Pam Allyn discusses Best Books for Boys on Let's Talk Live.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I am thrilled to welcome Pam Allyn, a literacy advocate and education expert. I first learned about Pam Allyn's work during Anderson's Bookshop's Children's Literature Breakfast. She spoke about her two non-profit organizations, LitWorld and LitLife, and her inspiring book What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child--and All the Best Times to Read Them (Penguin, 2009).
During Allyn's book signing, she told me about her work with the Books for Boys program at The Children's Village. She sets up programs that help boys see themselves as confident readers. I left our exchange feeling motivated to reach even more male readers.
Pam's newest book, Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives (Scholastic, 2011), should be required reading for every educator who works with elementary and middle school students. She provides easy-to-implement tips that will help build reading confidence in boys.
I emailed Pam six interview questions. Read her responses and then immediately check out Best Books for Boys from your public library or support an independent bookhop.
Book Two: The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
LitWorld sponsors World Read Aloud Day. Shannon Miller and I connected with schools and authors on this special day.
School librarian Donna Kouri and I had a wonderful book discussion. We brainstormed ways to share Allyn's books with our colleagues.
Pam provides classroom management strategies.
Shannon Miller and I invited our students to compose a Global Poem for Change.
Pam talks about storytelling in kindergarten.
Browse inside What to Read When.
Pam Allyn has formed book clubs and reading groups to get boys talking about books that interest them.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Packing for ALA '11 was not an easy task. New Orleans is HOT AND HUMID. I ended up packing multiple short-sleeve shirts (100% cotton). I even bought two new shirts for the trip.
David Diaz, recipient of the 1995 Caldecott Medal for Smoky Night, took an ordinary Banana Republic shirt and made it a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.
Ellen Hopkins is an award-winning young adult author.
Squish is Jennifer and Matthew Holm's new graphic novel series.
Travis Jonker is a teacher-librarian and blogger.
Where should I display my #ALA11 shirts? Suggestions encouraged.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Dee Garretson's Wolf Storm will be released on September 1, 2011. Wildfire Run, her debut novel, is popular with my fourth and fifth graders.
Dee gave me permission to post her description of Wolf Storm.
I will show the Wolf Storm trailer during the first week of school and during my book trailer unit. It is a fine example of a quality book trailer.I'll pick up a copy for the winner of my Wolf Storm Giveaway, too.
'Rules for the Giveaway
* The contest runs from June 20 to 11:59 PM on June 27.
* You can fill out the entry form or retweet the link. Please include @MrSchuReads in the tweet.
* If you win Wolf Storm, I will send you an email or a direct message.
* You must be at least 13 to participate.
* Pay it forward
Sunday, June 19, 2011
(Mrs. Boyd Fort)
Before you watch the book trailers, pour yourself a glass of ice-cold lemonade, pop some popcorn, and get out your library card to place holds. Enjoy!
Good Night, Monkey Boy (2001)
Friday, June 17, 2011
Instead of discussing eighty-five books, I will post four books that:
A. have a book trailer.
B. made me sad (for a moment) that I could not pass them along to my students because it is summer break.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Thanks to Educating Alice for the link.
Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck will be released on September 13, 2011. I shared seventy pages of the uncorrected proof with a group of fifth graders. They screamed for more. One kid said, "Mr. Schu, why do you torture us?" I'll post more reactions in the fall.
"There is some sophisticated storytelling on display here, and it’s hard not to admire the author’s guts." -Travis Jonker
Tracy Mack and Brian Selznick discuss Wonderstruck.
I wrote about The Invention of Hugo Cabret on January 20, 2011.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I'm excited to attend the 2011 National Book Festival (September 24-25) with my friend and teaching partner Shannon Miller. If school were in session, you would find me plastering the 2011 poster around my library and school:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!) introduces us to Flory, a tenacious night fairy struggling to make sense of her new surroundings. Although bossy and manipulative, Flory shows the importance of determination, compassion, and ultimately, forgiveness. This short novel has a wider audience than most fairy stories. Aficionados, who can name every book in the Rainbow Magic series, will spring across the room to pick it up. But even those with an aversion to fairy books will be drawn into Flory’s world and appreciate its beauty. (Travis Jonker and I included it on the 2010 Top 20 Children’s Books of the Year list.)
Read an excerpt from The Night Fairy.
Download The Night Fairy press kit.
Laura Amy Schlitz makes an appearance at 2:06.