As a school librarian, I am constantly looking for great new books for kids, but this past year I have had extra opportunities to be exposed exciting new titles in children’s literature. In July I became a reviewer for Kid Lit Exchange (you can read more about that fun group and even sign up to be a reviewer yourself here), in October I had the
Empower Girls With These 4 Picture Books
I didn’t notice when I stopped by Harper Collins’ booth at the AASL conference that all of the galleys they gave me to review for them were full of GIRL POWER! What a pleasant and fun situation I found myself in when I came home and read these four picture books. I was excited to write a brief review of each for Kid Lit
February Read-Alouds and Freebies!
February is full of fun holidays and events. You can celebrate I Love to Read Month, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Black History Month! I’ve found some great read-alouds for you to have on hand during this busy month (I checked out these books from my school library) and paired them with some fabulous FREE resources you can find on Teachers Pay
5 Tips for a Fun Book Tasting
You already know that I think library events are important for your school library. As librarians, our biggest mission is to connect kids with books they will love. A Book Tasting Event can give your students the opportunity to sample library books they might not otherwise consider in a fun, festive environment. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you click through and
Help Your Students Find Book Series They Will Love!
Do you have students who find a favorite book series and then want to read all of the books in order? On any given day in my library, students come in asking questions like: “What’s Magic Tree House number 17?” “Which book is after Rodrick Rules?” “What’s the first book in the Underland series?” Now, I know it is relatively easy to look up the
Celebrate Ingenuity with the story of Tony Sarg
Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a favorite holiday tradition for me. So I was thrilled a few years ago to discover Melissa Sweet’s fun book Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. The winner of the Robert R. Sibert Information Book Medal in 2012, this very creative picture book tell s the story of how Tony Sarg came
November Picture Books and FREE Teaching Resources
Gather a pile of November picture books and be ready for anything this month! I don’t know about your school, but at mine the holiday craziness begins creeping in around mid-November! I absolutely love the holiday program rehearsals, assemblies and special events. But it means I need to be *FLEXIBLE* with my lesson plans and have some activities ready to “fill in” when time is
Dr. Seuss Activities for a Fun Celebration of Reading
March 2 marks the birthday of one of the most influential children’s author/illustrators in history! Theodor Seuss Geisel has helped many kiddos learn to read with his rhyming, colorful, rhythmic stories. This blog post is full of Dr. Seuss activities and ideas! We like to celebrate Dr. Seuss in March during a special Literacy Week. It is a fun way to promote reading and to
It’s Great to Have Friends!
88 1st Graders + 4 Teachers + 1 Principal + 1 Librarian + 1 Amazing Author = Pure Magic! Tuesday was a terrific day in the library because my first grade students, their teachers, our principal and I got to meet and visit with the inspiring Ame Dyckman! We had been reading her books, Boy + Bot and Tea Party Rules, which are fabulous friendship