Friday, July 12, 2024

Check Out The NEW Book From Our Friends At SuperDville, The Teacher's Toolbox For Every Child!

I am so excited to share the new book from our friends at SuperDville, created by Peggy Stern and Diana Baron-Moore. It is called The Teacher's Toolbox For Every Child, Activities to Build Children's Strengths Through Art, Improv and Conversation.  

As they shared online, 

The Teacher’s Toolbox for Every Child is built around eight stories about The SuperD Kids, characters with learning differences from the emotional skill-building web series on The read-alouds in the chapters trace a thematic journey through skills and traits students need to develop as they take agency over their learning and growth. 
Each of the 8 chapters is a read-aloud based on episodes from the SuperDville online curriculum.  
They include vocabulary lists, discussion guides, and audio version available online. 
Our students will love the activities and they fit perfectly into so many important conversations for upper elementary students. 
These lessons can easily be tweaked for younger and older students too. As you can see, the book contains everything you need to use these successfully with your students and school community too. 

I love how these activities, and the resources within the book, will help all students to communicate, learn and self-reflect with one another through art, play, and discussion.  This is such a special way to get our kids to really open up and think deeply about these important topics.  

You will find The Teacher's Toolbox For Every Child, here on the SuperDville! website

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

It's Here! Check Out The NEW Follett Content Informational Website, Friends!


This week our friends at Follett Content rolled out their NEW informational website. It's amazing and filled with so many helpful, important, inspiring, and fun things for us as librarians and educators. 
As shared on the Follett Content informational website, 

Welcome to our new Follett Content informational website. 

Here you will find everything solely for your library and classroom content needs, including curated book lists, Follett Book eFairs, Makerspace and hands-on learning resources, International Baccalaureate materials, genrefication and new school services, and more! Check back often as we are continually updating our site to better meet your needs! Don't worry, is still your favorite online collection development and curriculum support tool and remains unchanged. 

Explore software and services that empower schools to manage assets, optimize technology, and support student success. From library management to digital tools, Follett School Solutions connects educators with the technology to inspire students. 

You will find the Follett Content information website at, friends. I know you are going to love it too! 

Join Us For The Upcoming Follett School Solutions Webinar, Destiny Tune-Up For Back-to-School! Register Today, Friends.


It's that time of year when we think about going back to school for another amazing year. 

I want to invite you to join me for the upcoming Follett School Solutions webinar, Destiny Tune-Up for Back-To-School on July 29, 2024 at 2:00pm CST.  This webinar will give you so many ideas, resources, and inspiration, friends. 

As shared in the invite online, 

In this informative session led by librarian leader Shannon McClintock Miller, you'll discover how to leverage Follett Destiny® Library Manager to create a dynamic and engaging library environment. Shannon brings her wealth of experience and innovative strategies to help you transform your library into a vibrant center for learning and discovery.

This webinar is a must-attend event for any librarian or educator looking to make the most of their library resources and create an engaging, supportive environment for their students. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the leading voices in the library community and take your library to the next level!

What You'll Learn:

During this session, you'll gain valuable insights into the following areas:

·        Setting Up Your Library Hub: Learn practical steps to configure your Destiny Library Manager homepage to captivate and inform your students and staff. Shannon will guide you through customizing your library space to make it a welcoming and informative environment that encourages exploration and learning.

·        Creating and Sharing Choice Boards: Discover how to design interactive and educational choice boards to enhance student engagement, reading, and learning. Shannon will demonstrate how to embed these choice boards within your Destiny Library Manager, making it easy for students to access and enjoy a variety of reading materials and activities.

·        Using the Destiny Dashboard: Learn how to highlight, track, and celebrate your reading community all year long. The Destiny Dashboard offers powerful tools for monitoring library usage, tracking reading trends, and celebrating the achievements of your students.

·        Destiny Discover Engage: Keep your readers engaged and excited in their independent reading journey through recommendations, programs, challenges, and more. Shannon will show you how to use Destiny Discover Engage to create a personalized reading experience for each student, fostering a lifelong love of reading.

You can register for this free, 30-minute webinar here. And don't worry if you can't attend live. The recording, slides and resources will be shared after the webinar.  

I hope to see you there, friends. I can't wait for this one! 

Download and Share Over 50 Guided Activities Across PebbleGo Animals, Science, Social Studies, Health and Biographies!


Summertime is such a wonderful time for our students to explore and celebrate learning and reading in exciting, meaningful and fun ways.

Our friends at Capstone have over 50 guided activities across PebbleGo Animals, Science, Social Studies, Health and Biographies that will do just that!

These activities range from those that learners can enjoy independently, like word searches & crosswords, to those that encourage family activity.

You will find these Downloadable Summer Activities here, friends.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Join On This Week For The NEW Follett Content Webinar, (Re)Building a School Library Collection. You Can Register Here, Friends.


Friends, I would love for you to join me this week for the NEW Follett Content webinar, (Re)Building a School Library Collection. 

Summer and back to school are a great time for library professionals to work on collection development and the needs of your students, teachers, and school community. In our July webinar, I will be joined by two experienced library experts, Blake Hopper and Wendy Miller, to share with you collection development strategies, ideas, and resources. Whether building your school library collection from scratch or reimagining your space, we’ll discuss ways in which you can develop or improve your collection to meet (and exceed!) the needs of your students and school community.

Attendees will learn:

• Different collection development strategies to grow and strengthen your library collection
• How to meet the needs of all students through collection development
• How to conduct a TitleWise® Analysis
• About various resources to help with collection development including Titlewave®, Curation Services, and others

Scheduling conflict? 

We’ve got you covered! Register and we’ll send you the recording shortly after the webinar ends.

A Special Choice Board For ALL Future Ready Librarians...Perfect For Our Summer Learning and Connecting!


At ISTE 2024 last month, my friend and colleague, Lia Dossin, and I shared Future Ready Librarians in the School Librarian Playground. 

It was so much fun to be together in the ISTE School Librarians Playground sharing, connecting and learning with other.  It was especially wonderful to catch up with dear friends. 

Lia and I shared The Special Choice Board For All Future Ready Librarians Choice Board which is filled with all kinds of resources and content for all Future Ready Librarians. You will find it here.  

We will continue to add to and update this choice board making it a one-stop shop for all things Future Ready Librarians. 
In our time at the School Librarians Playground, we also shared, The Achievery.  This is a FREE online learning platform created by AT&T to provide K-12 students with engaging and interesting content paired with learning activities for everywhere today's connected students learn. 

You can sign up for The Achievery today for FREE.  It's one of my new favorite resources. 

It was wonderful to see so many of you at ISTE.  We hope to see even more of you throughout the year. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Turn The July 2024 PebbleGo & PebbleGo Next Monthly Holiday Calendar Into An Interactive Research Choice Board For Your Students & Teachers To Use This Summer!


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 July 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, Independence Day is July 4. 
I went to PebbleGo and found the article about Independence Day. 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 July 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.   

Comment For A Chance To WIN This Special Axolotls Themed Prize As We Celebrate Axolotls Trending In PebbleGo!


Friends, the Axolotls article is trending in PebbleGo! It's one of our favorites at Van Meter.
Our kids love learning all about these unique and adorable animals. 

Let's celebrate axolotls with a fun #giveaway. 🎉
You can win one of these amazing axolotls prints!

Here is how you enter.

On Capstone's X or Instagram, share your favorite thing about axolotls in the comments for a chance to win a print & 1 month of PebbleGo Animals.

The contest will end on July 12 at 11:59pm CST. 2 winners will be announced on Monday, July 15, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to win, friends.