Friday, April 20, 2018

Let's Celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day Around The World With Flipgrid, Buncee and Mrs. P!

One of the best days during Poetry Month every April is the day we celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day.  

This is the day that everyone keeps a poem in their pocket and pulls it out throughout the day to read and share with others.  The poem can be an original poem, favorite poem or any other poem each person picks.  

Poem In Your Pocket Day is a day to not only celebrate poetry, but a day to celebrate bringing together everyone in your community to create, read and share something meaningful and fun.  
This year as we get ready to celebrate with several classrooms around the world and our friend Mrs. P, Andy Plemmons and I thought it would be exciting to create a Flipgrid so we could share the poems in our pockets with others around the world.  

We will be sharing a Google Hangout link soon so all of you can join our celebration with Mrs. P!  
You will find the Let's Share The Poems In Our Pockets Flipgrid here

I also wanted to share the link for Poem In Your Pocket Day from the Academy of American Poets.  
They have even provided a guide on the site is filled with ideas, resources and poems to use on this wonderful day. 
One of my favorite places to create poetry is in Buncee and it is the perfect place to write and illustrate the poems for our pockets too.  You will find lots of ideas in this Buncee.

You can go to to have your students create their very own Poem In Your Pocket Buncee's for the day.  It would even be fun to print these off and they can show them while recording in Flipgrid too.

We hope you join us friends as poems from pockets are being shared around the world next week.  Let's see how many we can add to our Flipgrid for this very special poetry celebration.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Subscribe to the Future Ready Librarians Newsletter Today!

We have kicked off the Fueling Future Ready Librarians newsletter!  

This is a place for all of us to stay connected to news, upcoming events, resources and of course, each other. You can check it out here

Please subscribe to Fueling Future Ready Librarians so it is easy for me to keep you up-to-date and connected to our newsletter and all of the news. 

Here is how you will subscribe...
Go to the Fueling Future Ready Librarians Smore

Click on Follow Shannon Miller. 
You will receive an email from Smore. Click on Confirm address and get updates. 
It will give you a choice to Allow emails from the Fueling Future Ready Librarians Newsletter.  

Click on Update subscriptions.  Now, when I update the newsletter, you will be sent an email to get the latest and greatest too.  
Thank you friends for joining us in this new Future Ready Librarian community. And remember, I am always looking for others to contribute and share in our newsletter too.  Please let me know how you would like to help.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A NEW Way To Find Amazing Examples and Ideas from Storyboard That!

Our friends at Storyboard That have put together something special for all of us as we use this amazing digital storytelling tool with our students in the classroom and library too.  

You can now go this page where you will find wonderful examples across disciplines.  
 Once on that page, you can click on any of these topics listed above. 

I loved looking around through Elementary, World History and more. I know you will find this very helpful when using and sharing Storyboard That too. 

Celebrate School Library Month By Adding Your #AASLslm Twibbon!

Celebrate School Library Month by adding the official Twibbon to your
Twitter and....  
Facebook profile pictures.  

You will find them here

Monday, April 16, 2018

Making Community Connections...a special webinar for week 3 of School Library Month!

I had the honor of being part of a webinar to celebrate Week 3 of School Library Month, Making Community Connections in the School Library.
My friends and colleagues Gina Seymour and Sue Kowalski joined me as they shared the amazing stories of Making Community Connections in their libraries and communities.
Have a wonderful week celebrating making community connections in your libraries too, friends.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week 3 of School Library Month...Making Community Connections At Your School Library!

As we celebrate week three of School Library Month, let's focus on the very special topic of Making Community Connections at Your School Library!  

This year the theme for School Library Month is Making Connections at Your School Library, which brings together four special weeks of School Library Month subthemes including:
  • Making Learner Connections 
  • Making Educator Connections 
  • Making Community Connections 
  • Making Global Connections
As we kick off Week 3 of School Library Month, let's take a closer look at Making Community Connections at Your School Library....
with lots of ideas, resources and the Making Community Connections Collection by Destiny this week!  

As the AASL School Library Month site states, 

Librarians are encouraged to host events and activities that will help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.  
You will find lots of ideas for elementary, middle and high school activities here from the School Library Month Committee. 
Also, think about how the Cultivates Community Partnership wedge of the Future Ready Librarian framework fits into this week of School Library Month.  
This is such an important pieces of the framework, especially as it supports partnerships within the school and local community including families, caregivers, non-profit organizations, goverment agencies, public and higher education libraries, businesses, and more. 

Cultivating partnerships within the school and local community will bring so much to your school libraries, students and community as a whole.  It is essential for the growth and success of all involved. 
I have included these posts on my blog today and during the week. 

With all of the others on the Future Ready Librarian framework including the webinars with lots of ideas, resources, fun, tips and more, you should bookmark and follow those too. 

Please let me know what else we should add or if you'd like to become a collaborator. I'd love to have you help and add your ideas too. 

Remember...each week in April, I have been adding a new Collection. 

I hope you having a wonderful School Library Month, friends.  Thank you for checking our Making Community Connections Collection too.  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fueling Future Ready Librarians...Our Very Own Newsletter Is Here!

Everyday there are more and more amazing things to share about Future Ready Librarians! There are news, events, articles, posts and celebrations of successes of all kinds.  

We have the Future Ready Librarian Facebook page.  We have #FutureReadyLibs on Twitter.  We have Future Ready Librarian Collections. We have stickers, posters and even Future Ready Librarian tattoos! We have events at conferences, district professional development and within libraries.  We have dozens of online and offline conversations daily. 

And that is just a start!  

With all of these incredible things being shared, learned and celebrated, I thought it would be helpful to have a place where we could go that would share all of these things throughout the year.  

Let me introduce the Fueling Future Ready Librarians Newsletter! 

This will be that place.  A place for us to stay connected to news, upcoming events, resources, and of course, each other.  It will also be a place to jump in and volunteer by reaching out to say you would love to be involved in a Twitter chat, webinar or in another way.  

I will be updating this newsletter each month so please bookmark the Fueling Future Ready Librarians Newsletter so you can refer to it at any time.  

Together, let's lead within and beyond the library and make a difference this year for our students, communities and ourselves. 

We are Future Ready Librarians, friends.

Please subscribe to the newsletter here....

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Who Will Roar If I Go?... A Book For Every Young Researcher

Some of my best days in the library and classroom were spent helping students connect to the things they were passionate and excited about learning through reading and research. I loved watching them learn something new and take that knowledge to turn it into words, thoughts and great creations they'd share.  I was constantly on the look out for wonderful books and opportunities that would spark their curiosity and love for learning. 

This year I came across one of those books that I just couldn't wait to share with all of you.  It is called Who Will Roar If I Go? by...
Paige Jaeger and...
 illustrated by Carol Hill Quirk.
They share on the Who Will Roar If I Go site,

Do you know what an endangered species is and why animals become endangered?  
Our research-based book tells the story of thirteen animals who need our help before they disappear. The Lion is losing his home; Elephants are losing their tusks; the Zebra is losing his friends; and the Blue Karner Butterfly is losing a place to flutter around. But--we can all help if we just learn how!
With beautiful watercolor illustrations and rhyming verse that tells each animal's story, Who Will Roar If I Go? introduces the basics of endangered species to children and opens up conversations about how we can all help. 
Ask your children or students to do research and observe how even the illustrations reflect habitats and the text reflects concerns!  
If you are a librarian or teacher, check out the lesson plan ideas linked above! 

And I couldn't agree more! 
From the moment I opened the book,
the stories from each endangered animal hooked me and made me want to know more. 

Let's look at one of my favorites, the Panda from China.

With black-patchy eyes, I'm chubby and cute.  
I'm a lazy bear who chews bamboo shoots.
Sleeping and munching forests away
Are the two main activities that fill my day. 
But with so little space left for me to graze
You'll find me living in the zoo these days.  

You can see how the stories from each animal will open up fantastic conversations and research opportunities for your students.  They will bring compassion too. 
Paige and Carol made sure to spark the interest of young readers throughout the book by adding questions at the beginning, end and through....
creative images of paw prints and...
On the website, there are five lesson plans that focus on important topics such as understanding inquiry, graphic organizers and more.   
Students will love adding their words and illustrations to the I Wonder Graphic Organizer. This is one of my favorites. 

Thank you Paige and Carol for bringing all of us, especially our children, such a beautiful and important book.  This is one that every library and classroom should have. 

3 NEW PebbleGo Spanish Modules....Coming This Fall!

Last week at the TLA Conference in Texas, our friends at Capstone made a very special announcement!  

There are 3 NEW Spanish modules that will be joining PebbleGo this fall!  

These will include PebbleGo BiografĂ­as (Biographies), PebbleGo Ciencia (Science), and PebbleGo Estudios Sociales (Social Studies). All modules will include a content map that matches the English language version, Spanish text, and read-aloud Spanish audio recorded by professional voice-over artists.

PebbleGo was the go-to place for our young researchers in the library, classrooms and home.  These three new Spanish PebbleGo modules will bring so much to all of our learners and communities. 
Thank you, Capstone!  
You will find the press release here

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Create Your Own Google Logo To Celebrate Earth Day and Week!

Today, I had fun teaching a few little friends about something super awesome from Scratch!  
For Earth Day and Earth Week, your students can create their own Google logo that celebrates what they care about in the world.  

As the Scratch Project Page states, students can make a Google logo that celebrates what you care about.  Show your appreciation for your favorite animal, share ways to protect the environment or encourage others to be mindful of their energy use.
They can start the project by going to the Earth Day Google Logo Starter Project here
Once inside the Scratch project, they will be able to change....
 the backgrounds including adding their own,
 all of the letters,
 add movement,
 and lots of different sounds.
 We loved looking at lots of examples that others have created.
This will be a great way to kick off your Earth Day and project with Scratch too!  

Have fun, friends and happy Earth Day (and week)!  

Picture Books To Celebrate Librarians, Libraries and Books!

I have always love books about libraries, reading and books themselves.  

My sister, Heather (who is also a school librarian), and I had lots of favorites when we were little, and even more as we were education majors working in the University of Northern Iowa Youth Department at the library. 
Last year, a dream came true for me as the four books I wrote focusing on important library skills were published by Cantata Learning.  

As we celebrate National Library Week and School Library Month, I am sharing my Library Skills with libraries and classrooms as they celebrate libraries through these wonderful stories and songs. 

We have shared Find a Book, 
 Staying Safe Online, 
 Manners in the Library, 
and Fiction or Nonfiction. 
Last week, I even got to share my books with lots of librarians and educators at the TLA Conference in the Capstone booth, Follett event, and even with my very special friend Liv, who you will find at @thelivbits!   It was so much fun!  

After visiting with a class of first graders today and singing along with Emily Arrow (who wrote and sang in each one of my books) to Find a Book,  I started to think about all of the books I love with libraries, librarians and books in them. 
I brought together this Picture Books and Songs That Celebrate Librarians, Libraries and Books Padlet to share with all of you!  

Now you can read, sing and share these special books as you and your community celebrate these very special library holidays this week, month and all year long. 

Take a look at all of the books included on the Padlet and share your own favorites.  It is easy to do....just double click and add links, words and even a picture of the cover.  

Happy National Library Week and School Library Month, friends.  Have fun reading and singing!