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Evidence of Things Not Seen: Edgy Discussion Questions

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in * Grades 10-12, Anti-Bullying, At-Risk Youth, Book Clubs, Discussion Questions | 0 comments

Evidence of Things Not Seen: Edgy Discussion Questions

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK The young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen by award-winning author Lindsey Lane (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities. When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pullout off the highway, so maybe someone snatched him. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it may be true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere. Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy, “…a gripping and genre-bending mosaic” —Publisher Weekly “…perfect for sparking conversation.” —Horn Book   THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Honoring the book’s sharp, intimate voice, these discussion questions both hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve. For those curious about what happens to the characters or for readers who see something of themselves or their friends in the characters, there are Resources to explore the characters’ issues in the real world. Creator of the Discussion Questions The questions were written by Carrie Gordon Watson, a 29-year veteran high school teacher, conflict resolution counselor ,and co-founder of the at-risk youth art engagement program, Never Counted Out. She holds an MA in Foreign and Second Language Education, and she has created and implemented conflict resolution programs at the high school where she’s taught since 1996 and adopted and coordinated the social awareness program called Challenge Day. A Young Adult author as well, Watson’s first book QUAD dealt with the painful and gripping reality of a school shooting. Her 2016 novel Ascending the Boneyard tackles subjects of grief, family, and finding oneself. ENTER TO WIN a free copy of the book until 6/6/15 HERE. Engagement / Programming Tool: View, Download & Print Discussion Questions Explore other Tools on the Author’s Website   Best Users: Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Community Groups, Grades 7-12 Best Audience: Children Grades 7-12 More on the Book: Evidence of Things Not Seen By Lindsey Lane Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Age range: 12 – 18 Years Hardcover, 9780374300609 “The real story is not Tommy’s to tell, it is in the lives of all the people left behind.” —VOYA “Thought-provoking.” —Kirkus...

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Be a Changemaker: Past Giveaway

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Community Service, Giveaway for Educators, Giveaway for Librarians | 1 comment

Be a Changemaker: Past Giveaway

BOOK GIVEAWAY (Closed-Sorry) For Librarians, Educators & Community Organizers Hoping to Create Changemakers Ages 12+ It is time for a change and you can build changemakers! We gave away individual copies of  Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters to 20 random librarians, educators and community organizer entrants. Our thanks to author Laurie Ann Thompson and publisher Beyond Words/Simon Pulse for the books! Don’t forget to grab the free, downloadable Be a Changemaker Workshops Guide! And the winners are… Lakeside Junior High School Natomas Charter School Cesar Chavez Middle School Everett Alvarez High School Cheshire Public Library Edna Zybell Memorial Library Idaho Commission for Libraries Boise School District Tri-Township Public Library Lincolnwood Public Library District Emiliano Zapata Academy West Springfield Public Library Gleason Public Library friends school of portland Messalonskee Middle School Library Hennepin County Library School of Environmental Studies ISD 196 Yeshiva University HS for Boys Wright State Universtiy Cascade Middle School The Hawley Public Library Saint Lucia Public Library Duchesne Academy Northwest High School King County Library...

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Be a Changemaker Workshops

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Community Service, Social Change, Social Justice | 0 comments

Be a Changemaker Workshops

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK Know a group of teens that want to make a difference in their community or world? Are they some of the millions of high school students with a service-learning requirement? Either way, Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson (Beyond Words/Simon Pulse) will empower your teens with the confidence and knowledge they need to effect real change. “Teens looking to make a difference will find inspiration as well as real-world strategies for realizing their dreams of being the change they want to see in the world.”   —Kirkus Reviews THE WORKSHOPS Want to be a kickstart your teens to make changes in their community and world? Curious City, Teen Librarian’s Toolbox and author Laurie Ann Thompson have created a guide for running a series of six workshops based on the book.  Those workshops will empower you to guide teens through the changemaker process. Complete with advertising posters, preparation guides, icebreakers, worksheets and more, the Be a Changemaker Workshops will get your teens actively thinking and acting on their ideas. ENTER TO WIN a free copy of the book until 5/28/15 here. Engagement / Programming Tool: View, Download & Print Be a Changemaker Workshops Explore other Be a Changemaker Tools Best Users: Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Community Groups, Grades 7-12 Best Audience: Children Grades 7-12 More on the Book: Be a Changemaker: How to 
Start Something that Matters
 By Laurie Ann Thompson Foreword by Bill Drayton Published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse For Ages: 12 and up Hardcover ISBN: 9781582704654, $19.99 Paperback ISBN: 9781582704647,...

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Always Twins: Past Giveaway

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in * Grades 00-02, Giveaway for Educators, Giveaway for Librarians | 4 comments

Always Twins:  Past Giveaway

BOOK GIVEAWAY – Sorry, Closed For Librarians & Educators Serving Kids Ages 0-7 But don’t forget to download the free Always Twins Story Hour Kit! In celebration of S-P-R-I-N-G finally blossoming across the country, Curious City DPW and Holiday House gave away 25 copies of Always Twins by Teri Weidner! And the winners are…  Educator (Everton, AR) Moon Mountain Elementary School Library DeVargas Elementary School North Hollywood Public Library Morgan Hill Library Enfield Street School – Library Pond Creek-Hunter Schools Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Woodson Library Twin Lakes School Corporation Ivan O. Davis – Liberty Library Donald P. Timony Grammar School Brooklin School Kalkaska Public Schools Sharon Springs Free Library Voorheesville Public Library Worcester Free Library Mary L. Cook Public Library Newkirk Elementary School Library West Birdville Elementary Southern Heights Elementary Pierce County Library (Dupont Branch) Fairview Elementary School Library  Librarian (Deerfield, IL) Rea View Elementary School...

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Always Twins: Story Hour Kit

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in * Grades 00-02, Kinetic Literacy, Nature & Environment, Puppetry, Story Hour Kit | 2 comments

Always Twins: Story Hour Kit

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK “You two are just alike!” everyone tells duckling twins Olivia and Lily in Always Twins by Teri Weidner (Holiday House). But while Olivia likes to “jump in the mud,” run around, and quack so everyone can hear, Lily prefers studying and daydreaming. These different activities don’t always work well together, and eventually the twins grow annoyed by their differences and head off in opposite directions. But the twins can’t stand to be apart for long. Lily comes looking for Olivia, only to find her stuck in a tree. An adventure ensues that ends in a frightening tumble. Finally safe, the twins realize that while sometimes they are the same and sometimes they are different, one thing is certain: they are “always twins.” THE STORY HOUR KIT This kit is designed for libraries, bookstores, PreK-Grade 1 classrooms, and families with kids ages 2-6. In the picture book, twins Lily and Olivia, who are seen by everyone as “just alike,” have an argument about their differences. While they both stomp off, Olivia strays a bit too far and Lily has to go search for her twin. 1) Treasure Hunt & Puppet Craft. This kit offers templates of Olivia and Lily that can be cut and folded to serve both as standees and hand puppets. With the Lily puppet on their hand, story hour kids search for one of the Olivia standees/puppets that you have hidden in your space. Once both ducklings are reunited, the black and white ducklings can be colored and otherwise decorated. 2) Daisy Chains. Lily is a daydreamer while Olivia likes to run and jump in the mud. You can tell the twins apart by their behavior, but also by the fact that Lily likes to wear daisy chains. The kit includes instructions on making daisy chains indoors or outdoors. Engagement/Programming Tools: View, Download & Print: Always Twins Story Hour Kit Visit AlwaysTwins.com for other story hour and classroom tools including free, reproducible bookmarks, felt board images, coloring sheets and other activities. Best Users: Public Children’s Librarians, Families & Play Groups, School Librarians, Grades Pre-K-1, Bookstores Best Audience: Children Grades K-2 More on the Book: Always Twins
 Written & Illustrated by Teri Weidner Published by Holiday House ISBN-13: 9780823431595 Publication date: 1/30/2015 Ages...

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The Neptune Project: Past Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, Giveaway for Educators, Giveaway for Librarians | 13 comments

The Neptune Project: Past Giveaway

EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY (Closed – SORRY!) For School Librarians & Educators In honor of Earth Day, author and educator Polly Holyoke would like to share her love for the world’s oceans with school librarians and educators! A former teacher, Polly has asked Curious City DPW to give away 500 individual copies of her award winning middle grade novel, The Neptune Project (Disney/Hyperion), to schools all over the U.S.! With the help of science and language arts teachers, Polly has developed STEM and other well-received curriculum materials and lesson plans for her undersea dystopia. Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of 2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award 2014-15 Master List Maryland Black-eyed Susan Book Award Nominee Ohio Buckeye Teen and Children’s Book Award Nominee Finalist 2013 Green Earth Book Awards “Almost every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger, forcing the reader to flip the page for more. In addition, the book revels in the beauty of the underwater world and the creatures that inhabit it. The relationship between the teenagers and the dolphins–who actually become characters themselves–is especially well-crafted…With both romance and adventure, The Neptune Project will attract male and female readers.” —VOYA How will I know if I won? By a book in the mail! We usually announce the winners, but 500 winner is a sea of names. Anyone can request a privacy-protected list of the winners by emailing...

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Extraordinary Warren: Past Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in * Grades 00-02, Giveaway for Educators, Giveaway for Librarians | 1 comment

Extraordinary Warren:  Past Giveaway

BOOK GIVEAWAY (Closed-Sorry!) For Librarians, Educators & Other Extraordinary Literacy Folks In celebration of the CSLP Summer Reading theme of Every Hero has a Story, the release of the picture book/early readers/comics series  Extraordinary Warren a Super Chicken and  Extraordinary Warren Saves the Day by Sarah Dillard and its companion Story Hour Kit, Curious City DPW and Simon & Schuster are giving away 25 copies of one of the two volumes! “A good-humored story that nicely blends picture book, chapter book, and graphic novel elements.” —Publishers Weekly And the Winners Are… Rogers Public Library Paulding County Carnegie Library Keene Public Library Eastern Shores Library System Springfield City Library Waupaca Area Public Library Mason County Public Library Salina Public Library Harmony Elementary Fred.P.Hall Elementary Kershaw County Library Phoenix Public Library Sno-Isle Libraries Lied Public Library Mary L. Wilcox Memorial LIbrary Timbercrest Elementary Brown County Library Robert Sullens Fort Mill Public Library North Bellmore Public Library Westbrook Elementary Briggs Lawrence County Public Library O’Fallon Public Library Brown County Library Darcy Library of...

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Wherever You Go: Past Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Giveaway for Educators, Giveaway for Librarians, Grades Early Childhood Classroom, Graduation | 4 comments

Wherever You Go: Past Giveaway

BOOK GIVEAWAY (Closed-Sorry!) For Librarians, Educators & Graduation Planners In celebration of the April release of the picture book  Wherever You Go by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler and its companion Graduation Event Kit, Curious City DPW and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers are giving away 20 copies! And the Winners Are… Mebane Public Library Defiance Public Library System Penn Wynne Library Campbell Court Elementary The Hawley Public Library Paulding County Carnegie Library Harmony Elementary Phillips Public Library Mohawk Valley Library System Bloomingdale Public Library Tigard Public Library Presbyterian Christian School North Bellmore Public Library Edna Zybell Memorial Library Glen Ellyn Public Library Curriculum Resource Centre Mount Saint Vincent University Ventura County Office of Education Vermont Square Branch – Los Angeles Public Library Schenectady Co. Public...

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Wherever You Go: Graduation Event Kit

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Event Kit, Graduation | 2 comments

Wherever You Go: Graduation Event Kit

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends as they journey over steep mountain peaks, through bustling cityscapes, and down long, winding roads to discover the magical worlds that await them just outside their doors. Wherever You Go‘s award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller’s lilting rhyme and bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler’s enchanting, lush landscapes celebrate the possibilities that lie beyond the next bend in the road—the same road that will always lead you home again. “Miller’s gentle urging to chart new courses…gives this lovely offering appeal both as an inspirational gift book and as a bedtime tale.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) GRADUATION EVENT KIT Either as a book a parent hands a child or a book that a school uses to celebrate graduations at all ages, Wherever You Go serves to mark life transitions, give confidence that adventure awaits and comfort that the parents, teachers, institutions and experiences that have supported students, will still be there. “…works best as a candidate for a graduation present.” —School Library Journal This Graduation Event Kit offers the following tools to help schools or families celebrate graduations at any age: • Sample graduation speech • Suggested graduation traditions • Graduation medallions to present when graduates “walk” • Pennant flags to decorate a celebration space • “Toppers” to decorate cupcakes or other food, straws or gifts Engagement/Programming Tool: View, Download & Print: Wherever You Go Graduation Event Kit “…reminiscent of the lyrical charm and poignant prose of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! As your graduate begins his or her journey, so does Miller’s rabbit. Over mountains, through cities, to oceans and beyond. Sometimes traveling alone, while other times accompanied by a pile of friends. Rabbit embraces life’s dreams, detours, and adventures, with the promise that no matter how far you may travel, or where you may land, home will always be there for you.” —The Essay Adviser Best Users: School Graduation Pre-K-12, Family Graduation Parties Best Audience: Children Grades Pre-K-12 More on the Book: Wherever You Go By Pat Zietlow Miller Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN-13: 9780316400022 Age range: 3 –...

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X: A Novel : Free MP3 Download of Malcolm X’s Teen Years

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, African American, Audiobooks, Giveaway for Educators, Giveaway for Librarians, Giveaway for Readers, History (US), Reluctant Reader, Social Justice | 3 comments

X: A Novel : Free MP3 Download of Malcolm X’s Teen Years

Celebrate Malcolm X’s 90th Birthday with a Spoken Word Performance of His Teen Years! Meet Malcolm X Before He Knew He Was Destined to Fight for #BlackLivesMatter!   FREE MP3 SPOKEN WORD  On 5/21/15 a free MP3 audiobook download of the acclaimed young adult novel X: A Novel will be available for one week.  Readers who grab that file between 5/21/15 (8 AM EST) and 5/27/15  will be able to keep the spoken word performance of Malcolm X’s teenage years indefinitely.   SIGN UP VIA TEXT You can sign-up on the spot to get a text alert when the download file becomes available.  When you text to 25827 and put xnovel in the message field, they will get a prompt to grab an app to handle the download on 5/21/15. NO STRINGS ATTACHED This audiobook comes courtesy of Brilliance Audio, author Ilyasah Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter), Candlewick Press  and Curious City DPW. The only “solicitation” you will receive via text message after their download is an encouragement to receive other free young adult audiobooks throughout the summer including Monster by Walter Dean Myers.  All the free audiobooks originate from SYNC, a teen summer literacy program funded by AudioFile Magazine and the audiobook publishers. WAYS TO SHARE THE NEWS Social Media: Drag and drop the graphic/meme above or download it here.  Share the hashtags #xanovel #malcolmx #blacklivesmatter Play & Share Audio Clip: Imagine where you can share and play the 4:21 minute sound clip?  Social networks? Classroom?  Morning Announcements?  Grab the sound clip on SoundCloud here. Paper Reminders: Print and cut paper flyers to encourage teens and others to sign-up to get the download link via text.  Download a PDF here. This Post: Share this opportunity with other educators and community leaders. Website & Newsletter Description: Who was Malcolm X before he was X?  His daughter Ilyasah Shabazz and author Kekla Magoon tell the riveting tale of Malcolm’s teenage years in X: A Novel. “Shabazz and Magoon expertly guide the reader by presenting loaded scene after loaded scene, often making us watch young Malcolm choose the wrong path or opt for the buzz of the street over the pull of family and principle…X is a powerful, honest look at the early years of one of our country’s most important civil rights leaders. Most exciting of all is the prospect that his story will awaken a new generation of young activists, inspiring them to step into what remains a vital fight.” —Matt de la Peña for The New York Times Book Review The book, performed as a spoken word audiobook by narrator Dion Graham, will be free during the days surrounding Malcolm X’s 90th birthday. When you text the word xnovel to 25827, you will receive a text reminder to grab the MP3 (and the app to listen to it on) starting 5/21/15.  While the file will only be available until 5/27/15, once the MP3 is downloaded, it does not expire. Share this news “to awaken new generation of young activists, inspiring them to step into what remains a vital fight” with Malcolm X’s story. Educators and community leaders can visit here [http://www.curiouscitydpw.com/2015/03/21/x-a-novel-free-mp3-download-of-malcolm-xs-teen-years/] to get tools to share the news with their teens! SAMPLE OF AUDIOBOOK MORE ABOUT THE BOOK & THE AUDIOBOOK PRODUCTION X: A Novel By Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon Audio Performed by Dion Graham Book Published by Candlewick Press Audio Published by Brilliance Audio Cowritten by Malcolm X’s daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the...

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