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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Regarding bullying

In time for the Anti-Bullying panel discussion, EC librarians have been creating a resource list. We have put up lists in our library catalog, and will include a few highlights here. The age categories are only suggested. It is always a good idea to preview a book before recommending it to your child, especially when you are trying to address this difficult issue. These titles include a range of behaviors, from mild to really dangerous.

To see the full resource lists, click these links.

Anti-bullying for lower grades includes picture books and easy fiction as well as some non-fiction for adults.
Anti-bullying, 3-5th grade includes books from the upper elementary school library.
Anti-bullying, middle school includes books recommended for at least fifth grade and older.

Other classics in this subject area for middle school students:
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier;
Shooter by Walter Dean Myers.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

George and Martha by James Marshall

Some things just never go out of style. George and Martha is one of those things. The pithy and sophisticated language, brilliant use of line in illustration, and amazing interplay of text and picture leads to timeless, entertaining stories that kids of 3 or 43 love forever. If you've never read George and Martha before, and even if you have, you should pick it up tonight and read it with your children. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

When the creepy Dr Jake Limberleg's Technological Medicine Show rides into her small town in 1913, Natalie begins to become aware that something is terribly wrong. Could there be a connection between Limberleg and the story that her mother has told her about the old bluesman, Tom, and his encounter with the devil at the crossroads? In a complex and intricate plot, Natalie has to take great risks to save her town and all the people in it. The Boneshaker is not a quick and easy read, but its spookiness will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck at times.

In other digital news...

The EC Library has a subscription to BrainPop! which lets students watch short animated movies about a variety of educational topics at school.

There is now a free iPhone app that gives users a free BrainPop! movie of the day.
The November/December 2010 Buyer's Guide edition of iPhone Life magazine listed the free Featured Movie app among the "best of the best" in the Education category. Download the app from iTunes for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch - it's a great way for kids and grown-ups alike to learn something new every day!

If you visit the iPhone Life magazine link, below, you can see a list of other cool educational apps to look at: