Monday, September 01, 2014

NOT JUST A DOT by Loryn Brantz




This new picture book looks at a small dot that is feeling unimportant.   The author uses a number of different pictures to look at all the uses for a small dot.    

Dots have all sorts of purposes. "How can this little girl ask for ice cream without you on the question mark?"   The author makes the dot realize how important it is in the world.

The reader learns that the whole world is seen as a dot if you go high enough.

This book takes a modernistic approach to explaining something simple and the illustrations do the same.  The cover is a combination of New York City and Outerspace.   The illustrations take me back images of the Jetsons. 
There are many books about dots and this title comes just in time for the International Dot Day Celebration on September 15.  Check out this new title.   Also check out The Busy Librarian blog for great ideas for International Dot Day.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Floating Library on the Hudson!



The Floating Library is a pop up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City. It will be open September 6- October 3.



"The library afloat on water is always on the verge to sail into the distance just as books contain the magic to transport our minds to unknown terrains. A reader is a dreamer/traveler/pirate as to open a book is to embark on an adventure into the wider world as well as dive deeper into oneself. Given this, the Floating Library celebrates boats and books to map a path towards a waking life, self-organization, citizen autonomy and fertile imagination."  -  Lilac Museum

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I am taking the Great Ivy and Bean Reread Challenge!

THE GREAT IVY + BEAN REREAD CHALLENGE

Parents, get your reader on board with the Great Ivy + Bean Reread Challenge! This year’sInternational Ivy + Bean Day is on Saturday, October 18th. And boy, have we got some treats (no tricks!) in store for your little reader.
We’re kicking things off today with The Great Ivy + Bean Reread Challenge! Encourage your reader to take the challenge and reread all 10 Ivy + Bean books in the 10 weeks leading up to Ivy + Bean Day–then enter your email address for a chance to win a prize for your Ivy + Beanie.
Each week we’ll randomly choose a winner to receive a prize. Weekly prizes might include an Ivy + Bean personalized lunchbox, an Ivy + Bean Button Factory, a set of Ivy + Bean mini-notes, or an Ivy + Bean personalized folder.
How does that sound? Is your little reader ready for the challenge?
On your mark…get set…yow!

Here is a week-by-week breakdown:
Week 1, August 4th, 2014 : Ivy + Bean (Book 1)
Week 2, August 11th, 2014: Ivy + Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go  (Book 2)
Week 3, August 18th, 2014 : Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record (Book 3)
Week 4, August 25th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Book 4)
Week 5, September 1st, 2014: Ivy + Bean Bound to be Bad (Book 5)
Week 6, September 8th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Doomed to Dance (Book 6)
Week 7, September 15th, 2014: Ivy + Bean What’s the Big Idea? (Book 7)
Week 8, September 22nd, 2014: Ivy + Bean No News is Good News (Book 8)
Week 9, September 29th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Make the Rules (Book 9)
Week 10, October 6th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Take the Case (Book 10)

Post and full information appears at Chronicle Book Blog

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Telephone by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Jen Corace



Telephone Wires With Birds on Top?
Not unusual in the City!


There is a new book called Telephone by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Jen Corace that uses this idea to tell a delightful story.  The book takes a spin on the old childhood game called Telephone where children whisper a message and it usually gets all mixed up.   

In this book the author and illustrator have created colorful birds and fun messages.  The Mama bird starts the message by telling a red birdie - Tell Peter: Fly Home For Dinner. 

The message continues from bird to bird and gets a little more mixed up each time.   



The question is can the correct message reach Peter?   Children will enjoy this title and will probably want to play a game of telephone just like the birds.  

Pick up a copy on September 9.   On a side note check out the Bird Call Lady who knows 146 bird calls.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to School Special - Why Lunch Ladies Are Heroes!


Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

International Night

Every year schools everywhere hold an International Night.  I am always thinking to myself can the school get a new idea.   Today, my interest in International Night event was renewed at a booktalk on a new release called International Night by Mark Kurlanksky and his daughter Thalia Kurlanksky.  Kurlanksky expressed during the talk that the title had to be International Night because it was inspired by a game his family played by the same name.  No other title would work.  They game involved spinning a globe once a week and where Thaila's finger landed they would cook a meal from that place on Friday night.  For each country in the book(Hawaii and New Orleans are also included) they made an Appetizer, Main Course, Dessert and Drink.   Her father took notes and soon discovered this could be an idea for a book.   Mark Kurlanksky's work as a journalist has also allowed him to travel to many of the countries in the book and he loves to share stories about the countries which are included in the book.



This is a great way to introduce a child to many different types of food.  It is also a fun way to introduce a food project to a class.   Thalia expresses in her introduction to the book, "It is adults that think children cannot enjoy sophisticated cuisine.  Restaurants often give children a "kids menu."  She hopes children will be able to taste these foods as they learn about the cultures. 


Check out this clip of Thalia and her father talking about International Night -



Is This The Future For Libraries?

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library









Kathryn Miller, director of FPU’s library, in The Commons
Photo courtesy of Florida Polytechnic University





As for the electronic-only aspect of the library resources, Miller emphasized that it’s the information that’s key, not its form, and the student’s appropriate use of it. “We want our students to recognize when they have an information need,” she says, “and be able to locate the relevant information to apply it in a scholarly and, ultimately, professional way.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CONSTRUCTION by Sally Sutton Illustrated by Brain Lovelock


Construction by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brain Lovelock.   This is the third book by these creators following Demolition and Road Work.  There are millions of books about building and children seem to love them all.  Children love seeing a tall crane at work or a hole being dug in the street.   Everytime I read a construction book I think of this catchy tune When I Build My House.  This book is not just about building a house.  There is a very special place built at the end(I will let it be a surpise).  This author uses lots of action words like Thonk, Clonk and Clap that kids will love acting out.  Plus a full follow-up page at the end on machine facts.  Children who are building fans will enjoy this title and they will love the place that is build at the end of the story.  

Get your copy September 9.  In the meantime enjoy the following tune -