Using the Nene Hopeful List to Promote Reading, Discussions & Technology


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How three elementary school librarians promote Hawaii's Children's Choice Award for Literature. Includes tips for funding, promotion, online tools and contests.

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  • Especially in this age of budget restrictions, we hear many people say “we can’t afford to buy books for the Nene List each year.” We wanted to take just a minute to share some funding opportunities that will help you pay for your nene books.
  • This is how I paid for my Nene collection last year and also bought about 10 titles for each of our 4 th & 5 th grade classrooms. Point out that actual library budget was smallest portion. (on to next slide)
  • Website that invites teachers to post projects so that donors can give money to these projects. First, you create an account at the site, follow the steps to create a project and post the project for donors to give money. The site is very user friendly and walks you step by step through the process. We have had much luck with this site—
  • Go briefly over slide, BUT, even though …..needed other promotional strategies
  • I found that when I displayed the on “Nene shelves” in the fiction section, the students and teachers visited it more frequently. Another librarian keyed me into displaying the Nene Books with the covers facing out—students are drawn to the covers. I also put a Nene Label on the spine so volunteers who shelve books know to put the Nene Books here.
  • This is a short video clip of one of our 4 th grade teachers talking about why she values Nene and how she incorporates Nene books into her instruction.
  • A few years ago I invited students to read a particular Nene Book and join me for a lunchtime book discussion. I asked them to come with ideas and I promised to bring dessert. This photo…. Discussions range in size…. Valuable insights and connections….. Need to be more organized--calendar
  • Using the Nene Hopeful List to Promote Reading, Discussions & Technology

    1. 1. Using the Nēnē Hopeful List to Promote Reading, Discussions & Technology Virginia Koo, Denise Sumida, Michelle Colte Children’s Literature Hawaii, June 19, 2010
    2. 2. What is Nēnē? <ul><li>Hawaii Children’s Choice Award </li></ul><ul><li>Quality literature suggested by students, teachers, and librarians </li></ul><ul><li>For students in Grades 4-6 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Timeline for Nēnē <ul><li>August - February: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students read from Nēnē Suggested list </li></ul></ul><ul><li>October - November: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students prepare for the contests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>December: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contest Deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>February: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voting deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>March: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nēnē Ceremony </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Nēnē Suggested Reading List <ul><li>Nēnē Book Selection Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Books selected based on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Genre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Male/Female Protagonist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s Interest </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Why Nēnē? <ul><li>Opportunity for children to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>read recently published quality books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>respond creatively and critically to works of literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use technology to showcase Nēnē literary knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>participate in the democratic process through voting for the Nēnē Award Winner </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Building Your Nēnē Collection
    7. 7. Funding Sources
    8. 8. Grants <ul><li>Your school’s PTO or PTA </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Idea Grants: </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Donors Choose
    10. 10. Scholastic Book Fairs
    11. 11. Promoting Nēnē to Your Community
    12. 12. Targeting Your Audience <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>book talks, display in library, library website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>newsletters, photos on the library website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>book talks, emails, face to face, books for classroom </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Display Prominently
    14. 14. Library Thing <ul><li>Electronic Display </li></ul><ul><li>Visual reminder on the library website </li></ul><ul><li>Hale Kula Library Website: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    15. 15. Collaborating w/Teachers
    16. 16. Nēnē Discussions
    17. 17. Discussion Calendar
    18. 18. Nēnē Blog
    19. 19. Blogs
    20. 20. Wallwisher Image from
    21. 21. Wallwisher <ul><li>Students post responses on favorite Nene Hopeful books </li></ul><ul><li>Pearl Harbor Elementary’s Wallwisher </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Image from
    22. 22. Image and content from
    23. 23. “ Found” Activity <ul><li>Watch Trailer </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen and read along to chapter 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What questions do you have after reading chapter 1? </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on Wallwisher </li></ul>
    24. 24. Using Nēnē Beyond Your School
    25. 25. Interact with Other Schools <ul><li>Librarians/Teacher’s Resource Page </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Hints on promoting Nēnē Award books </li></ul>
    26. 26. Weebly Site Image and content from
    27. 27. Nēnē Jeopardy
    28. 28. 2 Types of Jeopardy Games <ul><li>Two teams compete on their knowledge of the Nēnē Award Winner “Found” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oct 2010 -Nov 2010 -Dec 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two teams compete on their knowledge of the Nēnē Hopeful Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jan 2011 -Feb 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact Nēnē Committee to participate using contact form on Weebly site </li></ul>
    29. 29. Sample Jeopardy Game
    30. 30. Sample Jeopardy Questions
    31. 31. Jeopardy at School <ul><li>Using Eggspert to buzz in </li></ul>
    32. 32. Adaptations for Jeopardy <ul><li>Students are grouped in tables of 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Brief descriptions of Nēnē Hopeful books provided </li></ul><ul><li>Students skim and scan to find the answers </li></ul><ul><li>Winning teams given a copy of Nēnē Hopeful book to read </li></ul>
    33. 33. Nēnē Contests <ul><li>Based on the Nēnē Award Winning Book, “Found” </li></ul><ul><li>Winners receive their awards at the 2011 Nēnē Ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Winners meet the author, Margaret Peterson Haddix </li></ul>
    34. 34. Persuasive Category <ul><li>Select one scene from the book </li></ul><ul><li>Describe what elements in the scene made it important (imagery, point of view…) </li></ul><ul><li>Suggested formats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster, Essay, Website, Song & more </li></ul></ul>
    35. 35. Sample Winners
    36. 36. Sample Winners
    37. 37. Interpretative Category <ul><li>Create a NEW scene or story for &quot;Found&quot; that fits into the book's timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Suggested formats: Creative Story, Movie, Slideshow, Newspaper, etc. </li></ul>
    38. 38. Sample Winning Entries
    39. 39. Sample Winning Entries
    40. 40. Voting <ul><li>Voting for the Nēnē Award takes place in January and February. </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline to submit votes is Thurs Feb 10, 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>For the Ballot Form go to: </li></ul><ul><li>For the Tally Form go to: </li></ul>
    41. 41. Blogs <ul><li>For teachers/librarians to share methods used to promote: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Nēnē Award Winner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nēnē Hopeful books </li></ul></ul>
    42. 42. Image and content from
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    44. 44. Sample Blog Comments Charts purchased from Education Works Images from
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    46. 46. Sample Blog Comments Trailer from Circle of Seven Productions
    47. 47. For Additional Information… <ul><li>Go to the Nene Award official site at </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email presenters at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>