Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So Surprised By My #SkypeMoments Emoticon!

Yesterday I received one of the best emails ever.  

When I opened it I saw a tiny cartoon that looked like me.  

When I read the email and looked a little closer I smiled to know that a cartoonist for Skype actually created a tiny little emoticon of me!  
I can't share too much yet, but there will be more to come super soon.  

And there will be a very special place for the #SkypeMoment Shannon emoticon too.  

Leading Change With ISLMA In Illinois Last Week!

Last week I had the wonderful honor of being part of the Illinois School Library Media Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.  What an amazing group of educators and new friends!   
ISLMA included a variety of amazing concurrent sessions, events, and even a Makerspace at their three day conference. 
The first night we went to the dinner that featured the creators of the Unshelved comic series.  They were very entertaining and had lots of funny library stories to share.  
The centerpieces on the tables were beautifully created from old books....We just loved that touch.  
 After the dinner, we headed to the Makerspace area to try out all of the fun things they had set up.  Eric played a little music with the banana Makey Makey keyboard.
 I loved seeing the 3D printer that they had set up and all of the fun things that were printing.
I hadn't seen the Robo 3D printers before so that was great being able to check them out. 
The next morning I loved seeing tons of awesome Makerspace books Kori Kubitz featured in the Capstone Library booth!

I couldn't help but think how much any young person would love to have these books in their library and Makerspace.
At lunch we were so happy to watch one of my favorite children's authors Laura Murray win an award for her book The Gingerbread Man Loose In the School.  The illustrator Mike Lowry was also there to accept his award.
You can read more about Laura and check out the adorable little Gingerbread Man on her website. And more about Mike on his.

I presented throughout the day and wanted to share them.
At the end of the day, I did the closing keynote called Be The Change.  
My two concurrent sessions were 10 Digital Tools (and a few extra) and Projects For Your Library & Classroom....
How To Be A Connected School Leader.  I had so much fun speaking and learning with everyone.  
Thank you to everyone at ISLMA..... You are definitely leading change in our profession and within education!  

Friday, October 31, 2014

It's Time To Celebrate Picture Book Month & All Of The Beautiful Books We Love

It's November....one of my favorite months of the year.  The air is turning crisp, the holidays are upon us, and there is something very special to celebrate.

It is Picture Book Month!  This time every year we all celebrate the beautiful picture books that are being created by so many talented and inspiring illustrators and authors.

  • Dianne de Las Casas, author and storyteller, created this day to lift up picture books with all of us.  
  • As the website states
  • Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. Every day in November, there is a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. 

    We can join in the celebration by becoming a Picture Book Month Ambassador....You can find these badges on the website to put onto your blog or site too.  
    There are also several different promotional tools like this shelf talker and  
  • poster to tell others about Picture Book Month.   I really love the Teachers Guide...It is packed full of terrific ideas that your students and teachers will love too.   
Last week I spent some time with one of my favorite children's author Patricia Polacco.  Her books have made a special impact on my life as a mom, teacher, and librarian.  
As Patricia and I talked at the the School Library Journal Summit, she told me the story behind Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece and her newest book Fiona's Lace. She told me that I just had to get Fiona's Lace as it was the story about her Irish great grandmother who was a redhead too.

I sent Patricia's book to my sister Heather, who is a teacher librarian, so she can share it with the children in her library for Picture Book Month.  

During this month, share and celebrate all of the picture books that you love....and take the time to discover all of the new ones being published every single day.  

They are a gift to all of us.  

Especially a gift to share.