Youth News from around the nation, pulled together for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist:
2011 Virtual Diversity and Outreach Fair
Held on June 25 at Annual Conference in New Orleans, this year’s Diversity and Outreach Fair highlighted innovative and successful library outreach initiatives and programs during a poster session open to all ALA attendees. The following “virtual” fair is meant to provide a glimpse of those presentations and includes links to resources provided by this year’s participants….read more
Book Trailers – Student Submissions
They still need more entries for student created book trailers in the School Library Journal’s Trailee Awards. If any of your students have created trailers that were posted online between the dates of July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 and meet the requirements, they would love to see them submitted. The final 24 nominees will be announced at the SLJ Summit it Washington, DC and the winners will be announced in January. Here is a link to the criteria for submission.
Free Tools for Creating Book Trailer Videos
Richard Byrne writes: “If you would like to add a new element to book reports, ask students to add audiovisual components and create book trailers. Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer’s interest in a book. A great place to find examples of book trailers is Book Trailers for Readers. If you would like to have your students try to create book trailers, here are five free video tools that are well-suited to that purpose.”…
A Quick Guide to Using Creative Commons Images
Most guides for working with Creative Commons images are for those who want to pick a license for making their own work available. Even the CC site itself is geared toward Creative Commons license users, and not Creative Commons–licensed content users. So as a small public service announcement, here is a brief intro to CC image usage. First, Creative Commons licenses are divided up into six main license types, and each one can be tweaked to cover text, images, video, and other types of works….read more
Lone Star Reading List
The Texas Lone Star list is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. The Lone Star list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. Each book on the list has been favorably reviewed for grades 6, 7, or 8 in a professional review source. See the list of nominees.
Newbery/Caldecott Award Mock Election Programs
Newbery and Caldecott Award mock election programs are an ideal and fun way to encourage children to read; enhance listening, discussion, and communication skills; teach book examination skills; and foster appreciation of fine art and literature. Just in time for end-of-year election program planning, ALSC is offering a toolkit and a live webinar on August 24 and October 5….
iPad Storytime Tools
Jennifer Hopwood writes: “E-book apps like Kindle, OverDrive, Nook, and iBooks can give us instant access to favorite stories. Interactive storybook apps can bring Winnie the Pooh and The Cat in the Hat alive in new ways. With the addition of an Apple VGA Adapter or the Apple Digital AV adapter, the iPad2 can mirror on a a VGA-equipped TV, monitor, or external projector exactly what appears on the iPad 2 screen for sharing with a larger crowd.”…
ALSC Blog, Aug. 13
Watch and Learn: Top Videos for Students.
Booklist put together a list of 25 recommended titles that fit into various areas of the curriculum. The wide-ranging topics include civil rights history, cyber bullying, drugs, freshwater biomes, Shakespearean characters, and much more. Titles are arranged by age groups. Lucas Miller’s Animals Rock with Lucas Miller! is on that list. Congratulations Lucas!
Story Songs & Sing Alongs
DVD with Debbie Cavalier for PreS-Grade 1.
Young audiences will love this compilation of musician Debbie Cavalier’s music videos and live musical performances.
Web Sites for Students
Students in Mary Ellen Quinn’s tenth grade summer history class put together a list of helpful resources
I Love My Librarian! Award
Nominations are now open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian! Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations are being accepted online through September 12.
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
The Public Programs Office for ALA is accepting nominations for the 2011 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. School libraries, public or private, that served children in any combination of grades K-8 and conducted humanities programs during the 2010-2011 school year are eligible. Nominations must be received by December 15.
Association for Library Services to Children Wins APEX Award
The ALSC journal Children and Libraries has received a 2011 APEX Award for Publication Excellence. Three Children and Technology columns from the 2010 volume year won an Award
of Excellence in the category of “Writing: Regular Departments and Columns.”
Scotland Book Awards
Edinburgh writer Alette J. Willis was announced as the winner of the 2011 Kelpies Prize for Children’s Fiction at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for her quirky novel featuring
a mud-monster, How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People). The annual prize is run by publishers Floris Books and supported by Creative Scotland.
Australia Book Awards
The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced the winners of its Book of the Year awards. The winner in the older readers category was Sonya Hartnett’s The Midnight Zoo and in the younger readers category, it was Isobell Carmody’s The Red Wind. There were two winners for Picture Book of the Year: Jeannie Baker’s Mirror and Nicki Greenberg’s Hamlet (NOT for young children.
Amazon Best Sellers
Two of the top best sellers this month are children’s books.
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, by Jeff Kinney
3. Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Two: The Son of Neptune , by Rick Riordan