Andy and I left Texas as new friends and within hours we were talking about connecting our students.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Klassen just received a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Extra Yarn. It is a favorite in our library.
And today was the day! Our first connection! We were all very excited.
Then it was time to Skype! They all loved seeing everyone and saying "Hi".
After we read the book, Andy and I asked them a few questions about the book.
Andy wrote about our day in the post "Connecting Libraries Through Some 'Extra Yarn'" on his blog Barrow Media Center.
Our next connection will be on March 6th when we will celebrate LitWorld's World Read Aloud Day with several schools and authors throughout the day. All of the kindergardeners will be Skyping with author Jesse Klausmeier. She wrote the book Open This Little Book and we will be creating our very own "Little Books" to share with our new friends, Jesse, and within our library.
Even though our connection was as simple as reading a book together and making bookmarks, this was very special to all of the children and teachers it touched.
Thank you Mr. Plemmons, Ms. Hockings, and the kindergardeners at Barrow Media Center in Athens, Georgia.