Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wonder Woman...A Fun & Inspiring New Book From Michael Dahl and Capstone!

As you know, Wonder Woman has been making quit an impact this summer with the premier of the movie and all of the things that come with a new movie including clothes, jewelry, games and more. 

And the thing I love most...all of the books!  

But one in particular has become a new favorite...Be A Star, Wonder Woman by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Omar Lozano.  The Capstone website describes it as....

As a new day dawns, a young girl faces the ultimate challenge: school! Follow along as she demonstrates her greatest superpower (sharing), overcomes her worst fear (the playground),and conquers her archenemy (the spelling test).With courage, kindness, and other heroic traits of DC Comics' Wonder Woman, she'll turn a difficult school day into an AMAZING ADVENTURE!   Along with  Omar Lozano's  bright, bold illustrations, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman and Good Morning, Superman) delivers an imaginative read-aloud for your littlest super heroes.
You also need to watch this ADORABLE book trailer from Capstone too. 
Last week as I was thinking of sharing this book on my blog, I thought it would be cool to also ask my friend Michael Dahl about his new book, which by the way joins Bedtime for Batman and Good Morning, Superman by Michael too.  

Here is what Michael had to say....
I was so thrilled to write BE A STAR, WONDER WOMAN! I grew up reading comic books, including Wonder Woman. My Mom use to read them, too. And after we had both finished a WW comic, we'd talk about it. She ask things like, “Do you think Wonder Woman would have defeated that monster like that?” or “I like the way she flew her invisible jet in that story.” So not only did I love comics on my own, but my mother showed me that it was ok to read them; that comics were a part of reading, and belonged in our house just as all the books on our shelves did.”
“I liked Wonder Woman because, besides being such a cool super-strong hero, she was selfless. Always thought of others. And her family was the most important thing to her.  So I especially loved the stories where WW and her mother Queen Hippolyta, and sisters Wonder Girl and Wonder Tot would all be in the same adventure. You could be a hero if you were a mother or even a toddler!!!!“

I know you will love Wonder Woman just as much as me!  

And just wait until your students hear this inspiring little story too. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NEW! I am a Future Ready Librarian poster! Download to print & hang on your wall.

As I share the Future Ready Librarian framework during presentations and at workshops, conferences, webinars and other events,  I not only share Future Ready Librarians and all of the gears that empower us to drive change, embrace personalizing student learning and lead beyond the library, I also brainstorm and share ideas for making FRL part of any school and learning community.  

You can share the Future Ready Librarian framework in school wide professional development; back-to-school night with parents; copy it off and slip into teacher mailboxes; and how about hanging it up in the library and other places in the building. 

Well, when I mentioned this in the above slide at a conference in Texas a few weeks ago, I thought and brainstormed with others....

Why not make the Future Ready Librarian Framework into a poster with a super title like "I Am A Future Ready Librarian" across the top?  The poster could include how to connect socially and also through a QR code.  It could be a very useful tool for all of us as we move ourselves and libraries to being Future Ready too.  

I contacted my friends at the Alliance for Excellent Education and Follett as we went to work in creating a poster we could use and get into the hands, libraries and learning communities around the country sharing, strengthening and celebrating our Future Ready Librarians.  
Today, Future Ready Schools had it ready to go and shared it on Twitter!  It is just so awesome and one that you will want to print off, hang up and point out to everyone too.  

You can find the 11 x 17 or 18 x 24 Future Ready Librarian poster here.  Feel free to copy it and use in some of the ways we just discussed and thought about. 
Also, Mark Ray and I will be handing out posters at the ISTE Librarians Network Playground from 8:00am to 11:30am CST Monday, June 26..and other places throughout the conference. 

We hope to see you all there.  

Read With Sarah Jessica Parker By Joining ALA Book Club Central!

I was so excited to receive an email from ALA President Julie Todaro announcing ALA Book Club Central.

Over the last few weeks I have seen lots of pictures and posts with Sarah Jessica Parker surrounded by books and wondered what this was all about.

Julie shared...

On Saturday, award-winning television and film actor and Honorary Chair of Book Club Central Sarah Jessica Parker will reveal her first “SJP” book pick. She will also speak with the selected author, who will sign copies of the book after the session. Please come by and celebrate with us on Saturday in McCormick Place, W375b/Skyline.

Even if you can’t attend, you can sign up for Book Club Central updates at bookclubcentral.org or follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for chances to win a set of books for your club or signed Sarah Jessica Parker READ posters.

I signed up today and followed Book Club Central.  I can't wait to hear the first SJP book pick announced.  

I hope you sign up to read with all of us too.