Saturday, October 21, 2017

Celebrate Picture Book Month With This Calendar and Awesome Resources!

In just a few weeks, we will kick off Picture Book Month. 

This special literacy initiative celebrates the print picture book during the month of November around the world. 

Every day of November, a picture book champion shares why they think picture books are important. 
The Picture Book Month Calendar has everything we need to bring this special event to all children, libraries and communities.

You will find the color and black/white calendar on the Picture Book Month site here.
Under the Activities tab, you will find lots of resources and materials including....
 a Certificate of Participation, 
 Picture Book Elementary Author and Illustrations and so much more.
Also under Promo Kit, you will find even more including these sweet little Picture Book Month Badges to display on your blog or site.  

There is more to check out on the Picture Book Month site but first.....
start here!

You will find the registration on the site, which will give you a place to pledge to celebrate your love of picture books too.

Happy Reading Friends.  I promise Picture Book Month will become one of your favorite months and celebrations too.  

7 Halloween Activities From Storyboard That!

With Halloween right around the corner, our friends at Storyboard That have several engaging and fun Halloween classroom activities.  
You will find several wonderful activities on the Halloween Storyboard That page. 

They include....

Using Storyboard That is a meaningful way to tie in Halloween, and other holidays, to writing, creating, synthesizing, reflecting and so many other skills and tasks. 

Not to mention, it is a whole lot of fun! 

You will find the Halloween Storyboard That activities here.  

Did You Hear? The YALSA Teens' Top Ten For 2017 Have Been Announced!

I love reading and sharing YA literature.  

One of my favorite lists to share every year is the YALSA Teens' Top Ten!  

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017) here on the Teens' Top Ten site. 

And guess what?  Last week, the week after Teen Read Week, YALSA announced this awesome list for 2017!  

You will hear the Teens' Top Ten by watching Amandla and Nick. 
Also, check out the previous winners and...
resources for promoting the Teens' Top Ten on the site too
I am starting with Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan.  

What will you read first? 

Library Skills That Help Your Library Rock...Watch The Webinar Here Too!

Last week, I just loved sharing the webinar, Library Skills That Help Your Library Rock, sponsored by Cantata Learning and Capstone.
It was so much fun sharing my new Library Skills series and all of the other fall Cantata Learning series.

And of course, lots of other Cantata Learning resources and ways to make your library rock!

You will find the webinar recording here.

Here are the slides too. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Digital Citizenship Collection and Symbaloo....For #DigCitWeek And All Year Long!

Digital Citizenship Week is one of the most important weeks all year long.  Even though it is almost over, Digital Citizenship is something we must focus on every day within education and throughout our communities.

I have put together a Collection by Destiny full of important resources, sites, research, articles and so much more. 

You can get to the Digital Citizenship Collection here. can make a Copy of this if you would like and add books, eBooks and eResources from your Destiny to a Collection to.  This ties students and your school community directly to the catalog. 
I have also put together a Symbaloo full of important resources, sites, research, articles and so much more.

You can get to the Digital Citizenship Symbaloo here.
I am super excited to share my new book Staying Safe Online from Cantata Learning, with my friend Emily Arrow singing, to the Collection....
....Symbaloo too!  
Staying Safe Online can be found here.  You will love sharing this with your students as they sing, learn and practice skills for being safe online.

Since this Collection and Symbaloo would be overwhelming to share with kids, I created one just for them!
You will find the I Am A Digital Citizen Symbaloo here.

This one includes Google's Be Internet Awesome, the suite of digital citizenship games from Common Sense Media,  PBS Webonauts and lots of games, eBooks and resources from NetSmarts,, BrainPOP, Professor Garfield and more!

If you see any that are not included, please let me know and I will add them right away.  And this is public, so use it, share it and you can even turn off the sharing and use it as your own.
One more thing that will be helpful to you, especially as we have time this summer, is the Follett Community webinar I did a few months ago.
It is called Digital Literacy: Project Connect's Microcredential Course and the recording can be found here.

In this webinar, we explored the definitions and importance of digital literacy and citizenship.  I also told my story of integrating digital literacy and citizenship into the library and school by creating a supportive and engaging curriculum, program and community. 

I focused on various programs and resources that support digital literacy and citizenship. 
One that I am very passionate about and that is perfect for learning the skills yourself is Project Connect. Follett created Project Connect to advocate and support librarians as leaders in Future Ready Librarianship skills, including digital literacy.  

They have also developed an online microcredential course to help librarians and others develop a vision and plan to promote digital learning within their library.  I recently took this course and loved sharing specifics during the webinar. 

I know you will enjoy learning how you can sign up and get involved in Project Connect too.  You can do that here.

It is important for all of us to understand how to best empower our students as they become responsible digital citizens and critical consumers of information.  Please watch the webinar to find out more!  

Be AWESOME today friends, as we empower and teach our digital citizens!  

Check Out The October Future Ready Librarian Twitter Chat Archive Here!

We have kicked off the Future Ready Librarian Twitter Chats this fall and they have been awesome! 
 If you missed the last Future Ready Librarian Twitter Chat with John Hochstetler and....
Victoria Benitez, please check out the archive here.

Please join us for the next one on November 16 at 8:00pm EST.

And don't forget to use the #FutureReadyLibs hashtag on Twitter throughout the month too.

I Am A Digital Citizen Symbaloo...For Your Students!

I have something perfect to share with your students for Digital Citizenship Week!  It is a Symbaloo full of games, sites, books and songs.

You can get to the I Am A Digital Citizen Symbaloo here.

This is a great resource for students to use at school and to send home with them to use at home with their families too.

Share Your Favorite Halloween Resources On This Padlet for #FavoriteFindsFriday!

Halloween is right around the corner and it is time to gather up some freaky fun for your students and teachers too!  
Today for Favorite Finds Friday, let's share our Favorite Halloween Resources!  

You can use #FavoriteFindsFriday on Twitter and I have also created the Padlet above for all of us to share!  

You can go here to add your favorite Halloween resources too. 

And let me share some Halloween FUN to get us started!  I have added these things to the Padlet too. 
I brought together two Halloween Collections filled with reading, making, baking, singing, learning and writing fun! 

You will find the Let's Celebrate Halloween Collection for elementary students here.
These are two of my favorite new Halloween books from Cantata Learning.
Halloween and Monster Party...A Song About Drawing With Numbers from Cantata Learning.  These two stories are paired with music that you will find online to stream or download.

It is super easy for students to get to the music by scanning the QR codes found throughout each book.
Monster Party...A Song about Drawing and Numbers is from the new Sing and Draw Set by the dynamic team of Blake Hoena, Tim Palin and Emily Arrow.
I remember drawing things from numbers when I was young from Ed Emberley's fantastic books and the six new books in this Cantata Learning series are just as fun!

And they can sing along while drawing and learning about numbers....How cool is that!

I added the Monster Party video to the Let's Celebrate Halloween Collection so it will be super easy for your students to sing and draw monsters too. 
You will find all four of the titles from this series in the Sing and Draw YouTube playlist here.
These two series of Cantata Learning books, along with all Cantata titles, are available on Titlewave from Follett.
In fact, these books and more can be found on the October 31 Happy Halloween Titlewave List that our friends at Follett have put together for us.  

I just love looking through all of the wonderful books available for our readers for Halloween and the fall.  
Also, in the Let's Celebrate Halloween Collection you will find lots of educational and fun websites and activities including ones from PBS Kids,
 several from ABCya!,
 and a link to Buncee, where you and your students can create so many amazing digital stories for...
Halloween too!

Check it out and share this Collection with your students this month too. 
As for the librarians and teachers, I have created the Halloween Collection for Librarians and Teachers that you will find here.
It is filled with amazing learning, teaching, making, reading and sharing Halloween resources. There is definitely something for everyone here.

I will continue to add to both Halloween Collections and please let me know if you'd like to collaborate and share things on them too.  I will make you a collaborator...that would be fun.

Today, if you have any #FavoriteFindsFriday, please add them to the Padlet.  I will then add them to the Collections too! 

Happy October and Halloween, friends....I hope you find lots of ideas in this post and enjoy the month in your library and school too!