Sunday, January 31, 2021

Our Black History Month Choice Board Is Here, Friends!

February is Black History Month and a wonderful time to share resources, books, songs, videos and more to commemorate and celebrate the achievements of African Americans during this special month and all throughout the year. 

As we get ready for Black History Month, I have brought together a choice board to share with our students and teachers, and with all of you. 
In our Black History Month Choice Board, I did add PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next.  It is shown in the one above, but you can make a copy here to add in your own resources or database links if you want to change those. 

If you are going to use PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next, this is the link that you will share with your students to the Black History Month Choice Board.
I added the Black History Month Choice Board to Our February Choice Boards.  You will find both versions here in this post

Please let me know if there are other resources to add to this choice board, friends. 

Picture Books For Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Conversations and Learning

Digital citizenship and media literacy are two topics that we focus on so much with our learners and with our own families. I loved finding picture books for hooks to conversations, deep dives into important topics, and as a platform when creating projects, sparking debates and even writing new stories. 

And using picture books for teaching digital citizenship isn't just for your youngest learners. In fact, I have used several picture books with even my oldest students and you wouldn't believe the conversations that came about after introducing a topic through a picture book.

To bring these books together, I created a Padlet to share and for others to add ideas too. 

Here are a few of my favorites...
I love love love Selfie, a brand new Capstone book by Sandy Horsley. 
Selfie is perfect for talking to our younger kids about using social media. I love this story about Sylvie, who loves to take #selfies but learns its more important to be a good friend and to live in the moment having fun.  

You can find Selfie here on the Capstone website
Another one of my favorites from Capstone and Cantata Learning is the picture book I wrote called Staying Safe Online.  I am very proud of this book and especially love that it is about digital citizenship.  To make it even more impactful and fun for our learners, Cantata Learning pairs their stories with engaging illustrations and amazing music.  My friend and songwriter, Emily Arrow, wrote and sang for Staying Safe Online, which is part of my Library Skills series.

You will find Staying Safe Online here on the Capstone website
And lastly, if you haven't seen Me, Myselfie and I...A Cautionary Tale by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell you must add this one to your library and book collection.  
It's such a fun story and one that so many readers will be able to relate to.  You will find out more about it here.

You will find the Picture Books for Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Conversations and Learning Padlet here.  

Feel free to add more books to this Padlet by clicking on the hot pink circle with the plus sign in the right hand corner.

Have fun sharing these special picture books with your readers too, friends. 

Check Out The New and Helpful Quarantine Feature Within Destiny!

With our library open for students and teachers to check out books, there is a lot to think about and organize as we put the books in and out of quarantine as they are circulated throughout the week. 
Well, guess what? There is now a feature within Destiny, that makes this process easier for us, as teacher librarians, and...
...our students as they build their Destiny Library Shopping Lists and...
...check on Destiny for the books they want to read.  

It's the NEW and helpful quarantine feature within Destiny! 
As shared on the Destiny Quarantine library Manager and Resources Manager Materials online flyer

To safely handle resources, districts can enable auto-quarantine for Library Manager and Resource Manager. When a copy or item is checked in, its status becomes In Quarantine. The status automatically becomes Available at the end of the quarantine period. Users with the appropriate permissions can check in or check out items In Quarantine.

Diana and I set our up a few weeks ago.  Let me show you how to do it too. 

Destiny Administrators need to enter the number of days to automatically quarantine library or resource items when they are checked in. 1. Log in as a Destiny Administrator. 2. Select Setup > Sites sub-tab. 3. Next to the district name, click . 4. In the Library Management and/or Resource Management section, enter the number of days to Quarantine returned copies.
1. Log in as a Destiny Administrator. 

2. Select Setup > Sites sub-tab

3. Next to the district name, click on the little pencil, as shown circled in the image above. 
4. In the Resource Management section,
enter the number of days to quarantine returned items. 

5. Click save. 
Now when books are In Quarantine, we can see that detail under Status. The report is generated when the material is returned from quarantine. 

It's that easy. 
We love that the quarantine feature has been added to Destiny as it is so helpful to us as librarians and one more way to support and encourage our young readers as they find and check out books throughout the year.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Beloved and Bestselling Creator, Vashti Harrison, In This Weeks Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip

We are excited for another special week of virtual library events! 

Every week, I put together a schedule of events including read aloud's, Chapter Book Friday, special virtual visits with authors, illustrators and lots of experts, and we always include the amazing Flipgrid Virtual Field Trips.  
You can read all about the Flipgrid Virtual Field Trips here in this post and by following the...
...Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip Twitter here
This week the Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip is Celebrate World Read Aloud Day With Beloved and Bestselling Creator, Vashti Harrison. 
Vashti is not only the illustrator of her Little Leaders series. She has illustrated lots of our favorites including Hair Love, Cece Loves Sciences, Festival of Colors and more. 

Vashti Harrison’s groundbreaking LITTLE LEADERS: BOLD WOMEN IN BLACK HISTORY has inspired young readers around the world to explore history and celebrate the geniuses in their own communities. Join Vashti for a Virtual Field trip to her studio where she’ll share how she researches, writes, and draws influential historical figures you may know. She’ll finish with a live drawing demonstration and you’ll learn to draw your very own Little Leader, Little Legend, or Little Dreamer!

Vashti Harrison, is the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World. She is an artist and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She earned her BA in studio art and media studies from the University of Virginia and her MFA in Film/Video from CalArts, where she snuck into animation and illustration classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There, she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now she uses her love of both film and illustration to craft beautiful stories for children.

You can register for this event here.  This link can be shared with our virtual learning families too. 
On Vashti's website, you will find lots of wonderful information about resources to use with this special event too. 
At the bottom of this page, you will even find these three activities around Little Leaders. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

5 ALA Youth Media Award Posters and Background! These Are Awesome To Print and Post, Friends.

Every year after the ALA Youth Media Awards are announced, I love ordering up the books for our library and getting my hands on the awesome posters our friends at Follett create featuring the yearly winners of each YMA. 
This year, I made sure to add the link to the Follett YMA Posters to our Collection by Destiny focused around the YMA's too. 

In the 2021 Youth Media Awards Collection by Destiny found here, you will find a link to the posters for...
Follett also created and included backgrounds for each YMA featured in this list. 
You can find all 5 YMA posters and background here, where each can be downloaded to print and use to promote these YMA's and the award books.

I can't wait to print these off and get them displayed in our library, along with the special books that won. 

Friends, Let's Share Pictures and Resources On How We Are Getting Books Into The Hands Of Our Kids!

Throughout the year, we have been so inspired and encouraged with all of the ways librarians continue to get books into the hands of our kids. 

When my friend Sylvie suggested we gather these ideas and images, I put together this Padlet where we can share pictures, ideas, programs, resources and more. 

Please feel free to share with others too. 

Thank you, friends.  This will be so helpful for all! 

Two Choice Boards For Presidents' Day On February 15th!


With Presidents' Day coming up on February 15, so I have put together two choice boards for our students to learn more about our Presidents, Vice Presidents and First Ladies.  

I want to share these two with you if you would like to make changes and additions to use with your students, teachers and school community. 

You will find the TK-3rd grade Let's Learn About Our Presidents, Vice Presidents and First Ladies choice board here and...

...the choice board for 4-6th grade here.
These are part of the February Choice Board.  You will find all of the links to this one in this post.

Let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to help, friends. 

Join Me For The NEW Follett Webinar...Choice Boards, Collections and More!

I couldn't be more excited about my upcoming Follett Webinar!  

In the brand new webinar, Choice Boards, Collections and More! you can join me to learn how to create choice boards and collections to inspire students to explore, learn, create and have fun making choices on their own around interests and passions. 

Bringing content together has never been more important to students, teachers, librarians and families. As we do this, we look for and dream up creative and meaningful ways to bring the content together. With choice boards, Follett Collections by Destiny® and other amazing tools, we are able to bring resources together to inspire our learners to explore, research, learn, create and have fun.

In this webinar, participants will learn: 

  • The importance of curation and collaboration around resources and ideas, especially now with virtual, blended and face-to-face learning.
  • How to use (and create!) choice boards, Collections by Destiny and other tools to bring resources together with students in face-to-face, virtual and blended learning.
You can register for this free webinar on March 3, 2021 at 1:00pm EST here

Once registered, you will be send the recording and resources after the webinar too. 

I can't wait for this one.  I hope you can join me on March 3, 2021, friends. It's going to be a lot of fun! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

We Can ALL Join The North Texas Teen Book Festival Virtually On March 5-6 This Year!

I have a wonderful event to share with all of you!  It's the North Texas Teen Book Festival which is being held virtually March 5-6, 2021.  

The North Texas Teen Book Festival strives to connect our reading community, adding dimension to the reading experience through diverse author panels and dynamic discussions in a safe and fun environment.

The amazing guest authors they have invited, and the schedule they have put together ,will not only engage readers with the work we love to read, the program will leave us inspired, excited and filled with lots of ideas for what we want to read next. 

To start,
Chelsea Clinton will be sharing during her keynote, She Persisted. 

She will be joined by several other special guest including...
...and over 90 very special authors...
As I looked through the schedule on the site, I found myself hoping to attend all of the events as the hold such valuable conversations around writing and life for our young adults. 
The event can be shared with all of our students, anywhere so as you get ready to promote and share it within your school community, library and classrooms, there are several NTTBF21 Downloadables on the site, which included posters, 

bookmarks, panel notes notepads, and...
You will find the event website here. More information will be coming soon as we get ready to watch on YouTube March 5-6.  This one event we won't want to miss, friends.