December 20, 2016
You can teach an old dog new tricks! Woof! Woof! Yesterday Kayleigh and I played around with video on social media. It was Christmas sweater day, so I brought out my Mrs. Claus outfit. Nostalgic for winter booktalks with my kids, I did my first Facebook Live. How hard was it to shoot live?
July 05, 2016
As I polished my Presentation Tools for the 21st Century workshop this morning, I also updated the 101+ (Mostly Free) Online Resources LiveBinder. With the ever-changing world of presentation tools, it seems impossible to keep up. However, AASL just released their new list of Best Websites and Apps for Teaching and Learning. There you'll find a crossover of tools that are both website and apps. These vetted tools will help you whittle down the options. I, myself, am venturing out from PowerPoint and using one of last year's tools for most of my presentations. It's called Haiku Deck.
January 08, 2016
It's January and the highlight of children's book publishing season is just days away. Many of you are already in Boston for the Big Event (or hopefully safely on your way). On Monday morning at 8AM EST, the doors will open and the suspense will soon be over. Watch the Live Webcast here. Someone asked me the other day what I thought would win. Honestly, I've gotten my head buried in 2016 already. (With three imminent webcasts and a little bit of down time off the road, I've got to think ahead when I can.) So now that I'm thinking about 2015, I'll give you a couple of tips to remember.
Tags: ALA, Authors & Illustrators, awards, book selections, collection development, conferences, fiction, giveaways, graphic novels, JLG, literacy, nonfiction, Picture books, Printz, resources, social media, technology, The Horn Book, video.
November 19, 2015
Today guest Kiera Parrott and I chatted about some of our favorite titles that are "certain" to receive recognition. Whether or not our crystal balls are accurate, your kids are sure to love these multi-starred titles from 2015. Buy your extra copies today, while they are still in stock. Let's keep the awards hype up. Tweet with us on your favorites #JLGwebinars. What are your hands down winners? What about your dark horse?
Tags: ALA, Authors & Illustrators, awards, book selections, booktalks, collection development, fiction, graphic novels, JLG, literacy, nonfiction, Picture books, Printz, professional development, social media, webinars.
August 05, 2015
This morning I did a fast 30-minute webcast on the INFOhio Boot Camp. The two-day virtual program, Training to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, featured sessions on flipping library instruction , Graphic Novels to Make Your Brain Bigger, and 5 Tech Weapons for Your Zombie Fighting Arsenal. With a keynote presentation by Shannon Miller, "Be the Change You Want to See," Ohio teachers and librarians had plenty to think about as they participated in chats, pre-session thought-provokers, and post-session quizzes. What did I talk about? "Free Resources to Make You a Marketing Genius" Want to know what I said? Keep reading.
April 24, 2015
Some people laugh through their noses. Some people hiss like snakes. Me? If it's really funny, you might hear a snort. (Sorry mom, but it's true.) What about you? What's your classic laugh style? And what makes you laugh? If you've had a long week, a library chuckle might be just the ticket.
March 27, 2015
Yesterday Leslie and I did our second webcast for the new selections of 2015. In 30 minutes, we managed to booktalk 30 books for teens. Below is the shortlist of our selections and their corresponding categories. A few choices, such as The Bunker Diaries (YM), lend themselves to be suitable solely for upper grades. Many of the books, however, can be used at both middle and high school grades.
Tags: audiobooks, Authors & Illustrators, book selections, booktalks, collection development, Common Core, fiction, graphic novels, JLG, literacy, marketing, nonfiction, Printz, public library, resources, social media, technology, webinars.
December 31, 2014
Eat less. Exercise more. Save more money. Every January resolutions are made. With great resolve we determine to be more healthy, more diligent, and more productive. With our reading, perhaps it's time to think out of the box a little. Instead of the generic "read more books" or "read X number of books," why not try a more specific list of resolutions?
December 16, 2014
We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your readers will give them a chance to see that they are not alone.
December 09, 2014
While actors rehearse for the Tony and Oscar Award ceremonies, librarians and other book lovers across the country are gearing up for our own celebratory event. What will win the Printz, the Newbery, the Pura Belpre, or the Coretta Scott King? Journals are already releasing their best lists. I've been cross-referencing them to see which books appear on multiple lists. How about you? What books are on your best list? What books are missing from those lists?