Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Children's Literature Lover's Book of Lists (book)

Sullivan, J. (2004). The Children's Literature Lover's Book of Lists. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0-7879-6595-2

This unique book is writeen for teachers, parents, librarians, and anyone who is seeking quality literature for children (preschoolers through grade 6). The book is filled with wide-ranging lists of titles organized by grade level, theme, and content area. This comprehensive resource simplifies your search by selecting the most useful information from websites, teacher resources, award listings, and publications that are available on children's literature.

Section One--Books for PreK through Grade 1: contains favorite classics, wordless picture books, read-alouds, concept books, animal storties, folk and fairy tales, and books about music, sience, math, sports, and more.

Section Two--Books for Grades 2 and 3: includes all time favorites, multicultural themes, biographies of historical figures, sports heros, reference books, and books to help teach poetry.

Section Three--Books for Grades 4 through 6: Offers biographies, historical fiction, poetry, science fiction, legends, and realistic fiction on social topics.

Section Four--Children's Book Awards and Recommended Literature:

Section Five--Children's Literature Websites and Teacher Resources:

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Libraries and Graduate Students (book)

Siegel, G. (2009). Libraries and Graduate Students: Building Connections. New York: Routledge.

This book gathers together a variety of perspectives and approaches toward building relationships between academic libraries and a unique scholarly population with specific needs—graduate students. This valuable resource shows efforts on specific programs and strategies to enhance and enrich the graduate student experience. Contributions to this volume include a wide variety approaches though case studies, an extensive literature review on academic integrity, an initiative for program development in the context of a broader education initiative, and a chapter on graduate fellowships for manuscripts and special collections.

Many of the approaches integrate tried and true information literacy strategies, but they also put unique ’spins’ on these approaches. This book’s scope includes large and small colleges and universities, public and private, and specialized and general. Subjects include stand alone courses and workshops, program development, assessment, distance education, online environments, instructional design, and collaborations.

This book is a valuable resource for public service librarians, information literacy/instruction librarians, library science professors, graduate program coordinators, special collections librarians, and subject specialist librarians in all areas.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What's Going on in There? (book)

Eliot, L. (1999). What's Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. New York: Bantam Books.

As a research neuroscientist, Lise Eliot has made the study of the human brain her life's work. But it wasn't until she was pregnant with her first child that she became intrigued with the study of brain development. She wanted to know precisely how the baby's brain is formed, and when and how each sense, skill, and cognitive ability is developed. And just as important, she was interested in finding out how her role as a nurturer can affect this complex process. How much of her baby's development is genetically ordained--and how much is determined by environment? Is there anything parents can do to make their babies' brains work better--to help them become smarter, happier people? Drawing upon the exploding research in this field as well as the stories of real children, What's Going On in There? is a lively and thought-provoking book that charts the brain's development from conception through the critical first five years. In examining the many factors that play crucial roles in that process, What's Going On in There? explores the evolution of the senses, motor skills, social and emotional behaviors, and mental functions such as attention, language, memory, reasoning, and intelligence. This remarkable book also discusses:

  • how a baby's brain is "assembled" from scratch
  • the critical prenatal factors that shape brain development
  • how the birthing process itself affects the brain
  • which forms of stimulation are most effective at promoting cognitive development
  • how boys' and girls' brains develop differently
  • how nutrition, stress, and other physical and social factors can permanently affect a child's brain

Brilliantly blending cutting-edge science with a mother's wisdom and insight, What's Going On in There? is an invaluable contribution to the nature versus nurture debate. Children's development is determined both by the genes they are born with and the richness of their early environment. This timely and important book shows parents the innumerable ways in which they can actually help their children grow better brains.

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Active Baby, Healthy Brain (book)

Sasse, M. (2010). Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child's Brain Development from Birth Through age 51/2. New York: The Experiment.

Movement, play, and active exploration in the first five years of a child’s life are essential to the development of his or her body and brain. Now Active Baby, Healthy Brain presents 135 massages, exercises, and activities that engage your child’s love of play while also stimulating his or her brain development in multiple areas, including:

  • Balance
  • Cross-pattern movement
  • Visualization
  • Vestibular (inner ear) stimulation
  • Laterality
  • Fine and gross motor skills

Each activity is presented on its own page with step-by-step instructions, appealing illustrations, and illuminating sidebars. The detailed instructions tell you exactly how to do each activity, as well as how to incorporate toys, music, dance, and games. No single activity takes more than two minutes, and all that’s required is ten minutes a day. More than thirty years in the making, Active Baby, Healthy Brain is an indispensable guide for everyone who is raising a child or who interacts with preschoolers.

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What'll I Do With the Baby-O? (book and CD)

Cobb, J. (2007). What'll I Do With the Baby-O? Nursery Rhymes, Songs, and Stories for Babies. Vancouver, BC , Canada: Black Sheep Press.

What'll I Do With The Baby-o is a selection of great rhymes, songs, and stories to use in play with infants 0 to 2 years. Whether it’s for use at a library program, a Mother Goose program, in a daycare, or at home, there is enough material here to engage and delight babies throughout their first two years of development. All of the activities recommended encourage the bonding, early language and literacy, brain and emotional development, and fun that will enrich parents' and babies' lives in ways that will last a lifetime.
  • useful chapters on baby brain development, early language and literacy development, the role of books, rhymes and songs in pre-literacy development, and the ages and stages of infant development for programmers,
  • program planning and presentation tips,
  • resources including age appropriate board books for babies and toddlers, read aloud books for baby programs, and stories to tell,
  • 350 rhymes and songs arranged by type for easy access,
  • an index to all the rhymes and songs by type and by first line,
  • 256 pages,
  • bibliographies for further reading.
  • ISBN: 0-9698666-1-5
  • 13 digit ISBN: 978-0-9698666-1-9
  • A CD of 36 beautiful songs to sing to babies

500 Great Books for Teens (book)

Silvey, A. (2006). 500 Great Books for Teens. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

Review from Horn Book:

Former Horn Book editor Silvey selects and annotates five hundred titles for young adults, arranging them loosely in twenty-one chapters by genre and/​or area of interest, from "Adventure and Survival" to "War and Conflict." Each book is coded for either younger (12-14) or older (14-18) teens and gets a couple of hundred words or so, including a summary, critical assessment, estimation of reader appeal, and sometimes references to similar titles. The selections are both sturdy and wide-ranging, particularly as Silvey includes both books published for young adults and those intended for an adult audience but with teen appeal.

While the emphasis is on fiction of all genres (including graphic and verse novels), informational books -- mostly history -- get a chapter of their own and can also be found throughout the book. Useful appendices include indexes to both geographical and historical settings as well as a comprehensive general index that allows readers to cross-reference subjects that transcend the themes of the individual chapters.

The Ultimate Teen Book Guide (book)

Hahn, D., Flynn, L., & Reuben, S. (2008). The Ultimate Teen Book Guide: More Than 700 Great Books. New York: Walker & Company.

Stuck for something to read? Whether you're searching for a book to blow your mind and change your life or just a light read for the beach, The Ultimate Teen Book Guide is the perfect place to start.

The book includes recommendations from teen reviews and your favorite authors--more than 700 books total--from true classics to must-read cult fiction, from the top award winners to best sellers. Prepare to be inspired! Whether you like fantasy, horror, chick lit, graphic novels, sci-fi, or crime, there's something or everyone.

You'll also find special features written by expert authors--like E. Lockhart on books about love and relationships, and Patrick Jones on short and gripping books--plus top ten lists by genre and the results of our top ten surveys.

Each rave review comes with suggestions for what to read next, so with more than 1,000 recommended books total, you'll never be without a good book again!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Being Indispensable

Toor, Ruth, and Hilda K. Weisburg. Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1065-8

This non-overwhelming volume helps school librarians gain the right perspective to make advocacy and leadership more successful. -- Jen

From ALA's website:
In New on the Job, experts Ruth Toor and Hilda K. Weisburg helped newbies make the transition to real-world school librarianship. Being Indispensable is all about staying one: without a proactive approach, school librarians, facing a severe economic downturn and budget cuts, run the risk of becoming an endangered species. In clear, simple, and practical language, this book empowers school librarians by helping them
  • Understand what other stakeholders in a school need and want
  • Demonstrate their importance to administrators, teachers, and parents
  • Plan strategically in both their personal and professional lives
  • Master important tools like advocacy and marketing
Making the case for the vital role school librarians play in learning, this book gives readers all the strategies they need to become the kind of leader their school can’t do without.

Table of Contents

Part I Knowing Who You Are
1 What’s Your Mission?
2 What Makes a Leader?
3 Where Do You Stand?

Part II Knowing Your Stakeholders
4 What Do Administrators Want?
5 What Does the Community Want?
6 What Do Teachers Want?
7 What Do Students Want?

Part III Thinking Bigger
8 How Does Advocacy Develop Leadership?
9 How Do You Get a Larger Perspective?
10 Does This Really Work?

Appendix: Web Resources


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Building the Reading Brain, PreK-3 (book)

Nevills, P. & Wolfe, P. (2009). Building the Reading Brain, PreK-3 (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

This updated edition of the best-selling book covers brain theory and research to give educators a clear picture of how children acquire language skills in preparation for reading.

Moving through skills acquisition from birth to age eight, this resource provides best teaching practices for fostering critical literacy skills for each age group. This second edition features updated research, expanded information on English language learners and Response to Intervention, and information about mirror neurons, sensory input, and decoding pathways. Readers will find
  • developmentally appropriate, brain friendly strategies for building phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency skills
  • instructional applications for games, music, and play
  • interventions for children with early reading difficulties
Building the Reading Brain, PreK-3 sheds light on early childhood cognition and language development to help teachers provide all young learners with a strong foundation for reading success.
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The Read-Aloud Handbook (book)

Trelease, J. (2006). The Read-Aloud Handbook (6th ed.). New York: Penguin Books.

Every child can become an avid reader, and in The Read-Aloud Handbook Jim Trelease shows how to make it happen. In this beloved, enduring guide, Trelease shares his inspiring message, backed by delightful anecdotes as well as the research, and
  • explains how reading aloud awakens children's imaginations and improves their language skills
  • shows how to begin reading aloud and which books to choose
  • suggests ways to create reader-friendly hone, classroom, and library environments
  • gives tips on luring children away from the television
  • shows how to integrate silent reading with read-aloud sessions
  • shares valuable lessons from Oprah's Book Club, the Harry Potter books, and the Internet
  • includes a chapter of stories and testimonials from parents and teachers
  • offers a treasury of 1,000 books that are great for reading aloud--from picture books to novels--and highlights some of Trelease's favorites by theme
This edition of Trelease's Handbook invites a new generation of parents, teachers, grandparents, and siblings to discover the rewards--and the importance--of reading aloud to children.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools 5th ed.

Intner, Sheila S., Joanna Fountain, & Jean Weihs. Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools 5th ed. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 025.32 Catal 5th ed. ISBN 978-0-8389-3589-7

This new fifth edition of the classic Cataloging Correctly for Kids points the way towards providing effective cataloging for materials intended for children and young adults. Based on guidelines issued by the Association for Library Cataloging and Technical Services (ALCTS), this handbook is a one-stop resource for librarians who organize information for children. Revisions include comprehensive updates on bibliographic description and subject access, A new chapter exploring cataloging for non-English-speaking and preliterate children, Guidance on when and how to move to RDA, the next generation of cataloging guidelines, With advice contributed by experienced, practicing librarians, the fifth edition of Cataloging Correctly for Kids offers a complete overview of the best methods for enabling children to find the information they want and need.