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Read-y to bike?

Here at TeachingBooks I’m encouraging my colleagues to ride their bicycles to the office. Madison, Wisconsin is such a lovely city this time of year, why not enjoy it on bike? With that in mind, I’ve been exploring multimedia resources about books and authors related to this bicycling theme. Here are some resources for a […]

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2015 Collaborative Summer Library Program Booklists is thrilled to partner with the CSLP and Upstart to share online summer library programming materials! 5-minute Video overview for CSLP 2015: Quick Start Guide: Use thousands of book and author related resources from the following booklists to enrich your summer programming:   CSLP for Early Literacy: Summer Reading Program STEAM Enhancements for Early Literacy:     CSLP […]

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Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Slowly Spin the Wheels: Graphic Novels in the Classroom by Val Edwards  I have been browsing through Nimble: Thinking Creatively in the Digital Age (HOW Books 2015) by Robin Landa. I wish “being nimble” was an attribute more easily attainable in education, particularly in relation to adopting graphic novels for instructional use. Often teachers’ efforts to integrate graphic novels […]

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Give Me An “L” for Service

We are celebrating School Library Month and National Library Week! As we reflect on the amazing service of the librarians on staff, we also recognize the dedication of the librarians we encounter everyday in our work. Words do not adequately express our enthusiastic appreciation of your passion, energy and legendary efforts as you strive to guide and assist learners […]

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Voice Your Choice!

The Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards is open through May 3, 2015!   Kids and teens can vote to determine the winners in seven categories of finalists. Check out multimedia resources about each finalist, as well as ideas for celebrating Children’s Book Week, May 4 – May 10, 2015! The announcement of the winners will take place during Children’s Book Week.

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Marti Koller Wins 2015 Intellectual Freedom Award

Marti Koller, English Department Chair at the Baldwin-Woodville High School, is the winner of the 2015 Intellectual Freedom Award. The award is given jointly by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). A long-time advocate of intellectual freedom, Koller has battled censorship and educated students about the principles […]

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Celebrating the Work of Walter Dean Myers

Last night’s NYC celebration of the mission and work of Walter Dean Myers, hosted by his son Christopher Myers, was a tribute to creativity and following one’s dreams. It was life abound. Known children’s book writers Avi, Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Brian Selznick beautifully reflected on life. Wow! And readings, songs, and multifaceted performances […]

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2015 WRAD Blogging Challenge: Week 4

Week 4: March 2 – 8 Speak Your Story: Select a favorite read aloud book and make a video! Val Edwards, Educational Outreach & Training Specialist, reads from Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (Viking Press 1948).

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2015 WRAD Blogging Challenge: Week 3 is preparing for World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) by participating in the WRAD “Speak Your Story” Blogging Challenge! The four week blogging challenge is outlined at The Busy Librarian. World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Spread the word! #WRAD Week 3: February 23 – March 1 Take a selfie with your favorite kid lit […]

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2015 WRAD Blogging Challenge: Week 2

Week 2: February 16 – 22 You & Someone New: Answer the following questions with someone you haven’t spoken to about reading before.    1. I think everyone in the world should read…   Val: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle Jeanette: More, More Said the Baby by Vera Williams       2. If I could […]

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