Daniel Coldstar Goes On Tour!


. @DanielColdstar Thanks for the #BookExcursion shout-out on your blog. #WhoDisturbs? 🚀

This was a busy week for Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War.

The book has been invited to join three book tours featured on Twitter this Summer! They are #bookjourney, #bookvoyage, and #bookexpedition. These are reading crews made up of authors, teachers and librarians across the country, who read a handful of middle grade ARCs during summer break and then tweet and blog their reviews. It is a great and personal way for followers to learn about exciting books coming out this Fall!

So, Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War got packaged up and sent off to these great groups of readers. The first book in the Daniel Coldstar series should be in their hands soon!

If you want to learn about some awesome middle grade books coming out this Fall, do a search for these hashtags on Twitter and follow the wonderful people who are their members. You’ll be so glad you did!

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24in48 Readathon: We Need Diverse Books recommendations, PragmaticMom and Multicultural Children’s Book Day 

For my #24in48 @24in48 #readathon post about #WeNeedDiverseBooks, I highly recommend following @pragmaticmom (IG), co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and checking out the website too. 

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As co founder of MulticulturalChildrensBookDay.com, I am blown away by the sheer number of wonderful multicultural book reviews on the MCBD site. 📚Curious? 📚Visit the site, look for the “2017 Multicultural Link Up” option under Reading Resources and discover HUNDREDS of diverse books for kids reading ideas! 🌎#MulticulturalChildrensBookDay #readyourworld #diversekidlit #kidlit #teacherday #teachersday #teacherappreciationday#thankateacher #may9th #teachertalktuesday #teacherappreciationweek2017

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#24in48 July 2017 Readathon Sign-ups are Open!

Wow! This is awesome! Have you heard about the #24in48 readathon? I just discovered it. Basically, you read for 24 hours during the 48 hours of July 22-23. Want to join me? For more details, check the link.

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Happy summer, fellow readathon-ers!

I hope that everyone’s warm- (or cold, for you Aussies) weather reading is in full swing and you’ve been plowing through your summer reading lists or beach stacks. Or if you’ve had a bit of a slump because you’re doing ALL THE THINGS, I have the answer.

Our next #24in48 is back! Join us on July 22 & 23rd for a weekend full of reading. It promises to be another great one. (You’ll be happy to know I’ll not be steering the good ship 24in48 alone this round. I recently relocated for a job in another country and finally decided to call in reinforcements. So cheers to Kristen and Kerry who will be manning most of the social media during readathon weekend.)

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants…

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#classroombookaday & The Power of Shared (Picture Book) Stories by Jillian Heise

#ClassroomBookADay is a simple way to impact your classroom (as a teacher), or an entire school (as a library media specialist), through daily picture book reading.

Nerdy Book Club

It started with inspiration from Donalyn Miller, as many great things do. It started three years ago with a few extra minutes of class time, and thinking about how best to use them. It started with lamenting that I wasn’t sharing enough picture books with my students, and their request for more. It started with knowing the power of sharing stories, and needing to bring back the joy of read aloud. It started as a simple idea, that ended up having a big impact. It started with the commitment to bring #bookaday into my classroom; a public goal to read a picture book aloud every day of the school year to my 7th and 8th grade students. (Yes, you read that right, I was committing to reading aloud a picture book to my middle schoolers every day of the school year!) It has become #classroombookaday.

Why a public goal? Because…

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Death to Fake Reading: Encouraging Engagement in an Era of Avoidance

Ah, I love this. I think I’ll encourage the collection of ‘beautiful sentences’ in the media center.

Conference on English Leadership (CEL)

Note: This post has been cross-blogged on the author’s blog www.failsafely.com

All English teachers are familiar with that gnawing feeling: the paranoid scan of an essay, the neurotic parsing of a student’s response, the subsequent guilt for even daring the thought…this is good, you reflect, perhaps too good. The creeping suspicion of Fake Reading.

My brilliant professional colleague Gerard Dawson writes eloquently on this issue on his own blog gerarddawson.org, specifically in his OED-esque breakdown of the term, in which he writes that it is primarily defined as “[a] student’s process of completing required assignments, including quizzes, essays, discussions, and other activities, in order to achieve a passing grade but without reading a required text.”

His full post is an engaging, and harrowing, primer on the condition as it exists today, and I encourage all to read (print, laminate, etch in granite, etc.) his full…

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We need something nice.

Alright, my knitting friends. It’s time for something positive. Why not join this #free #RechargeKAL and make a #shawl with @kateheppell. Let’s talk about this, not ‘that’ (whatever horrid thing is happening in your world right now), okay? Cheers!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m tired. I’m so, so tired. It seems like every day the news just gets worse and worse and my heart breaks again and again. From the increasingly racist tone of political campaigns and the dehumanisation of migrants, to the senseless killings of LGBT (mostly Latin@) people in Orlando and of British MP Jo Cox, who fought for the rights of women and of refugees.

This is my way of trying to get through it and you’d be more than welcome join me. This isn’t about replacing political action, this is about giving you (and me) something nice and soft and warm to recharge our batteries with so that we are stronger to face the world and all of the hate and bile it wants to throw at us.

Welcome to the Recharge Shawl Mystery-ish KAL.

Why a KAL?

Well, I was already…

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Reading Is Its Own Reward: Summer Reading and the 7th Annual #Bookaday Challenge

It’s coming, friends. Are you ready for the 7th annual #summerreading #bookaday #readingchallenge with #DonalynMiller?

Donalyn Miller

I cleaned the season’s first melted chapstick out of my car yesterday. Summer must be around the corner. Time to check the expiration date on last year’s sunscreen and buy some new flip-flops.

Our bleak winter weather lasted too long, and I’m hungry for the sun. I long for the first day that’s so hot I can feel it warm my bones. I look forward to summer’s easy-going vibe, too. Released from the confines of winter clothes and school calendars, summer feels lighter. More freedom. Fewer rules. Although I travel quite a bit during the summer, the pace seems slower—more relaxed. As a mom, I’m relieved that our lives won’t revolve around Sarah’s high school schedule for the next few months. The Millers can gravitate back to our nocturnal natures—staying up too late watching movies and eating kettle corn.

Summer liberates my reading and writing life, too. I indulge in…

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10 Simple Ways To Use Google Cardboard In The Classroom.

This post is a great intro to Google Cardboard. I would mention that students should remain seated while using the headset. The “walking” mentioned in the post is virtual.

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I really can’t describe how amazing this technology is.  You have to get one and see for yourself!
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What is it?

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality headset which immerses you in the video or picture so you can see a 360 degree view of an image or video.  Put on the headset and you are instantly inside the media.  Turn your head and look around to see in all directions.
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How do I set it up?

First order Google Cardboard.  There are some cheap versions (around 10$) and expensive ones (around $70).  I would advise a mid range one.  Next download the Google Cardboard App (available on the App store and Google Play).  After it has downloaded, load the App and choose what you wish to view.  Finally open Cardboard, secure your phone into the device (check it is positioned correctly) and look into the viewer.  And it really…

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Spherical Concentric Layer Cake Tutorial

Ah, cake! Earth Day 2016 falls on Friday, April 22. Wouldn’t this be a grand way to celebrate?

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This tutorial will show you the most basic and least equipment-heavy way of baking the concentric layer cake as seen in both the Earth cake and Jupiter cake. You can stop at half way and just make a hemisphere cake, or make two hemispheres and join them into one as in this video.

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How big you make the cake is up to you. For the Earth cake I baked the largest layer in a 2 litre pudding basin. As the Jupiter cake one was for a tute and not for a group of people, I only baked it as big as a 1 litre pudding bowl. There’s no other reason why I baked the sphere smaller – you can make it as big or small as you like.

Let’s begin!

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Dear Google, You Should Have Talked to Me First

Couldn’t have said it better. #readforpleasurenotpoints #iheartpicturebooks #kidlit #teacherlibrarian #iteachtoo #librariansrock

teach from the heart

Dear Google,

I wish you’d talked to teachers like me before you made that $40 million investment in Renaissance Learning.

I’ve seen the damage Accelerated Reader can do.

I witnessed it for the first time when I tutored a struggling 5th grader…eighteen years ago.

He hated to read.

He hated being locked into a level.

He hated the points associated with the books.

But more importantly, he was humiliated when he didn’t earn enough points to join in the monthly party or get to ‘buy’ things with those points at a school store full of junky prizes.

I’ve seen kids run their fingers along the binding of a book, a book they REALLY wanted read, but then hear them say, “But it’s not an AR book,” or “It’s not my level.”

I’ve watched them scramble to read the backs of books or beg a friend for answers so they can get…

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