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: Core Knowledge

The last post focused on door displays with proverbs being one of the topics included. This was chosen thanks to Core Knowledge. Core Knowledge is an amazing foundation built on the idea that knowledge builds on knowledge. It was founded in 1986 by E.D. Hirsch and continues to work toward every child receiving a high quality education. Read Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch in order to gain the knowledge of where Core Knowledge (not to be confused with Common Core) is coming from and why it’s organized the way it is. The resources from Core Knowledge are completely free for download or you can order them if you would like printed copies. They have CKLA (Core Knowledge Language Arts) and HGCA (History, Geography, Civics, and the Arts). HGCA is for 3rd – 5th grades and is currently under development. CKLA is completed and available for preschool through 5th grades. Please visit the website if you’re unfamiliar with this foundation and check out what resources are helpful to you! Thanks for reading! Your librarian, Katelyn

Quality Resource: Lego Education

Lego Education is a great resource to satisfy your curricular needs. I have experience working with the Lego StoryStarter curriculum however based on how useful and well organized this kit was I would be inclined to think the others are the same. I would highly recommend to stick with their numbers of how many students per kit. I tried to stretch it and it did not work well. I stuck with smaller groups after that. I’m interested to try out the math curriculum they have available and pretty much anything else I can get supplies for. My favorite part about using legos is that is easily transfers learning to home. So many of my students love legos and love building. Doing activities in school allows them to replicate them at home with their own sets. I’m a proponent of anything that will get self-directed learning to occur with elementary through high school students. Check out Lego Education if you’re looking for new materials for your preschool through middle school students! Thanks for reading! Your librarian, Katelyn