Library Media Services

San Diego County Office of Education

March 2014 Newsletter

Recap of CSLA and Professional Growth Day

SDCOE Library Media Services had a strong presence at the recent conference from February 4th-6th. We had a large group at our IMRA workshop on Thursday afternoon (the 5th local cohort started on March 3). While Sandy Gonnerman manned the California Streaming booth on Friday, I had a good turnout for my best children's books of 2013 presentation on Sunday morning.

We also had 96 people turn out for our Professional Growth Day on February 25th. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Walter Mayes, and Shelley Moore Thomas taught, entertained, and inspired participants, while breakout sessions deepened knowledge of books and technology. We're using feedback to plan an even better event this fall on Thursday, October 23. Mark your calendars, and I'll share news about the planning and development of the next Professional Growth Day here in the newsletter.

More Professional Development

In the meantime, here are some more opportunities you may want to take advantage of.

CUE Annual Conference: CUE stands for Computer-Using Educators and their Annual Conference is in Palm Springs from March 20-22.

Google Apps for Education: Alicia Butters Gallegos and Joe Hartman presented only a fraction of what is covered in this course at our Professional Growth Day.

Media in the Common Core: Karen Wagner presented on CLRN at our Professional Growth Day, but she also teaches this class. The next one starts on April 6.

More Awards and Lists

Last month, I gave a shout out to the more famous ALSC awards, but Jennifer Lawson spoke at Professional Growth Day about the YALSA awards and lists for ages 12-18. While Jennifer was busy chairing the Printz Award committee, I was on the judging panel for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Young Adult Literature category.

Our shortlist didn't overlap with theirs--we came close, though, both picking a Rainbow Rowell title--but that's a testament to a wonderful year of young adult literature. Our winner won't be announced until April 11, but I'll have more information about the wonderful Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in the next newsletter.

Another annual project I'm involved with is School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books. Modeled after the March Madness of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, 16 books are paired off in brackets with celebrity author judges deciding the fate of which book advances. Tune in March 10 to see the results of the first bracket: Vaunda Nelson, author of last year's winning book, NO CRYSTAL STAIR, decides the fates of ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME by Julie Berry and THE ANIMAL BOOK by Steve Jenkins.

Curriculum Guides and Activity Kits

Our friends at Blue Slip Media passed along these resources they developed for publishers.

MR. TIGER GOES WILD by Peter Brown is a book that many people thought would win the Caldecott. Nevertheless, it's a crowd pleaser at story times.

LIKE CARROT JUICE ON A CUPCAKE by Julie Sternberg is the third in a series of funny free verse beginning chapter books, a perfect transition from easy readers to harder chapter books.

Middle Grade Mania is a collection of spring 2014 titles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and I'd like to particularly recommend THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander and AVIARY WONDERS, INC by Kate Samworth as both have been getting fabulous reviews. If these books win awards next January, you heard it here first!

Yellow Book Road

Independent children's bookstores are few and far between, but they are a great resource for lovers of children's literature. We're fortunate to have Yellow Book Road. They did a great job selling books for us at the Professional Growth Day, and they also do a great job of bringing local and national authors in. For example, this Friday, March 7 from 6-8 pm, they are hosting Cindy Jenson-Elliott.