Sunday, May 22, 2016

Totoro #PostItNoteArt

Our post-it note art for the fourth 9 weeks this school year is from the movie My Neighbor Totoro.  It seemed to be a bigger undertaking than usual.  I think the main reason for this was because we had to alter the patterns quite a bit to fit our windows.  This always presents a challenge to keep the scale the same and make sure the finished art is still recognizable.  Connolly does a great job with this and usually eyeballs the changes.  I, on the other hand, prefer to be able to follow the pattern row by row.

Time wise, the three forest spirits were created in about six total hours.

Finished windows:

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A few videos of the process:  (It's always so much fun to see it finally come together!)

Parts 2 & 3

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:

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.


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

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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
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

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