Monday, January 30, 2012

Playaway accessories now in stock item catalog

Playaway earbuds and battery covers have now been added to the MISD Stock Item catalog. Please use this source from now on when ordering these items.

Item #2218 - Playaway earbuds ($57.04 for a package of 50)

Item #2219 - Playaway battery covers ($2.50 for a package of 5)

Webinars for Spring 2012

Registration deadline: Friday, February 3

Note: Locations will be determined after registration is complete.

The Best Graphic Novels of 2011
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Presenter: Michele Gorman

Join Michele Gorman, Library Media Connection's "Getting Graphic" columnist, for an overview of the top 30 graphic novels of 2011, including the top 10 picks for elementary school, middle school and high school aged students in this extended 90 minute webinar. In addition to hearing booktalks for these top titles of 2011, you will also receive a handout of ideas for sharing these titles with teachers and integrating them into your existing curriculum from Karen Gavigan and Mindy Tomasivech, two of ABC-CLIO's newest authors of Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12.

Click here to register.

Developing Creativity in Every Learner
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Presenter: Doug Johnson

How do we define, encourage, use, and assess creativity in our IL/IT lessons and projects? Should the question be "if" a student is creative or "how" a student is creative. And what can we do to be more creative as teachers and librarians? Let's expose the myths of creativity and find out how to make creativity a part of every assignment.

Click here to register.

Reading Beyond Print: E Ink, iPads and More
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Presenter: Chris Harris

Ebooks are coming, but what is the best way to integrate them into your library? Things are moving fast, but clear answers are hard to find. As a member of the ALA Digital Content Working Group and ebook reader for more than 10 years, Christopher Harris will share both his personal knowledge and updates from around the country. This webinar will explore three models based around local hardware, streaming access, and ebook downloads.

Click here to register.

ALA goodie bag giveaway

The ALA Exhibit Hall is a reader's paradise. It is the best place to pick up Advance Reader's Copies (ARCs) of the upcoming titles from all of the major publishers. I left there on Friday night with a bag full, then came away on Saturday with even more. 

This goodie bag features the following ARCs from HarperCollins:

Black Boy White School by Brian F. Walker (1/12)
Bewitching by Alex Flinn (2/12)
Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood (2/12)
Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan (2/12)
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (3/12)
The Cove by Ron Rash (4/12)
All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (5/12)
Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor (5/12)

Plus an already published book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The bag also includes a great 2012 calendar from Scholastic that highlights illustrations from some of their well-known titles.

Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing to win this ALA goodie bag.

Bluebonnets on Teaching Books!

Texas reading lists are up-to-date on!

Texas Bluebonnet Award

Online resources to help you promote the Bluebonnet and other Texas booklists include:

  • Video book trailers
  • Audio name pronunciations
  • Lesson plans
  • Multimedia interviews with authors and illustrators

Access them from the home page:
Click on the "Reading List Resources" icon.

Reading List Resources

Or, click on these direct links to the resources for awards:

... see all Texas Reading List Resources.

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's time for Bluebonnet voting

It's time for students in grades 3-6 to vote for their favorite book on this year's Bluebonnet list.

Votes are due to TLA before midnight on January 31. Click here for more voting information.

In MISD, we also like to tabulate a district winner. After you submit your votes to TLA, please click the link below and enter your numbers into our form.

Texas Bluebonnet Award - MISD Voting Form

If I got a vote, I'd pick The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda

What was your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!

Click here to see the MISD results.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Best Fiction for Young Adults

ALA Midwinter is where all the committee work of the organization is done. All those awards that were announced... those final decision are made at Midwinter. While the Caldecott, Newbery and other award committee meetings are closed, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee meetings were open, so I took the opportunity to see how a list like this is developed.

At the meeting I attended, the committee was going back through the list of nominees. Audience members were invited to comment on the titles if they wanted and committee members were advocating for their favorites and trying to sway other committee members into voting for particular titles. There was such rich conversation about the books. This group took very seriously their charge to select only the absolute "best" of the year.

One of their meetings featured about 80 local middle and high school students, who were invited to come and talk about which books they thought should be on the list. Each student prepared for this meeting by reading 20 or more books from the 200 titles that were under consideration. It was fascinating to hear which books they liked and did not like and why.

These are some of the titles that got high praise from the kids:

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Divergent by Veronica Roth (this one was the most popular; one girl even touted it as the next Twilight or Hunger Games)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Between by Jessica Warman

Newbery Award presentation

I was so excited to attend the Youth Media Awards presentation this year, since ALA Midwinter was in Dallas. The excitement in the room was palpable as librarians, publishers and other book lovers waited to hear which books would win these distinguished awards.

Here is a video I took as the Newbery was announced.

The list of all the winners is here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

2x2 Reading List for 2012

TLA's 2x2 committee is charged with producing a list of 20 books recommended for children age two to grade two. The new list for 2012 is below and a printer-friendly version can be found here.

2012 Texas 2 x 2 Reading List       

Ashman, Linda. No Dogs Allowed! Illustrated by Kristin Sorra. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-5837-9. $14.95. Ages 4-8. Welcome to Alberto's restaurant…unless you're a dog, a cat, a bunny, or ANYTHING with fur, feathers, or scales!

Beaumont, Karen. No Sleep for the Sheep! Illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic. Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-15-204969-0. $16.99. Ages 4-7. A sheep wants nothing but to go to sleep in the big red barn on the farm, but each time he closes his eyes, another animal moos or neighs to come in.

Chabon, Michael. The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. Illustrated by Jake Parker. Balzer+Bray. ISBN 978-0-06-191462-1. $17.99. Ages 5-8. A young superhero describes his awesome powers, which he then demonstrates as various foes arrive on the scene.

Crosby, Jeff. Wiener Wolf. Disney Hyperion. ISBN 978-1423413983-6. $15.99. Ages 4-7. Wiener dog’s easy life has lost its luster.  So when the call of the wild comes, he answers!  Weiner Dog becomes...Weiner Wolf.

Crum, Shutta. Mine! Illustrated by Patrice Barton. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-375-86711-8. $16.99. Ages 2-5. Two young children and a dog learn about the troubles and triumph of sharing.

Czekaj, Jef. Cat Secrets. Balzer+Bray. ISBN 978-0-06-192088-2. $16.99. Ages 3-6. Important secrets about how best to live a cat's life will be revealed only to those who can prove that they are genuine cats.

Ehlert, Lois. Rrralph. Beach Lane. ISBN 978-1-4424-1305-4. $17.99. Ages 2-5. The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying such words as "roof", "rough", "bark," and "wolf".

Gormley, Greg. Dog in Boots. Illustrated by Roberta Angaramo. Holiday House. ISBN 978-0-8234-2347-7. $17.95. Ages 4-8. After reading "Puss in boots", a young dog decides to try a variety of shoes, only to find the perfect footwear is right under his nose.

Hall. Michael. Perfect Square. Greenwillow. ISBN 978-0-06-191513-0. $16.99. Ages 4-8. A perfect square is torn, punched with holes, and crumpled but finds with each transformation that it can be something new and just as happy.

Hoppe, Paul. The Woods. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-8118-7547-9. $16.99. Ages 4-7. Being afraid of the dark doesn't mean being afraid alone. When a boy can't find his favorite stuffed bunny, he bravely heads into the woods to look for it.

Judge, Lita. Red Sled. Atheneum. ISBN 978-1-4424-2007-6. $16.99. Ages 2-8. At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child's red sled.

Klassen, Jon. I Want My Hat Back. Candlewick Press. ISBN 978-0-7636-5598-3. $15.99. Ages 4-8. A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something very important.

Kosteciki-Shaw, Jenny Sue. Same, Same But Different. Henry Holt. ISBN 978-0-8050-8946-2. $16.99. Ages 4-8. Pen pals, Elliott and Kailish discover that even though they live in different countries they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.

McDonnell, Patrick. Me…Jane.  Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-316-04546-9. $15.99. Ages 3-8. Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals.

Niemann, Christoph. That’s How! Greenwillow. ISBN 978-0-06-201963-9. $16.99. Ages 2-5. A very imaginative boy answers a girl's questions about how different kinds of vehicles work.

Ray, Mary Lyn. Stars. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane. ISBN 978-1-4424-2249-0. $16.99. Ages 4-6. Explore the wonder of stars, whether they are in the night sky, on a plant as a promise of fruit to come, or in one's pocket for days when one does not feel shiny.

Rinker, Sherri Duskey. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-8118-7782-4. $16.99. Ages. 2-8. At sunset, when their work in done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other people pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places to go to sleep.

Rocco, John. Blackout. Disney Hyperion. ISBN 978-142312190-0. $16.99. Ages 4-8. A boy and his family find magic in a summer blackout.  

Stevens, April. Edwin Speaks Up. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Schwartz & Wade. ISBN 978-0-375-85337-1. $16.99. Ages 4-8. Before his family leaves the grocery store, Baby Edwin makes sure their grocery cart contains the last ingredient needed to make his birthday celebration complete.

Vamos, Samantha R. The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred. Illustrated by Rafael Lรณpez. Charlesbridge. ISBN 978-1-58089-242-1. $17.95. Ages 5-8. A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who,  aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche", rice pudding.

Monday, January 9, 2012

White House petition - signatures needed now!

The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field.
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American Association of School Librarians
Dear Mary,

On Jan. 4, 2011, I posted a petition on the White House website requesting support and recognition by including school library programs in the  reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) expected this year.

We now have until Feb. 4, 2011, to get 25,000 signatures in order for the petition to reach the Obama administration.  This is where I need your help:  If every AASL member can convince just 5 people to sign the petition, we would achieve well over 40,000 signatures! I want to challenge you to find those 5 people and get them to sign!

We need more than the school library community to sign.  Teachers, parents, students, community members, and family friends are all encouraged to sign the petition.  Anyone over the age of 13 is qualified to sign.  This is a perfect opportunity to spread the word about school libraries by asking them to sign the petition.

We can’t wait or assume someone else is going to do this for us.  We have to take action for our programs and for the needs of our students.  This petition will help raise awareness to the White House that our country values school library programs.

The link to the petition is here:

You will need to create an account in order to sign the petition.  After you have signed, then please begin to share it with others.  Post it online, on blogs, on Twitter, and Facebook.  Please use all your communication methods to help get the word out.

Thank you for your support of the petition!


Carl A Harvey II
AASL President 2011-2012
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At-A-Glance Comic Tutorials

Ran across these great At a Glance Comic Tutorials when going through my Google Reader today. They are one (or sometimes two) page instruction sheets for a variety of technology tools, such as Twitter, Blabberize, Word docs, etc. Here's one about QR Codes:


Click here to see the whole collection.

These fabulous resources are created by Gwyneth Jones (aka The Daring Librarian) under a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial & Share-Alike license, so feel free to use, share and embed as you wish! 

Thank you, Gwyneth!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Region 10 Spring Staff Development Offerings

from Terry Roper at Region 10:

Greetings All, 

Here is the Spring 2012 flyer for the Library Services Cooperative.  Spring will be a very busy semester for all educators and I know time is very valuable so I have been very careful to not offer too many sessions this semester and to make sure the ones offered will be very relevant.  We are happy to encourage teachers to attend any relevant sessions along with your library staff.

Outside of the R10 cooperative offerings, there are several state and national conferences for librarians in our area which are also listed on the flyer.  In addition to the flyer, I am ready and willing to drive out to your districts to work with teachers and librarians after-school, full-day or half-day and can offer librarian support for CSCOPE, STAAR, and Project Share so please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

The summer flyer will be out in a few months will some fantastic sessions for your summer professional development enjoyment! 

Please feel free to share the attached flyer with your library personnel.  Note, online registration for these courses will be open on January 1, 2012.

Warmest Season's Greetings to you all!