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Quick Little Post of Possibilities

July 9, 2014

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Hi! Book reviews to write, classes to plan and, another article underway. So, I’m just going to quickly share to really good opportunities that I really hope one of my readers will jump at. First, The International Reading Association’s 60th Annual Conference, “Transforming Lives Through Literacy”will be held 18-20 July in St. Louis. Proposals are […]

Struggling Readers and the Common Core

October 10, 2013


the following information was received in an email. Struggling Readers and the Common Core Improving Literacy in Changing Times An ALA/Booklist webinar from Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Education The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to accelerate students’ reading achievement to grade level by the end of 2014, but educators can’t begin […]

NEH Crowdsources NonFiction Reading Lists

January 7, 2013

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is asking for our help in creating reading lists for elementary, middle and high schools students. The Summertime Nonfiction reading list will reflect Common Core standards while encouraging students to read science, history and biographies for their own enjoyment. The public is asked to suggest books and a […]

International Book Giving Day

December 12, 2012

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      International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at getting books in the hands of as many children as possible on February 14, 2013. International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to engage in simple acts of giving. We will invite individuals to: 1) give a book to […]

Do you ALAN?

November 28, 2012


I’ve written quite a bit about attending the ALAN conference, but never about ALAN. ALAN is the Assembly on Literacy for Adolescents. The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents is an independent assembly of NCTE. Founded in November 1973, ALAN is made up of teachers, authors, librarians, publishers, teacher-educators and their students, and others who are […]

Summer Reading Matters

May 24, 2012

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Ahh! Summer! OOOoo!! Summer Reading! Each season seems to temper our reading selection and summer seems to be the time to stop meeting expectations and read to truly enjoy whether it be a pile of classics, a newly purchased paperback romance or the ESPN magazines that have been stacking up all year. It’s easier to get […]

Cured and Gathered

April 19, 2012

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First, I’m so excited to tell you that Julie Kagawa’s Immortal Rules trilogy (yes! the entire trilogy!) has been purchased by Palomar Pictures. Her response to the news? Julie Kagawa ‏ @Jkagawa Guys, if you could see me…my feet are about 6 inches off the ground. Thank you all. #Giddy#theimmortalrulesmovie 🙂 Congratulations! The State Farm […]

Hunt for History

March 29, 2012

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ABC-CLIO’s 3rd Annual “Hunt for History” Brings History to Life with Scavenger Hunt for School Library Media Specialists, Teachers and their Students Winners to be announced in May. Prizes include iPads and online database subscriptions ABC-CLIO is calling for school library media specialists and social studies teachers around the country to join the 2012 “Hunt for […]

Trending in Color

March 28, 2012


We hear a lot about what’s trending in YA lit (can you say DYSTOPIA?) but what’s trending when it comes to books with POC as main characters or books written by authors of color? What are you seeing that you haven’t read before? What seems to be repeating?   This is what I’m noticing, please […]