Author Archives: middletonb

Want to be on the Newbery or Caldecott committee?

Coming fresh off the ALA conference I wondered how people got on the Newbery or Caldecott committees that vote for winners. Shelly Diaz wrote an interesting and informative article on the process in School Library Journal. I would not be … Continue reading

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ALA conference

The ALA conference in Las Vegas had 30,000 participants! What an author bonanza. Here is me with Mo Willems getting his newest book. I ended up collecting 70 books! Most were free. I met more authors than I could count… … Continue reading

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Holey Cow!

Here’s a fun book for the kiddos  The Book with a Hole by Tullet, Herve. Can you tell school is almost out?!

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Mapping library with iPad apps

Spice up your library locating skill lessons by using the iPad. I read the book, Henry’s Map by David Elliot, and then grade 1 students used the iPads to map where the book was in the library. I let them … Continue reading

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How to videos using eBooks

I taught grade 5 students how to use Follettshelf and Overdrive, but know that many students didn’t have enough practice to comprehend all the steps. I had students get in groups of 3 and they could choose any iPad App … Continue reading

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Wordless Book Lesson

Grade 4 students worked in pairs and made-up a story for a wordless book. I pulled about 40 wordless books and tried to find 20 of my favorites. I did up an example using “Chalk” by Bill Thompson to show … Continue reading

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Follettshelf eBooks

Gadzooks! How do you spell ebooks? …Ebook? …eBook? ….ebook? or …e-book? No matter how you spell it there are many different ways to get them. We have Overdrive at our school and now just added Follettshelf that works with Destiny … Continue reading

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Webinar

The High School Librarian and I hosted a Webinar on Kindle Management. The HS Librarian is on a Silcasia listserv and people were asking about how Kindles were managed. Our elementary library has 20 Kindles, middles school has 50, and … Continue reading

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Trip to India Slum School

We were in Mumbia, India and our hotel was across from the American School of Bombay. We know Eric Nelson who is a science teacher there and he asked if we wanted to go on a service learning project with … Continue reading

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Mentor texts

I have teachers who want picture books as mentor texts. While I can usually grab them off the shelf, sometimes I get stumped or my go-to books are checked out. This is a good book list to help trigger my … Continue reading

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