Join Jennifer Bromman-Bender, librarian at Lincoln-Way West High School (New Lenox) and author of several books on booktalking, including Booktalking Nonfict...
Deborah Welsh's insight:
Quite long, but some excellent ideas about giving book talks - bookmercials! A sales pitch for books - even if you don't like a book! Pulling out the best elements of books to use for book talks, published reviews, for themed weeks etc.
"Media educators base their teaching on key concepts of media literacy, which provide an effective foundation for examining mass media and popular culture. These key concepts act as filters that any media text has to go through in order for us to respond."
Visitors to London this summer have had an extra attraction to seek out – book-shaped benches scattered across the capital. Not only are they are a beautiful tribute to some of the best London-themed literature, but they are raising money for a great cause. Here is a selection of the photos you shared with us.
Emily Calkins discusses some pertinent questions - on censorship, intellectual freedom and the choices adults make for children. What is the responsibility of the teacher librarian here? We struggle still with the questions of darkness, bad language and negativity in YA books, and often fail to have a well-thought out policy in relation to these issues.
This is more than just intellectual snobbery. Knowledge has a point when we start to find and make connections, to weave stories out of it, stories through which we make sense of the world and our place within it. It is the difference between memorising the bus timetable for a city you will never visit, and using that timetable to explore a city in which you have just arrived. When we follow the connections – when we allow the experience of knowing to take us somewhere, accepting the risk that we will be changed along the way – knowledge can give rise to meaning. And if there is an antidote to boredom, it is not information but meaning.If boredom has become a sickness in modern societies, this is because the knack of finding meaning is harder to come by.There is a connection, though, between the two. Information is perhaps the rawest material in the process out of which we arrive at meaning: an undifferentiated stream of sense and nonsense in which we go fishing for facts. But the journey from information to meaning involves more than simply filtering the signal from the noise. It is an alchemical transformation, always surprising. It takes skill, time and effort, practice and patience....