Monday, March 3, 2014

Read on WI - March Titles

Happy March! Looks like there's still time to stay warm inside and curl up with a book before spring arrives. You'll find some great reading in our titles below.

Read On Wisconsin would love for you to share how you use our book selections in your library or classroom. We have a Pinterest board just for this purpose! It's our Where in WI is Read On Wisconsin  board. If you're interested in posting to this board, send me an email. I can "invite" you to post on the board either through your email or your Pinterest name.

A great example of using ROW books at school is the Whitehorse Middle School Film Camp, where students improved reading, literacy, and technology skills while creating book trailers of Read On Wisconsin books. One of their book trailers is for this month's middle school title, Unwind by Neal Shusterman. You can also access the book trailer through Teaching Books. Sharing book trailers is great way for kids to engage other kids in reading.

February was a busy month here at Read On Wisconsin. We hosted a Twitter Chat with Elizabeth Wein, author of our February high school title, Code Name Verity, and Battle of Books high school teams. We had great participation from high schools around the state and fabulous help from the WEMTA Battle of the Books committee. (A special thanks to Sandra Wurdeman!) We also kicked off a book trailer project with Madison Public Library and Simpson Street Free Press for their teen book reviewers to create book trailers of some Read On Wisconsin titles. If you, your library or your school find these activities appealing or if you have an idea for another Read On Wisconsin book project, send me an email. Also, stay updated on projects, resources and activities throughout the month by following us on Twitter and Pinterest

As always, discussion questions for the books are available on our website and resources for the titles and authors can be found at Teaching Books, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Here are the titles for March:

Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2012
Animal Spots and Stripes by Britta Teckentrup. Handprint Books, 2012
“Soggy Greens” by John Cunliffe, p. 19
“Recipe for Green” by Jane Yolen, pp. 54-55
from  Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press 2007.
Primary (Grades K-2)
               Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
               Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2012
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2012

Middle School
              Unwind by Neal Shusterman . Simon and Schuster, 2007

High School
            The Final Four by Paul Volponi. Viking, 2012

Happy reading and hopefully spring will be here soon!   Read on!

Emily Townsendl Librarian
Cooperative Children's Book Center, Madison WI

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