Saturday, December 10, 2016

"If I Were A Kid"....A Special New Historical Series From Scholastic!

I have a special new series to share from Scholastic blending together nonfiction and fiction.

It is called If I Were A Kid and takes our young readers on adventures through the most important moments in U.S. history through the eyes of children in that time period.
 There are four books in this series including If I Were A Kid On The Oregon Trail, 
 If You Were A Kid During The American Revolution, 
 If You Were A Kid In The Thirteen Colonies and...
If You Were A Kid During The Civil War. 
I love how these stories follow two characters through their historical journeys bringing us into the stories through...
lively and engaging illustrations. Through the page, nonfiction and fiction is tied together by...
 text boxes which include interesting facts, information and even...
 pictures of important documents and photographs from these historical events.
Each book also includes a map, timeline and glossary in the back of the book.
On Scholastic's Facts for Now site, you will also find wonderful information about each book which will be the perfect partnership for the library and classroom.
Author Josh Gregory and illustrator Lluis Farre have done a terrific job with these four books!  I know you and your readers will love them too!  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

MackinMaker....A One Stop Shop For Makerspaces From Mackin!

I would like to introduce all of you to something brand new called MackinMaker from our amazing friends at Mackin!  
MackinMaker has been designed to aid in the growth and development of creative learners, as their site says.
To start this journey into MackinMaker, kick it off my watching this video So What's A Makerspace? created by Mackin.

You will find it at too.
 There are so many wonderful products included on MackinMackin.
You will find MackinMacker Books organized and available in a variety of topics and genres.

Mackin's professionals put together these great list of MackinMaker titles.  You can't go wrong by adding any of these to your library collection!
You will find MackinMackin Kits curated by Mackin's team of educational professionals.
These can be searched by grade level and each one ties into the maker initiatives taking place within our schools and communities.
Within each list, you will also find Related Books that you can add to your ideas, projects and orders.
 You can Build Your Own Custom Collections from six main lists of MackinMaker products.
You will find Horizon Education STEM KITS.  
 These kits introduce students to the science of renewable energy technology.
Not only are all of these maker materials available, MackinMaker can also be used as a valuable resource and partner in the educational world of making.

You will find a growing number of posts available on the MackinMaker Blog.  These are very helpful, engaging and exciting bringing the best support as we bring Makerspaces to our spaces too.

Lastly, there is a place where maker videos are being curated in one place.

I love watching these schools talk about Makerspaces and making too!
Once again, if you are just starting out or want to freshen up and replenish your Makerspace, this is the perfect place to start.

Not only can you order the materials you need, you will also connect with other Maker educators, teacher librarians and others within their exciting making journey too.

You can find here today!

Add MAKE STUFF To Your Holiday Makerspace!

This is the perfect time of year to bring making into our libraries, classrooms and communities.  

It lets our young people work on new projects, express their holiday spirit and even create that extra cool gift for someone special. 

Yesterday when I was bringing together resources on the Holiday Makerspace Ideas and Projects For Your Students To Create Pinterest Board....
I thought of a place that is perfect for our makers from that includes the drawing activity A Christmas Drawing Wonderland. 

It is called MAKE STUFF and can be found here!

It would be fun to include as it walks students through the process of drawing a super cute snowman.
And MAKE STUFF contains so much more including...
 Magic Tricks, 
 Fold It, 
 and Projects.  
Within each activity, there is also a place for Materials, More Projects and you can even Download...
 each as a PDF to make copies of or send home.
 I love how MAKE STUFF has included a few book suggestions with each topic too.

Happy Holidays and Happy Making All Year Long!