Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 AASL Best Websites Announced Today! Get The Symbaloo, Pinterest and List Here!

This afternoon at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the AASL Best Websites Committee announced the 2017 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning!
Being part of this amazing committee, I am always super excited and proud to announce these websites that I know will make a difference for so many teacher librarians, educators and especially students.

Each year we select 25 of the best from a large list of websites we find, review and try.

They are split into categories and this year include the following...

As you can see, we will have lots of fun this summer exploring all of these and getting ready to implement and share with others during the next school year.

I know I will be trying all of these out even more all summer long!
To make it easy to locate and navigate, I created a Symbaloo for the 2017 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning and....

...a 2017 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Pinterest Board too!

And remember, on our website you can get to all of the past AASL Best Websites too.

These are always my favorite places to go each year....and I know you will LOVE them too!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Join Us For The Follett ISTE 2017 Lunch and Learn Next Week!

With ISTE a week away, there are so many wonderful things we don't want to miss.

I have another that you need to put on your calendar!

It is the Follett ISTE 2017 Lunch and Learn where Jason See, Follett School Solutions senior product manager, and I will be talking about Collections, curation and Future Ready Librarians.

I hope you can join us for this special event over lunch on Tuesday, June 27 from 12:00-1:00pm.  It will be at the Marriot Rivercenter in the Grand Ballroom, Salon 1.

You can register for the Follett ISTE 2017 Lunch and Learn here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wonder Woman...A Fun & Inspiring New Book From Michael Dahl and Capstone!

As you know, Wonder Woman has been making quit an impact this summer with the premier of the movie and all of the things that come with a new movie including clothes, jewelry, games and more. 

And the thing I love most...all of the books!  

But one in particular has become a new favorite...Be A Star, Wonder Woman by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Omar Lozano.  The Capstone website describes it as....

As a new day dawns, a young girl faces the ultimate challenge: school! Follow along as she demonstrates her greatest superpower (sharing), overcomes her worst fear (the playground),and conquers her archenemy (the spelling test).With courage, kindness, and other heroic traits of DC Comics' Wonder Woman, she'll turn a difficult school day into an AMAZING ADVENTURE!   Along with  Omar Lozano's  bright, bold illustrations, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman and Good Morning, Superman) delivers an imaginative read-aloud for your littlest super heroes.
You also need to watch this ADORABLE book trailer from Capstone too. 
Last week as I was thinking of sharing this book on my blog, I thought it would be cool to also ask my friend Michael Dahl about his new book, which by the way joins Bedtime for Batman and Good Morning, Superman by Michael too.  

Here is what Michael had to say....
I was so thrilled to write BE A STAR, WONDER WOMAN! I grew up reading comic books, including Wonder Woman. My Mom use to read them, too. And after we had both finished a WW comic, we'd talk about it. She ask things like, “Do you think Wonder Woman would have defeated that monster like that?” or “I like the way she flew her invisible jet in that story.” So not only did I love comics on my own, but my mother showed me that it was ok to read them; that comics were a part of reading, and belonged in our house just as all the books on our shelves did.”
“I liked Wonder Woman because, besides being such a cool super-strong hero, she was selfless. Always thought of others. And her family was the most important thing to her.  So I especially loved the stories where WW and her mother Queen Hippolyta, and sisters Wonder Girl and Wonder Tot would all be in the same adventure. You could be a hero if you were a mother or even a toddler!!!!“

I know you will love Wonder Woman just as much as me!  

And just wait until your students hear this inspiring little story too.