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How do you say Tomie dePaola?

Is it de …paw-la? …paa-oo-laa?  …pow-la? I’ve said it so many times, but I have never really been sure.  Have you? When you’re chatting with kiddos, or recommending a book to a parent or a teacher, or beginning an author study, how often have you wondered if you are truly pronouncing that author’s name correctly? […]

James Patterson asks: What would your school library do with $1,000–$10,000?


James Patterson might just make your library a little better and your students a little happier this year. Well-known, well-loved author and literacy activist, James Patterson is donating $1.25 million to school libraries because he believes that: fewer children are growing up in a household full of books – and that the effects of this […]

Street Lit in school libraries

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K.C. Boyd wrote this morning asking me to help get the word out about announcement of the 2014 Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) winners. This award was created by Dr. Vanessa Irvin Morris, author of the Reader’s Advisory to Street Literature and the official press release appears on her Street Literature site. The young […]

PowToon + Katie = even more awesomeness (Updated!)


I am a big fan of the talented, adorable and slightly wacky author/illustrator/kidlit blogger/podcaster Katie Davis. I am also a big fan of the slightly wacky, digital animation tool PowToon with its cool themes, props, animated characters and transitions. So what happens to the equation when a popular picture book author/illustrator partners with digital, comic-based presentation/video maker platform? […]

Focusing in on authors who pin


We’ve followed their blogs and tweets.  Now many of us are following their boards. Through Pinterest, some of our favorite authors are sharing fan art; previewing book covers and chapters; allowing us a lens on the inspirations for their writing; illustrating the background and locations for their books; suggesting literary extension activities; revealing their hobbies […]

The visit: from the author’s lens

A couple of weeks back, we were fortunate to host a visit from author James Kennedy.  James was adorable and so very generous with our students.  He charmed even the most charm-resistant of our kids. He mesmerized my Book Club fan-girls for two whole hours after a full day of formal presentations at both our […]

What a week for reading!


This is going to be a lovely week (or two) for the readers of the world! 1. March 1st is the 15th annual World Book Day, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. The site (with a bit of UK flavor) […]

Godin’s Poke the Box and The Domino Project


The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo. Seth Godin. Last year, inspired by the ideas in Seth Godin’s Tribes, I began rethinking how I worked (or might work) in groups at school, with my colleagues, in professional organizations. At the suggestion of Patrick Larkin, […]

eCatalog central redux?

Back in July 2009, I was fretting about volume of paper catalogs that arrived in our library, lamenting the waste and limited space issues, and brainstorming about a solution in a post-ALA post.  I was dreaming of an online resource, a catalog central, that would be there when I needed it, always up to date, […]

Mockingjay: the first chapter

Thanks, Suzanne Collins and TheScholasticChannel!  I was looking for a wonderful feature to embed on our Virtual Library homepage to encourage reading the first week of school. What better book teaser than the first chapter of Mockingjay! The YouTube video page warns: friends don’t let friends share spoilers! And further shares: To test your Hunger […]