Teacher/Librarian Page Update

We are growing our Teacher/Librarian Page by adding to what we already have for you and creating some new resources. Please do check them out and let us know what you think and share anything you’d like to see us add.

Now, with that said, here is the run down of all changes:

Author Websites with Discussion/Activity Guides-included now are some of our own Mixed Ups, as well as authors Cinda Williams Chima, Wendy Mass and Lauren Myracle. This list will be updated regularly so do check back often.

Successful Author or Illustrator Visits-now includes a link to Cynthia Leitich Smith, collection of articles and advice on school visits.

Author Visits on the main Teacher/Librarian Page) now includes links to author and illustrator visits by state and the direct link to Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators that allows you to search a wide list of visiting authors by region.

QUICK LINKS & GENERAL RESOURCES has some new links (for the full list head here):

ALSC Blog-Blog of programming ideas and literacy initiatives from Association of Library Services for Children

Children’s Book Council

Middle Web-Resources for Middle Grade Educators and Parents

The Reading Tub-Middle Grade and YA Book Review Blogs

Included the following the Booklists:

ALCS Recommended Book Lists

Reading. Org-Teachers Choices Booklist 2011

2011 Notable Children’s Books-Association of Library Services for Children-ALSC)

2011 Best of Children’s Books: A List of Lists and Awards

Finally, we added some categories that we hope will help you continue to develop a love of reading and life long learning.


Book Club Central, ChildrenOfficially starting December 1, 2011 this resource will include book suggestions with sample chapters and ideas for organizing the club.

Middle Grade Book Club Guide-Some Mixed Up Files suggestions for starting a book club and keeping it going.

Middle School Reading Activities-Look for activities from simple to hard to match up with classroom reads, literacy projects or for suggestions to kids looking for ways to bump up that book report.

NPR’s Back-Seat Book Club-Every month there is a Book Club selection that students read then have the option to send in questions to NPR. Some of those questions are given to the author will visit the radio programme, All Things Considered at the end of the month.

Pragmatic Mom-Book Clubs for Kids-Excellent resource of tried and true book club meetings, including the books used and the activities done. Many of the included titles are middle grade.

Sylvan Book Adventure -Intended to motivate kids in grades K-8 to read. Book suggestions, quizzes, and prizes add up to some online reading fun.


Charlotte’s Library-Weekly Round Up of new Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction -This librarian will help you keep up with what’s new and hot in the world of Middle Grade Fantasy and Science fiction so you can stay one step ahead of your young readers.

Middle Grade Ninjaa blog about reading and writing middle grade that includes great interviews to enhance author studies.

Marvelous Middle Grade MondayA weekly round-up of book talks from middle grade authors, librarians, teachers and booksellers. From new releases, to classics to graphic novels, they have all reading interests covered.

Project Mayhem-A group of well known middle grade authors blogging about writing, life and reading. Great opportunity for students to see inside the mind of some of their favorite authors.

Smack Dab in the MiddleMiddle grade authors talking about their books, the journeys they took to publication and themes of the month where they each weigh in on different topics. Gives students a great opportunity learn even more about the authors they read.

Tween Tuesday-Round-up of great book talks for the upper end of middle grade.

Now. Didn’t change anything on Virtual Visits yet, but am mentioning anyway. Maybe you’ll go have a quick peek in case you’ve not seen it before!

That’s it for now.

Happy reading, writing and sharing that passion with students and young library patrons!





Deb Marshall