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  • Publishers Weekly Trying her hand at a new genre of fiction, Coloumbis (Getting Near to Baby) offers a rip-roaring Western as full of wild escapades as the dime novels of old, which her protagonist is so fond of reading. Orphans 11-year-old Sallie (who narrates) and her older sister, Maude, live with their aunt Ruthie until the day a stray bullet strikes her dead. After a brief stay with the preacher (who is bent on marrying off Maude to a "grandfatherly sort of man"), the girls decide to head west down the Oregon Trail to find their only living relative, Uncle Arlen. It doesn't take long for the girls to meet up with Aunt Ruthie's murderer, Joe Harden, who is also a dime novel author, and who turns out to be a fairly decent fellow despite the fact he's running from the law. He manages to get the girls involved in horse thievery, a bank robbery and a shootout (in which Sallie proves herself to be handy enough with a gun). Due to a series of newspaper articles, Maude gets most of the credit and soon becomes known as Mad Maude March, "a hardened criminal." Featuring equal doses of comedy and adventure, this novel written with broad strokes and tongue-in-cheek commentary about pioneer life is sure to rustle up a new herd of fans for Couloumbis. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. School Library Journal Gr 5-8-Sallie March, 11, devotee of dime novels, narrates this rollicking Wild West adventure. The irrepressible tomboy and her ladylike older sister, Maude, have been living in Cedar Rapids with their stern Aunt Ruthie since their parents died. When she is shot dead by a random bullet, Reverend Peasley takes the girls in, but works them like servants. Then grandfatherly Mr. Wilburn proposes to Maude, and it's the last straw. The sisters take two horses and head to Independence, MO, in hopes of finding their uncle. They disguise themselves as boys and begin to live as dime-novel heroes, hooking up with Marion Hardly, aka Joe Harden (the Joe Harden, of the dimer series?), who is also their aunt's killer. Although the girls' intentions are never bad, they end up in the midst of a bank robbery and committing murder. The newspapers are full of news of Mad Maude March, gone crazy with grief. All ends well as they make it to Missouri, where everyone has a reputation anyway. Sallie's narration is delightful, with understatements that are laugh-out-loud hilarious. While this novel at first seems a departure for Couloumbis, there are many similarities to Getting Near to Baby (1999) and Say Yes (2002, both Putnam). Her strong females are memorable, largely due to her perfect pitch in conveying their unique voices. Hard to put down, and a fun read-aloud.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. Kirkus Reviews "Some days it isn't even a good idea to get out of bed," muttered Aunt Ruthie as she stepped out of the mercantile. Just then, a bullet hits her in the heart and kills her, leaving 11-year-old Sallie and 15-year-old Maude orphans once again. Soon thereafter, the sisters are headed west, about to live the adventures Sallie had read about in her dime novels. They are involved in a bank robbery, struck by a headless rattlesnake, attacked by a mountain lion and forced to be on the run when wanted posters featuring "Mad Maude" begin appearing in the newspapers. What a pleasure to read something just for the sheer fun of the storytelling. Sallie's fresh and feisty voice, girls dressed as boys, an outlaw with a heart of gold, adventure and humor add up to great family entertainment. (Fiction. 9+)
  • Fleming's Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life (2003), which was a 2004 Booklist Top 10 Biography
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • The Library Media Specialist must take a leadership role in providing resources, training and generally supporting standards. Do the pressures from alignments, NCLB and your administration cause you to build collections reactively? If you have the right tools, you can pick the best books for your students - - and know that they align! This will allow you to easily back up your decisions with your administration.
  • #0140-10247936, Candlewick Press : 2005 (811) RL:4.0, IL:3-6, AR
  • #0140-10219770, Houghton Mifflin : 2004 (E), RL:3.7, IL:K-3, AR/RC/Starred Review, $13.69 Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing by James Rumford
  • Montgomery, S. (2004). Search for the golden moon bear: science and adventure in the Asian tropics . New York: Houghton Mifflin. Adaptation of: Search for the golden moon bear . New York: Simon & Schuster, c2002.; Includes bibliographic references (p.79) and index. The author shares the story of her dangerous journeys throughout Southeast Asia, along with evolutionary biologist Gary Galbreath, in search of the golden moon bear and evidence that will prove whether or not it is a previously unknown species or subspecies. #0140-10244978, RL: 5.5, IL: 3-6, $14.53
  • LMS: A thorough understanding of information skills and methods to integrate those skills to help teachers develop resource-based units that promote information literacy Teacher: A thorough understanding of curriculum materials and learning strategies to help LMS develop resource-based units that promote student achievement
  • Books Build Bridges

    1. 1. Books Build Bridges Connecting the Library & Classroom Mindy Rhiger Kelly Fletcher
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduce new and notable titles </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight books that connect the library and the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss ways to build bridges from the library to the classroom </li></ul>
    3. 3. Hot New Titles
    4. 4. <ul><li>Inkspell </li></ul><ul><li>by Cornelia Funke </li></ul><ul><li>Continues the tale of magic and books from the award winning Inkheart </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy fans will love this adventure </li></ul><ul><li>This sequel is longer and darker than the first book, but fans will be eager to get their hands on it </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Misadventures of Maude March: Or Trouble Rides a Fast Horse </li></ul><ul><li>by Audrey Coloumbis </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Honor winning author </li></ul><ul><li>Rollicking Wild West adventure with strong female characters </li></ul><ul><li>Sisters Sallie and Maude run away and inadvertently become outlaws </li></ul><ul><li>This humorous adventure makes a great readaloud </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>The Crazy Man </li></ul><ul><li>by Pamela Porter </li></ul><ul><li>Emmaline deals with her own physical disability and the mental disability of another </li></ul><ul><li>Written in free verse poems from a girl’s perspective </li></ul><ul><li>A simple look at small town prejudice that will appeal to kids in grades 4-6 </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>You and Me Together </li></ul><ul><li>by Barbara Kerley </li></ul><ul><li>A vivid picture book that celebrates families and childhood around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Each spread features parents and children interacting along with the simplest of text </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect for group sharing with young children to raise cultural awareness </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme </li></ul><ul><li>By Jack Prelutsky </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrated by Meilo So </li></ul><ul><li>Jack Prelutsky is America’s #1 children’s poet </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage creative writing with “poemstarts” </li></ul><ul><li>Offers valuable writing advice </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth </li></ul><ul><li>“ Zen shorts are short meditations… they have no goal but they often challenge us to reexamine our habits, desires, concepts, and fears” – Jon J. Muth </li></ul><ul><li>Stillwater, a giant panda new to the neighborhood tells amazing tales to each of three siblings about: the value of material goods, boundaries of good and bad and what it means to hold on to frustration </li></ul><ul><li>Muth’s graceful art in combination with these simple stories which retold in a way that speak best to a younger audience give us ideas to puzzle over and will strike a chord in everyone they touch </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo </li></ul><ul><li>An extraordinary journey which follows Edward the china rabbit to the depths of the ocean and to the top of a garbage heap, the fireside of a hoboes' camp to a lavish private residence… </li></ul><ul><li>Edward and DiCamillo share with grades 4-7or any age- that any heart can learn to love, to lose and to love again </li></ul><ul><li>Due out Feb. 2006 expect to hear the best from DiCamillo beloved author of The Tale of Despereaux (Newbery Medal) and Because of Winn Dixie (Newbery Honor) </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life by Candace Fleming </li></ul><ul><li>Standout biography for grades 5-9 presented in scrapbook style with photos, newspaper articles, letters, family trees, sketches and even a report card </li></ul><ul><li>Fleming’s presentation of Eleanor's life will appeal to those who admire this extremely popular first lady as well as those who may only want to dip in and read what looks interesting </li></ul><ul><li>The bibliography recommends several books for young readers, as well as videos and Web sites </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Flush by Carl Hiaasen </li></ul><ul><li>Students is grades 7-12 will love this quick read with quirky characters </li></ul><ul><li>Another wild eco-comedy set in Florida from the author of the Newbery Honor Book Hoot- Flush features an environmental theme about ocean pollutants harming turtles' habitats in the FL Keys </li></ul><ul><li>Sure to win YA awards and recommendations of students who look for books with adventure </li></ul><ul><li>The hook of this book is done especially well done as the good guys try to do the right thing- and the underlying message about saving the environment comes across loud and clear </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins </li></ul><ul><li>Students will marvel as they come face-to-face with the ten-foot-tall terror bird, stare into the mouth of the largest meat eater ever to walk the earth, imagine a millipede that is more than six feet long… </li></ul><ul><li>Jenkins's usual tremendous collages in this nonfiction picture book deliver the goods for grades K-8 and are followed with when each animal lived and its size </li></ul><ul><li>As with Actual Size (’04) backmatter provides more information and includes how the artist arrived at the colors and textures he uses </li></ul>
    14. 14. Library & Classroom Connections
    15. 15. Our titles are now aligned to all 50 states' curriculum standards in the core subject areas of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science.
    16. 22. <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lets you choose the best books to stretch budgets and bridge the library and the classroom </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforces library leadership in student achievement </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allows quick response to administration mandates on curriculum support </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>How does this help you?
    17. 23. Social Studies and Language Arts
    18. 24. <ul><li>Abel’s Island </li></ul><ul><li>By William Steig </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Honor Book </li></ul><ul><li>When a hurricane strands Abel on an island, he must figure out how to survive and how to get home </li></ul><ul><li>First published in 1976, this classic is still a great read-aloud for all ages </li></ul>
    19. 25. <ul><li>Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast </li></ul><ul><li>by Robin McKinley </li></ul><ul><li>Included on the 2000 ALA List of Popular Paperbacks for YA </li></ul><ul><li>Beauty tells story of Beauty and the Beast with a bit of a twist and in a deep and rich way </li></ul><ul><li>A wonderful choice for students in Grades 5 and above who enjoys classic fairy tales, but want something with a little more edge </li></ul><ul><li>Robin McKinley also wrote The Blue Sword which was a Newbery Honor Book </li></ul>
    20. 26. <ul><li>Wild About Books </li></ul><ul><li>By Judy Sierra </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrated by Marc Brown </li></ul><ul><li>This rhyming picture book pays homage to Dr. Seuss </li></ul><ul><li>A comic story about a librarian who gets the animals at the zoo “wild about books” </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of the Original Voices Award </li></ul>
    21. 27. <ul><li>A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms </li></ul><ul><li>By Paul Janeczko </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrated by Chris Raschka </li></ul><ul><li>Eye-catching, collage-like illustrations set a fun tone for this book </li></ul><ul><li>Compares poetic forms to the rules in sports </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect for classroom use from elementary school through middle school </li></ul>
    22. 28. <ul><li>Harlem: A Poem </li></ul><ul><li>By Walter Dean Myers </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrated by Christopher Myers </li></ul><ul><li>Caldecott Honor Book </li></ul><ul><li>Father and son teamed up to create this tribute to Harlem </li></ul><ul><li>Picture book with appeal to middle and high school students </li></ul>
    23. 29. <ul><li>Free at Last! </li></ul><ul><li>By Doreen Rappaport </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrated by Shane W. Evans </li></ul><ul><li>Companion book to the award winning No More! </li></ul><ul><li>Covers Emancipation through the end of school segregation </li></ul><ul><li>Includes primary sources of poetry, songs, and stories </li></ul>
    24. 30. <ul><li>It’s Our World, Too </li></ul><ul><li>By Phillip Hoose </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about young activists from the American Revolution to the present </li></ul><ul><li>Real stories of kids who fought for their rights or reached out to others </li></ul><ul><li>Includes tips for getting started </li></ul>
    25. 31. <ul><li>Shutting Out the Sky </li></ul><ul><li>By Deborah Hopkinson </li></ul><ul><li>Starred Review in Booklist </li></ul><ul><li>Five immigrants tell the stories of their struggles and triumphs </li></ul><ul><li>The photographs and quotes give depth to the story </li></ul><ul><li>Fascinating look U.S. history that may spark curiosity </li></ul>
    26. 32. <ul><li>My Name is Georgia </li></ul><ul><li>by Jeannette Winter </li></ul><ul><li>ALA Notable Children’s Book 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>This simple biography presents the life of artist, Georgia O’Keeffe </li></ul><ul><li>The rich illustrations give a flavor of O’Keeffe’s work while depicting her as a strong, purposeful woman from childhood to old age </li></ul>
    27. 33. <ul><li>Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing </li></ul><ul><li>by James Rumford </li></ul><ul><li>2005 Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Honor </li></ul><ul><li>Rumford, a writer-illustrator, is well-known for bringing famous life leaders tales to life </li></ul><ul><li>K-6 students this ‘must-have’ picture-book biography </li></ul><ul><li>Sequoyah gave his Cherokee nation the enduring gift of recording the history of its people </li></ul>
    28. 34. Library & Classroom Connections in Language Arts and Social Science <ul><li>How Can We Use These Books? </li></ul><ul><li>Other books in these curriculum areas you have used successfully? </li></ul><ul><li>What challenges do you face in these curriculum areas? </li></ul>
    29. 35. Science and Math Connections
    30. 36. <ul><li>G is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book </li></ul><ul><li>by David M. Schwartz </li></ul><ul><li>Important terms and concepts are brought to life in a colorful, amusing, and informative way </li></ul><ul><li>A terrific resource for teachers to instruct and entertain students in Grades 6 and up </li></ul><ul><li>This attractive book may interest browsers and open doors to further math study </li></ul><ul><li>No doubt teachers will find explanations of terms like binary system and Fibonacci numbers in ways that middle-grade children might understand priceless </li></ul>    Search:  
    31. 37. <ul><li>Amazing Math Magic by Oliver Ho </li></ul><ul><li>A good resource for the students in Grades 3-6 who would like to amaze their friends and teachers who want to make math more fun for their students </li></ul><ul><li>Offers clearly written and directions and tips for dozens of tricks with numbers, cards, coins, and shapes. </li></ul><ul><li>An excellent chance to get students to combine magic tricks with basic math skills and may make math more accessible/engaging for some students </li></ul>
    32. 38. <ul><li>Whodunit Math Puzzles by Bill Wise </li></ul><ul><li>Whodunit! How do you discover who is behind each outrageous crime? Numbers are the key to unlocking these puzzles all you have to do is read carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Students in Grades 5-8 will have a pretty good chance of solving any puzzle if they sort the facts, analyze clues left behind and most importantly stand behind their answers- an answer key is provided </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended for dedicated, mathematically inclined puzzle fans answers </li></ul>
    33. 39. <ul><li>What’s Your Angle Pythagoras? by Julie Ellis </li></ul><ul><li>Set in ancient Greece, young Pythagoras discovers a special number pattern (the Pythagorean theorem) and uses it to solve problems involving right triangles </li></ul><ul><li>We follow Pythagoras as he experiments, observes and asks questions as all good mathematicians / future Greek philosophers do </li></ul><ul><li>His curiosity and persistence will engage students in Grades 3-5 or anyone interested a clear and fun, fictionalized explanation of the theorem </li></ul>
    34. 40. <ul><li>Inchworm and a Half </li></ul><ul><li>By Elinor J. Pinczes </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrated by Randall Enos </li></ul><ul><li>A simple, rhyming introduction to measurement perfect for first and second graders </li></ul><ul><li>Hook reluctant mathematicians without numbers to scare them off </li></ul><ul><li>Bright illustrations complement the story </li></ul>
    35. 41. <ul><li>What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? </li></ul><ul><li>By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page </li></ul><ul><li>2004 Caldecott Honor Book </li></ul><ul><li>Combine a guessing game with factual information about animals and their characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Striking cut-paper collage illustrations </li></ul>
    36. 42. <ul><li>Backyard Detectives </li></ul><ul><li>By Nic Bishop </li></ul><ul><li>A simple, rhyming introduction to measurement perfect for first and second graders </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage kids to explore their world with this nature book </li></ul><ul><li>Includes vivid, life size photos of more than 125 backyard critters </li></ul>
    37. 43. <ul><li>Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in the Asian Tropics </li></ul><ul><li>by Sy Montgomery </li></ul><ul><li>Nature writer Montgomery, the author of The Tarantula Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Along with two scientists she searches for a species that may be unknown </li></ul><ul><li>Part travelogue and part mystery </li></ul><ul><li>Offers Grades 5-9 a glimpse into a gallery of other animals and Southeast Asia </li></ul>
    38. 44. <ul><li>Looking for Seabirds </li></ul><ul><li>By Sophie Webb </li></ul><ul><li>Companion to the award winning My Season With Penguins </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed journal entries follow ornithologist Sophie Webb on a month-long voyage </li></ul><ul><li>Readers learn about a variety of birds and the Alaskan ecosystem </li></ul>
    39. 45. <ul><li>Phineas Gage </li></ul><ul><li>By John Fleischman </li></ul><ul><li>The gruesome story of Phineas Gage, the man with the hole in his head </li></ul><ul><li>Includes photos and diagrams that will hook future neuroscientists—or anyone who likes a little gore </li></ul><ul><li>Use in a history classroom or a science classroom </li></ul>
    40. 46. Library & Classroom Connections in Science and Math <ul><li>How Can We Use These Books? </li></ul><ul><li>Other books in these curriculum areas you have used successfully? </li></ul><ul><li>What challenges do you face in these curriculum areas? </li></ul>
    41. 47. Tips for Encouraging Collaboration in Your School <ul><li>Be visible </li></ul><ul><li>Advertise </li></ul><ul><li>Take risks </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Keep trying </li></ul>
    42. 48. What is Expected of You? <ul><li>The librarian adds… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of library resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information literacy skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The teacher adds… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce results through working together! </li></ul></ul>
    43. 49. Results of Collaboration <ul><li>Increases student achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforces your role </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates educational technologies </li></ul><ul><li>More effective use of time and resources </li></ul>
    44. 50. Success Stories <ul><li>How have you built collaborative bridges with your teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>What collaborative efforts have met with success in your school? </li></ul><ul><li>What strategies might you try in the future? </li></ul>