#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 3.19.18

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to: Finished Mind in the Making by Galinsky. Over the last few years, my former school district did (and is doing) TONS of PD about movement, mindset, and brain research. Basically, most things that this book is about. So, while I did not learn too much that was new to me, I think it would be a great introduction into brain research. I’d recommend it to first year teachers and brand new parents. Over the weekend, I started Notorious RBG and I am loving it. I, of course, have always known who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, but I recently read a children’s picture book biography about her and become curious to learn more. Loving this one and I am almost finished!

Toddler: Back to the same two Mickey Mouse Clubhouse books! Toddler reading habits are a lesson in patience. She also loves books that make sounds and that read to her. I guess I am passing along my love of audiobooks!

What are YOU reading?

VBF

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#SCASL18 Presentation

Here is my presentation for the South Carolina Association of School Librarians Conference in Greenville!

Google Slides

General Twitter/Personal Learning Network Tips

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#imwayr – It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 3.12.18

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to: I finished 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do by Morin. Good book for parents and teachers about the things we say to our children (and even the things we DO around them) and how those lead to learned helplessness and low self esteem. Practical, smart tips on how to change little things to increase your child’s mindset. I also finished We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. I loved this book. Accurate portrayal of grief, love, and hope. Just started Mind in the Making by Galinsky, which has a pretty slow start – it’s a parenting book for best practices, but starts with a bunch of quizzes and things, and that’s hard to listen to…sticking through it though!

Toddler: She has recently started pulling out all of the touch and feel books off of her shelves, so this week we have read many books about farm animals and dogs – basically, anything soft!

What are YOU reading?

VBF

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AWESOME program alert! Literacy Express at LEHS in SC!

In August, I wrote about wanting to toot YOUR horn…I feel like many school librarians do not share the amazing things they do in their libraries, so I want to do it for you!

Last week (in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday), I got a chance to see Lugoff-Elgin High School’s Literacy Express in action. This program is fun, easy, and is making a HUGE impact. I think that with a little bit of planning, this program can be easily replicated at other schools. Here’s the scoop!

The school librarian, Anne Lemieux (ROCK STAR), was inspired to start the Literacy Express a few years ago after taking some of her high school students to an elementary school in her district to read for Real Men Read Day. Her students had such a great time (as did the elementary school students), that she decided to go to elementary schools on a regular basis from then on and the Literacy Express was born! Students hop on a bus a few times a year (Read Across America Day, before Winter Break, Halloween, etc.) and visit multiple elementary schools. They also attend our state wide Read In as well as their school district’s Read In. The Literacy Express breaks up into four groups – one adult with about 20 students. Each group takes a bus to their assigned elementary school. From there, they coordinate the visit with the elementary school librarian. They are only gone for their first period. Lemieux has the students get permission from the teachers of the classes they will miss. They also get pizza at lunch.

When I visited last week for Read Across America Day, Lemieux had almost 80 high schoolers reading at 4 different elementary schools! The high school students went to classrooms, read books and talked about themselves as readers. One high school student told me that she loves reading to the elementary school students because she remembers that when she was in elementary school she did not enjoy reading very much and it was a struggle for her. She said she likes to share that with the younger students with the hope that they will see that even if they are struggling with reading now, things will get better.

HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 3.5.18

*Links to books mentioned below are to my Amazon affiliate page! I use any money I make with these links to purchase books for my weekly giveaway! 

My dear blog readers!

I haven’t forgotten you, but the blog has certainly taken a back seat to other things! I hope you are also following me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Still active there!

Going to try to get back into the habit of blogging here, however. Best way I have found for me to make a habit of something is to enter a challenge or a community of some sort and I love the #imwayr community! I used to be very good about posting my reading each week and it’s time to get that going again! So, here we are!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

For work: If you have been following along, you know that I am staying home with my toddler this year. I do, however, teach a Children’s Literature course for the University of South Carolina. The class I am teaching this semester is a short one – 8 weeks long! So, this is our final week and I am reading my fav “goodbye” book, Chicken Cheeks by Black. 

Listening to: Just started 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do by Morin. Very interesting so far! Just completed Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan. LOVE her work! I’ve gotten into mom memoirs (no surprise – you read what you are living, right?) but her books are so much more than that. This one is more about grief (she recently lost her father and best friend). Loved it.

Toddler: A year (?!) later and we are STILL reading the same two Mickey Mouse Clubhouse books before each nap time and bedtime. One day, I will miss reading these books, right?!?!?! 123 Peas by Baker and an assortment of Mickey Mouse and Paw Patrol books have been her jam this weekend.

What are YOU reading?

VBF

 

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December Highlights!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Readers!

Here are highlights of what I’ve shared around the Internet this month! https://www.smore.com/687uj 

Looking forward to a fantastic 2018!

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November Highlights! #betterlatethannever

Here are highlights from November! Enjoy! https://www.smore.com/wk7a6

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