Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are one of the hottest genres in children’s literature right now.  With their comic book format, they reel readers in and get them hooked on the joy of reading.  We are working on building a graphic novel collection in our media center.  You can also find comics online.  Here are some links that were recently published in School Library Journal.  Check them out and search for your own links to online graphic novels.

How Mirka Got Her Sword

The Adventures of Ellie Connelly

The Upside-Down Me

The Sky Kyak

New Book Builder Order

The new book builder order arrived today for the month of September.  Thank you to everyone who helped us get the following books in our media center:

Aurora County All-Stars Wiles, Deborah

E is for extreme : an extreme sports alphabet Herzog, Brad

Hero cat Spinelli, Eileen

Hey batta batta swing! : the wild old days of Cook, Sally

Invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words Selznick, Brian

Kenny & the dragon DiTerlizzi, Tony

Louise, the adventures of a chicken DiCamillo, Kate

Mercy Watson : princess in disguise DiCamillo, Kate

Mercy Watson thinks like a pig DiCamillo, Kate

Pssst! Rex, Adam

Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot vs. the mecha- Pilkey, Dav

Right dog for the job : Ira’s path from service Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw

Shutting out the sky : life in the tenements of Hopkinson, Deborah

Storyteller Myers, Edward

Tunnels Gordon, Roderick

You read to me, I’ll read to you : very short Hoberman, Mary Ann

Here are some pictures of the new books.  The students who donated the books will check them out next week and receive them on BTV.  Don’t forget that the October book builder order deadline is October 24th (the last day of the book fair).

FALL!!!

I love the Fall.  It is my favorite season by far.  My wife and I began decorating our house for Fall and Halloween in late September just so it would be ready for the entire month of October.  I love walking outside and breathing in the crisp, cool air.  I love to hear the rustle of leaves as the wind pulls at them in their descent to the ground.

When October rolls around, I carefully plan out my weekends. This is festival time and pumpkin time, and I don’t want to miss one minute.  I want to share a few Fall events that you might find of interest.  Out of my huge list of things to do in October, these are the events that are book and story related.

Art Stations’ Tour of Southern Ghosts at Stone Mountain:  I never miss this.  It takes place at the Antebellum Plantation at Stone Mountain, and storytellers dress in period clothing and tell ghost stories outside by candlelight.

Brer Rabbit and Friends at the Center for Puppetry Arts

One Spooky Night at Athens Regional Library October 27 at 7:00PM:  Trick-or-Treat for non-food prizes throughout the Library! For our young celebrators of the Autumn season. Costumes welcome! 7:00 p.m. Storytelling with mildly spooky stories for all Trick-or-Treaters in Auditorium. Sponsored by the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library.

An Author’s Process

The internet gives us access to so many amazing resources.  Lately, I’ve enjoyed reading Deborah Wiles’ blog.  She is working on a new novel, and she writes on her blog about the celebrations and struggles she goes through as an author.  She makes the writing process so real and vivid, and she reminds us that it’s ok to procrastinate and worry over the words that we choose to write.  It’s ok to write a whole page and then think that it’s not good.  It’s these kinds of thoughts that make us want to make our writing even better.  I encourage you to visit her website and her blog and follow along as she shares the writing process.

Reader’s Advisory

I’m always looking for great books to read.  I find my books in many different ways.  I browse the shelves at Barnes and Noble and Borders.  I read my latest copy of School Library Journal.  I also have some websites that feed into my Google Reader.  This week, I discovered a new way to learn about new books to read.  The Athens Regional Library has a reader’s advisory section.  You sign up by email, and the library emails you with news on a variety of book genres that you determine.  I signed up for the “kid’s books” email.  I receive an email that tells me about some suggested titles from the library and a link to that book in the library’s catalog.  I can place a hold right from my computer and have the book waiting for me at the library.  Don’t forget to support your local library and use its many wonderful services.  I keep learning more about what they offer each time I visit their website.

Sea Otter Awareness Week

This week is sea otter awareness week.  The Georgia Aquarium is celebrating this week with their 2 sea otters, Oz and Gracie.  My wife and I love to go the aquarium to see these two otters.  Gracie is very sweet because she swims with one paw in her mouth as if it’s her comforting blanket.  You can visit the aquarium’s website for more information about sea otter awareness week and a video of Oz and Gracie or stop by our media center to look up information online or in our books.