I read a lot of books for kids and teens, and it colors the way I see the world. I recently came across two articles on MAKE that immediately reminded me of two novels.
This interview with Sarah Hendren mentioned a project called Engineering at Home where she highlighted everyday engineering that has been done by a woman who became a quadruple amputee late in life. She was offered high-tech solutions that didn't really work for her, and came up with many lower-tech ones on her own that make it easier for her to move through the world. I highly recommend going to the site to explore all the adaptations it highlights. This reminded me of a recent book called Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling about a girl born without arms. You can read Tessa's review of it here.
This Maker spotlight on Maria Elena Cianfanelli highlights her unique lamps that accurately depict the surface of the moon, Saturn, and other celestial bodies. This naturally reminded me of When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore in which a boy creates all kinds of moons for his best friend and hangs them up around town.
Have you made any unexpected connections to literature lately? Let me know and I'll share them on our blog.
We've been reading Caldecott contenders with our 3rd grade classes and last week they voted on who would get the coveted MCDS Mock Caldecott. Look at the infographic below to see who the big winners are.
The official winners were just announced by the American Library Association. You can see the winner and four honor books below.
If you are browsing in the library for a book, there's a new tool to help you. We've re-vamped our librarian picks and printed them out on bookmarks. We've put these books on display on top of the shelves where they belong so it's easy to find them. Juvenile fiction picks have a little flower, middle grade fiction picks have a heart, and young adult fiction picks have a diamond.
We didn't want to hog all the fun, so we put out blank student pick bookmarks that students can fill out and put in their own favorites to display.
Waiting for your toast to pop or your coffee to drip in the faculty/staff lounge? Now you can pass the time with the professional development browsing collection. Flip through these books and magazines to pass the time. If you'd like to check one of the items out, just e-mail the title and library barcode (found inside the back cover of the book) to email@example.com