Author Spotlight: Henry Cole

Author Spotlight

One of my favorite author/illustrators is Henry Cole. He has illustrated many books for authors and has written and illustrated his own books. I first was introduced to Henry Cole when my parents attended a Reading Conference in Maryland. He and Pamela Duncan Edwards were two of the presenters. My parents know how much I love children’s literature, ... Continue Reading...

More Library Center Ideas

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  Today's post is written by Connie Robinson, a National Board Certified Librarian. Connie has been a librarian for 11 years at Bramlett Elementary in Oxford, MS.   [clear-line   My 50 minute library class for second graders is divided into 3 segments - whole group instruction, centers, and check-out.  Center time ... Continue Reading...

Free Banned Books Week Activities

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Banned Books Week is almost here! According to the Banned Books Week website, Banned Books Week began in 1982 "in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries." Banned Books Week draws attention to the issue of censorship and the freedom to choose reading materials. An increasing number ... Continue Reading...

Dot Day Ideas

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I have to admit that although I love The Dot by Peter Reynolds, I have never participated in International Dot Day. I've received several emails and questions about Dot Day ideas and activities, so I thought I'd throw it out there to my readers! What do you do on Dot Day? I've started a pinboard on Pinterest, but it doesn't have a ton of pins on ... Continue Reading...

Getting Ready for the New School Year

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  Today's post is written by Nichole Baumgartner. Nichole is an Elementary (K-5) librarian who has been with her school district for two years. She works at Carlin Park Elementary in Angola, Indiana. She sees classes every day, as well as doing recess duty, lunch duty, and aiding in the Kindergarten and Deaf and Hard of Hearing rooms at her ... Continue Reading...

Library Procedures: A Guide to Sanity

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Today's post is written by Tracy Blunier. Tracy has been a school library media specialist for five years. She currently works in a primary school (grades K-2). She is a former classroom teacher with a passion for management. She loves organization and using every resource possible to streamline operations and allow students as much independence as ... Continue Reading...