Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Find A Book Is Part Of The Top Ten New Books With School Themes List!

One of my favorite weekly things to read is...
... from my friend Matthew Winner's wonderful blog
It is called Top Ten Tuesday.  

I just love seeing what books Matthew will bring together and reading about each one.  
Today I was so excited to see this post about the Top Ten Books With School Themes because my new book Find a Book was part of the 10 books he mentioned!  

It is such a honor to have Find a Book mentioned on Matthew's blog and to be part of this amazing list.  
These are the other new books with school themes that he mentioned too.
To find out more about Find a Book, which is part of the Library Skills series I wrote, you can visit the Cantata Learning site here.

You can even listen to Emily Arrow, who wrote and produced the music, sing Find a Book and the others too on the Cantata site.
Oh...and don't miss the super fun Find a Book video Emily made with this fun group of students in the library too!

Thank you again Matthew.  You made our day, friend. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Teach Your Students To Stay Safe Online With A Song and Story

This just made my day!  

My dear friend Marie received one of my new books, Staying Safe Online, in the mail today. 
I love this story and song!

Staying Safe Online teaches our youngest learners all about the online world and what they need to know to stay safe online and be productive, engaging digital citizens.   
Not only will they learn along with the adorable animal characters created by illustrator Kathryn Durst, they will sing along with Emily Arrow, who wrote and sang the music for Staying Safe Online and the other three books in this series, 

Click above to listen to Staying Safe Online.  

I just love how Emily took this story and made it into such a sweet and catchy tune for all of our young learners to sing as they learn how to stay safe online and practice their digital citizen skills.   

I know you will love it too!  
As you are singing along with your students, you will find the music.... 
...and lyrics in the back of the book and also on the Cantata Learning site. 
There is a CD in the back of the book (in fact, in all of the Cantata Learning books) or...
...the QR codes, which is on the back of the book and inside the book, can be scanned to go to the music....
...on the Cantata Learning site too.  

The music can be streamed, download and there is even an instrumental version of Staying Safe Online too. 

You will find Staying Safe Online here
Staying Safe Online is perfect to use when teaching your students simple digital citizenship skills and as you kick off another year.  

I hope you love reading and singing it just as much as I do.  
You will find it on the Capstone site here.  Soon it will be available in an ebook too. 

Lightbox...An Interactive Reading and Learning Experience For Your Students

As librarians and educators we want to put the very best and most engaging resources into the hands of our students.  We want to find those resources that make learning exciting and content come to life through the pages of the books they read.  And we want to choose resources that inspire all of our readers in a variety of ways.  

With Lightbox from Follett, we can offer the unique student-centered learning experience we are looking for!  

As the Lightbox page states, 

Lightbox™ is a PreK-12 multimedia educational space that encourages students to see learning in a whole new light. With Lightbox, students receive a true multimedia learning experience that incorporates audio, video, interactive activities, and much more across a variety of professionally developed curriculum.
Designed to inspire contemporary students, Lightbox incorporates videos, Google Maps, worksheets, audio, quizzes, and other exciting interactive features. Lightbox also integrates access to your eBook collections, Destiny® Library Manager™, Vocabulary.com, and other key sites.
Lightbox will bring students a reading and learning experience like never before with these interactive features. 
Although these features are what make Lightbox unique, take a look at the benefits from differentiated, comprehensive, connected and more.  

Oh...I almost forgot.  When you purchase a Lightbox title, this also includes a print copy of the book, along with the MARC record with perpetual multi-user access to the title.  

How cool is that?  
Now don't just take it from me.  I also want to share that Lightbox won Best of Show at ISTE 2016 from Tech & Learning, which is a huge accomplishment and honor. 

In fact, take a look at a few of the Lightbox titles and see for yourself why they will serve a special place with your students and teachers too.  
As I mentioned earlier, Lightbox is a PreK-12 platform which covers a large variety of topics including science, holidays,
...engineering, social studies,
history, literature studies and so much more.  
Follett has also introduced Lightbox in Spanish which includes several topics for PreK-12 too. 
I really love looking through all of the Lightbox titles that are available on Titlewave....especially the new 2018 Lightbox titles!  There are lots of great ones and more being added every year. 
You can look at Lightbox on Titlewave here too. 

I just know you will love what you find and your students will definitely love the reading and learning experience they will be part of with Lightbox too.