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Archives for April 2012

Spring books

Springtime and Easter present challenges. Most librarians have spent their book budgets, yet students get spring-book-fever and want new titles. What should you add to your list?
10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts by Anita Lobel. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-375-86864-1. $9.99.
10 Easter Egg Hunters: a holiday counting book by Janet Schulman; illustrated by […]

Spring books

Springtime and Easter present challenges. Most librarians have spent their book budgets, yet students get spring-book-fever and want new titles. What should you add to your list? 10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts by Anita Lobel. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-375-86864-1. $9.99. 10 Easter Egg Hunters: a holiday counting book by Janet Schulman; […]

Spring books

Springtime and Easter present challenges. Most librarians have spent their book budgets, yet students get spring-book-fever and want new titles. What should you add to your list? 10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts by Anita Lobel. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-375-86864-1. $9.99. 10 Easter Egg Hunters: a holiday counting book by Janet Schulman; […]

The Only Good Part of Testing

is that students cannot wait for the testing to end so they can read.
Imagine a 55 minute test that has 95% of the students finished in 20. What will they do after testing? Nothing. They cannot read a book. They cannot turn their tests in early. They cannot write. They cannot draw. They must simply […]

The Only Good Part of Testing

is that students cannot wait for the testing to end so they can read. Imagine a 55 minute test that has 95% of the students finished in 20. What will they do after testing? Nothing. They cannot read a book. They cannot turn their tests in early. They cannot write. They cannot draw. They must […]

The Only Good Part of Testing

is that students cannot wait for the testing to end so they can read. Imagine a 55 minute test that has 95% of the students finished in 20. What will they do after testing? Nothing. They cannot read a book. They cannot turn their tests in early. They cannot write. They cannot draw. They must […]

Stars in my Eyes (or, Starred Reviews vs. The Printz, round 2)

Between Roger’s piece way back and Sophie’s thoughtful assessment of stars in our playground, I’m not sure what more really needs to be said.
But never let it be said that I passed up an opportunity to air my opinions.
Last week, I read a Mary Poppins of a book.* It deserves a dozen stars. And it […]

NLLD or VLLD: Time to “Take Action”

I am on my first train to get from Albany, NY to Washington, DC on a grey, chilly Sunday morning as part of the New York Library Association (NYLA)’s delegation. We will participate in the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) on Tuesday, April 24th.  I am fairly sure I will be the […]

It Takes a Group of People to Rescue a Sinking Ship: Colorado’s “Survive and Thrive” Campaign

Can we have business as usual on a Titanic? That’s a question that bothered Becky Russell, the School Library/21st Century Skills Content Specialist at the Colorado Department of Education’s Library Development Office, about the diminishing number of school library positions in her state. After reading Doug Johnson’s blog post about the new Colorado Association of […]

Little, Brown Preview

Thursday afternoon, all three of us were lucky enough to attend the Little, Brown preview.
While all previews are fabulous, the LB preview is perhaps a bit MORE fabulous. This is entirely due to the shoes. For those who don’t know about the link between Little, Brown and shoes—sparkly shoes, high heeled shoes, shiny shoes, and […]

Votes for the Irma Black Award are due!!!

So we were having technical difficulties last week and our voting link went down. If you were unable to get through or haven’t sent in your kids votes there is still time. Send the number of children participating and the number of votes for each title to lisav@bankstreet.edu and I will add them to our […]

Winner of the 2012 Battle of the Kids’ Books

OKAY FOR NOW
BY
GARY D. SCHMIDT
published by Clarion, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Stars vs. Printz: Round One!

So, starred reviews and the Printz award. We’re going to cover this topic in at least two posts this year, so whatever I don’t address (or get dead wrong), Karyn will cover in a couple of weeks!
I’m a visual, list-making sort of person, so as I mulled over this topic this week, I found myself […]

And the Giveaway Winners Are…

Thank you so much for many wonderful comments, whether you commented daily or just once or twice to let us know your thoughts on specific titles and matches.  The winners of the 2012 BoB Giveaways are drawn from more than 100 names.  We will contact…

Plagiarism: That ‘P’ Word!

Ah, tis’ spring! The smell of the flowers, the warmth of the sun, and the dreaded end of the term’s essay assignment! For most students, that means a heavy reliance on the Internet, where they have virtually instant access to information. This tempting availability of facts (or opinions presented as facts) has made it even easier for students to search, copy, paste, and turn it in! But while it’s increasingly easy for young digital natives to locate papers to plagiarize, […]

Citizen Scientists | Focus on Discovery

“Citizen Scientist” might be a newly coined term, but people have long assumed the role, jotting down crocus sightings in early spring, the number of loon pairs on the lake in the summer, and the first sign of frost in the fall or winter.

Backyard Science: Books for Young Explorers

Combining stunning illustrations, informative texts, and eye-catching formats, these books encourage kids to get outside and investigate the world around them. Some of the titles provide general introductions to nature expeditions, while others zoom in on particular species to reveal fascinating facts about commonplace critters. All of them foster observation skills, promote information gathering and processing, and kindle curiosity. Shared aloud or perused independently, these volumes will inspire kids to look closer at local flora and fauna whether they are […]

All the Way to America

Link to youtube video All the way to america After reading All The Way to America by Dan Yaccarino, we asked the 2nd graders to draw a picture of objects or ideas that are  passed down in families. Some of the objects that came up in the discussion, a hand-cranked coffee grinder, a ceremonial wine cup, […]

Who’s that Man Inside the BoB Art Studio?

As many of BoB followers pointed out, SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books site is not only thought provoking and fun to read, it is also a total joy to look at: all because we have the ingenious and whimsical Match graphics and other icons.  Who has created all these images?  You asked, and we answer here:

Mark Tuchman, SLJ’s Creative Director

Mark has been working at SLJ for the last ten years and recently collected his design work here:  http://marktuchman.wordpress.com.  His prior freelance work illustrating for newspapers and magazines such as Glamour, NY Newsday, The Daily News, Scholastic, Black Enterprise and Seventeen can be viewed here: www.marktuchman.com.

We couldn’t thank Mark enough for giving us the pleasure of receiving the graphics for the Match posts and sharing them with all the BoB fans.  We feel it a fitting tribute to Mark’s talents and dedication by exhibiting a selection of his BoB designs for the past four years.  Please enjoy!

2009 Battle Brackets:

2009 Match Design (based on crude design by the Battle Commander):

Peanut Gallery Banner:

2009 winner The Hunger Games on the top and third tiers of the winners podium:

2010 Early Brackets:

Victory Tour of 2009 BoB winner Hunger Games to 2010 Contenders:

2010 Boxing Ring Theme Match Graphic:

Confetti fluttering around Match winner (2010):

2010 Undead:

» Continue Reading: Who’s that Man Inside the BoB Art Studio?

Reading, Reading, Reading!

Well, we all know THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is THE book of the year (so far!). When did we last have a contemporary, realistic fiction title with this much buzz and prepub excitement? It probably goes without saying, but if you are the one person who hasn’t read it yet, be […]