Archive for October, 2011

Did you know the face of the Statue of Liberty is 8 feet tall?
Did you know the tablet held in her left hand is inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)?
Did you know Lady Liberty’s crown has 25 windows?

Last Friday, thе United States celebrated thе 125th anniversary οf thе dedication οf thе Statue of Liberty. The statue will be closed for a year for renovation, but now five webcams installed in the statue’s torch have been switched on so Internet users can see streaming panoramic views of New York Harbor and the statue’s crown.

Books and Teaching Resources

  • Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser
    Details the inspiration for and history of Emma Lazarus’ sonnet which is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty’s plaque.
    Discussion Guide

    Lesson Plan
    Words of the poem
    engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1886
  • Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport
    Presents an illustrated biography of the Statue of Liberty, describing who designed it and why, and how it came to become a symbol of the United States.
    Reader’s theater
  • The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy Maestro
    Describes the creation of the huge statue given by France to the United States and its erection in New York Harbor as a symbol of liberty.
    Reading Strategies Trifold

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Using a reader’s theater in the library with my elementary students was always a favorite activity of mine and theirs. Halloween presents a fun time to promote that activity in the library or classroom.

These are two scripts that have proven to be very popular.

The Hallo-Weiner by Dave Pilkey
All the other dogs make fun of Oscar the dachshund until one Halloween when, dressed as a hot dog, Oscar bravely rescues the others.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.

Check our database for other book-related links for these books and other Halloween books.

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The end of 2011 is coming up, and it’s time to think about what books might be in contention for the 2012 Newbery Award. Although there are still books to be released, most of the possibilities have probably already been published.

These are my choices for consideration.

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Check out the list of Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2011 on the Booklist website.

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This week as part of  Teen Read Week, teens across the country can see which of their favorite books from a list of finalists rose to the top as the Teens’ Top Ten. YALSA has announced the winners.

1.     The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
2.     Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3.     Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
4.     I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
5.     The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
6.     Matched by Ally Condie
7.     Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
8.     Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
9.     Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10.   Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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The 2011 finalists for the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category have been announced.

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Chime by Franny Billingsley

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Want to introduce graphic novels to your students, but don’t know which ones are the best? The Association for Library Service to Children has published a K-8 list to help you out.

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