Archive for May, 2011

If you’re finding that the summer is creeping up on you and you haven’t compiled a summer reading list of just plain, good, fun books from the past publishing year, then Horn Book has come to the rescue. Take a look at their Summer Reading list.

Don’t forget to read a few yourself to be a step ahead when school starts again!


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The Audio Publishers Association has announced the winners of the 2011 Audie Awards that honors the best in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.
These are the category winners related to children’s and teen books:

Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12
The Evolution of Calpurnia by Jacqueline Kelly (Read by Natalie Ross)

Children’s Titles for Ages Up to 8
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt (Read by James “D Train” Williams)

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (Read by Dion Graham)

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Starting June 23 through August 17, the SYNC/YA Listening Program will offer free audiobooks of popular teen literature paired with classic titles that can be downloaded. Downloads for each title will be free for seven (7) days.
Don’t miss this opportunity.

This is the list of book title pairings.
Available June 23 – June 29
by Maggie Stiefvater
Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare

Available June 30 – July 6
Little Brother
by Cory Doctorow
The Trial
by Franz Kafka

Available July 7 – July 13
Where the Streets Had a Name
by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Passage to India
by E. M. Forster

Available July 14 – July 20
The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch
by Joseph Delaney
translated by Francis B. Gummere

Available July 21 – July 27
Chanda’s Secrets
by Allan Stratton
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy

Available July 28 – August 3
Ashes, Ashes
by Jo Treggiari
Rescue: Stories of Survival From Land and
Sea edited by Dorcas S. Miller

Available August 4 – August 10
by Gillian Shields
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

Available August 11 – August 17
Storm Runners
by Roland Smith
The Cay
by Theodore Taylor

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If your students are reading books from various genres, then this new list from Booklist might help.
They have published a list of the Top 10 SF/Fantasy for Youth: 2011. Save the list for future use when you’re compiling your genre reading lists for the next school year.

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Keep children reading this summer. Two large retail bookstores have summer reading programs in place.

Barnes & Noble is sponsoring a summer reading program called Imagination’s Destination. Students read 8 books during the summer and record them in a supplied journal with to whom the books would be recommended and why. When the completed journal is returned to a Barnes & Noble store, the student receives a free book from a pre-selected list. The parent is also entered to win a Nook Color.
Download the reading journal and the activity guide for educators.

Borders is also offering a summer reading challenge – Double Dog Dare Challenge – for students 12 years old and younger. Read 10 books, bring the completed form to a Borders store, and get a free book from a pre-selected list.

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Recently, Mia Cabana posted an interesting article on The Hub, the YALSA blog, about the predictors for the latest teen reading trends based on the books nominated for the Teens’ Top Ten. Why is this significant? The answer is simple. The books are nominated by teens themselves. We, as educators, have specific ideas about what we think teens should be reading, but this list is what teens are most interested in reading. Since independent reading beyond class-required reading drops off in the teen years, this is a good indicator of what we should want to find in school libraries and on suggested independent reading lists.

Look at this year’s nominated list as well as past lists for trend indicators. Give Mia Cabana’s article a quick read…31 Days of Teens’ Top Ten: Top Ten as Predictor of Top Trends.

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J. Patrick Lewis has been named the nation’s third Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Previous poets receiving this recognition were Mary Ann Hoberman and Jack Prelutsky.

The foundation describes the recognition: Awarded by the Poetry Foundation for a two-year tenure, the children’s poet laureate aims to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.

Teaching Resources for poetry books by J. Patrick Lewis
Countdown to Summer   (Educator’s Guide)
The Brothers’ War: Civil War Voices in Verse   (Lesson Plan)

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