Quality Resource: Book Discussion Guidelines

I’ve posted about the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) in the past but want to highlight a specific resource available on their website. The CCBC Book Discussion Guidelines:  CCBC Book Discussion Guidelines Ginny Moore Kruse and Kathleen T. Horning © 1989 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Look at each book for what it is, rather than what it is not. Make positive comments first. Try to express what you liked about the book and why. (e.g. “The illustrations are a perfect match for the story because….”) After everyone has had the opportunity to say what they appreciated about the book, you may talk about difficulties you had with a particular aspect of the book. Try to express difficulties as questions, rather than declarative judgments on the book as a whole. (e.g. “Would Max’s dinner really have still been warm?” rather than “That would never happen.”) Avoid recapping the story or booktalking the book. There is not time for a summary. Refrain from relating personal anecdotes. The discussion must focus on the book at hand. Try to compare the book with others on the discussion list, rather than other books by the same author or other books in your experience. All perspectives and vocabularies are correct. There […]

Quality Resource: CCBlogC

This is not the first time I’ve referenced the CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center), nor will it be the last; however, this is the first time I’m highlighting CCBlogC. The CCBlogC is a blog showcasing “Observations about books for children and teens from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.” It is hosted by the CCBC librarians and is filled with reviews of newly released literature. Check it out if you’re looking to stay informed about great books that have recently been published. The latest book-of-the-week highlights The Lost Kitten, a picture book; meanwhile, a recent favorite of mine they highlighted the first week of August was The First Rule of Punk, a book for the middle grades (ages 9-12). Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

CCBC Choices

CCBC (The Cooperative Children’s Book Center) Choices is a yearly publication featuring the best books of the previous year. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone interested in literature for children and young adults and 2017’s list is now available! You can get your copy of CCBC Choices 2017 by becoming a member of the Friends of the CCBC or visiting the CCBC (located in Madison, WI, USA) after March 4th, 2017. A list is currently available online however you’ll need the book form to see all the accompanying information. The expertise of the librarians at the CCBC shines through brilliantly within Choices. Not only are there books within a variety of topics but they are accompanied by annotations and statistics of the 2016 publication year. This is my go-to source when it comes to collection development, my personal collection, and deciding what books to purchase as gifts. If you’ve been following Circulating Knowledge, you may remember that the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) was featured in the past as a quality resource, this still rings true! They not only publish Choices each year but also provide a variety of services and host amazing events. And, if you happen to be in […]

Quality Resource: Cooperative Children’s Book Center

This week’s posts focused on book clubs, discussion guidelines, book awards, and book lists; therefore, the quality resource for this week is the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC).   The Cooperative Children’s Book Center The CCBC is an excellent resource staffed by a small group of amazing librarians that are located in Madison, WI. It was established in 1963 and is funded by the University of Wisconsin – Madison – School of Education and by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction / Division for Libraries and Technology. It is also supported by the Friends of the CCBC. It is a non-circulating examination, study, and research library that includes current, retrospective, and historical books published for children and young adults. However, even if you can’t physically make it there you can visit their website which is home to a wide variety of resources. There are booklists, events, intellectual freedom resources, and CCBC Choices (their fabulous best-of-the-year lists). They’ve even included pages to reflect your specific needs as a K-12 teacher, librarian, childcare provider, preschool teacher, or University of Wisconsin student, faculty, instructor, teaching assistant (the university is reflected as this is where they are housed). You can help support the CCBC by joining the Friends of […]

Book Awards

Since the last post was about book clubs and book discussions, this one features some great awards to give you more resources in selecting and curating the books in your home, classroom, or library. These are also great lists to consider when gifting books to young readers!   State Awards  First of all, make sure to look into whether or not your state has a “student’s choice” book award. Minnesota has the Minnesota Youth Reading Association (MYRA) which is home to the Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Awards. The Maud Hart Lovelace Award is separated into two divisions: Division 1 – For 3rd through 5th grade students Division 2 – For 6th through 8th grade students To vote for their favorite book students must read at least three of the twelve nominees within their division. One thing a few classroom teachers I worked with did was to choose three of the titles and use them as read alouds. This way all their students were able to vote. It’s easy to become a member of the Minnesota Youth Reading Association as it’s only $15/year. Being a member means you have access to more resources and can submit student votes. I […]