Sunday, November 24, 2013

Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month.
I think SCSD staff would agree with Dianne de Las Casas, author, storyteller and founder of the celebration: 

In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.

To celebrate at SCSD, I kept a fresh supply of handpicked picture books in each of the three teacher lounges.

Staff shared their favorites on Padlet.

At the high school, Mrs Pentico collected staff favorites and shared them with students.

The week of the 18th, two first grade class and one fourth grade class connected with students in Connecticut to read Mo Willems books to each other. Together, we read I'M A FROG, his newest.

On Thursday, we were very fortunate to be part of the first ever Picture Book Smackdown (organized by rockstar school librarian, Andy Plemmons), connecting with schools in Georgia, Texas, Maine and Connecticut and with two rockstar authors (Ame Dyckman and Laurel Snyder) using the fantastic tool, Google Hangouts on Air.

Mrs Jimison's class did a great job of preparing to "smackdown" on their favorite picture book, but so many students at each school wanted to participate that we all ran out of time. Fortunately, every one who wanted to get in front of the camera was able to. The video is available on the Smore page above.

What a great month it has been!