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Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is a campaign that brings together millions of Americans to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. This year, October 3 is the official Read for the Record day. (http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-record)

This year’s featured book is Otis by Loren Long.

Read Otis online in English or Spanish.

When a big new yellow tractor arrives, Otis the friendly little tractor is cast away behind the barn, but when trouble occurs Otis is the only one who can help.

Teaching Resources


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I haven’t posted in a while because my computer died and had to be buried.
Now I have a new laptop running Windows 8.
Still trying to learn how to use it…so different from the previous computer I had.

So on to the next news for you.


Tonight is World Book Night…a special time designated for promoting and sharing books.

This is the list of selected books for the 2013 celebration that will appeal to adults or younger readers.
How many have you already read?

US Book List for World Book Night 2013

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  5. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  6. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  7. La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros -translated by Elena Poniatowska
  8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  9. El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho
  10. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  11. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  12. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  13. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  14. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  15. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
  16. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  17. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer
  18. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  19. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
  20. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  21. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
  22. Population 485 by Michael Perry
  23. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  24. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  25. Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
  26. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
  27. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  28. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  29. Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
  30. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  31. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  32. Favorite American Poems in Large Print edited by Paul Negri

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Random House is celebrating
Read Across America on Facebook
by giving away Lorax-themed prizes
–one prize winner every day until 3/9/12.

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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In 1963, the book “The Snowy Day” won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book. Viking Books has a special site for the book with author information, teaching resources and more.

Teaching Resources for The Snowy Day

  • Read the book online and project the story in the classroom. We Give Books
  • Activities include patterns for puppets and storytelling. Arkansas Department of Education
  • Activity Card includes putting the story in sequence. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Game Ezra Jack Keats Organization
  • Printables Homeschool Creations
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods
  • Reader’s Theater Pinellas County, FL, Schools

The Linda’s Links to Literature database has 30+ links to book-related teaching resources for this book.

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