Sync is offering their free summer audiobook program a little early this year.
What is it? Sync is a free summer program that pairs two audiobooks a week that you can download free(for keeps) using Sora(which you can access through Clever). You have to be at least 13 to sign up for the program. New pairs are published on Wednesdays. This week's pair is Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin and In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira.
The Everywhere Book Fest starts tomorrow, Friday May 1st. https://everywherebookfest.com/ and runs through Sat.
There are some really fantastic panels like
Dinosaurs, Ghosts and Gods Oh My!
I am My Own Hero
Illustration Fight to the Death
and some great authors:
Gene Luen Yang
Marie Lu and more
I know I will be there - will I see you?
Did you know that students, and teachers can nominate books for the Washington State Evergreen Teen Book Award as well as librarians? We want to hear from you! What books from copyright year 2019 do you think should be nominated?
The Evergreen Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Middle School and High School Lists for 2022. The books need to have a copyright year of 2019. Copyright year means the year that it was first published. Did you read an awesome Middle Grade or Young Adult book that was published last year that you want to nominate?
I have created a document that shows how to nominate a book and where to find the information you need to fill out the Google Form. The Evergreen Committee will be accepting nominations until September 1, 2020.
Jason Reynolds is the author of many middle grade and young adult novels including the Track series and Long Way Down. He is also the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
"The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people" according to the Library of Congress site.
Jason has created his platform of Grab the Mic: Tell your Story, and will be interacting with readers both on a cross country tour (when conditions are better) and online through his Write, Right, Rite video series. You can check out the first one below. Sign up too for his newsletter which comes out tomorrow April 14th on the LOC website.
You can learn more about Jason Reynolds on his site.
Due to schools being closed before the completion of the Evergreen Teen Book Award voting completion, the commitee has extended voting until June 5th. Here are the links for students to vote for their favorite book for the Middle School and High School lists. You can only choose one!
Evergreen Teen Book Award HS List Voting https://sites.google.com/view/2020-evergreen-voting-template/2020-voting-hs?authuser=0
Evergreen Teen Book Award MS List Voting https://sites.google.com/view/2020-evergreen-voting-template/2020-voting-ms?authuser=0
I hope everyone is healthy and safe as we start Week 3 of our home learning. Keep up with what your teachers are sending home, and build time in to self-care as well. Take breaks between classwork and make sure to be reading a great book!
One of the things you could do this week is write a letter to an author. The hashtag #BooksConnectus has been making its rounds, and many children's authors are sharing their addresses, so that students may write to them. A number of them have been collected at Reading Connects Us so check out the list of authors there.
Another way to connect with authors is through Teachingbooks.net who are offering their content for free until September. They have lots of videos of authors taking about their books or their craft and even have some read alouds.
Hope these websites are helpful and fun.
Here are some authors reading their books online. Check them out.
K.A. Holt reading House Arrest
R.J. Palacio reading Wonder (this will be happening on Twitter live starting March 25th from 9-9:45 every day. You do not need a Twitter account.
Happy Monday morning everyone! I hope you are settling into your new routine. Remember, that it is important to still have some structure during your day so give yourself a schedule of sorts (one that can be flexible) Make sure to take breaks and definitely get in some movement.
Now is also a great time to learn about something you have always wanted to learn (but didn't have the time). Always wanted to know more about black holes, or perhaps discover what a veterinarian does all day. Find a topic that will really interest you, and take this time to learn more about it. Use our Renton Databases, or read an article or book online. If you need help finding resources - email me and I will help you find some.
Remember to practice your social distancing
There are a lot of amazing individuals and groups out there trying to make the social distancing closures a little more bearable. Here are some resources that may be of interest:
Google Arts & Culture - take virtual field trips of iconic locations and museums
Virtual field trips - another great resource for closed museums etc
Writing tips from Kate DiCamillo - the author will share weekly writing tips for aspiring authors
Think Indigienous - Indigenous teacher sharing online lessons across the grade levels
Brightly has put together a list of age appropriate activities to do at home
Mark your calendars now - two authors, Ellen Oh and Christina Soontornvat are putting together the first ever Virtual Book Festival called Everywhere Book Fest that will happen online on May 1st and 2nd.
That's all for today!