Monthly Archives: August 2010
These chapter books would be great for read-alouds in your classroom – even older kids love being read to!
The beginning of the school year can be a source of anxiety for some kidsWe have some great picture book recommendations for the start of the school year:
It’s almost September and our librarian friends are celebrating the end of summer reading…while our teacher friends are bearing down and getting ready for another year.
In both cases, we’re celebrating with you and declaring it SCHOOL WEEK here at the pageturn. Look for our school-themed posts this week – stay tuned!
Here is what we’ve been reading and loving lately:
- We’re thrilled that Presenting Lenore loves Lauren Oliver as much as we do! She posted a great interview with Lauren, as well as a review of the upcoming DELIRIUM (on-sale February 2011).
- I was particularly motivated and inspired by the list Joyce at NeverEnding Search posted about the things that teacher-librarians need to unlearn. Even if you aren’t a teacher-librarian, there is so much to take away from this.
- Liz Burns at A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy has posted a review of YOU by Charles Benoit. I love that she focuses on the importance of choice in the story.
- Tiny Little Librarian is always good for a laugh and her latest post was one of the funniest: know of any book rental services, readers?
- We’re so excited: Monica Edinger is now blogging over at The Huffington Post, in addition to her blog Educating Alice. Congratulations to Monica!
Have a great week, all!
SHADOWS IN THE SUN
Hot, stuffed in skirts
and screaming, “Witch!”
some of us girls point fingers
from positions of sunlight,
others of us hide
under a parasol of leaves.
Sirens all, we choir a cacophony
of caws together.
None in the Village dare step
on the shadows we forge,
lest their name
be next proclaimed.
For as evening approaches
and heat subsides
our elders shrivel and shrink,
and we girls
grow spine tall.
From WICKED GIRLS
by Stephanie Hemphill
Published by Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books
Download the Reading Guide for writing prompts and discussion questions.
Being teachers and librarians, you work with such a wide array of children and teens, all with different economic, social, and cultural backgrounds . Finding books that speak to a particular child’s life experience can be both rewarding and challenging. We hope the following recommendations will help you put the right book in the right child’s hands:
Gopal is kidnapped and forced to work in a sweatshop in modern-day India. BCCB says this is a “strong work of contemporary fiction that offers young readers an authentic glimpse into a world very different from what they may know.” (Grades 4 & up)
A boy tries to put down roots in a temporary and terrible home—a refugee camp in Thailand. In its review, Kirkus called this book “essential.” (Grades 5 & up)
In post 9/11 America, a teenaged Muslim American boy and his family are caught in an international terrorism investigation. In its starred review, Publishers Weekly said: “It’s a powerful story and excellent resource for teaching tolerance, with a message that extends well beyond the timely subject matter.” (Grades 7 & up)
The editors at Greenwillow Books described THE IVY perfectly: it’s the book that high school students will want to read to find out what college is like. The young authors, Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur, roomed together at Harvard and have translated the college experience to the page in a way that is fun, fast-paced, and real.
In this story of Gossip Girls meets Felicity, four vastly different roommates at Harvard might eventually become friends as they navigate secret parties, new romances, and a crippling workload together. There may be lots of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll…but there’s also Austen, Hawthorne, and Nietzsche.
THE IVY website has just launched and it’s chock-full of amazing content: meet the characters, fun quizzes (Which Ivy girl are you? Not surprisingly, I’m a Callie…), and tips on how to get published and get into college.
But you know what we especially love on the website? The playlist. It is on constant rotation in our offices and you’ll want to check it out: The White Stripes, Blondie, The Dandy Warhols, The Temptations – there’s a little something for everyone here. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself listening to it for a week straight! Here’s the full list of tracks:
- “We’re Going to Be Friends” – White Stripes
- “Too Young” – Phoenix
- “Heart of Glass” – Blondie
- “She Loves Everybody” – Chester French
- “Campus” – Vampire Weekend
- “Bohemian Like You” – The Dandy Warhols
- “Get Ready” – The Temptations
- “Dancing in the Moonlight” – Toploader
- “Comfortably Numb” – Pin Floy
- “Playground Love” – Air
- “Gold Lion” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- “Bullet and a Target” – Citizen Cope
- “L.E.S. Artistes” – Santogold
- “Used to Get High” – The John Butler Trio
- “Rebellion (Lies)” – Arcade Fire
- “Sail Away” – David Gray
- “Rabbit Heart [Raise It Up]” – Florence and the Machine
In the story, a young girl discovers her Mama’s magical ability to make people and animals so happy with her singing that they start to float in the air. Laura Lacámara has crafted a delightfully sensory story, in which you can practically hear the music and taste the fried plantains and black beans, and see the farm animals flying through the yard. Yuyi Morales’s bright palette and rich textures seamlessly blend the fantastical and the real into a brilliant, absorbing world. It’s a visual (and auditory) feast!
The story is written in English and Spanish, with both languages sharing each page. Use it to spice up a language lesson, or for an uplifting storytime!
The blogosphere has been buzzing lately! Here is the long list of what we’ve been reading and loving lately:
- Paul Schmid announced on his blog that his artwork from THE WONDER BOOK was accepted into the Society of Illustrators’ 2010 Original Art Show. Such wonderful news and congratulations to Paul!
- Heidi Ayarbe, author of COMPROMISED, FREEZE FRAME, and the upcoming 2011 book COMPULSION, blogged an inspirational and eye-opening video about the importance of creativity in our children’s education. It’s a lengthy video at 20 minutes long but well worth it – click here to watch Ken Robinson’s amazing speech. It’s certain to inspire you for the school year.
- The fabulous Texas librarians over at Oops…Wrong Cookie have announced their 2011 Mock Printz discussion titles. We’re thrilled to see Charles Benoit’s YOU on there, as well as Lynne Rae Perkins’ AS EASY AS FALLING OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Looking forward to their discussions!
- There’s an aspiring writer in all of us – I believe that. So get over to Lauren Oliver’s blog, get inspired by her adventures in Paris, and WRITE!
- Presenting Lenore has awesome playlists up for each of the MOCKINGJAY characters – love it!
- Want to see what original art from Tasha Tudor is worth? Watch this fantastic clip from The Antiques Roadshow. (Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link)
I’ve got MOCKINGJAY fever. Five days and counting. And let it be said here and now that I am not Team Peeta or Team Gale – I am Team Katniss all the way. Forget the swooning over the guys! I want to know if Katniss overthrows the Capitol and how she does it, and I want to read about her using her smarts and strength to overcome adversity.
So here’ s the problem: it’ll take me one day, maybe two, to read MOCKINGJAY. But then what? There’s always a bit of a letdown once I’ve finished a highly anticipated book, and I suspect there are a quite a few of you who feel the same way, right?
Below is a list of some of our upcoming titles that feature kick-ass heroines who save the day, and they’re great recommendations for your teens once they’ve sped through Suzanne Collins’ latest.
MISTWOOD by Leah Cypess
A lethal young woman must unlock the secrets of a past she cannot remember in a court of shifting perils and loyalties, where nothing is what it seems—and where her heart might betray her.
RAMPANT by Diana Peterfreund
Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets My-Little-Pony-Gone-Bad in this YA fantasy about killer unicorns and the teenage girls who must hunt them down. (The sequel, ASCENDANT, is on-sale 9.28.10)
Who are your favorite take-no-prisoners, tough-as-nails, wicked-smart YA heroines?