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A Kid's Book A Day

Reviewing a children's book from 2018 every day

Discover new titles for your library.

We're lucky to live in a world where fantastic children's books are published every week.  Every day I review a book published this year.  Although I may mention things about books that I don't like ("Cons"), I only choose books for which I feel I can give a mostly positive review
​. ​
I try to find books that would appeal to kids and/or fit in well with the elementary school curriculum.  All books come from my local public library, and I do not benefit in any way from my reviews (except for the warm, fuzzy feeling of sharing good books with readers)​.


How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature

 is about effectively communicating

John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critically. John will argue that reading is about effectively communicating with other people. Unlike a direct communication though, the writer has to communicate with a stranger, through time and space, with only "dry dead words on a page." 


Amazing Works Of Art Made From Books

​Books transformed​

​What to do with those deselected books?​ These images show how an artistic mind can turn those "MUSTY" tomes into eye catching creations.



Serendipity 2018 - Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable

Beasts, birds, and words: The poetics of children's books

​Image source: ​

The Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable invites you to
​ ​c
 hear Isabelle Arsenault,  Robert Heidbreder, Kyo Maclear, Tiffany Stone, and Frédéric Gauthier of Les Éditions de la Pastèque talk about their works, their inspiration, and the Canadian children's book publishing space.
Mar. 3, 2018 | 8am to 3:30 pm | UBC Robson Square
Early bird rates end February 14, 2018 | 
Final ticket sales close February 28, 2018
Includes: Coffee, snacks, lunch, book sales, and book signing. Register here.



Reading, Eye Movement, and the Brain

​t's more brain than print!

​How does reading actually work? In t
his 4-minute mini-lecture
Dr. Andy Johnso
​n (​
Reading Specialist
describes how the brain creates meaning from print and eye movement during the reading process.

​is point about how the brain (cortex) is much more actively contributing to the reading process than just a simple act of processing letters is a reminder to teachers and teacher-librarians about the importance of building context for beginning readers.



Stay Up to Speed with "Best of 2017" Lists

NoveList's Best of 2017 lists

This newsletter 
PDF posters that you can print and display for your students.​
Six posters in all
​ - fic and non-fic)​

That's where NoveList's Best of 2017 lists come in: each one offers a chance to look back on the books that your students loved and (hopefully) discover something new. Lovingly curated by the children's librarians and catalogers of NoveList, these "Besties" feature books that are high quality, bursting with kid appeal, or notably exceptional – which means there's something for every reader.



Library Activity Calendar: January 2018

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Download a letter-sized or 11x17 sized version. Pick a day or two to inspire your picture book selection to use with your primary students. (For teens, look -> here.)

Usher in 2018 with books and activities that will get the new year off to an inspired start! January is National Creativity Month, so encourage students to let their imaginations run wild while celebrating special days like Kazoo Day, Clashing Clothes Day and even Squirrel Appreciation Day. It's also Brain Teaser Month and Thank-You Month. So throw on some mismatched socks, grab a pen and paper (and, of course, a good book), and let your creativity take you to new places this January!​"


Book Clubs: Your Community Connection

 factors that make them successful

​here are some ideas here that might work for your school library!
Thinking of starting a new book club at your library or revamping an existing group you inherited? Struggling with attendance or participation? Join NoveList for a look at book clubs and the factors that make them successful as we celebrate National Reading Group month. Our panel of book club hosts will discuss different types of book clubs (formal versus informal, general versus genre, and 
One Book, One Community programs), choosing books for your group, promoting your book club, and measuring the success of your program. Learn from their wide range of experiences, tips, and love of reading and readers. 



Graphic Novel Reviews By Age Group

​A ​
positive addition to ​

​This website is
 designed to help educators and librarians discover how comics can become a dynamic and positive addition to
 classroom or library
​. You will find​
 a list of graphic novel reviews, courtesy of Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. 



How To Come Up With A Blog Name

​Starting a Blog? What's in a name?​

​Check out Stacey's article on 10 considerations for choosing a blog name. 

In it, she suggests thinking about:

  • What is your blog going to be about?
  • Who is your target audience?
  • What is the tone/voice of your blog going be like?
  • Will you be building your brand around your blog name?


Library Learning Commons Document from the BCTLA

​How ​
a school library becomes a Library Learning Commons
​ ​

"From School Library to Library Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change" (2017) summarizes the work, over three years, of two groups of Vancouver teacher-librarians — one elementary and the other secondary — engaged in teacher inquiry. The inquiry groups have described, in both personal and professional terms, the continuum of change by which a school library becomes a Library Learning Commons in BC. They have been joined by voices of teacher-librarians throughout BC who have successfully undertaken similar initiatives.



Videos about reading & genres

How and Why We Read
​ (High School)​

John Green tackles the question of why we read and what stories are good for. You can explore his entire series on literature as he quickly covers the essentials of key works with enthusiasm and humour.

​What is the Sci-Fi genre?  (for Elementary school)​

Here's a quick look at the sci-fi genre using Lego mini-figs. Suitable for upper intermediate students.



Digital Citizenship Star Wars Posters

posters for digital citizenship education

​some "​
Star Wars digital citizenship posters
​that would be perfect for
digital citizenship
​work in the library. (These were
made by Lesley Karpiuk (@IHeartEdTech) of

(8.5" x 11"), laminate, and hang. May the Force be with your digital footprint!


Poster Templates & Social Media Graphics

​PosterMyWall for great templates​

Looking for a quick way to whip up a poster for your library? Try "posterMyWall". Lots of templates to choose from​, great designs and fun fonts.



Google Creates a Digital Archive of World Fashion

Want to learn more about why you have certain items in your closet, or do you feel a desire to know more about the history of ripped jeans? Then this project is for you.

Google Arts & Culture
​announces the
We wear culture" project. Promising to tell "the stories behind what we wear," the project "travelled to over 40 countries, collaborating with more than 180 cultural institutions and their world-renowned historians and curators to bring their textile and fashion collections to life." Covering 3,000 years of history, "We wear culture" uses video, historical images, short quotes and blurbs, and fashion photography to create a series of online gallery exhibits



5 Tips for New School Librarians (and those who aren't so new)

​Classroom 2.0 Live archived Webinar​

Lots of resources here for new and continuing TLs. Listen to this archived webinar via Blackboard/Collaborate or watch the Youtube version. (Originally offered on 
Saturday June 10, 2017
Whether you are a new school librarian getting a jump start on your new adventure or have been a school librarian for a few years (or more) and need a boost to restore that "new librarian smell" this is the webinar for you!  Join Nikki D Robertson as she shares 5 Tips for New School Librarians (and those who aren't so new) based on her personal insight developed through 25 years as an educator and school librarian. Additionally, Nikki will share her very personal story of struggling with burnout and how she reignited her passion and found her purpose in the school library.



Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6

Mentor Texts
​, 2nd Ed​

​review the book on the Stenhouse site.

In the second edition of this important book Lynne and Rose show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation.It includes brand-new "Your Turn Lessons," built around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and words.



Set your Reading Goals with Goodreads Challenge Tracker

Like the Olympics, for Readers!

​ use LibraryThing as a way of tracking my reading - here's an article from Jessica Woodbury who takes it to another level with the GoodReads Challenge Tracker - let the games begin!

But there is one thing on Goodreads that is a real and true obsession: my Goodreads Reading Challenge Tracker.
​ [...]​
 Over 2,000,000 users set up a reading challenge for 2017. Each year, you can set yourself a goal for the number of books you want to read that year. And because Goodreads never wants you to forget about that goal for a single second, it puts it on your home screen right below the books you're currently reading.


Exploring the Core Competencies Through the Use of Picture Books

​Teacher-Librarians using Core

This document is a work in progress. It was created by a group of teacher-librarians from Surrey Schools, District #36 as part of professional development on the Curriculum Implementation Day on November 4, 2016. If you would like to add content, please email Lynne Powell, TL Helping Teacher, and indicate core competency, title, author, summary and activity. You may also be interested in reviewing the core competencies slide share




Words to study by

​Come see the Writing on the Wall ​

​Angela Monk's blogpost about the "Word Art" on the walls of her Library Learning Commons: (visit the link for the complete post and to see more pictures.)

"Three years ago when we were making the transition from Library to Learning Commons, I wanted to "redecorate"  to reflect the change and describe what a Learning Commons was. What goes on in a Learning Commons? So, my Student Advisory Committee and I met and brainstormed verbs that described the activities that take place in our Library Learning Commons.  Words like: READ, APPLY, EVALUATE, DISCOVER, IMAGINE, CREATE, COLLABORATE, SHARE etc."