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Happy Reading on Read Across America Day

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In honor of Dr. Seuss‘ birthday (March 2nd) is Read Across America Day. Dr. Seuss sparked reading with fun rhymes and good messages. The National Education Association (NEA) marked the calendar this year for March 1st, so schools across the country can participate. Schools, libraries, and other locations plan special activities for this event. So, grab your Dr. Seuss hat and any book to READ, READ, READ! Every day is great day for reading! seuss4

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.

In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.

There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.

Come join us March 1st
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.

(National Education Association Read Across America Poem)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

http://www.readacrossamerica.org/

Click to access RAA13_EduKit_Booklet_WEB.pdf

 

Wordless Picture Books

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People normally associate picture books with well, pictures. There doesn’t have to be any text to understand the book. A picture truly can be worth a thousand words. Wordless picture books can be used in many ways. I’m going to review completely wordless picture books about twice a month.

Here are some elements that can be used with wordless picture books. Of course, many of these elements can be used with any book.

  1. Sparks imagination. 
  2. Understand basic story structure (beginning, middle, end)
  3. Increases & enhances vocabulary that isn’t on the page.
  4. Mixed reading levels and ages are on a level playing field.
  5. Make story predictions through the illustrations.
  6. Create dialog between characters on the same page.
  7. Examine the character’s actions and traits.
  8. Promotes creativity.
  9. Encourages interaction with the book.
  10. It’s fun to read!

http://teachingmyfriends.blogspot.com/2012/03/using-wordless-picture-books.html

My Library Card is Valuable Because…

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September is a fabulous month for libraries. (Every month is a wonderful month for libraries.) September is library card sign-up month. American Library Association along with other organizations are promoting the library and obtaining a library card. Individuals submit a photo of themselves or with family and show why your library card is so important. Along with the photo the individual states why their library card is so valuable. There will then be a random drawing and a lucky individual will win a Target gift card (U.S. residents only). Adults, children, and even the family dog can be in the photo as long as the library is somehow promoted. Click HERE to submit a photo.

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I discovered that this post from last year received almost 300 views just today! I thought I’d reblog the post since it’s library card sign up month!

Children's Books & More

I absolutely, positively love my library. Yes, I have my library card number memorized and can state exactly when it’s open. This little card is your passport to endless knowledge.

The library opens up so many possibilities to individuals and the community. It’s a shame that so many libraries in the United States faced with economic troubles have closed. My own city closed two libraries. It is during challenging times that individuals most use their public library. The library provides résumé workshops, job search tutorials, technology support, guest speaker seminars, research on computers, and much more. It’s a safe place where individuals interact with the community and gain information. At the library you can learn a new language, listen to audio books, sample new music, complete homework, catch up on the latest DVDs, attend book readings, participate in summer reading programs, listen to story hour, socialize during teen activities, watch…

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J.K. Rowling Announces Book Title: ‘The Casual Vacancy’

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Publication Date: September 27, 2012

Book Description:

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

 

Price: $19.99 eBook and $21.00 Hardback

Personally, I love J.K. Rowling so I’m excited about her new book. Deep down I may always want another Harry Potter book, but I understand that the series is over. However, at that price I think I may wait and read the book from my library. What are you thoughts about her new book?
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Harry Potter is Now Available on eBooks!!!

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Attention muggles, Harry Potter is now available to read as an eBook for various readers, smartphones, tablets, mp3 players, and computers!!! You need to purchase your Harry Potter eBooks on the third-party website, www.pottermore.com. Then click the lower right button for eBooks at the Pottermore Shop.

The exclusive home of the Harry Potter eBooks

The eBook prices range from $7.99 (earlier books) to $9.99 (later books). The audio book prices range from $29.99 (earlier books) to $44.99 (later books). You can also save %10 by buying all seven books. Here are some questions and answers to hopefully help.

Currently, the books are only available in English, but soon they will be available in more languages.

The Harry Potter eBooks are provided in EPUB format, which is most common for readers. What devices are compatible with the Pottermore Shop eBooks?:

  • Sony Reader (PRS—505 & PRS—700)
  • Sony Reader WiFi (PRS—T1)
  • Sony Tablet S & Sony Tablet P (SGPT1XX & SGPT212)
  • Daily Edition (PRS—900BC & PRS 950SC)
  • Pocket Edition (PRS—300SC & PRS—350SC)
  • Touch Edition (PRS—600BC & PRS 650BC)
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • HTC EVO
  • Motorola Droid
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Asus Transformer
  • Asus Iconia Tab
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Toshiba Thrive
  • Other mobile and tablet devices running Android v1.5 or higher (i.e. PanDigital Novel)
  • All Amazon Kindle devices and reading apps
  • NOOK and NOOKcolor (including Nook first edition, Nook Simple Touch and Nook Color)
  • Kobo eReader (including Kobo eReader, eReader wireless and Kobo Touch)
  • iPhone running iOS v4.2 or newer
  • iPad running iOS v4.2 or newer
  • iPod touch running iOS v4.2 or newer

Most eBook–reading devices support the EPUB format. For a comprehensive list, visithttp://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices or check your manufacturer’s guidelines to see if this applies to your device.

How do I download the eBook?:

In order, to buy the Harry Potter eBook you need to set up a Pottermore Shop account. If you were lucky enough to get  early access to Pottermore you still need to  make a separate Pottermore Shop account. Click on the eBook you wish to purchase and add it to your basket. After it’s in your basket, proceed to the checkout.

How many times can I download each eBook?:

You’re able to download each eBook eight times for your personal use at no additional cost.

I was one of the lucky few who got to experience Pottermore early in October. It will open to everyone next month! Pottermore is an awesome online reading experience. You learn more about the books and become part of the story yourself. Click on the message to hear more about it from J. K. Rowling.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss & Read Across America Day!

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March 2, 2012, is Read Across America Day. Every day is a wonderful day for reading, but this is a whole day dedicated to celebrate reading. The National Education Association wanted to get children excited about reading, so they picked the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Across America, you’ll discover individuals at schools, libraries, hospitals, bookstores, community centers, and homes celebrating the love of reading. Many schools even have all day reading events! So, grab your favorite Dr. Seuss book or any book and make a memorable day reading with any child young or old!

This year’s extra special, since Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax releases on March 2, 2012. Many reading themes are green to read for trees. Here is the trailer for The Lorax:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 
― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Read Across America Poem:

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.
 
In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.

Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.

Get out there & READ!

I previously posted this video, but I love how you really can go anywhere when you read!

Young Adult is for All Readers

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I found this newspaper article from  ilovelibraries.org about young adult books. I love the library and I’ll admit that I don’t scan the YA section as much as I should. I don’t like to put books into age groups, since many can be enjoyed by different ages. For example, Harry Potter mania has been read by both genders to grandparents to young children. Young adult books offer a wide range of topics, such as peer pressure, drugs, coming-of-age, relationship struggles, bullying, school conflicts, biographies, society issues, adventure, and so  many wonderful new life experiences. There has been debate that YA books may be graphic, bold, and too mature for readers. Well, life isn’t perfect and many individuals deal with these issues on a daily basis. Reading helps us understand how we fit into society. Books help us understand ourselves. Reading YA books as a parent or teacher can also help you understand those teens around you. So, next time you’re unsure about which book to read next stroll over to the Young Adult section. You may be pleasantly surprised about what you found. I promise to take a closer look too.

Selected Young Adult Books:

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne-Collins
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Looking for Alaska by John Green 
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg   
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 
The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
Forever by Judy Blume 
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
 

What Young Adult books do you suggest?

 
American Library Association’s 2011 Best Young Adult Book List  

Amazon’s Essential Young Adult Books

 

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

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I received this information from Reading is Fundamental (RIF) through Facebook. RIF’s mission is to motivate all children to become active readers. They want all children to have access to books and enjoy reading. RIF delivers free books to children who may not have many opportunities.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day is December 3rd, which is tomorrow. Honestly, it doesn’t matter when you go just as long as you go soon with your son, daughter, brother, sister, niece, nephew, friend, grandchild, and anyone else who needs a great book to read. I’m also a big fan of the library, so help the child get a library card, visit story hour, and explore new worlds between the book shelves.

There’s an interactive map on their website with bookstores across 35 states, two Canadian provinces, England, and even  Australia, that participate in Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. But it doesn’t matter where you go, just encourage a visit to any bookstore.

Banned Books Video Advent Calendar

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Today is first of December, so numerous advent calendars and count downs to Christmas have started. I was pleasantly surprised when I got a notice from Banned Books Week on Facebook that announced a Banned Book Advent Calendar. True it’s no longer the last week in September when banned books are celebrated, but the freedom to read should be celebrated all year. The intellectual freedom group FAIFE (Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) is posting a small video about censorship and banned books every day until Christmas. Here is information from their website:

The project’s participants include leading figures in the library world, who introduce their favourite banned books: Finnish IFLA President-Elect Sinikka Sipilä presents Mika Waltari’s The Egyptian, Kai Ekholm introduces Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Executive Director Jill Cousins of the Europeana Foundation expounds on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Other books include Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Hitler’s Mein Kampf, Boccaccio’s Decameron and Walt Disney’s Donald Duck.

http://vimeo.com/channels/bannedbooks

 

 

Raising a Reading Family

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A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature 

by Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano

 

 

Consider a small child sitting on his mother’s lap while she reads him a picture book. The picture book opens to a width that effectively places the child at the center of a closed circle – that of mother’s body, arms, and the picture book… That circle, so private and intimate, is a place apart form the demands and stresses of daily life, a sanctuary in and from which the child can explore the many worlds offered in picture books. Despite all of our society’s technological advances, it still just takes one child, one book, and one reader, to create this unique space, to work this everyday magic.

― Martha V. Parravano

Perhaps there’s nothing more important than raising a family who loves books and reading. Sure children read in school, but the foundation starts at home. Reading at home shouldn’t be an afterthought or a burden, instead it should be a joy to spread the love of reading to last a lifetime. Being in the classroom, I know which students have reading support at home. Normally, reading thirty to sixty minutes, depending upon the age, is homework each night. In my opinion, it shouldn’t be homework. Reading at home should be enjoyed so much that you have to tell your child to turn the book light off and go to sleep. Of course, it takes work to raise a family of readers.

A Family of Readers is just one book from the many books that promote family reading. It states in the jacket: A Family of Readers is a book for readers, people who need books as much as food or air. The editors are from The Horn Book Magazine, which publishes information about books for children and young adults. The book is divided into four sections: reading to them, reading with them, reading on their own, and leaving them alone. I like this book, because it provides many book examples and brief descriptions for each category. The bibliography provides the books and additional reading resources.

The Horn Book Family Reading Resources 

The Horn Book Recommendations

 Thirteen Steps to Raise a NON-reader: 

1. Never read where you child can see you. 
2. Put a TV or computer in their bedroom. 
3. Correct your child every time they mispronounce a word. 
4. Schedule activities after school so your child will never be bored. 
5. Once your child can read independently, throw out the picture books. They’re for babies. 
6. Don’t play board games together. Too dull. 
7. Give little rewards for reading. 
8. Don’t expect  your children to enjoy reading. Kids’ books are for teaching vocabulary, proper study habits, and good morals. 
9. Buy only 40 watt bulbs for your lamps. 
10. Under no circumstances read your child the same book over and over. One time is enough. 
11. Never allow your child to listen to books on tape or CD; that’s cheating. 
12. Make sure your kids only read books that are “challenging”. Easy books are a complete waste of time. That goes double for comics and MAD magazine. 
13. Absolutely, positively no reading in bed. 

Kindle News

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If you’re a kindle owner and haven’t already heard the exciting news that you can now ‘check out’  library books onto your kindle. It’s similar to checking out any library book, so you need your handy library card. Hopefully, you already have one. (September is library card sign-up month.) This was the biggest factor when I decided to buy an e-reader, since I love my local library. I finally picked the kindle, since it’s been around the most and tweaked any problems. For some reason, Amazon thought they were too ‘special’ and did not allow downloads from the library. Check out the long list of other e-readers from the nook to Sony readers. The ‘magic’ is done through overdrive, which is basically the middle person between publishers and libraries. It is not an EPUB or PDF download, instead there’s a special kindle symbol next to the book. Remember Amazon is special, so the difference between other reading devices is when you’re about to ‘check out’ you’re then taken directly to their site. It doesn’t work through 3G, so instead you need to be either wireless or have  a USB connection. Of course you still have to be on the waiting list just like any other book at the library. What happens when my library book is due? Nothing. Amazon automatically removes the book, however if you’ve ‘highlighted’ anything it keeps everything if you decide to buy it. I successfully downloaded a book onto my kindle in about three minutes.

How it Works

It’s easy to enjoy titles from an OverDrive®-powered site. Once setup is complete, all you need to do is browse, check out, download, and enjoy.

step one

Browse

Browse and search for Kindle books.

step two

Check Out

Add titles to your cart, and check out.

step three

Download

Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app.

step four

Enjoy

Sync your device or app and enjoy.

Overdrive information

Amazon’s library borrowing information

Read Banned Books on YouTube

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In celebration of Banned Books Week next week, you have the opportunity to read your favorite banned books to everyone. There is a YouTube channel that authors and individuals can post videos of themselves reading banned or challenged books. The video reading cannot be more than two minutes. You can also create a video from first hand experience of books being challenged which cannot be more than three minutes. Additional information is found here: virtual read-out.