Friday, April 15, 2016

Because..... #LibrariesTransform



It's no secret to anyone that I love libraries.  With a name like LibraryFanatic, it's a given.  


I've enjoyed following various hashtags on Twitter and seeing what librarians across the nation are sharing about their libraries and library services.  

My most favorite has been the Because _____________________. #LibrariesTransform promotion.    I've been posting to Instagram & Twitter sharing my Because reasons.  It's also been a great "excuse" to wear my most favorite LIBRARY themed t-shirts to school.  Talk about conversation starters with students... :)  (Fellow #TShirtAddicts, don't forget Unshelved has the BEST Library T-shirts hands down.  You're welcome.)

My because reasons are below.  I'd love to hear/see/read yours! 


A photo posted by Sherry Gick (@sngick) on



A photo posted by Sherry Gick (@sngick) on


On this last day in National Library Week, I'm inviting you to share your Because stories.  Use the nifty graphics provided by ALA or just tweet it out.  The important thing is to share!  Your library is making a difference daily.  Share your story.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Typewriter by Bill Thomson


The Author:



 Bill Thomson is the creator of Chalk and Fossil and the illustrator of Baseball HourKarate HourSoccer Hourand Building with Dad, all written by Carol Nevius. Thomson’s books have received many accolades: the National Parenting Publications Gold Award, designation as a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association, a Teacher’s Choice selection from the International Reading Association, a Booklist Editor’s Choice, the Connecticut Book Award for Children’s Illustrator, Kentucky’s Bluegrass Award, Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award, and the Prix Livrentête in Paris, France. Thomson’s artwork has also received more than 75 awards in the country’s most prestigious juried illustration competitions.

Thomson lives with his family in Southington, Connecticut and is also a professor of illustration at the University of Hartford. To see more of his artwork, visit: www.billthomson.com.

The Book:  


As a huge fan of wordless books, I was super excited to receive a copy of The Typewriter by Bill Thomson.  (Thanks Blue Slip Media!)   His book Chalk is one of my all time favorite picture books.  

When I first opened the book, I flipped through to take a quick glance at the illustrations.  One word:  GORGEOUS

Then I looked more closely at the characters: 3 diverse children.  Thank you Bill!  Children love seeing themselves in books and not all children are blonde-haired & blue-eyed boys!  #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Finally, I "read" the story, picture by picture.  Next, I read it again.  Then I shared it with my son.  Each reading of the book I fell a bit more in love and noticed new details in the illustrations.  

It's no exaggeration to say this book is truly magical.  Children of all ages will feel a sense of wonder as they explore the story. 

I now have a new favorite picture book on my list!  

But don't just take my word for it, get a copy for your own to share.


Giveaway:

One lucky winner will receive a copy of THE TYPEWRITER (U.S. addresses).

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Resources:

Download a CCSS-aligned curriculum guide at this link.

The Tour:  

I'm the last stop on this tour but you should definitely visit these amazing blogs too!

Fri, Mar 4
Teach Mentor Texts
Mon, Mar 7
The Book Monsters
Tues, Mar 8
Kid Lit Frenzy
Wed, Mar 9
5 Minutes for Books
Thurs, Mar 10
Cracking the Cover
Fri, Mar 11
Unleashing Readers
Mon, Mar 14
Sharpread
Tues, Mar 15
Jean Little Library
Wed, Mar 16
NC Teacher Stuff
Thurs, Mar 17
A Rup Life
Fri, Mar 18
A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust
Tues, Mar 22
Library Fanatic


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Good Morning Yoga!



I was so excited to receive this book in the mail from Blue Slip Media.  I immediately dove right in and was captivated by the bright illustrations and the descriptive text.  Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder have created something quite special.  This book is made to not only be read aloud, but to be used with students.  The incorporation of yoga poses is unique and will be embraced by the pre-elementary and primary audience for which it is intended as well as by teachers and librarians who want to provide a way for students to stretch, engage, and better focus on learning for the day.

But don't just take my word for it, listen to the author, Mariam Gates, read the story below and take a look at the gorgeous illustrations:




Want another taste?  How about this beautiful book trailer?  (Great for sharing with teachers!)




And my absolute favorite... this video shows the author with a group of students going through each part of the book in a yoga class.  




Could you do this in your classroom (or home or library)?  Of course you could!

Please visit here for a downloadable kit filled with great ideas to encourage yoga time.  Also be sure and visit the author's website at http://www.mariamgates.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:






Mariam Gates holds a master’s in education from Harvard University and has more than twenty years’ experience working with children. Her renowned Kid Power Yoga program combines her love of yoga with teaching to help children access their inner gifts. She is the author of Good Night Yoga(Sounds True, April 2015), and lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband, yoga teacher Rolf Gates, and their two children. For more information, visit mariamgates.com.
Twitter:  @gatesmariam
Instagram: mariam.gates




Why not check out the earlier stops on this book tour? 

Wed, Feb 24
Teach Mentor Texts
Fri, Feb 26
Where Imagination Grows
Mon, Feb 29
A Rup Life
Tues, Mar 1
Proseandkahn
Wed, Mar 2
Kid Lit Frenzy
Thurs, Mar 3
5 Minutes for Books
Fri, Mar 4
Once Upon a Story
Mon, Mar 7
Wrapped in Foil
Tues, Mar 8
Sharpread
Wed, Mar 9
A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust
Thurs, Mar 10
Unleashing Readers
Fri, Mar 11
Children's Book Review
Tues, Mar 15
The Library Fanatic

GIVEAWAY!

One lucky winner will receive both books by Mariam Gates--GOOD MORNING YOGA and GOODNIGHT YOGA, along with a full-color poster!


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Thank you Blue Slip Media for the advanced copy to review!

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