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Archive for December, 2012

Happy Holidays

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We’ll be back in January with more information about best books, free book-related teaching resources, and book news and announcements.

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A Christmas CarolWhen various movie versions of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens are on television this time of year, I always watch them…along with the old standards A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life.

For the younger children, Mickey’s Christmas Carol is online at the time of this post.
I’m not sure it’s there legally, but I’m just reporting what I found.

If you want to read A Christmas Carol, online versions for download can be found on Project Gutenberg.
Or listen to it on iTunes.

Login to the Linda’s Links to Literature database for book-related teaching links for A Christmas Carol.

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Books don't just go with you

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These are two unique graphic representations of the best teen books of 2012 were prepared by book/library bloggers.

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YALSA The Hub

YALSA The Hub

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Teen Stars of 2012 - SHS Library

Teen Stars of 2012 – SHS Library

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These two graphics were compiled from review sources that included Amazon Best Books of 2012: Young Adult, YALSA 2012 Teens’ Top Ten Winners, The New York Times Notable Youth Titles, SLJ Best Books 2012, Nerdy Book Club Nominations, Goodreads YA Nominations, Goodreads YA Fantasy & Science Fiction Nominations, Kirkus Best Books for Teens, Barnes &Noble Best Teen Books of 2012, Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012 and more.

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Best Books AwardsAwards and recognitions for books are being announced daily during the month of December.
The American Library Association recognizes the best books in January for the previous publishing year.

Linda’s Links to Literature has several ways to keep up-to-date.

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Happy Hanukkah

Today is the first day of Hanukkah.
Enjoy these books with related teaching resources.

Our database has 40+ books with multiple book-related Hanukkah teaching links for elementary students.

Borrowed Hanukkah LatkesThe Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser
A young girl finds a way to include her elderly neighbor in her family’s Hanukkah celebration.
Reading Guide includes Jewish concepts from the book and activities. PJ Library

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Chanukah Lights EverywhereChanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen
A young boy counts the candles on the family menorah and the lights he sees in the world around him on each night of Hanukkah.
Reading Guide includes Jewish concepts from the book and activities. PJ Library          

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Hershel and the Hanukkah GoblinsHershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel
Relates how Hershel outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah.
Activity Sheets Holiday House

 

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Trees of the Dancing GoatsThe Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco (Gr. 1-5)
During a scarlet fever epidemic one winter in Michigan, a Jewish family helps make Christmas special for their sick neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle.
Lesson Plan includes activities for before and after reading. Scholastic

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ZigazakZigazak! by Eric A. Kimmel
The rabbi of Brisk is able to teach the people of the town a lesson about good and evil when two devils arrive on Hanukkah night intent on causing mischief.
Reading Guide includes Jewish concepts from the book and activities. PJ Library

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