Saturday, February 24, 2024

Diversity and Awareness In Early Chapter Books....Watch This Amazing NEW Capstone Webinar Here, Friends.

This week, I loved listening to the wonderful new Capstone webinar, Diversity and Awareness in Early Chapter Books. This was part of the For The LOVE Of Reading Webinar Series from our friends at Capstone. 
In this webinar, Miriam Moore-Keish, Content Strategist at Capstone, welcomed special guest authors, Bryan Patrick Avery, Saadia Karuqi and Anita Nahta Amin, for an amazing conversation. 

I also put together a choice board filled with lots of special books and eBooks from these three amazing Capstone authors. You will find it here where you can learn more about these books and find the book list.

Friday, February 23, 2024

A Fun and Interactive Place To Share Our New Capstone Books and eBooks! You Can Use This Template For Your New Books Too, Friends.

I love finding fun and new ways to share the new books we have in our library and online.  

This week, I took all of our NEW Capstone books from the Spring 2024 collection that we just added to our library in print and digital...
... and created this interactive choice board. I will display this by the new Capstone books on the shelves and share the link with our teachers and students. 
To create this interactive choice board, I went to Capstone Interactive and search all of the new books by title. 
When the book popped up, I clicked on Open and...
...copied the link in the upper right hand corner. 
Then I went to the choice board, and hyperlinked that link to the book cover of The Kindness Booth.  

I did that for each book. 
When all of the links were added to the book covers, I went to File and down to Share and Publish to the Web. 
This is the link that you will share with students and teachers so they read and listen to these new Capstone eBooks. 
In this special choice board, you will find these books and eBooks 
Here is a template of this choice board that you can make a copy of to add your own links. 
And here is the list of these Capstone books and eBooks where you can find information on each title.

I love sharing eBooks with our school community in this way. It is a great way to get even more books into the hands of our readers at school, home and on the go.  I hope you find it helpful too, friends. 

Turn The March 2024 PebbleGo & PebbleGo Next Monthly Holiday Calendar Into An Interactive Research Choice Board For Your Students & Teachers!

Our friends at Capstone create these special PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next Holiday Calendars each month. 

In this post, I share more about the PebbleGo Monthly Calendars. 
I love making paper copies of these to share with our teachers and kids. 
They hang them up in their classrooms and hang them in our library too. I also share them online through social media and as an image in Google Classroom or Seesaw. 
The teachers even use the PebbleGo Calendars for mini research opportunities throughout each week. The students use PebbleGo Create to share what they learn throughout the month with the calendars. 
Last year, when I was sharing the calendars with teachers and students, I thought....Hey, this would be really fun in a choice board! 
So, I opened up a Google Slide, uploaded the PebbleGo March 2024 Holidays Calendar, and added a little chalk board with text over the top.  
Then I went through the calendar and found every special day in PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next.  

For example, National Pig Day is March 1st. 
I went to PebbleGo and found the article. I grabbed the link, as shown in the image above. 
I took that link and added a linked text box around each special date. 

Now, when the kids click on a holiday, it will take them directly to that PebbleGo article.  

If you want to use the template to create your own, you will find the Google Slide here to make a copy and add links to the PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next articles. 
And to make it a choice board, just Publish to the web, as shown in this image above. 
You will share that Published Link with your students.  

I love sharing these interactive PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next Holiday Calendars with our students and teachers. They love learning all about these special days that are highlighted each month too.

I am excited to have the March 2024 PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next ready to go for the month.I hope you will find ways to use it with your students and teachers this month too.   

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Join Us For The Leading From The Library Summit During The UCET/UELMA Conference On March 18th In Utah!


Friends, I am so excited to be part of the UCET/UELMA Conference in March. 

To kick off the week, on March 18th we will be hosting the Leading From The Library Summit.

We would love to have you join us for this special Future Ready Librarians (FRL) Summit, an inspiring professional learning event designed to empower district librarians as catalysts for change. Discover how you can lead from the library and become a driving force for innovation in today’s ever-evolving educational landscape.

It will also be for administrators as they explore strategies on leveraging the expertise of the school librarian to enhance overall school effectiveness and foster a culture of collaborative learning.
You can register for this free event at
I hope to see you there. It will be a wonderful day together. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Register Today For The NEW Follett School Solutions Webinar, Collaboration and Communication In Your School District on February 29th.


Friends, I hope you will join me for the NEW Follett School Solutions webinar, Collaboration and Communication In Your School District, on February 29, 2024 at 2:00pm CST. 

As shared online, 

In this webinar, we will focus on how to effectively collaborate and communicate within your school and district to enhance learning, efficiency, creativity, and student outcomes.

Shannon McClintock Miller, Director of Innovation of Instructional Technology and Library Media at Van Meter Schools, Iowa, will take you through the many ways we, as educators (administrators, CTOs, teachers, librarians, etc.), can further engage in collaboration and communication, and employ literacy, learning, and technology to empower one another, for the betterment of our students. Shannon has been a leader in collaboration within her school community for 18 years, making her school library program a hub of innovation and welcoming place for students and staff, with many other school communities modeling her achievements at their schools. She understands what it takes in order to make your school and/or district a place where students will succeed.

This webinar will give you the tools on how to be a collaborative leader: to effectively work in partnership with staff and the school community, fostering a culture of alliance and innovation throughout the school and district, leading beyond the desk, classroom, or library.

You will walk away with:

- Goal setting for collaboration and communication among you and your school community
- Tools, resources, case studies, etc., to create a culture of partnership in your school and district
- A framework and vision for collaboration in your school to improve student outcomes and school experiences that today’s modern learners need to thrive

Everyone who registers will receive the recording and resources after the webinar too. 

Two Special Author Visits This Week On Storyvoice!


This week our friends at Storyvoice are hosting two special author visits with Sam Wedelich and Pete Oswald.  You can find out more information and the link to join here

Monday, February 19, 2024

The 2024 National Poetry Month Poster By Jack Wong Is Available Now...It's Beautiful!


I love the posters the Academy of American Poets create and share every year for Poetry Month.  I was so excited to find this years poster on the site today. 

As shared on the site, 

The 2024 poster features artwork by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Jack Wong, and lines from “blessing the boats” by beloved poet Lucille Clifton. Wong was selected by Scholastic—the global children’s publishing, education, and media company—to create the artwork for this year’s poster as part of a new National Poetry Month initiative between the publisher and the Academy of American Poets.

You will find the poster to download here on the site.  You can also request a copy. 
Here is a lesson for teaching the poem blessing the boats by Lucille Clifton too. 

Using Capstone Connect To Find The Content Teachers Need For Choice Boards, Lessons and More!

One of my favorite resources to use as a librarian when I am collaborating and co-teaching with our teachers is Capstone Connect.  

And one of my teachers favorite resources as they are planning lessons, units and projects is Capstone Connect.

It's that one-stop-shop for the content, resources and ideas we need when planning.  
Capstone Connect brings together all of the nonfiction articles and resources in PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next, plus 5000+ eBooks and instructional ideas. 
You can search for resources by Standards, 
within the Activity Bundles, or...
...through the Search at the top. 

For example, when my first grade teachers asked me to create them a choice board about teeth, I went right to Capstone Connect and searched by Teeth.  
It brought up this amazing series of six books about teeth that I added to the choice board I created in a Google Slide. 
I also looked at the eBooks about teeth in our Capstone Interactive and found this adorable eBook...
...Brush Their Teeth that I added to the choice board too. 

As you can see, Capstone Connect is perfect for finding the content teachers need for choice boards, lessons and more.  

To learn more about Capstone Connect, you can go here

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Celebrate Black History Month With These Special Capstone Books, Resources, Downloadables, Read Alouds and More!

As we celebrate Black History Month, our friends at Capstone have brought together lots of special books, resources, downloadables, read alouds and more. 

On the special Black History Month site, Capstone shares...

February is Black History Month, an annual commemoration of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of Black Americans. It is a time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice, as well as honor Black historical figures and celebrate Black joy!

Join us in amplifying Black voices and characters! Check out author and educator Dr. Artika R. Tyner’s ideas for teaching Black History Month, celebrate Black joy with some of our favorite titles, take a wild ride through history in our new graphic novel series Qianna and the Quantum Train, and discover recommended books for the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Capstone believes it is important to remember that Black History is American History, and the celebration is not confined to this one month, but for the entirety of the year.

You will find...

March Magic Book Bracket Activity From Our Friends At Novel Effect!


With so many magical read-aloud opportunities in March, our friends at Novel Effect have created the March Magic Book Bracket Activity for all of us to use as we celebrate with our readers too. 

Novel Effect shared, 

March is a magical read-aloud month. Women’s History Month, Read-Across America, Pi Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and more fill the month with many read-aloud opportunities. We absolutely cannot forget March Madness, either! While historically a basketball event, we’ve put our own spin on March Madness. March Magic: A Book Bracket Activity.
You will find the March Magic #Bookbracket, along with an empty one to fill out yourself, here in this post

Provide a Portable Summer Library...Without The Heavy Backpack! Join Me For This NEW Capstone Webinar on February 21st, Friends.


Join me on February 21, 2024 at 5:00pm EST, for the new Capstone webinar, Provide a Portable Summer Library...Without the Heavy Backpack! 

In this webinar, you will learn how librarians and teachers can leverage free resources to continue to inspire and motivate our readers over summer months.  As librarians, we play such a crucial role in reducing the summer slide by fostering a genuine love of reading.  With the right materials, together we can move towards closing the literacy gap in our communities.  

Diversity and Awareness In Early Chapter Books....Join This Special Capstone Webinar On February 22nd, Friends.


This week, on February 22nd at 5:30pm EST, join our friends at Capstone and Miriam Moore-Keish for Diversity and Awareness in Early Chapter Books, part of the For the LOVE of Reading webinar series. 

Miriam will be joined by authors Bryan Patrick Avery (the series, Mr. Grizley's Class), Saadia Faruqi (the series, Yasmin and Ali the Great) and Anita Nahta Amin (the series, Reeya Rai), as they discuss the impact made on children who see themselves and their communities in literature.

You can register for this very special webinar here

Check Out These COOL Resources For This Season's Literati Book Fairs!


I am having so much fun planning our Literati Book Fair for this spring. We are having ours in May to promote summer reading too. 

Check out all of the cool resources for this season's book fairs. They are super fun and there are so many great resources to support every part of your fair. ❤

You will find them here, along with lots of amazing information about Literati Book Fairs.