31 May

Springtime Clips by KB..Konnected (me!) All suitable for…

Springtime Clips by KB..Konnected (me!) All suitable for personal or commercial use by teachers.

#clipart #commercialuse

Garden Kids TpT

Garden Kids Teachers Notebook

Chocolate Letters with Candy Flowers TpT

Chocolate Letters with Candy Flowers Teachers Notebook

Spring Fever: Letters, Numbers and More! TpT

Spring Fever: Letters, Numbers and More! Teachers Notebook

Sparkly Doodle Frames TpT

Sparkly Doodle Frames Teachers Notebook

*See more of my recent clips here TpT and here Teachers Notebook.

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27 May

March Madness: Our Elite Eight

Our 2013 March Madness LIbrary Book Tournament continues! Students were asked to vote on the match-ups from last week’s Sweet Sixteen, and the winning titles moved up in the brackets to the status of  ”Elite Eight.”  Here are the titles that were promoted to the “Elite Eight” through voting all this past week (since March 1.)


We have updated our brackets posted in the library, printed new ballots featuring the next round of match-ups which go as follows, and already our students are visiting and voting for their favorite titles. Last week’s ballot asked them to predict the winner, and overwhelmingly many students picked Hunger Games. ALmost this exact post is featured on our Library Blog, Cavaliers Read.

DHS Elite Eight BracketsThe Elite Eight will square off against each other this way:

  • Catching Fire vs. Fade
  • Wake vs. Mockingjay
  • Legend vs. First Part Last
  • Hunger Games vs. The Son of Neptune

Students have been told all ballots must be in the yellow box by Thursday, March 14.  We will count the votes and update those brackets next Friday during our workday.  Those wanting to know EARLY will have to check our blog next Friday online since students are not in school–teachers have a workday.  (Aplogies for the poor quality of the picture of our brackets. I didn’t realize I clipped the edges off, eliminating the Sweet Sixteen from this picture.)


To our students, we left with this parting statement:

May the best book win! Keep voting as that is how a title wins–getting the most votes. Please remember all the books are on the tables beside this display. If you haven’t read one, check it out today!!

26 May


Today live from Seattle, WA where the American Library Association‘s Midwinter conference was coming to a close today, a live webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards was broadcast for anyone who wanted to tune in. EXCITING! This was the part of the conference that announces all the annual youth book awards (and assorted other media based on books) is announced. Some like to refer to it as the “Oscars” for children and youth book lovers.

So, yeah, today was a “nerdfest” of sorts for book lovers, and DHS librarians were entranced in listening live as well. It was exciting not only to hear the announced titles of the winners and honor books live (the Honor designation sort of means a second place shared by as many as eight books.) I actually guessed the Newbery title: “The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Want to see the complete list of winners and honor books? CLICK HERE

Here are the titles from the list that my school, Dorman High School, has in its collection:

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
(Honor) “Ellen’s Broom,” illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
(Honor) “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group;
(Honor) “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers;

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am,” written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children as well as YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
(Honor for both lists) “Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard,” written by Lesléa Newman and published by Candlewick Press;

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
We have two of the four other books were finalists for the award:
Love and Other Perishable Items,” written by Laura Buzo, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.;
After the Snow,” written by S. D. Crockett, published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
(Honor) “Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different,” written by Karen Blumenthal, published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:“The Fault in Our Stars,” produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd. Side Note: While we don’t have this audio book, it did win an audio book category, and it’s an extremely popular print book at DHS.


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