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Watch The Vlog Brothers perform a live concert at Carnegie Hall. It is great! the music is lovely and the sentiments in the songs resonate! Lovers of the Green Brothers will be in heaven!
And I don’t mean who’s been naughty or nice, though anyone who works in a school library surely has a mental list of those…
But I digress. It’s that time of year when various book-related peeps put together lists of the best books of the year that’s nearly over.
Open in my browser tabs lately are these “Best of 2012″ beauties. Why don’t you start making your own “to-read” list for the summer now! Or make notes of titles to buy for your school library in 2013.
- GoodReads Choice Awards 2012
- Huffington Post
- RT’s 2012 YA award nominees
- CILILP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards long list
- Publishers Weekly Best Books
- YALSA 2012 best fiction for YA
- Tor 2012 World Fantasy Award winners
- New York Times best illustrated children’s books
- Amazon best books of 2012 (Teens)
- Kirkus Reviews best children’s books of 2012 (Teens list announced Nov 26th)
Just imagine being in a class with this guy! I dare you to role model him in your library tomorrow!
(via School Library Journal A Fuse #8 Production)
|Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE/Getty Images|
LeBron James, possibly the best basketball player in the world today, averaged about 18 points per game in the NBA Finals last season. This year he is averaging 29 points per game! What’s his secret?
In his commentary for ESPN, LeBron James, Open Book, Michael Wilbon discusses the media speculation over LeBrons very public reading habits over the last couple of months. Whether he was being sponsored by authors or publishers . . .
However, LeBron says he sought to simply find a calm place before each game from which to operate:
“It just slows my mind down. It gives me another outlet. Throughout the playoffs, all you think about is basketball. All you want to do is play basketball. But at the same time it can become a lot. It can [get] to a point where it’s overloading to the mind, and you think about it too much. It’s hard to get away from it because you’re playing every other day, you talk about it every single day, you prepare every single day. So the reading has given me an opportunity to, just for those couple hours of the day or those 20 minutes, 25 minutes before the game, an opportunity just to read and think about something else and get a sense of what else is going on besides the game of basketball. It’s made me comfortable. I’m not saying it’s the trick. It’s just something that I decided to do at the beginning of the postseason, and it’s worked for me.”
If LeBron is reading, then reading is cool. What a wonderful message from one of the world’s top sports people.
Source: Michael Wilbon, ESPN
Bev Novak recently posted this video Joe’s Non-Netbook illustrating students’ views on using books for research. Simple, clever, funny and enlightening.
Here’s how I see it.
Our youngest students, Year Levels 7 & 8, irregularly use our non-fiction collection. Older students occasionally utilise the books when their assignment stipulates a number of print-based resources. Why is it necessary to set this criteria? In New Zealand we are fortunate to have the EPIC Databases provided free to all schools by the Ministry of Education – 25 databases containing thousands of international and New Zealand newspapers, magazines and journals, biographies, reference material, images, audio and video on a wide range of topics. These databases quell any argument on quality of online information.
Digital resources allow students to expand images, define words, drag and drop, cut and paste, highlight and comment, to explore links to develop wider understanding, to watch videos or listen to sources that support the learning. Not surprising our students prefer digital resources to the inflexibility of print books.
It comes down to engagement doesn’t it – the learning happens from the engagement. In the 21st Century, the majority of our learners are choosing digital resources over print-based resources. As school librarians we need to reflect on the value and relevance of our non-fiction collections in response to our students’ learning needs.
Source: Bev Novak, BevsBookBlog
You could try this with your weedings for the year! I’m feeling inspired to issue a challenge and wondering what the boys would do. I think it is awesome. It is from Cathy Jo Nelson whose blog is always full of good ideas. I found it as I was reading about censorship here. Another great post. I’m just heartily recommending Cathy Jo.
Here is the story behind the now ubiquitous posters. Great story!
It came to me via Neatorama
In a NZ Book Month special, a panel of book-mad 12 and 13-year-olds take over The Good Word for four weeks in March.
With only a little help from presenter Emily Perkins, they are the reviewing panel in their own mini series titled The Good Word jnr.