A CLN welcome to author Cynthia Cotten, our newest member. Cyndy lives in Virginia. Her books include Rain Play (illus by Javaka Steptoe, Holt), Abbie in Stitches (illus by Beth Peck, FS&G), and Snow Ponies (illus by Jason Cockcroft, Holt).
I’m looking forward to the Ramona and Beezus movie due to release on July 23rd. I hope this finds one of our favorite families transferred to film with all the love and understanding endowed on them by author Beverly Cleary.
If you think there might be a good alternative to public libraries, don’t miss this article about a library for members only in Delhi.
Congratulations to CLN educator member Maurna Rome, who was chosen as Educator of the Month by KAAL-TV in Austin, Minnesota. The ABC affiliate chose Maurna for her positive and affirming attitude about children and reading. Note that her students in the first grade at Hawthorne Elementary School are “bucket fillers.” What does that mean? Check it out!
Teacher Tools …
Love this Acrostic Poems interactive tool on the ReadWriteThink website.
You might also like this Guide to Booktalking by Sharon Grimes, posted by the Baltimore County Public Schools.
And the Winner is .…
Another award from the Bank Street College of Education is The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. “The Award goes to an outstanding book for young children–a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole.” Twelve schools in five states participate in selecting the award-winning and honor books, with 2,500 children serving as judges.
This year those children chose Robot Zot, written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by David Shannon (Simon & Schuster). Honor books are Billy Twitter and His Blue Whale Problem written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam RexÂ (Hyperion); A Penguin Story, written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis (HarperCollins); and Sergio Saves the Game, written and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez (Little, Brown).
Take a look at “From Children’s Literature to Readers Theatre,” an article in the most recent American Libraries, in which Elizabeth A. Poe uses CLN member Eric Rohmann’s A Kitten Tale as the focus of her article about experiencing literature.