Sites Shared With Teachers This Week 9/14/2012

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The Legend of the Teddy Bear book by Frank Murphy, in honor of our 1st Grade Teddy Bear Parade on Sept 14


Author Name Pronunciation Guide from for audio files of authors pronouncing and sometimes giving the history of their names

Carrot Sticks online game for math practice in computer centers or on the Promethean board


International Dot Day website, encouraging teachers and students to celebrate creativity in the classroom



Harry Potter Reading Club sponsored by Scholastic, with a Virtual Author Visit by J.K. Rowling on Oct 11


BrainPop Webinar Archives for “Back to School with BrainPop” webinar since BrainPop Jr. is now available to South Carolina educators free of charge through DISCUS


Deborah Hopkinson’s website for our 5th Grade Author Study for September, since many of her books tie in with our 5th grade Social Studies curriculum

Aaron Shepherd’s Reader’s Theater website for free printable reader’s theater scripts


TL Cafe – Rock Star Advocacy

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I’m tuning in at 8:00 tonight to the TL Cafe discussion titled Rock Star Advocacy, presented by Jennifer LaGarde (AKA Library Girl). 

All S.C. Association of School Librarians members, be sure to use SCASL in front of your name when you login tonight!


Books for Boys Webinar

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On September 15 I participated in a School Library Journal webinar titled Books for Boys, hosted by Jon Scieszka.  He began by giving a shout out for his Guys Read website, and the new Guys Read book series; then he turned it over to representatives from Simon & Schuster, Random House Audio, and Candlewick Press.

Books for Boys Webinar

While it was basically a 60-minute commercial for the sponsoring companies, I did find out about a few interesting titles that I was previously unaware of, and some audiobooks that sound as if they are high-quality recordings. 

Books I’d like to get for my library include The DunderheadsRobot ZotSuperhero Joe, the Scream Street series, the Guardians of Childhood series (featuring Nicholas St. North, aka Santa!),  and the Jack Blank series.  (Goodness, where have I been that I’m unfamiliar with all of these??)

Audiobooks I’d like to get for my library include Jeremy Bender vs the Cupcake Cadets, the Alvin Ho series, The Tanglewood Terror, the Five Ancestors series, the Nicholas Flamel series, and Okay for Now

I did think it was a bit ironic that, even though you hear constantly that boys tend to prefer non-fiction over fiction, literally every title mentioned in this webcast was either a picture book or a chapter book!  I can’t remember a single non-fiction book that was recommended!  I don’t think any of them were even graphic novels!

The archive is now available if you’d like to view and/or download the presentation.  (You will have to register to access the site.)  You can also visit Guys Listen to request a free sampler CD.  And please consider leaving a comment to share your favorite books for boys!