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 Talia 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 -

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I GEEK the Library!

GEEK the library has changed the meaning of Geek to a verb.  

 Whatever you geek, the public library supports you. Join Geek the Library in spreading awareness about the value of libraries and the critical funding issues they face.  Here is one of the fun videos from the site -


  1. To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for.
  2. To express interest in.
  3. To possess a large amount of knowledge in.
  4. To promote.

Here is an article called Geek is the New Cool!

What do you GEEK?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Start Spreading the News Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato is Coming in Late August!

New York New York

They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere.  Well Little Elliot Big City  by Mike Curato is about to take over New York.   Little Elliot is an elephant who is trying to make his home in the big city.  However, being small makes it hard for him to do everyday city things.  He even gets ignored when he tries to buy a cupcake.   Then he meets a mouse who is facing the same problem.  Elliot knows just the right thing to help the mouse.  The next day the mouse is able to help Elliot.   In helping each other they become friends.

Here's to Elliot's success in the Big City starting August 26! 
Go Elliot!
Check out the upcoming book trailer below. 

As they say in New York First Come First Serve.   I missed out on the official blog tour, but I did get a review copy so check out these other blogs for prizes during the tour.  From Mike Curato site- 
Elliot and I have been lucky enough to make a bunch of new friends who are super excited about Little Elliot, Big City. Some of them happen to be some pretty awesome bloggers who are each going to have a special Elliot post the week of the book release, August 26th! Not only will you learn some cool stuff about Elliot’s journey to your bookshelf, you might even win a free give-away! Be sure to check out the blogs on the dates below to find out how you can get a free copy of Little Elliot, Big City, a limited edition tote bag, and stickers!
Tuesday, August 26           Librarian in Cute Shoes | @utalaniz
Wednesday, August 27     Teach Mentor Texts | @mentortexts
Thursday, August 28         Read. Write. Reflect. | @katsok
Friday, August 29               Kit Lit Frenzy | @alybee930
Saturday, August 30          Daddy Mojo | @daddymojo
Sunday, August 31             The Trifecta:
Sharp Reads | @colbysharp
Connect. Read. | @mrschureads
Nerdy Book Club | @nerdybookclub
Monday, September 1      Miss Print | @miss_print
Also, be sure to tune into the Let’s Get Busy podcast on August 26th for a full hour-long interview!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

At Your Service (Sounds Like Something a Librarian Would Say!) by Jen Malone

After reviewing All Four Stars by Tara Dairman I received a bunch of promotional materials for upcoming books.  Among the pile was a bookmark for At Your Service by Jen Malone.  They say don't judge a book by its cover.   I guess in this case don't judge a bookmark on a future release.   However, I am glad I did. There was something about this title that called out to me and Simon and Schuster send me a review copy.

The book is set in a upscale hotel in New York City, similar to Eloise in the Plaza (the books author makes a slight reference to her in the book).   This book is about 13 year old Chloe who has a dad that works at the Hotel St. Michele as a concierge.  After impressing a young guest Chloe earns the the job of junior concierge.   She gets a big assignment when King Robert of Somerstein and his family including the Queen and their three royal children, Princess Alex 14, Princess Sophie 12 and Princess Ingrid 9 decide to visit New York.  The assignment gets harder than she imagines when Princess Ingrid goes missing during the tour. None of the children want to get in trouble so they decide to find her themselves.  What they do not know is that Chole's dad and the King are alerted that she is missing.  A great adventure discovering all the highlights of New York City (my hometown) takes place while they are searching for Princess Ingrid.  Some of the most unexpected things happen, but isn't this when some of the best moments occur.  

Check out some New York City highlights in the book trailer below and author Jen Malone's Website. She has a hedgehog in the bottom of her homepage which links to an activity related to the book.

Get your copy August 26.   Want a little more? Then you can read the first chapter on her website