Cybils Awards v. The Walking Dead – a No Brainer

Why count the days until the The Walking Dead, when you could already be celebrating the launch of the 2015 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (@Cybils)?! See, I told you it was a no brainer! This year, the Cybils Awards are celebrating its 10th Year! The 2015 Call for Judges opened on Monday, so while you’re waiting for that show to start, head on over to the blog to learn more about the Cybils Awards and, think about applying as a judge. Rather than repeat last year’s post with my top three reasons why being part of the Cybils Awards rocks, I am going to ask you to consider three questions. 1. Do you read and blog about … Read more

This Mother’s Day – FLIP for Literacy

You know you’re excited about a project when … you smile all day long thinking about all of the possibilities ahead.  That’s how I feel about our Family Literacy Integration Project. To help spread the joy, I thought I would do something fun that will make LOTS of people smile.   In honor or Mother’s Day – and Moms everywhere – we’re having a Mother’s Day Library Gift Book Raffle. Our prize package is 52 hardcover books that the winner will donate to their favorite school or local library in mom’s name.  The collection is a well-balanced mix. There are … board, picture, and chapter books; fiction and nonfiction for all ages infant to 13; award-winning and multi-award-winning books; bilingual … Read more

Septone – a Throwback Thursday for National Poetry Month

To all my poetry friends and friends who are poets: I confess, I did not remember what a septone poem is. Here is a great definition I found at Mr. Kelly’s Place, a Weebly blog by an Ontario, Canada, educator. A Septone poem consists of 7 lines of simple, just-for-fun, unrhymed verse. Authors commonly use their 7 digit home or cellular phone number (no area codes required) as the digits in the phone number help to establish the number of syllables the author will use per line (assume that zero requires ten syllables). There is no set topics with Septones and students are encouraged to create a story with a beginning, middle and end.  Because of the limited lines and syllables, the author has to … Read more