Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
~Louisa May Alcott in a letter to her mother accompanying a copy of her new book Moods.
Check your local PBS television schedule to find out when American Masters: Louisa May Alcott, the Woman Behind Little Women airs in your community.
More information at: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/
And if you live in or are visiting New England, a visit to the Alcott family home,
makes for fascinating family field trip for all ages!
For more information about Louisa May Alcott, visit the Library of Congress website at:
Louisa May Alcott's book Little Women is an extraordinary book to read
to your kids
aloudchapter by chapter
. Read it together before you see a movie version of the story. And after reading the book and viewing a Little W0men movie, have a conversation with your kids comparing and contrasting the story to the movie, and comparing and contrasting the experience of reading a book to watching a movie inspired by a book.
You can readily find copies of Little Women at your local neighborhood library, or you can read it online at: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/AlcLitt.html
Thursday, December 24, 2009
and Sarah T.Truslow
We invite you read aloud and share books and family stories
with your loved ones this holiday season!
You can find a great version of The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on the Library of Congress READ.gov website, as well as many family classics!
Go to: http://www.read.gov/books/pageturner/2003bit37729/#page/2/mode/2up
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Perfect Gift Book for Young and Old!
and education work of
Check out the NCBLA's Our White House companion educational website at:
- Amazon.com Best Books of 2008 Top 10 Editors’ Pick for Middle Readers
- Parents’ Choice Foundation Recommended Book Award, Fall 2008
- School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2008
- The Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2008
- Publisher’s Weekly 2008 Best Books of the Year, Children’s Nonfiction
- Publishers Weekly 2008 Cuffie Award, Best Nonfiction Treatment of a Subject, Honorable Mention
- Scripps-Howard News Service Favorite Children's Book of 2008
- WWW.ourwhitehouse.org named a 2009 American Library Association “Great Websites for Kids”
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Online Resource Center
Features Specialized Reading Lists
Have you been reading The Exquisite Corpse Adventure with the young people in your life? Each episode of this progressive online story game--being written and illustrated by a dream team of eighteen award-winning authors and illustrators--is published on Read.Gov every two weeks. Episode Seven, written by Shannon Hale and illustrated by Calef Brown, is available NOW!
Maximizing the educational impact of this zany story is the NCBLA's coordinating Educational Resource Center--available free and online. Parents, teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers--we have designed this site for you!
The Educational Resource Center includes a series of materials and activities designed specifically to help you make the most of each episode. One key component of the episodic resources is the annotated reading list being created by Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University.
Our lists of suggested read aloud books and books to read independently are created based on a key thematic element of each episode. The reading list for Episode Seven finds its inspiration in the forest setting and recommends Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf as a read aloud book and Gennifer Choldenko's If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period for independent readers. Mistaken identities provides the theme for the Episode Five reading list and includes Hyun Young Lee's Something For School as a recommendation for younger readers and Debbie Dadey's Cherokee Sister as a recommendation for independent readers.
We find these lively, annotated reading lists to be not only informative but also great fun! The NCBLA hopes these reading lists inspire you and your young readers to read even more! If you are looking for last-minute holiday gifts, you may just find the perfect book in our reading lists.
In addition to the annotated reading lists, the Educational Resource Center includes a series of classroom activities, art appreciation activities, and discussion questions. Be sure to check out these innovative classroom activities, also developed by the talented folks at Butler:
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Forest Born, Princess Academy educated YA Author Shannon Hale
Writes Episode Seven of
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure!!
with a very creepy illustration by Calef Brown!
Loyal readers, hold onto your hats, mittens, gloves, purses, your cat Widgeon, and all you hold dear! We now give you a taste of the Episode Seven: THE BEAST PIT!
“Joe held the baby tighter. Nancy raised her hands in karate pose and turned slowly, daring the villains to attack.
‘Now don’t be foolish,’ said the unfamiliar and unfriendly voice behind them.
Into the circle of shadowy figures strode a man so large, so horrifying, so disquieting that I tremble to describe him. Let me simply say that his rear was where his face should be and his rear . . . spoke.”
excerpt from The Exquisite Corpse Adventure: Episode Seven by Shannon Hale
And who are these guys???
Tune in TOMORROW at
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure to find out!
To read all The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episodes, go to: http://www.read.gov/exquisite-corpse/Book/#page/2/mode/2uphttp://www.read.gov/exquisite-corpse/
To find out what The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is all about, and to find educational support materials to help you expand your children’s and teens’ literacy and literary experience, go to: http://www.thencbla.org/Exquisite_Corpse/exquisite_home.html