December 3, 2016

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The Classroom Bookshelf 2016-11-28 16:01:52

The Night Gardener Written and Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan Published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-3978-7 2017 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor Book Book Review Grimloch Lane lives up to its name. The houses that line it are unkempt and the people who […]

The Thin Line

I’m going to cheat a little today, and deviate from our attempts to review in roughly calendar order. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about middle grade and YA and all ages and the fine line between the Newbery and the Printz. We’ve had books on all ends snag awards, yes, but […]

YA Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A handful of novels in a variety of genres and with an intriguing array of settings for voracious YA readers.

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The “A” in STEAM: Bring Out the Inner Artist in Kids

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Great ways to engage children in open-ended art projects at the library.

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Test-Driving Google Arts & Culture | SLJ Review

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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours and a wealth of multimedia content related to art and museum and historic locations around the world. Carli Spina reviews the learning potential.

Literacy through the arts (and a mother’s digression)

“You don’t have to be an art teacher to include the arts in your classroom or to encourage children to think about the arts.” Emily Valenza believes there are many engaging ways all educators can make thinking visible, rethink assessment and critique, and make critical connections across artificial disciplinary boundaries. I am pretty darn excited […]

Book Review: Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson

Thanks to Penguin generously donating some ARCs for Kirstin’s recent visit to my library, I have two extra to raffle off. You can enter via the Rafflecopter, by (re)tweeting this review, or by following me on Twitter (@CiteSomething). Contest runs 4/19 to 4/21. US entries only, please.  Publisher’s description In this Banksy-inspired illustrated novel, an escalating […]

iPads Reimagine Art Class

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Here’s how one elementary-school art teacher used iPads and a Do lnk app to extend learning digitally and expand the curriculum.

Book Review: This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin

Publisher’s description Ramona fell for Sam the moment she met him. It was like she had known him forever. He’s one of the few constants in her life, and their friendship is just too important to risk for a kiss. Though she really wants to kiss him… Sam loves Ramona, but he would never expect […]

View from Behind the Lens: Advanced Photography for Teens, a Guest Post by Lynette Pitrak

In the fall and winter of 2014, I had an amazing experience coordinating a filmmaking workshop for high school students called View from the Director’s Chair.  To highlight a different aspect of our library’s Media Lab this year, our IT Department Manager and I created a similarly-structured workshop called View from Behind the Lens. View […]

Pixar in a box

This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media teachers, and young filmmakers as well. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school […]

Teaching STEAM with Lois Ehlert: Preschool isn’t too early to introduce STEM + art

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The books of Lois Ehlert, with their vivid-hued collages, are a staple of the storytime shelf—and a great start for teaching STEAM concepts to toddlers and preschoolers. Which of your favorite titles would fit into a preschool science program? Share them here.

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Touch Van Gogh

Touch Van Gogh

Share this with your favorite art teachers and art-loving learners. I love that technology removes the theater rope.  That great art can be less guarded, more accessible, nearly touchable. And I sincerely hope that Touch Van Gogh, the newly updated, free, award-winning app from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is only the beginning of […]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High-Res images for us to use!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High-Res images for us to use!

Early last month, I wrote about the big news from Getty Images. Last week, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly […]

Google Slides and images news

Google Slides and images news

Among the reasons I’ve been reluctant to build more of my presentations in Google Slides was, frankly, that working with images in Google Slides was a painful process. But then, collaborating anywhere else is a painful process. This morning I got a sweet little surprise when I began a new preso. The little note said: […]

Pick of the Day: The Painting | DVD

The Painting

This animated film bursts with lush colors, excellent voicing, sophisticated artwork, and music that varies from gentle piano notes to menacing brass.

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

What teacher doesn’t want to share their most awesome lessons?  Emily is home for Thanksgiving and I’ve never seen her this charged about her teaching before. I’ve never seen her this charged about networking before. What I discovered is that Emily’s PLN journey is very different from mine. Our conversations revealed that I haven’t questioned […]

PowToon + Katie = even more awesomeness

PowToon + Katie = even more awesomeness

I am a big fan of the talented, adorable and slightly wacky author/illustrator/kidlit blogger/podcaster Katie Davis. I am also a big fan of the slightly wacky, digital animation tool PowToon with its cool themes, props, animated characters and transitions. So what happens to the equation when a popular picture book author/illustrator partners with digital, comic-based presentation/video maker platform? […]

A Must-See Movie for Book Lovers Now on DVD

A Must-See Movie for Book Lovers Now on DVD

On top of everything else that they do, libraries with collections of thoughtfully published art books are also, essentially, museums.

I love these markers! (But it’s not about the markers)

I discovered Crayola’s Crystal Effects Window Markers purely by accident at Five Below.  No one wanted them as a prize at our Poetry Slam and I am so glad. Last week, my student assistant Amber yawned at the suggestion of book reviews, logo making, working on our website, and other activities that I myself consider […]