I love getting updates from blogs on my blog roll, e-newsletters, and connections involving literacy on Facebook. Here are a few bits and pieces of cool book related news I've picked up in the past week. :) Have fun exploring!
Video Interview of Harry Bliss on Inspirations from Official Website
Titlewave - Behind the Book with Ingrid Law
To find out more about these books, visit Ingrid Law's Official Website.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret to be a Movie!
The Official Site for The Invention of Hugo Cabret from author/illustrator Brian Selznick
Slide Show of Introduction of Hugo Cabret
Also of related interest, PW notes that Scholastic will be publishing Selznick's newest book, Wonderstruck, which is slated for a September 13, 2011 release date. I bet it will look amazing!
Wonderstruck - Selznick's Newest Book News
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Check Out the 2011 American Library Association Youth Media Awards - Including the Newbery and Caldecott Awards
Here is the rebroadcast of the announcement provided by ALA. It's approximately an hour and 12 minutes long. You can skip ahead to the sections that you are interested in by hovering over the bottom of the video to bring up the sliding fast forward button. It can inspire you to discover a new book at our media center, public library, or from a colleague's collection. If you've read one and would like to recommend it, feel free to leave a comment. :) Enjoy!
Reading Rockets is a well-respected, in depth website from the Washington D.C.'s WETA PBS station. This website has a focus on early learners and the primary grades, and offers a wealth of information that you can link on your Edline page for parents, too. Explore some of the features I noted below to get a feel for the site if you are unfamiliar with it. Be sure to bookmark it and check out the author videos, my personal favorite! :)
- Classroom Strategies Resources - This is a new section on the website which provides ideas and reminders on what are effective instructional strategies to apply before, during, or after reading. It also highlights whether it is directed at individuals, small groups, or whole group instruction. These components are divided within these realms of reading and writing instruction for early grade learners:
- print awareness
- phonological awareness
Books and Authors:
Additional technological resources through the website:
- You can also sign up for electronic newsletters on updates from the website. It's current and updated frequently!
- On the downloadable free guides page, you can look at the 32 page teacher's guide. It's informative!
- You'll see two boxes called widgets on the right side of my blog from Reading Rockets that you can explore as well.
You can find some good links for your Edline page here.
- Main Page for Parents
- Parent Tips
- There are numerous downloadable free guides that are available here. The Family Guide is available in Spanish and English together. Empowering Parents is also a great, full color pamphlet available through this page, too.
Reading Rockets Blogs:
- Sound It Out - This blog is written by Dr. Joanne Meier and gives advice on raising readers both at home and in the classroom.
- Page by Page - From children's literature expert Maria Salvadore, this blog highlights best book picks and how they can be used at home and in the classroom.
Other Resources on the Internet Beyond the Website Reading Rockets:
- Find Reading Rockets on YouTube: Meet the Authors Video Clips
- Find Reading Rockets on Facebook
- Find Reading Rockets on Twitter
- Find Reading Rockets Podcasts from iTunes
Thank-you to Reading Rockets for this fabulous resource and emphasis on involving all the influential people in a child's learning life! :)
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I was pleasantly surprised when I was reading my subscription copy of the February 2011 Family Circle magazine. Included as a folded insert is a large poster from children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle! It's a large size and perfect for laminating and adding a splash to your classroom library. Carle has produced this in support of American Cancer Society and its strides in fighting childhood leukemia. What a worthy cause!
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Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
|A lesson chart by Wendy Melzer for Bat Loves the Night written by Nicola Davies |
(Candlewick Press, 2001)
- Continue with an author study of Nicola Davies and her style of narrative nonfiction writing. Click here to go to Walker Books and read more about her in her own words. Check out other books by her in the nonfiction "Read and Wonder" collection from Candlewick Press. Also on the "Read and Wonder" link, you can see additional books written by different authors as well.