to include links to some of the URLs in your teacher resources.
You're going to love this very 'unique' and fun collection of of picture books reviewed in School Library Journal by one of the new up and coming school librarians, Travis Jonker. Katie
If you haven't already read the SLJ article on how this Tumblr site came about you might enjoy learning its history. However, the posts on the LCML site are fascinating and so rewarding to read. But they're preaching to the choir so WE need to figure out how to get library funders to this site to discover the importance of libraries to our patrons. Unfortunately Tumblr is blocked in our district so perhaps posting a short mention with the URL, http://librarieschangedmylife.tumblr.com/ , in a newsletter home would be an approach to take. Please share other ideas you have. Katie
PS I just decided to bookmark the LCML site on my toolbar. What a pick-me-up it will be to read just one post a day!!
If you serve K-8 students and don't have a link to this wonderful site created by the Sea Grant program (and partners) for your teachers I'd recommend you add one to your webpage(s) and advertise it widely. There are lesson plans as well as science notebooks and tips for taking field trips. Also links to a few great videos as well as a short story read aloud in Tlingit!
We are looking into adding the site to the WebPath Express results in Destiny as well. Katie
Here's a great writing contest to get your students off to a great start at the beginning of the year. Writing is a huge part of the new standards. Why not make it fun!! Katie