The 57 Bus, Dear Martin, and The Hate U Give

If I can say one thing for certain about 2017, it’s that it was a great year of publishing in the world of books written for young adults. Besides the many great books that I read (and continue to) with a 2017 publication date, The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas continue to pull me back to them. These three novels not only contain powerful stories, exceptional writing, and contemporary settings but also tie in with each other as if they were meant to be. If they all came from the same publisher I’d say it was planned. For whatever reason they came about in the same year, I’m glad. And I’m also glad to have had the opportunity to read each of them. There are links to each of the books and authors through the text above where you can find reviews, summaries, and other information. What I wanted to share in this post, other than my excitement for these three titles and authors, are the resources you can use with the young people you care for. Though I have not had the opportunity, I would love to listen in on […]

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!

Elephant & Piggie books. What more can I say? I LOVE Mo Willems and all of his books. Since the series is now complete (sorry to break the news to you if you didn’t already know), there is a whole new set of books coming out by a variety of wonderful authors called the….wait for it… Elephant and Piggie Like Reading! I was fortunate enough to see Dan Santat read The Cookie Fiasco in person a few months back and knew I had to check out the rest of the books. Currently, four books make up this series, they include (all are humorous): It’s Shoe Time! by Bryan Collier (topics: friends, family, concept – pairs) The Good for Nothing Button! by Charise Mericle Harper (topics: feelings, concept – colors) We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller (topics: growth, english language arts – adjectives and superlatives) The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat (topics: sharing, math – counting and division) What a wonderful collection not only to add to your library or classroom but to use for storytimes! Mo Willems even has an activity kit just for this series that you can find at: Elephant & Piggie Like Reading Activity Kit Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez P.S. For all of you who […]

Celebratory Bookmarks

Happy thursday! Quick resource to share today that makes a great passive programming station at your library or fun addition to your classroom or birthday party. I’ve created a set of celebratory bookmarks that include: Anytime Birthdays Reading Seasons New Year / Noon Year Valentine’s Day Independence Day Back to School Additionally, there are a few printable activities located after the bookmarks. Finally, I’m available to personalize or create something just for you. If you have an idea in mind simply reach out to me and we can make something happen! Celebratory Bookmarks (free to download here) They are also available on TeachersPayTeachers. Have a wonderful day. Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Read and Win

Teachers, Librarians, and Caregivers, Every summer there are numerous reading programs available for students but what is available the rest of the year? Outside of what’s happening in schools that is. First of all, check with your local public library! There are usually plenty of fun activities and programming happening for people of all ages. Second, check with the pro and/or pro-am sports teams in your state (or nearby) to see what they have to offer. For example, in Minnesota, the Timberwolves offer Read to Achieve: Minnesota Timberwolves – Read to Achieve This program offers students the ability to to win a prize pack (if the deadline is met). The prize pack includes a poster, bookmark, Timberwolves drawstring backpack, and a ticket to a Timberwolves game during the current season. Third, if you happen to have these businesses within your community (or close by), offer your students the following opportunities Chipotle! Reading is FUNdamentally delicious with their easy logging system. Readers are rewarded with a free kid’s meal. For this program your school or library needs to apply. BOOK IT! with Pizza Hut This long-withstanding program (started in 1984) offers readers rewards in the form of certificates and/or food. Your […]