Archive for July, 2012

Best-Ever Teen Novels? Vote For Your Favorites
NPR has announced the final nominations for their list of the 100 Favorite 100 YA Books. Listeners can vote on NPR’s website.

Life of Pi Movie Coming in December
The trailer for the movie The Life of Pi by Yann Martel has been released. The book popular with teens tells the story of Pi Patel, who having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada.But his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.

Teaching Resources

  • Audiobook Excerpt High Bridge Audio
  • Novel Resources include reading strategies and activities for teaching the novel. Novelinks
  • Reading Guide includes questions for discussion. Houghton Mifflin
  • Study Guide includes a summary, characters and analysis, themes, motifs, and symbols, chapter discussion and analysis, quotations, study questions, essays, and a test. Spark Notes

Our database has 10+ links to other book-related teaching resources for this title.

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (AEWA) is an award given to young adult books by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN). This year’s winner is Shine by Lauren Myracle.
When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.

What to Read After The Hunger Games
Reading The Hunger Games? Find your next book with this flowchart from Lawrence Public Library in Kansas.

Our Latest Pinterest Board
With the recent emphasis on informational texts in the classroom, we have added a board of the Best Nonfiction Books to help you locate the right books for your classroom.

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Teachers are always looking for free digital books.

So take a look at Scholastic’s Listen and Read program for primary readers. This terrific resource offers 54 free nonfiction read-along books in the areas of Community, American History, Animals, Civics and Government, Environmental Studies, Plants and Flowers, Science and Social Studies with words, sound, images. There are two different reading levels, and each book has vocabulary at the end with audible pronunciation.

Children can read these interactive books or listen to them. Or the teacher can use a projector or whiteboard for whole class reading and instruction.

What a great resource! Thank you Scholastic!

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I have always known that online bookstores track the titles I’ve searched for or bought and then suggested additional titles when I re-visit the site.
But recently I read an article in the Wall Street Journal, Your E-Book Is Reading You, about the practice of tracking everything about my reading. I really didn’t realize how much about my reading could be tracked: how fast I read, what I highlighted, whether I finished the book, etc.
Of course, you could turn off the Wi-Fi…but how many of us do that?
Never thought about all this before…did you George Orwell?

At first, I thought…WOW…what an invasion of privacy. But then I thought…well, the book company already has my name, email, credit card number and more, so what difference does it really make? And maybe if a little more info about our reading habits is revealed, some better books will be printed.
For example….not every celebrity can write a children’s book.
But don’t get me started about that!

It also happens that the NBC Today Show had a segment on tracking e-reading today as well. Take a look.

So…what do you think about all of this?

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School Library Journal has posted the lists of the Top 100 Picture Books and the Top 100 Chapter Books.
See if your favorites are on the lists.

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This month Kohl’s is featuring Skippyjon Jones books and his friends as part of the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program.
Check these out! You could use them in your library or classroom for the beginning of school.
Adorable and such a bargain at $5 each.

Linda’s Links to Literature has 30+ book-related resource links for the Skippyjon Jones books by Judith Schachner.

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