Monday, January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Dr. Richard Allington, on the issue of librarians and teachers being readers:
"I’ll give you my sporting analogy. Do you think football coaches should know anything about football? Do you think football coaches should have ever played football? Would anyone ever hire a football coach that had never played the game and didn’t know anything about it?
I seriously doubt it. If you don’t know anything about the game, trying to explain it to somebody who knows nothing about it is almost impossible…
One of the things that I find most worrisome is that 53% of teachers in the first three years of teaching say that they didn’t read a single book, over half of our beginning teachers have never read a single book in the first few years of teaching, which made me go a ways in understanding why so many kids don’t read books.
If you don’t read books I don’t know how you’d ever share the joys of reading with kids who are learning to read."
Monday, January 23, 2012
- Inside Out Back Again, written by Thanhha Lai- I haven't read this one, but I have seen it mentioned in lots and lots of different places, and it's on my TBR list
- Breaking Stalin’s Nose, written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin- I hadn't heard of this one-- went hunting for reviews, they look great. Also found out that Yelchin illustrated WONTON, which I love.
- “The Great Migration: Journey to the North,” illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
- “Never Forgotten,” illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
- “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom,” Loved this one, thought the unusual use of light and color might even get Underground looked at for a Caldecott
- “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans,”
- “close to famous,” written byJoan Bauer
- “Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures,”
- “The Running Dream,” written by Wendelin Van Draanen
- Soldier Bear” is the 2012 Batchelder Award winner.
- “The Lily Pond,” written by Annika Thor, and translated by Linda Schenck.
- “The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred,” illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos - haven't read this but I did add it to my list after MaryLee reviewed it last week. That counts, right?
- “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina,” illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown- another one that I had not heard of, but it looks great
- Under the Mesquite,” written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall- no
- “Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck,” written by Margarita Engle
- “Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller,”
- Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade,” written by Melissa Sweet- not supposed to admit that I haven't read this right, even though everyone has been raving about it for months. I did put it on reserve at the library.
- "Black White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor," written by Larry Dane Brimner
- "Drawing from Memory," written and illustrated by Allen Saya
- "The Elephant Scientist," written by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson,
- "Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem" written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzerand published by the National Geographic Society.
- "I Broke My Trunk,” written and illustrated by Mo Willems- love this one
- "I Want My Hat Back," written and illustrated by Jon Klassen- I know everyone in the whole Twitter world loves this one.
- "See Me Run," written and illustrated by Paul Meisel- haven't read this one yet.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Sunday afternoon. Tired of being in the company of people who have an opinion about everything and feel the need to share it (aka teenagers!), I escape to the Tattered Cover to work on my CCIRA presentation about using picture books with older students. Before I enter, I tell myself I can only buy one book. Just one. I have just paid off Christmas, Son #1 has a birthday this week, and now, on top of everything else, I have to buy a new car. "Only one book," I say to myself firmly, as I push open the door of the bookstore, notebook in hand.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Full of gratitude, this collection renews a reader’s appreciation for the stuff we touch and use each day, stuff that just might have feelings of its own. From morning through evening, Gerstein speaks to and about humble things, elevating them through observation and questions. We come to see that autumn leaves are really wearing Halloween costumes and hear a toothbrush “gargling your little song.” A cup “puts a handle” on liquids and a hot dog is “snug as a puppy in your bready bun. For the first time, we wonder where light goes in the darkness.By celebrating daily objects, this delightful tribute offers readers of all ages a way to see our own lives – with whimsy, wonder, and thankfulness for the small stuff of our own lives.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
“The first essential
in any book
is that it have something significant to say --
a book that leaves the reader
with bigger ideas
than when he/she began reading -
that stimulates the thinking,
stretches the mind,
deepens the feelings.
A good book sticks to your ribs.”
– Rebecca Caudill