Resources for National Poetry Month and Holocaust Awareness Month

Both of these events are celebrated in the month of April. Below are some resources to enhance student learning.

Digital Resources


Alegria de ser tu y yo – complete with Spanish cassette tape – for K-1 or a beginning level Spanish class

All the World […]

Exploring authors continued…

I ran across a book by Truman Capote today called A Christmas Memory. I was struck by it since another book by Capote called In Cold Blood has been a favorite of mine since I first read it in college.

In Cold Blood is the true crime story of a murder that took place in […]

Exploring new authors

One of the perks for me in doing this BCS reclassification project has been finding new authors to read. Today I found a couple that I will be adding to my reading list.

Joseph Bruchac has written in a wide variety of genres and we have several of his titles in our library. Code Talker […]

History and not history

It’s funny how sometimes when I randomly pick out books in the list to work on, I end up with a group of the same category. Even when the books are written by several different authors.

Today’s category was history. We talked about Kira-Kira and Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata. Kira-Kira is a story about a […]

Sports vs Realistic?

I took some time tonight to look at a series of books by Sigmund Brouwer. He’s a Canadian author who has written several books, including some for Young Adults published by Orca Books. They are high interest books with lots of action.

Quite a few of these are in the Orca Sports series so my […]

Win, win situation.

As librarians we are often asked to gather books for teachers to supplement lessons and the curriculum as a whole. For me this is the best part of the job. I love seeing the books get used. I often discover a book that sits on the shelf undiscovered for months or neglected until a teacher […]

Pushing on

Tonight I was trying to move through as many books on our list as possible. I’m anxious to see more progress toward having the fiction converted. I feel the year slipping away as we get closer to TCAP testing and soon after that, the end of the school year.

There was a book about a […]

Between two worlds…

Reading a review of a fantasy book with characters stuck between their own time and an ancient world, it dawned on me that our libraries are caught between two worlds at the moment.

For those of us working on this BCS project and redoing the categories for an entire library, it’s quite a time consuming […]

Moving along… slowly

This is one of those days when I don’t want to stop working through my book list in order to blog. (Holli will laugh at this – I never want to blog!) I categorized quite a few titles tonight and didn’t get bogged down but I still seemed to be moving along very slowly. I […]

Adventure… or is it Adventr

It’s funny how you can run across a group of books with similar categories, even when you’re going through the list sorted by author. That’s what happened today as I was working my way through the books I had skipped on the previous pass-through.

Adventure seemed to be the category of choice tonight. There was […]