And this isn't NERDY as in techie nerds. This is NERDY as in book loving nerds. Check out The Nerdy Book Club and see if you don't get lost in the posts almost immediately and have to struggle to come up for air. One of the facilitators is Donalyn Miller, author of the Book Whisperer, just to give you an idea of the expertise moving the project along. And it's not just for elementary folks. Check out their book lists and see how many of their recommendations, especially the non-fiction, you have in your collection. Install their button, designed by Tom Angelberger on your webpage to link to the awards lists -
This tip from LM_Net user and public librarian Barb Langridge-
"I went to abookandahug, clicked on Search in the right hand corner, selected picture book and scrolled down to click on the keyword 'gratitude' and got this list:
Grateful for the hundreds of teacher librarians who are supporting abookandahug with book recommendations and in the library/classroom.
Howard County Central Library
10375 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21045
Notice that she used "gratitude" rather than "thankfulness." Talk to your students about keywords and synonyms. And be sure you show them how to get to the search box on her site, ABookAndAHug. If YOU haven't been there take a look. When you click on "Search" not only do you get limiters for genre, age and reading level but she has listed out hundreds of common terms the kids can just check!!! Pretty cool for beginners. Probably need to talk to them about what happens when you click ten boxes versus one box.....Boolean in disguise! Katie