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1. Back to School Special - Why Lunch Ladies Are Heroes!


Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be.



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2. International Night

Every year schools everywhere hold an International Night.  I am always thinking to myself can the school get a new idea.   Today, my interest in International Night event was renewed at a booktalk on a new release called International Night by Mark Kurlanksky and his daughter Talia Kurlansky.  Kurlanksky expressed during the talk that the title had to be International Night because it was inspired by a game his family played by the same name.  No other title would work.  They game involved spinning a globe once a week and where ever Thaila's finger landed they would cook a meal from that place on Friday.  For each country in the book(Hawaii and New Orleans are also included) they made an Appetizer, Main Course, and Dessert and Drink.   Her father took notes and soon discovered this could be an idea for a book.   Mark Kurlankshy work as a journalist has also allowed him to travel to many of the countries in the book and he loves to share stories about the countries which are included in the book.  


 
 

This is a great way to introduce a child to many different types of food.  It is also a fun way to introduce a food project to a class.   Thalia expresses in her introduction to the book, "It is adults that think children cannot enjoy sophisticated cuisine.  Restaurants often give children a "kids menu."  She hopes children will be able to taste these foods as they learn about the cultures. 




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3. Is This The Future For Libraries?

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library









Kathryn Miller, director of FPU’s library, in The Commons
Photo courtesy of Florida Polytechnic University





As for the electronic-only aspect of the library resources, Miller emphasized that it’s the information that’s key, not its form, and the student’s appropriate use of it. “We want our students to recognize when they have an information need,” she says, “and be able to locate the relevant information to apply it in a scholarly and, ultimately, professional way.”

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4. CONSTRUCTION by Sally Sutton Illustrated by Brain Lovelock


Construction by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brain Lovelock.   This is the third book by these creators following Demolition and Road Work.  There are millions of books about building and children seem to love them all.  Children love seeing a tall crane at work or a hole being dug in the street.   Everytime I read a construction book I think of this catchy tune When I Build My House.  This book is not just about building a house.  There is a very special place built at the end(I will let it be a surpise).  This author uses lots of action words like Thonk, Clonk and Clap that kids will love acting out.  Plus a full follow-up page at the end on machine facts.  Children who are building fans will enjoy this title and they will love the place that is build at the end of the story.  

Get your copy September 9.  In the meantime enjoy the following tune -

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5. I GEEK the Library!

GEEK the library has changed the meaning of Geek to a verb.  

 Whatever you geek, the public library supports you. Join Geek the Library in spreading awareness about the value of libraries and the critical funding issues they face.  Here is one of the fun videos from the site -


geekVERB

  1. To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for.
  2. To express interest in.
  3. To possess a large amount of knowledge in.
  4. To promote.

 
Here is an article called Geek is the New Cool!

What do you GEEK?

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6. Start Spreading the News Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato is Coming in Late August!


New York New York



They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere.  Well Little Elliot Big City  by Mike Curato is about to take over New York.   Little Elliot is an elephant who is trying to make his home in the big city.  However, being small makes it hard for him to do everyday city things.  He even gets ignored when he tries to buy a cupcake.   Then he meets a mouse who is facing the same problem.  Elliot knows just the right thing to help the mouse.  The next day the mouse is able to help Elliot.   In helping each other they become friends.

Here's to Elliot's success in the Big City starting August 26! 
Go Elliot!
Check out the upcoming book trailer below. 

As they say in New York First Come First Serve.   I missed out on the official blog tour, but I did get a review copy so check out these other blogs for prizes during the tour.  From Mike Curato site- 
Elliot and I have been lucky enough to make a bunch of new friends who are super excited about Little Elliot, Big City. Some of them happen to be some pretty awesome bloggers who are each going to have a special Elliot post the week of the book release, August 26th! Not only will you learn some cool stuff about Elliot’s journey to your bookshelf, you might even win a free give-away! Be sure to check out the blogs on the dates below to find out how you can get a free copy of Little Elliot, Big City, a limited edition tote bag, and stickers!
LITTLE ELLIOT BLOG TOUR
Tuesday, August 26           Librarian in Cute Shoes | @utalaniz
Wednesday, August 27     Teach Mentor Texts | @mentortexts
Thursday, August 28         Read. Write. Reflect. | @katsok
Friday, August 29               Kit Lit Frenzy | @alybee930
Saturday, August 30          Daddy Mojo | @daddymojo
Sunday, August 31             The Trifecta:
Sharp Reads | @colbysharp
Connect. Read. | @mrschureads
Nerdy Book Club | @nerdybookclub
Monday, September 1      Miss Print | @miss_print
Also, be sure to tune into the Let’s Get Busy podcast on August 26th for a full hour-long interview!!

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7. At Your Service (Sounds Like Something a Librarian Would Say!) by Jen Malone





After reviewing All Four Stars by Tara Dairman I received a bunch of promotional materials for upcoming books.  Among the pile was a bookmark for At Your Service by Jen Malone.  They say don't judge a book by its cover.   I guess in this case don't judge a bookmark on a future release.   However, I am glad I did. There was something about this title that called out to me and Simon and Schuster send me a review copy.  


The book is set in a upscale hotel in New York City, similar to Eloise in the Plaza (the books author makes a slight reference to her in the book).   This book is about 13 year old Chloe who has a dad that works at the Hotel St. Michele as a concierge.  After impressing a young guest Chloe earns the the job of junior concierge.   She gets a big assignment when King Robert of Somerstein and his family including the Queen and their three royal children, Princess Alex 14, Princess Sophie 12 and Princess Ingrid 9 decide to visit New York.  The assignment gets harder than she imagines when Princess Ingrid goes missing during the tour. None of the children want to get in trouble so they decide to find her themselves.  What they do not know is that Chole's dad and the King are alerted that she is missing.  A great adventure discovering all the highlights of New York City (my hometown) takes place while they are searching for Princess Ingrid.  Some of the most unexpected things happen, but isn't this when some of the best moments occur.  



Check out some New York City highlights in the book trailer below and author Jen Malone's Website. She has a hedgehog in the bottom of her homepage which links to an activity related to the book.  Get your copy August 26.   Want a little more? Then you can read the first chapter on her website


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8. New York Public Library Opens Outdoor Reading Room « CBS New York

New York Public Library Opens Outdoor Reading Room « CBS New York

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9. BIG BAD BUBBLE

How Could This Perfect Bubble Be Scary?


This new title, Big Bad Bubble is by picture book power duo Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.   They are known for Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party.    The cover grabs your attention right away with a yellow monster with sharp teeth falling over at the sight of a tiny bubble.   They reader learns that bubbles do not disappear when they pop. Instead they reappear in La La Land where monsters live.  The monsters are terrified of bubbles. One monster is most frightened of all and thinks the bubbles will kill them.  However, all the monsters soon learn the joy of bubbles.   This fun story will have the attention of young readers who have faced a fear and they will be delighted at the end when the monsters learn to face the fear and love bubbles.  

Children will want to play with all sorts of bubbles after reading this title.   Check out the book trailer below and order your copy today.  

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10. COOKING AND CRAFTS CONTEST- TWO NEW BOOKS TO CELEBRATE SUMMER!

CONTEST! CONTEST! CONTEST! 

Leave me a good cooking or craft tip for children and teens as a comment or email to enter to win!  Can also send recipes and craft ideas to do with children and teens.   Winners will be announced August 15.  



Zestbooks has donated two of there latest titles for my summer blog giveaway.   Cooking and Crafts are two of the best ways to pass the relaxing weeks that are left of summer. The Green Teen Cookbook is a new cooking title and Sticky Fingers is a new craft title from Zestbooks.
Both books are up for grabs for yourself, your pre-teen or teen child or to add to your school library.

The Green Teen Cookbook by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElvoy has a range of different recipes.  They range from simple snacks, to cultural recipes to yummy desserts.   As I saw flipping through the book at first glance the recipe Crepes with Orange Sauce caught my eye.  




This recipe is by Jules Allarie who learned how to make crepes from his dad and celebrates Crepe day by flipping a crepes with a coin in his hand.  If the crepe lands in the pan, you will be prosperous all year.   

 It also highlights different greenmarkets to visit, including my favorite the Union Square Greenmarket.  It also lists a number of food websites including one written by a teen called 17 and baking


If cooking is not for your teen, then maybe a Sticky Fingers crafts project is for them.   This book is written by Sophie Maletsky.  Check out her Sophie's World site to see some of the cool creations.  All you need is a roll or two of duck tape from any craft store.  The book has an At School section which is perfect for back to school projects.  School librarians will want to check out Project 43 which is a Bookmark with Tassel. 




CONTEST! CONTEST! CONTEST! 

Leave me a good cooking or craft tip for children and teens as a comment or email to enter to win!  Can also send recipes and craft ideas to do with children and teens.   Winners will be announced August 15.  







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11. Soon to Be Famous Author Winner, School Librarian Joanne Zienty

Soon to Be Famous Author Winner, School Librarian Joanne Zenty

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12. Summer Dining! Oh Wait Summer Reading!


ALL FOUR STARS  BY TARA DAIRMAN!

This new title- All Four Stars by Tara Dairman explores the world of cooking through the eyes of a sixth grade girl named Gladys.  Gladys cooks in secret but lands herself in trouble from her parents when the kitchen almost burns down.  After that Gladys parents do not want her to cook.  However, she needs to write a essay for a school contest about her future.   Gladys tries to write about another topic, but the teacher convinces her and inspires her to write about cooking.  This leads to her contest entry getting mixed up and her being asked to be a professional freelance reviewer for The New York Standard.   Alot of adventure occurs, but she does get her review done and published! 

A delightful read about the impact of a great teacher and a sixth grade girl with strength and personality.  This is a light read for the summer.   Make sure you have a great dessert to eat while you are reading.  If you get inspired by the cook the author listed recipes for the desserts on her site.


Here's to looking back on an older post from my blog for another foodie related titled called The Tea Shop Girls.

Also kids are inspired by creative teachers and creative progams.  Plus they never forget them.   Take a look at one of my first library cooking programs!

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13. A Sad Good-Bye Obituary – Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

It is always a honor to read one of my favorite middle school read-alouds, Monster, to students.   Plus, one of the main characters in the book is Miss O'Brien.   He was a great supporter of New York City Public Schools and often did a signing at the librarians meetings. 




Press Release: Obituary – Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)






WalterDeanMyers 318x500 Press Release: Obituary   Walter Dean Myers  (1937 2014)

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14. Madeline Comes to New York to Celebrate July 4!










To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline’s publication, the New-York Historical Society will honor the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks.




http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/madeline-new-york
Historical Society | Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

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15. Summer is Coming Enjoy Books!

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16. Great Books do Last! Harriet the Spy Turns 50

 http://shelf-life.ew.com/2014/02/21/harriet-the-spy-50th-anniversary


Harriet the Spy is turning 50!   There with be a special event at the 92nd Street Y on March 15 to celebrate.  The 92Y plans to celebrate this momentous occasion with a panel event called “Harriet the Spy at 50.” Some of the special guests set to appear at this event include New York Times Bestselling Author Gregory Maguire, Newbery Medal Winner Rebecca Stead, and Children’s Literature Expert Leonard Marcus


Order you new 50th Anniversary copy on February 25!









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17. Charlotte Zolotow Beloved Children's Author Dies

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/books/charlotte-zolotow-whose-books-tackled-childrens-real-life-issues-dies-at-98.html?pagewanted=all

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18. Sad News Junie B. Jones Author Dead at 66

Junie B. Jones Author Dead at 66

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19. A New Library Approach - Connecting Public and School Library

Chicago’s New Public/School Library Hybrid Opens Doors


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20. A Lego View of the Library!

Mr. Library Dude created a full on library with lego pieces. Love the Lego Librarian Character! More fun lego news! on how kids built the largest lego tower.

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21. Educators, Parents Fight NYC Bid to Bypass State Mandate for School Librarians

Educators, Parents Fight NYC Bid to Bypass State Mandate for School Librarians


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22. Schools Are Quietly Using Fewer Librarians

City Schools Are Quietly Using Fewer Librarians


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23. PERFECT SPOT FOR SUMMER READING!

World&#39;s Tiniest Library Pops Up In New York City


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24. Send Your Favorite Stuffed Animal or Book Character on a Trip!

Can’t Travel? No Problem. Send Your Stuffed Animal on a Trip Instead.


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25. Ann Jonas, Award Winning Children's Book Creator Dies

Ann Jonas, Award-Winning Children’s Book Creator, Dies at 81


Jonas once said of her work, “I’ve been trying to explore other ways of stretching children’s imaginations. I find myself drawn more and more often to designing books that involve some sort of visual play. It seems like a wonderful opportunity to encourage children to look at familiar things in different ways while offering the appeal of a game or a puzzle.”

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