!! KidLit Programming Guides, Classroom Activities & Giveaways!!

The Healing Library: Available Kits for Family Healing

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in KidLit Tool: The Healing Library, Theme: Emotions, Theme: Family, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

The Healing Library: Available Kits for Family Healing

How can libraries serve families during times of trauma? To assist families in healing, libraries can assemble kits from The Healing Library’s free resources.   This slideshow requires JavaScript. As a counselor I’ve seen how community plays a role in people’s ability to endure, and even heal, in the midst of loss, tragedy, and change. Libraries are key community entities that can be part of this connecting people with resources and information in times of need in a variety of ways. . The Healing Library offers an encompassing resource...

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KidLit Programming Month-to-Month

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Uncategorized, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 2 comments

KidLit Programming Month-to-Month

A big ROAR of gratitude to all the librarians, educators, literacy professionals, and families who have used Curious City DPW materials to engage readers and readers-to-be with children’s literature! With the craftiness of our intern, the stupendous Sophia, all of the current Curious City DPW materials have been sorted into a Month-by-Month Guide.   Look for programming opportunities by month and holiday.  We include everything from International Tiger Day to core cultural celebrations to library tours to summer reading!...

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Curious City Besties Awards ’17: Best KidLit for Ages 8-18

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

Curious City Besties Awards ’17: Best KidLit for Ages 8-18

What chapter book, nonfiction book, or novel has changed your readers? What book could they not put down? What 2017 novels or nonfiction did you turn to again and again? Curious City boldly declares their 2017 “Besties” — children’s books that have been our best friends this fine KidLit year!   (Look for the Besties Awards for ages 4-8 here!)   Image © Yuko Shimizu from A Crack in the Sea (Penguin)     Best Breaking of Gender Barriers (Using a Giant Hammer)   Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen Series: Jasmine Toguchi Series...

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Curious City Besties Awards ’17: Best KidLit for Ages 4-8

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

Curious City Besties Awards ’17: Best KidLit for Ages 4-8

What makes a picture book or early reader a child’s “bestie” or constant companion? What 2017 picture books did you turn to again and again? Curious City boldly declares their 2017 “Besties” — children’s books that have been our best friends this fine KidLit year!   (Look for the Besties Awards for ages 8-18 here!)   Image © Sydney Hanson from Escargot (FSG)     Best Bucket Boost by a Bovine   RAISIN, the Littlest Cow By Miriam Busch & Larry Day ISBN-13: 9780062427632 Published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Age...

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Deadly Wish: A Ninja’s Journey: MG/YA Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians | 1 comment

Deadly Wish: A Ninja’s Journey: MG/YA Giveaway

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL NINJA DAY… 30 libraries won this girl ninja novel thanks to Boyds Mill Press!   ABOUT THE BOOK Deadly Wish: A Ninja’s Journey Series: A Ninja’s Journey Series, Book 2 By Sarah L. Thomson Published by Boyds Mill Press ISBN-13: 9781629797779 Lexile: 870L Age Range: 10 – 14 Years This sequel to Deadly Flowers is a fast-paced and compelling read with a multitude of astonishing plot twists. Kata is one of the best employees of a master thief until he sells her to Madame Chiyome, the woman who...

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Strong as Sandow: Giveaway Winners

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians | 0 comments

Strong as Sandow: Giveaway Winners

25 librarians,classroom teachers and physical education teachers won copies of this book thanks to Charlesbridge Publishing!   ABOUT THE BOOK Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth By Don Tate Illustrated by Don Tate Published by Charlesbridge ISBN-13: 9781580896283 Age Range: 6 – 9 Years Little Friedrich Müller was a puny weakling who longed to be athletic and strong like the ancient Roman gladiators. He exercised and exercised. But he to no avail. As a young man, he found himself under the tutelage...

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Strong As Sandow: Author/Illustrator Fitness Video & Lesson Plans

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, KidLit Tool: Educator Guide, KidLit Tool: Video & Book Trailers, Theme: Physical Fitness, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

Strong As Sandow: Author/Illustrator Fitness Video & Lesson Plans

STRONG AS SANDOW Fitness Video and Lesson Plans Best Users: Librarians, Physical Education Teachers, Educators Best Audience: Children Grades 01-04   EXPLORE THE VIDEO & LESSON PLANS “Sparked by his own passion for bodybuilding and physical fitness, Tate recounts the story of Eugen Sandow (1867–1925) in this inspirational picture book.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW Curious City spent two days interviewing and filming author/illustrator Don Tate’s “nothing in moderation” approach to picture...

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Two Truths and a Lie: STEM Game and Research Activities

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activities for Chapter Books & MG, KidLit Tool: Game, Theme: Information Literacy, Theme: Science & STEM, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

Two Truths and a Lie: STEM Game and Research Activities

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE STEM Game and Research Activities   Best Users: Elementary STEM Coordinators, Classroom Teachers, Library Media Specialists, Public Children’s Librarians, STEM-engaged Parents, Homeschoolers Best Audience: Children Grades 03-06 EXPLORE & DOWNLOAD ACTIVITIES & GAME There are so many sources of information in today’s world.  When students hear a story about a startling new discovery, do they ever wonder if it is really true? The authors of Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! (Walden Pond Press) are...

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Two Truths and a Lie: STEM Book Winners

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians | 7 comments

Two Truths and a Lie: STEM Book Winners

10 individual copies were given away to educators, librarians, or STEM coordinators!   ABOUT THE BOOK Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! By Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson Illustrated by Lisa K. Weber Published by HarperCollins Publishers ISBN-13: 9780062418791 Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true—and asks readers to separate...

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Smart Cookie: Win a Classroom Set

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 3 comments

Smart Cookie: Win a Classroom Set

  Children’s novelist Elly Swartz thinks educators and school librarians are Smart Cookies. In honor of all you amazing educators, Elly will give away one classroom set of Smart Cookie (Scholastic, Inc.) and a cookie party to one elementary classroom on 1/30/18. TO ENTER tweet using the hashtag #SmartCookieEducator and Elly will add your name to the cookie jar. You can also nominate another educator by including that educator’s handle in the Tweet.     More Information One random entrant will receive 20 hardcover copies of...

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Programming with Curious City: November & December

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One can always find an excuse to create events and classroom activities honoring great children’s books. Here are some opportunities, my fine friends, for the remainder of the year.   November Adoption Awareness Month: The Story I’ll Tell: Adoption & Arrival Writing Activity Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: What a Beautiful Morning: Story Hour with Alzheimer’s Resources Eleven and Holding: Discussion Guide for the Middle Grade Veterans Day (Nov 11): Eleven and Holding: Discussion Guide for the Middle Grade World Kindness Day...

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Starring Carmen!: Picture Book Giveaway Winners

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians | 3 comments

Starring Carmen!: Picture Book Giveaway Winners

22 picture books were given away to educators, librarians, or community and literacy groups. Thank you Abrams!   ABOUT THE BOOK Starring Carmen! By Anika Denise Illustrated by Lorena Alvarez Gómez Published by ABRAMS ISBN-13: 9781419723216 Age Range: 5 – 7 Years Meet Carmen! She LOVES the spotlight and applause. She’s an actress, a singer, a dancer—a one-girl sensación! She exhausts her parents with her nightly performances and completely overshadows Eduardo, her adoring little brother. But when Eduardo shows his big sister...

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