Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Newbery Challenge: Moon Over Manifest

Please visit Colby Sharp's blog to watch his Newbery Challenge video for Moon Over Manifest

Clare Vanderpool talks about where she attended elementary school.

Clare Vanderpool received an honorary  degree from Newman University. 

"Writing happens up here (Clare points to her head). This is typing..."- Clare Vanderpool 

Borrow Moon Over Manifest from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Video of the Day: The "Matilda" Guide to Back-to-School

Matilda's parents provide the perfect example of what not to say to your children on the first day of school. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 

Part 4

 Oh, I really, really, really, really, really want to see Matilda the Musical. One day...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thank you, Margie!

Please head over to the one and only Margie's blog to enter a generous and thoughtful giveaway. 

She's giving away...

Bluebird by Bob Staake

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle 

Journey by Aaron Becker 

The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett

Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd 

Please click here to visit Margie's blog. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sammy the Toucan Interviewed Me

It is not every day that a book-loving bird interviews you. Thank you, Sammy the Toucan, for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me about Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan and Home of the Brave

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 

Home of the Brave's new cover

The CYPD 2013 Conference 

Sammy interviewed Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Trailers in the Library Media Center

Happy Monday! Today is the fourth full day of school. I have been extremely busy delivering booktalks, preparing for David Wiesner's visit, reading The Story of Fish and Snail to every homeroom, and sharing book trailers. 

If you were a student in my library, you would have watched some of these book trailers during the last week. Happy watching and reading! 

(I wrote a blog post about book trailers in the library for ALSC.) 

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks | Interest level: grades 4-6. 


The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett by Tom Angleberger | Interest level: grades 3-8. 

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat | Interest level: grades K-5. 


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney | Interest level: grades 4-8. 

Journey by Aaron Becker | Interest level: K-12 


Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo | Interest level: grades 3-7. 

Magic Tricks from the Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Newbery Challenge: The Graveyard Book

Please visit Colby Sharp's blog to watch his latest Newbery video.

Great trailer, eh? 

Neil Gaiman discusses The Graveyard Book

Borrow The Graveyard Book from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Author Adam Lehrhaupt

Doesn't debut author Adam Lehrhaupt have the best bio?

Adam has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. Adam currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, Adam does a bit of writing. His writing spans multiple styles, from poetry to fiction to nonfiction, and is primarily geared towards children.

I invited Adam on Watch. Connect. Read. to discuss monkeys, book trailers, reading, and writing. I wrote the words in red, and he wrote the words in black. Many thanks, Adam! 
There are MONKEYS in this book. You should be careful with it. Do you know what happens when it's opened? It will be mayhem. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Matthew Forsythe’s illustrations are absolutely brilliant. He gave life and character to the Monkeys. Seeing the art for the first time was such a cool experience. It allowed me to connect with my story in a whole new way.
I think book trailers are a great tool to introduce kids to books. Kids receive so stimulation these days. They are bombarded with music, videos, statuses, texts, TV, movies and all kinds of other things every day. If this amount of input has become the norm, it can be difficult to slow down and enter the world of a book. Book trailers provide an easy transition into the world of a story. 
Image credit: Adam 
The Kidlit BookDare is a monthly reading challenge. My to-read list is very long. More books get added to it all the time. I always have trouble deciding which one to read next. I've done a couple of reading challenges for other genres, but hadn't seen one that was specifically for Kidlit. I started the Kidlit BookDare to fill that hole. The challenge is pretty straightforward. 
  • Visit my blog each month for the 4 main themes and the 4 bonus themes
  • Read a Kidlit book for each theme (Any book you want as long as it fits the theme)
  • Once you've read the 4 main themes, post the books in the comments to be entered to win the prize
  • Read a bonus book or 4
  • Post your bonus titles for additional entries
  • Read more books
Reading is an adventure. Every time you open a new book, you get to travel to a new and exciting place. And, you don't even need to get off the couch. It's so cool. 
Matthew Winner chatted with Adam on the Let's Get Busy podcast.  
Picture books are the building blocks of creativity. It's been amazing to see this in my kids, from the first story they created for an illustration, to reading the words themselves. Connecting thoughts or words to something visual is at the core nature of what art is. Picture books are a perfect example of this synergy.
Mr. Schu, you should have asked me who my library superhero is.
Thanks for the opportunity to finish your sentences Mr. Schu. I’ll try to make sure I take the monkeys when I leave.
Thank you! 
I am giving away a copy of Warning: Do Not Open This Book! 
Rules for the Giveaway 
1. It will run from 8/23 to 11:59 P.M. on 8/25. 
2. You must be at least 13. 
3. Please pay it forward. 
4. Smile. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The ABCs of Children's Literature

HarperCollins recently released this adorable poster that features some of the most popular children's books.

Download a poster here. 

Does your school or library require you to wear a photo ID badge? Does it have a plastic holder?  Is it blank on one side? Do you see where I'm going? I hope so.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Today's #Kidlit Sticker

Hip, hip, hooray! Today is the first full day of school for my students. While driving to school this morning with the radio off, the following thoughts were running through my head. 

ME: I need to finish putting up the Rebecca Caudill display, enter new students into the circulation system, enlarge David Wiesner's photograph, print today's lesson plan, download Babymouse's road trip video, respond to...Oh, wait! I cannot do any of those things until I make today's #kidlit sticker. Yay! I'm back on stickers. 

I present to you the first #kidlit sticker of the 2013-2014 school year.

Borrow The Story of  Fish and Snail from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Newbery Challenge: When You Reach Me

Dear Mr. Sharp, 

We are discussing two different books today. Sorry! I will post my The Graveyard Book video next week! 

I hope you're doing well! 



P.S. I forgot to check how much time was left before I filmed today's video. Oops! 

Please visit Colby's blog to watch his latest Newbery video. 

Rebecca Stead discusses When You Reach Me. 

Rebecca Stead presented at the 2010 National Book Festival. 

Rebecca Stead reads the first chapter of When You Reach Me. 

When You Reach Me won the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. 

"You're kind of crazy to hope for it, and you're also kind of crazy not to want it." -Rebecca Stead

Borrow When You Reach Me from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mr. Schu's Reading Road Trip

Donna, Babymouse, and I had a BABYMOUSETASTIC road trip. I hope you enjoy watching this year's Reading Road Trip video. 

(I apologize for the DEMCO ad that pops up for some of you. I did not authorize it. I am working on getting it removed.) 

If YouTube is blocked in your school or library, you can watch the video here.  

Which book will you read first? 

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm 

Ruby Holler and Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech 

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky 

123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt 

Time of Wonder and One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey 

Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder 

Guys Read:The Sports Pages by Dustin Brown, James Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Chris Crutcher, Tim Green, Dan Gutman, Gordon Korman, Chris Rylander, Dan Santat, Anne Ursu, and Jacqueline Woodson. 

Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka 

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 

Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka 

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman 

On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor

The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller  

PICKLE by Kim Baker

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NPR's Backseat Book Club is Reading WONDER

Have you heard the good news? The Backseat Book Club's September pick is R.J. Palacio's life-changing WONDER. Please send NPR your questions or comments for R.J. Palacio. Thank you, NPR, for celebrating Auggie's story. 

Download a CHOOSE KIND certificate.

Random House Kids created a discussion and educator guide. 

R.J. Palacio compiled a list of things you might be wondering about

Check out Ms. Palacio's nerdy essay. 

Wonder made Betsy Bird's Top 100 Children's Novels poll. 

Colby Sharp interviewed R.J. Palacio. 

Author Bobbie Pyron interviewed R.J. about her dog

R.J. Palacio reads an excerpt from Wonder

Children’s literature expert Anita Silvey featured #thewonderofwonder on D.E.A.R. Day

Becky Anderson sits down with R.J. Palacio. 

Borrow Wonder from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

We LOVE Graphic Novels Week

The International Reading Association is celebrating graphic novels. They asked Cindy Dobrez, Lynn Rutan, Jesse Karp, and Mr. Schu (hey, that's me) to share graphic novels that are popular in their libraries. Please click here to find out what "The Librarians'" recommended. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

International Literacy Day

The International Reading Association's press release about International Literacy Day: 

International Literacy Day, observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world's adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.
This year, the International Reading Association has adopted the theme "Invent Your Future." Our goal? To help shine a light on the crucial literacy skills that prime students for success in school, work, and life.
To increase participation from schools, libraries, organizations, and corporations, IRA will observe International Literacy Day on Monday, September 9, 2013, and continue the celebration throughout the month of September.
IRA's 2013 celebration of International Literacy Day begins in Washington, DC on September 9. Please join us if you happen to be in Washington, DC.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Babymouse's Road Trip Video

Donna Kouri, Babymouse, and I had the best summer visiting independent bookshops, libraries, and wacky roadside attractions.

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Days on the road: 10.5
States Visited: 14
Miles Traveled: 3,361.6
Memorable Moments: 1,000,000

Borrow Babymouse's books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.