Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Five Great Resources

1. On January 5 when Katherine Paterson was announced by the Library of Congress as the the National Ambassador for Young People, I was thrilled! So naturally I was excited to see that the January issue of Notes from the Horn Book has an interview: 5 Questions for Katherine Paterson and 5 Great Books by Katherine Paterson. Additionally, the issue has three themed, annotated book lists on: 

Stormy weather
Picture book biographies
Animal tales

2. Coretta Scott King Book Award Online Curriculum Resource Center—a free, multimedia, online database for educators and families featuring more than 250 original recordings with award-winning authors and illustrators and hundreds of lesson plans. It is a great reading resource as teachers, librarians, and families plan for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month.

In addition to free, online primary source materials (audio recordings and book readings), the collection features hundreds of lesson plans and original movies filmed in the studios of some of the award-winning authors and illustrators.

Select "All" and then scroll through the cover images of all 231 different books that have received this great honor.

3. This month's Booklink's Quick Tips Newsletter features this year’s “Lasting Connections” list of the 30 picture books, novels, and nonfiction books that most effectively connect to the K–8 curriculum. Also included is 10 Multicultural Books for Young Readers.
4. NoveList School Newsletter features International books this month. The editor writes:
As the new decade dawns, we turn our attention to international children’s books as a way to learn about the world and its peoples. For our purposes in this newsletter, international children's literature is defined as books that originate in countries other than the United States, either in English or another language.

 This issue of NoveList has great resources for finding and using International books in the classroom.
5. Booklist Online's READ Alert features the 2009 Booklist Editors' Choice selections for Adult Books, Adult Books for Young Adults, Books for Youth, Media, and Reference Sources that have been published on Booklist Online. The fully annotated lists are free to all, and Booklist Online subscribers can both click on titles to read the original reviews and limit advanced searches to Editors' Choice.

All of these online resources are free--all you need to do is subscribe and each month they will drop these little jewels in your inbox for you to peruse at your leisure...Enjoy!

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