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Cynthia Cotten

Cyn­thia Cot­ten

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.

Maurna Rome

Mau­r­na Rome

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 .…

Robot Zot

Robot Zot

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 Rex  (Hype­r­i­on); A Pen­guin Sto­ry, writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Antoinette Por­tis (Harper­Collins); and Ser­gio Saves the Game, writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Edel Rodriguez (Lit­tle, Brown).

A Kitten Tale

A Kit­ten Tale

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.

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