Sunday, October 01, 2017

Book Review: The Treasure Box

THE TREASURE BOX by Margaret Wild tells the moving story of a boy and his father who save a book after their library is destroyed during war.
This poignant story traces the life of a boy who helps save a book from destruction and later places the book in a new library.
Librarians will find this hopeful story to be useful in discussing topics related to war, emmigration, and cultural heritage.
Published by Candlewick Press on April 25, 2017. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Website Review: Native Voices

NATIVE VOICES is an online exhibition from the National Library of Medicine exploring health and illness from the perspective of Native peoples.
This online exhibition is divided into four sections: exhibition, interviews, timelines, and resources. The exhibition explores ways that wellness, illness, and cultural life of Native peoples are interconnected exploring the perspectives of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians as well as providing an art gallery. The project contains interviews with health professionals, community leaders, traditional healers, and others working on health-related issues. Users can access these by theme, name, or region. The timelines highlights key events from antiquity to today. Finally, the resources section contains career planning and educational materials.
Librarians will find lesson plans, online activities, and other resources that can easily be woven across the K-12 curriculum.
To visit the website, go to https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Book Review: The Hawk of the Castle

THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE by Danna Smith is an informational picture book story revolving around medieval falconry.
Set in medieval times, the story follows a day in the life of a girl and her falconer father as who live in a castle. Along with the engaging narrative, the author provides boxes of information about birds of prey and the activity of falconry. The book concludes with author’s notes, an index, and resources.
Librarians will find this book to be useful for children learning about medieval times or those interested in falconry. Teachers will enjoy the connects to the social studies curriculum.
To learn more about the author, go to http://www.dannasmithbooks.com/.
Published by Candlewick on April 11, 2017. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Website Review: Digital History

DIGITAL HISTORY is a website focusing on tools and technologies to enhance teaching.
This resource-rich website provides resources for use by students and teachers in history learning activities. The website is divided into sections including eras, topics, resources, and references. Uses can also use the interactive timelines to identify teaching materials, textbooks, documents, and media by date.
Librarians will find endless resources to weave into the social studies and history curriculum. This website also provides useful primary sources to teach information literacy concepts. Partner with teachers to share the educational resources.
To visit the website, go to http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Book Review: The Dragon Hunters Trilogy

THE DRAGON BROTHERS by James Russell is the first book in a new adventure trilogy for dragon fans.
Flynn and Paddy live on a remote island, so they’re surprised when a dragon swoops down and kidnaps their dog, Coco. This action adventure picture book traces their journey to rescue their beloved dog.
Librarians will find that this trilogy has broad appeal. Students will also want to download the map app to explore the Dragon Brothers’ world.
Look for THE DRAGON TAMERS (June 2017) and THE DRAGON RIDERS (August 2017) to complete the trilogy.
To learn more about this trilogy, go to http://www.dragonbrothersbooks.com/.
Published by Sourcebook Jabberwocky on April 4, 2017. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Digital Spotlight: City Readers

CITY READERS from the New York Society Library is a project sharing the borrowing records of library users from 1789 to 1805.
Contents: Users can browse or search more than 100,000 records of books, readers, and borrowing history from the New York Society Library’s Special Collections. Users can also explore featured content including visualization tools, circulation records, female records, founding fathers, and library catalogs.
Classroom Connections: Use this amazing collection to teach students about the use of library records in history. These records provide unique insights into library users and their reading habits along with information about books and their readers.
To visit the collection, go to http://cityreaders.nysoclib.org/.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Website Review: Enchanting the Desert

ENCHANTING THE DESERT is a unique digital monograph exploring Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
Based on a historical document, this collaborative project includes the work of geographers, artists, enthusiasts, and digital humanists. The project is divided into sections focusing on toponymy, exploration, settlement, tourism, and infrastructure.
Librarians will find this fascinating project serves as a good example of interdisciplinary collaboration. Work with the art and social studies teachers to encourage creative projects that connect geography, art, and humanities.
To visit the website, go to http://enchantingthedesert.com.