Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let's Get Busy with illustrator Isabel Roxas

Isabel Roxas (@StudioRoxas), illustrator of the The Case of the Missing Donut (@PenguinKids), stops by to talk about Nordic murder mysteries, illustrating the found works of Margaret Wise Brown, and growing up in the Phillipines.

Episode Notes
Isabel Roxas' homepage
National Donut Day (First Friday in June)
Isol (Marisol Misenta)
Book Trailer for Goodnight Songs (Margaret Wise Brown)
Purchase The Case of the Missing Donut from your local independent bookstore

Purchase locally whenever possible.
Goodnight Songs book trailer and illustrator interviews

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's Get Busy with cartoonist Frank Cammuso

Frank Cammuso (@FrankCamusso), author of the Salem Hyde graphic novel series (@abramskids), stops by to talk about writing political cartoons, creating comics for both kids and parents, and, of course, more dodgeball!

Episode Notes
Frank Cammuso's homepage
The Post Standard (Frank's series of political cartoons)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Take a visit to GreenRow Books

Remember back in July when we were trying to help my local pal and fellow Nerdy Book Club member Beth Panageotou open an independent bookstore in Ellicott City, MD? (See "Let's Open an Indie Bookstore! (#LGBpodcast with Beth Panageotou)")

Well... It happened!

Welcome to GreenRow Books! Can I give you a tour?

We're greeted with a literary quote and some featured books and items of interest.
GreenRow's slogan is Read Local. I love the play off Eat Local, Shop Local, and other slogans promoting local business.
Picasso said it best: "Everything you can imagine is REAL." Picture something in your mind, then make it so.
The children's book wall has best sellers, new discoveries, and contemporary classics from picture books
Another phrase that's commonplace around GreenRow: Nourishing Readers.
There's a creating corner for young readers equipped with writing and drawing supplies, paper, and an easel for working on large scale works of art. The shelves directly behind the creating corner hold the teen and young adult books as well some cool literary-themed games and crafts.
An Indiebound poster is proudly on display alongside a giant paintbrush, hanging over the creating corner.
There is a great selection of cookbooks and adult novels.
And there's always a spot to sit and read.

The store is quaint and it's got lots of room and opportunity to grow. And that's where we can help!

If you're local, shop at GreenRow!

If you're a local school librarian and you're planning an author visit, purchasing books from GreenRow can save you money while at the same time spreading the good word about your local indie. Encourage your students and families to join the upcoming events and do so yourself. These are opportunities to meet authors, discover awesome books, and be a part of the Main Street Ellicott City community.

If you're an author, add GreenRow to your stops for an upcoming book tour. You may even get to be among the first to sign the Picasso wall!

All of this is to say that I am over the moon that we finally have an independent bookstore in my backyard. AND it's run by one of the coolest and best literacy advocates I know.

Support your friends. Support local business. Support authors telling amazing stories and the bookstores who get those stories into our hands.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

When Sherry Met Matthew. (Connected Librarian Day 2014 webinar)

October 7th was Connected Librarian Day, a celebration during Connected Educator Month recognizing the strength and potential of engaging our students by connecting our libraries. (more information from this earlier blog post). The day was packed with webinars in which teacher librarians from around the globe highlighted aspects of their programs and ideas worth spreading. 
My collaborative partner and #geniuspal Sherry Gick (@LibraryFanatic) joined me to deliver a chat we called When Sherry Met Matthew: Finding Your Educational Soulmate and Helping Kids to Rule the World. Here's the webinar description:
Kids hold the solutions to the world’s problems, but need the opportunity to rise to the challenge. We asked kids how they would change the world and then constructed a learning environment to do exactly that. What resulted not only translated to an epic win for all of the kids involved, but one of the most meaningful projects we as teachers have ever been a part of. And when the going gets tough, the tough find an incredible educational counterpart to join on the journey.
Also known as how we went from here....
 To here...
...over two quick years.

If you missed the webinar or just want to relive the awesomeness, we'd very much love for you to enjoy what we had to share. You can view the webinar archive at this link and peruse our slide deck below.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Let's Get Busy with K.A. Holt

KA Holt (@karianneholt), author of Rhyme Schemer (@ChronicleKids), stops by to talk about found poems, how free verse is like a reduction sauce, and writing poetry without consciously writing poetry.

Episode Notes
K.A. Holt's homepage
Purchase K.A. Holt's books from your local independent bookstore

Purchase locally whenever possible.
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