Friday, November 24, 2017

6 New Collections for the Holidays and New Year!

With this special time of year upon us, it is the perfect time to bring all of the different holidays to our libraries, classrooms and students in unique, engaging and creative ways. 
Today for Shannon's Favorite Finds, I created six new Collections by Destiny that will be a wonderful place to go for these resources.  These are all Public Collections so you can use and share them with your students, teachers and families all season long.  

The six Collections for the holidays and New Year include a....
Chinese New Year Collection
and a New Year’s Collection.
I have included Titlewave Lists in the Collections that will give you fantastic books and other materials that will tie into the holidays and New Year too. You will find them in the Collections.

I will continue to add to these and please let me know if you'd like to collaborate on any of the Collections or have ideas on what should to be added to them.  

You can share your ideas with #FavoriteFindsFriday or as a comment on this post.  

Happy Holidays friends.  I hope you enjoy and celebrate this holiday season.  

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I LOVE The New Holiday Buncee Stickers...Check Them Out Too!

I just love all of the holiday stickers that Buncee has created and added to their collection. 

You and your students will LOVE what you find under the Recently Added or Holidays Sticker Category in Buncee.  

Take a look.... a handful of these beautiful and fun Buncee Stickers.  
You will also find Holiday Animations and...
Holiday Backgrounds too.  

There is something for everyone this holiday season in Buncee.  Have fun creating, sharing and celebrating, friends. 

You can create in Buncee here too. 

Need Help With Collections By Destiny? Check Out The Collections Help Center!

With Collections by Destiny being all the rage, you might have a few questions along the way. 

Follett has created the Collections Help Center for us to help with all of our Collection questions and needs. 

You will find the Collection Help Center here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bloxels Star Wars Are Out Of This World!

One of my favorite things to bring to libraries and classrooms around coding, gaming, imagination and making is Bloxels.  

With a Bloxels Gameboard, blocks and a mobile device, you and your students can build a video game.  

Bloxels is definitely one of our favorite things at home too!  
As we get ready for Hour of Code and the holidays, I was checking out the Bloxel site the other day and look what I found. 
Now we can build our very own Star Wars Game with Bloxels Star Wars!  

I am so excited, I just had to share this news with all of you.  On their site, Bloxels shared...

It is with great pleasure that Pixel Press announces our latest installment in the Bloxels ecosystem, Bloxels Star Wars. In partnership with Disney, LucasFilm Ltd. and Mattel we have taken the simplistic game-building power of Bloxels and melded it with the most beloved and recognizable fictional universe, Star Wars!

With Bloxels Star Wars, students can....
I can't wait to give it a try too. 

You can read The Story Behind the Creation of Bloxels Star Wars here.   
This would be cool to share with your students.  They would love to know the story behind this awesome creation. 
You will find everything you need to know about Bloxels Star Wars here

Save Up To 50% At Buncee's Cyber Monday Sale!

Our friends at Buncee are showing their gratitude for all educators in the very special Buncee Cyber Monday Sale. 

Right now through November 27, you can save up to 50% off Buncee subscriptions.  

This includes 25% off Buncee Plus, Buncee Classroom Lite, Buncee Premium and Buncee Classroom as follows: 

Classroom Plus (Yearly): insider-plus ($50.00 value)
Classroom Lite (Yearly): insider-lite ($25.00 value)
Premium (Yearly): insider-premium ($17.50 value)
Also, there is a wonderful discount for Buncee for schools and districts! If you buy 5 classroom accounts, Buncee will throw in 5 more for free! This is capped at 20 free teacher accounts.

To qualify for this discount, register on this form and someone from Buncee will get in contact with you.

Please visit this page to learn more about Buncee's Cyber Monday Sale.

Thank you Buncee. We are so thankful for you too.

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Dream Come True....Sharing and Celebrating My New Books At The AASL Conference!

When I was little, my sister Heather and I wrote and illustrated handmade books all the time.  It was one of our favorite things to do.  After they were finished, we would add cards to the front and stamp them as we checked them out to one another and to our little brother Ryan.  

I still have the wooden box that we used to keep the cards and the stamp. We had a basket for books that were checked in before we proudly placed them on our very own library shelves.  

It was one of my favorite childhood memories.  

And one that means so much to me, because as I went to college I dreamed of becoming a fine artist and illustrating children's books...or Hallmark greeting cards.
This year when my first picture books with Cantata Learning were published, I thought about these memories dozens of times and can't help but smile when I know my dream has finally come true.  

You can read more about the road to becoming a children's author with Cantata Learning here
Last week, I had another dream come true.  

At the AASL (American Association of School Librarians) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, I had the honor of sharing and celebrating my books at three different events.  

I would love to share this week and a few memories with you.  
When Eric and I arrived in Phoenix on Wednesday, we went to a wonderful event that Follett hosted at a local school.  Librarians and teachers came to meet authors and add several new books to their libraries and classroom collections at the Follett School Solutions Publisher Marketplace. 

I met so many local teachers and librarians....and saw several old friends from around the country too. 

I loved signing Find a Book for all of them.  
After the Follett Marketplace event, Eric and I went to dinner with two of my most favorite people, my Uncle Grant and Aunt Nancy, who live in Phoenix.

This was one of the best moments yet in sharing my books.

They were so excited and happy...It was just the best.  I loved signing them and know they will have a special place in their home library.
The next day I couldn't be more excited for the author signing that took place in the Capstone booth at the opening of the AASL exhibit floor.  
I hoped that lots of people would show up and guess what? They did!

I was super happy and couldn't wait to see who was there.
I loved sharing and celebrating my books at this event.

I signed Fiction or Nonfiction. 
 I met lots of new friends and...
loved seeing several dear old friends too.  
I loved it when Andy Plemmons, 
Diana Rendina (who shared her new book with me too!), 
and two of my besties, Joyce and Michelle, showed up.

This meant the world to me and I couldn't be more thankful to have them there. 
The next day, Follett sponsored me to sign in the AASL Authorpalozza.  This was a neat experience because I was signing with other authors at the same time in this space.

I signed Manners in the Library.  
As the conference went on and we shared the Library Skills with other librarian friends, I had the honor of sharing and celebrating the books with them.

This was a week I will never forget.  It was a dream come true.

And I can't wait to continue to share and celebrate my new books with you and your students too.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kids Can Change Their Buncee Avatar Now!

I was so excited to see this post a few days ago on the Buncee Blog...

New Creative Profile Avatars!  

This will be fun for students to add a personal touch to their Buncee profile.  It will also be easier for teachers to find their students in the Dashboard.  

I couldn't wait to learn how to change my profile picture in one of the adorable and fun avatars Buncee has created.  

Let me show you how! 
1. Log into your account and click on the little icon for yourself in the right hand corner.

2. Next, click on View Profile and Badges. 
 3.  It will bring up your Profile page.  You will click on the little pencil in the right hand corner of your picture.
4. You can select any of these avatars for your profile picture just like I picked...

this little pink one.  

5. You can also upload a photo for your avatar.  All you have to do is click Upload...
...and find the photo you want to use.
You can crop the image too. 
Now when you go to my Buncee, you will see my avatar.  

What will your Buncee avatar be?