Saturday, January 19, 2019

Book Review: Eleanore Roosevelt

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: FIGHTER FOR JUSTICE by Ilene Cooper is a biography focusing on Roosevelt’s lasting impact.
Designed for intermediate and middle grade readers, this biography includes the basics of Roosevelt’s life. However this work of nonfiction places emphasis on her transformation into an advocate for social justice. The author uses a conversational approach to describe how Roosevelt overcame her own prejudices and used her powerful position to promote important causes such as the Civil Rights Movement. Historic photographs and other illustrations will contribute to the appeal of this title. The book includes a timeline, biography, and index.
Librarians will find their collection filled with books on Eleanor Roosevelt. What makes this book unusual is its emphasis on her national and international contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and other efforts related to social justice. Students doing reports on both Roosevelt and the Civil Rights Movement will find the book useful.
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers on August 7, 2018. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Website Revie: Makerspace for Education

MAKERSPACE FOR EDUCATION is website providing resources related to makerspaces in teaching and learning.
The website introduces the basics of makerspaces along with the philosophical basis for the approach. A materials section lists print resources, software, websites, and other useful links to get educators started. A community of practice section welcomes involvement and provides links to a blog and teacher-generated lesson ideas.
Librarians will find this website to be helpful in designing makerspaces and locating materials and support for both the library and classroom settings.
To visit the website, go to

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Website Review: Jared Owen Animations

JARED OWEN ANIMATIONS is a YouTube Channel sharing fascinating 3D animations.
From science to architecture and history, Jared Owen has produced fascinating 3D animations that illustrate concepts, address questions, look inside equipment, and visit locations around the world. Users can see a series of animations related to Apollo Spacecraft, look inside a lightsaber, and visit Buckingham Palace.
Librarians will find the animations useful in computer science classes teaching 3D animation. In addition, collaborate with social studies and science teachers to weave the animations into the curriculum.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Website Review: National World War II Museum

THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM website features learning resources telling the story of the war that changed the world.
Located in New Orleans, the museum website contains information about the physical location along with a growing number of online resources.
The War section of the website provides articles, items from the digital collection, WWII polls, and other types of information including text, graphics, and video content.
The Students and Teachers section provides distance learning programs, educator resources, and student resources that explore history topics related to WWII. Of particular note is their electronic field trip connected with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Librarians will find these high-quality learning materials appeal to students and teachers alike. Be sure to check out the YouTube channel for lots of video content. Also, examine the classroom website focusing specifically on using the collections in schools.
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Book Review: Over on a Desert

OVER ON A DESERT: SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD by Marianne Berkes is a picture book exploration of the driest places on Earth and the animals who live there.
A short description, map, and illustration are provided for each of the ten featured deserts. Each scene shows creatures in their native habitats and are depicted using high-quality collage techniques. In addition to introducing the deserts, the book can also be used as a counting and number book with younger children. The very short narratives will appeal to young readers. The book concludes with additional background information, activity ideas, and even a song.
Librarians will find this book to be a useful read-aloud book for a desert themed unit. Young children and primary-aged youth alike will enjoy both the short narratives and the predictable counting theme. Use this book to kickstart a unit on desert habitats.
Published by Dawn Publications on September 1, 2018. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Website: Series of the Week

SERIES OF THE WEEK is a website featuring the best of web video series.
The Education section focuses specifically on web-based videos of interest to educators and students. Videos are grouped into subcategories including science, history, nature, and literature.
Librarians will find this website to be a good place to begin an exploration of web-based videos for use across the curriculum.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Website: Simple History

SIMPLE HISTORY is a YouTube Channel providing animated history videos.
Each short video visualizes a different aspect of history including culture, technology, and key events. Playlists are available on world history and wonders of the world. Users will find multiple videos on topics such as World War I and World War II.
Librarians will find dozens of engaging history segments to jumpstart an interest in a wide range of history topics. Work with the history teacher to weave the videos into the curriculum.