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Friday, April 23, 2010

Amazing Author Resources

Ooops. I just spent longer than I meant to exploring the author programs on TeachingBooks.net. I didn't mean to, but I devoured an interview with Lois Lowry and then gobbled up an author's readers theatre of Love That Dog (by Sharon Creech), read by Sharon Creech, Avi, Walter Dean Myers and Sarah Weeks. Now I have tears at the corners of my eyes.

This is an awesome resource. We have access to it in Wisconsin, thanks to Badgerlink. Don't forget to publicize it to teachers, kids, homeschoolers, and take the time to treat yourself to a little visit. Just don't forget to bring the tissues.

Teen Book Groups

There are several libraries in our system that have had very successful book discussion groups for teens. If you are thinking of doing something like this, there are a few resources right here in western Wisconsin for you to consider!

Susan Pesheck from River Falls has had a well-attended and rewarding book discussion group for teens for several years.

Chris Byerly in Frederic is working with a treatment facility in town and holding book discussion groups for at-risk teen girls. She even got a grant from ALA to continue this great work!

Elaine Meyer from Amery is a past recipient of grants from ALA for book discussions for at-risk kids, and she also can talk to you about Manga discussion groups, and general discussion groups with teens.

How about you? Do you have a group for teens? What has worked? What hasn't worked? How do you choose books? Let us know!

The Amery library has large sets of books they can lend for book discussions--just contact the library. Here is a list of Amery's collection, which Elaine has used in a variety of discussion settings. There's some great variety in this list!

Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson 12 copies

A Spell For a Chameleon By Piers Anthony 8 copies

Tithe By Holly Black 11 copies

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte 9 copies

Ender's Game By Orson Scott Card 10 copies

My Antonia By Willa Cather 10 copies

The House on Mango Street By Sandra Ciseros 11 copies

City of Bones By Cassandra Clare 12 copies

Gingerbread By Rachel Cohn 6 copies

House of the Scorpion By Nancy Farmer 13 copies

Hound of the Baskervilles By Arthur Conan Doyle 9 copies

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde 9 copies

Lord of the Flies By William Golding 10 copies

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time By M. Haddon 10 copies

King Solomon's Mines By H. Rider Haggard 11 copies

Godless By Pete Hautman 11 copies

Invisible By Pete Hautman 11 copies

Siddhartha By Herman Hesse 11 copies

Geeks By Jon Katz 10 copies

Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd 9 copies

Crack in the Line By Michael Lawrence 9 copies

The Call of the Wild By Jack London 9 copies

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency By Alexander McCall Smith 8 copies

I Am Legend By Richard Matheson 12 copies

Tree Girl By Ben Mikaelsen 9 copies

Dairy Queen By Catherine Murdock 10 copies

The Car By Gary Paulsen 9 copies

My Sister's Keeper By Jodi Picoult 10 copies

The Golden Compass By Phillip Pullman 11 copies

Ishmael By Dan Quinn 7 copies

The Radioactive Boy Scout By Ken Silverstein 8 copies

A Walk to Remember By Nicholas Sparks 7 copies

Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe 10 copies

Falling Through the Earth By DAnielle Trussoni 9 copies

Stuck in Neutral By Terry Trueman 10 copies

The Traveler By John Twelve Hawks 10 copies

Saturday Night Dirt By Will Weaver 12 copies

Double Helix By Nancy Werlin 10 copies

The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde 10 copies

Make Lemonade By Virginia Euwer Wolff 9 copies

The Book Thief By Markus Zuzak 10 copies

Grooving and Moving in Portland

Thanks to Shelly from L.E. Phillips for this toe-tapping contribution:

I went to a music session at PLA called Move-n-Groove: Making Music Meaningful. The presenters gave a list of some of their favorite songs to use in storytime. They had a ton of fun presenting the session and they made all of the adults get up and get movin'. You can see all of the handouts if you go to the PLA website, click on PLA conference, go to conference handouts. When you get to conference handouts, you can search by session name. Put in Groove-n-Move, and you can see everything. Lots of good information from a former Kindermusik teacher. Enjoy!

Here are some of the best songs highlighted:

The Goldfish from Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner
Bean Bag Boogie, Animal Action and Freeze all from Kids in Motion by Greg and Steve
Silly Dance Contest and Alabama Mississippi (good with shakers) from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes
Five Frogs from Anna Moo Crackers by Anna Moo
Jump Up Turn Around and Face the Facts from Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times
Shake my Sillies Out from Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band by Raffi
Rock and Roll Freeze from So Big by Hap Palmer
I Know a Chicken from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner (great with shaker eggs)
Stick to the Glue from Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho
Coconut Soap from Frank Leto's Time for Music by Frank Leto

The presenters said that Frank Leto's music is only available online. The song listed here they particularly liked for body parts. I did order 3 of his cd's, so they will hopefully be available soon.

Teen Trivia in Colfax

Thanks to Jenny from Colfax for this post!
This last Monday we had a teen trivia event after school with popcorn, pop, pretzels and cookies for snacks. We had a small turn out of seven but still had lots of fun.

We used the game Trivial Pursuit Team. I was the quizzer and the teens had fun competing again each other as teams. We had simple prizes of large candy bars, which everyone was satisfied with.