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Baby Shower? Board Books!


I love baby showers just so I can happily share some of the board books that come my way. Tomorrow in the library we will host a baby shower for a teacher. (Don’t ALL parties occur in the library, seriously?!) I asked my friends Krys and Sandra to design a cake so I could focus […]

STEM Friday


To begin STEM Friday today, the blog “Playing by the book ” has a post “in which my kids ran a mile and I had a ball.” I love the creativity on that site and couldn’t wait to share with the teachers at my STEM Magnet elementary school. From reviewing the book The Icky, Sticky Snot and […]

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby


Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby was compelling reading. As the temperature dropped outside, I curled up with this tale from the frozen north and warmed myself with Nordic storytelling of the finest.  I couldn’t wait to return to reading each chapter of Solveig’s growth in confidence and storytelling ability. Here’s a synopsis from the author’s blog: […]

Comfort versus Processing Ability

Several notable educators have been reading Ian Jakes commentary on this article: Universität Mainz. “Reading a book versus a screen: Different reading devices, different modes of reading?.” I want to comment on this and to share my concerns on purchasing an e-reader, so be sure to read to the end of this article. I noticed […]

Cat Secrets and More


Cat Secrets by Jef Czekai is one of our favorite read-alouds this year in grades K, 1, and 2. I was amazed how many students loved Cat Secrets. It remains one of the most sought-after titles in our collection. When we began our school year, I desperately sought titles to engage students and to help […]

Dianne de Las Casas interview


I appreciate Dianne de Las Casas  answering some questions and updating us on Picture Book Month: Tell me about the response to Picture Book Month. Have authors stepped up to volunteer? Do you believe the word has gotten out there? The response to Picture Book Month has been overwhelming! The movement has gone viral and […]

Six years of personal blogging

November 2005 I began blogging for myself at Previously I had been posting for school library organizations like TASL (Tennessee Association of School Librarians). After chatting with Doug Johnson, I felt strong enough to start sharing my own thoughts via blogs. My first post was about the need for original thought Two years […]

November is Picture Book Month – are you in?


I meant to post this November 1st, but time slipped away. Not only do I believe in sharing picture books, I believe in the group huddle around the librarians chair for storytime. I’ve used the Elmo and other document cameras to project the story, but the effect is not the same as caressing the pages […]

Sourcebooks Discount

Did you know that Ingram books has a 10% discount available to all public and school library customers from November 1 to December 31, 2011 for qualifying titles ordered from Sourcebooks?  You can shop ipage® and the discount applies to qualifying titles on all purchase orders submitted during the term of the offer, with no […]

Tweet! Tweet! and Retweet!

The ALA Washington Office has written a tweet that is to be sent out in anticipation of the Senate ESEA hearing on Tuesday, November 8th. Please spread as widely as possible!!!  In order to create a concentrated Twitter bomb, they are requesting that you send this tweet out on Monday, the 7th, at 11 A.M. Eastern time. Below is the tweet: Senate […]