Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Angelica Banks (#LGBpodcast Ep. 119)

Angelica Banks (@AAngelicaBanks), author of Finding Serendipity (@HenryHolt), stops by to talk about how two authors develop a unified voice, writing in a caravan, and reaching an audience halfway around the world.


Episode Notes
Angelica Banks' Facebook homepage
Tuesday McGillycuddy book series homepage
Danielle Wood's homepage
Heather Rose's homepage
Purchase Finding Serendipity from your local independent bookstore

Purchase locally whenever possible.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best Book Ever [this week] - January 26, 2015


Five books reviewed in five minutes.


Bilby: Secrets of an Australian Marsupial by Edel Wignell, illustrated by Mark Jackson (@Candlewick)

Hansel & Gretel retold by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti (@Candlewick)

Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests by Sneed B. Collard III (@BuckingHorseBks)

Worst in Show by William Bee, illustrated by Kate Hindley (@Candlewick)

Is There a Dog in This Book? by Viviane Schwarz (@Candlewick)

Let's Connect for World Read Aloud Day 2015!


World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) is March 4th, as you may have put together from the lovely graphic above. WRAD founder LitWorld poignantly describes the event as such:

Take Action for Global Literacy, Celebrate the Power of Words, Change the World
Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate.

Imagine a world where everyone can read...
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. 
By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.
It’s time to join the Global Literacy Movement.

I'm excited for our students to join thousands of others reading aloud to "show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people." A number of us will be connecting our classrooms and libraries via Skype in the Classroom. You can plan your schedule and make connections on our shared World Read Aloud Day 2015 (WRAD15) Google Doc by clicking here (WRAD15 Planning Doc).

Our school library is going to make this a week of celebrations and we will begin connecting with classes on Monday, March 2nd to celebrate NEA's Read Across America. We'll share the experience of reading aloud books with our connecting schools through the help of Penguin's awesome We Give Books project, where tons of great ebooks are available on site for free and where reading actually helps to purchase books for schools in need. I'll also be participating in the LitWorld World Read Aloud Day Blogging Challenge leading up to March 4th and hope other fellow bloggers do, too. (Here's the archive of last year's challenge)

If you're new to Skype or have never tried it before, this is the perfect opportunity for you to connect your students to the world! If you're nervous about where to start, why not connect with us? Here's our plan for Skype visits:

(15 minute block)
- Greetings and salutations
- Introduce school and location
- Read aloud a preselected book from We Give Books library
- Say "Thanks" and hope to connect again soon

Easy. Painless. And memorable for the students.

I hope you'll consider connecting with other schools for World Read Aloud Day and I look forward to be counted alongside you and your students in the record-breaking number of participants for this awesome event!

I'll share the essential links and my schedule below in case you'd like to connect directly.

Happy reading!

- Matthew

Essential Links:

Information on World Read Aloud Day

GoogleDoc to connect with others via Skype or Google Hangout
World Read Aloud Day Blogging Challenge
We Give Books project
Follow @LitWorld on Twitter or the official #WRAD15 hashtag

Skype Availability (from GoogleDoc):

> NOTE > This schedule appears on page 65 of the Google Doc. Visit this link and scroll down to add your class to our schedule!

Monday, March 2nd (RAAD)
Connecting with…
Confirmed?
Book to read
9:15-9:45 (3rd)
Nancy Jo Lambert
@NancyJoLambert
ecs_lambertn
Yes :)

11:45-12:15 (4th)



12:30-1:00 (Kinders)



1:15-1:45 (1st)



2:00-2:30 (2nd)
Sherry Gick


Tuesday, March 3rd
Connecting with…
Confirmed?
Book to read
10:45-11:15 (5th)



11:45-12:15 (4th)



12:30-1:00 (Kinders)



1:15-1:45 (1st)



2:00-2:30 (2nd)



Wednesday, March 4th (WRAD)
Connecting with…
Confirmed?
Book to read
9:00-9:30 (3rd)
Kurt Stroh - YES!!! Can’t wait, Kurt!- MW


12:30-1:00 (Kinders)



1:15-1:45 (1st)
Sherry Gick - hopefully Gretchen Welk!


Thursday, March 5th
Connecting with…
Confirmed?
Book to read
9:00 - 9:30 (3rd)



10:45-11:15 (5th)



11:45-12:15 (4th)



12:30-1:00 (Kinders)



1:15-1:45 (1st)



2:00-2:30 (2nd)



Friday, March 6th
Connecting with…
Confirmed?
Book to read
9:00-9:30 (3rd)



10:45-11:15 (5th)



11:45 - 12:15 (4th)



12:30-1:00 (Kinders)



1:15-1:45 (1st)



2:00- 2:30 (2nd)



Friday, January 23, 2015

David Huyck (#LGBpodcast Ep. 118)

David Huyck (@huyckd), illustrator of If Kids Ruled the World (@KidsCanPress), Nine Words Max (@TundraBooks), and That One Spooky Night, stops by to talk about massaging a manuscript, self-publishing in comics, and if it's possible to have "original art" from a book where the art was created digitally.


Episode Notes
David Huyck's homepage
Drawn blog (John Martz)
Purchase David Huyck's books from your local independent bookstore

Purchase locally whenever possible.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kimberly Brubaker Bradely (#LGBPodcast Ep. 117)

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (@kimbbbradley), author of The War That Saved My Life (@PenguinTeen), stops by to talk about researching the stories of evacuees, writing a character who is confined and then experiences freedom, and her pretty awesome writer origin story involving Patricia MacLauchlan and Jane Yolen.

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