Youngsters are racking up the titles and hours with summer reading efforts. MeMe Tales, available for iPhone and iPad, offers a variety of children's stories and picture books (including audio) for every child at every reading stage. This free app provides a free book every week; others may be purchased as well. Badges and stickers are awarded to readers as they finish books, and readers earn a book-related game each time they finish a book. Email notifications may be sent to parents each time their reader completes a book, making it easy to keep track of their progress.
Do you look forward to June? I have wondered if it is the most anticipated month; there just seems to be a looking ahead attitude in June, along with a sense of freedom. Those of us in the northern hemisphere enjoy the summer solstice, the day with the most sunlight hours.
Come June, we hear the chant, "No more teachers, no more books," but we can't let 'no more books' happen-for our youth or ourselves. Our June themed reading lists offer lots of great titles to further literacy and learning over the summer months. Enjoy some time in the Caribbean; explore family history and relationships; stretch imaginations with our superhero selections. I guarantee there's something on these lists that your reader(s) will find appealing! This month's article in our Common Core series offers insight and suggestions on how summertime can foster literacy and knowledge for the young.
Margarita Engle's new book The Lightning Dreamer is a perfect fit for our Caribbean mindset. You won't want to miss her blog post about the writing of this book. Thanks to Kidlit Celebrates Women's History Month for allowing us to share this interesting piece with you. A selective bibliography, with reviews of course, of some of Margarita's award-winning books set in the Caribbean follow the blog post.
CLCD, version 2.0, launched earlier this month! We are receiving mostly positive feedback, as well as queries about using some of the new features. It's been exciting to use version 2.0; I particularly appreciate the ability to create and save reading lists right in the database. I used that new feature creating this month's themed lists and the Engle bibliography. I also love our new screen display that allows me to move back and forth between book detail screens without having to back out to the search display screen-what a timesaver! The breadth and depth of CLCD remains the same, but using it has a new feel. I hope you are finding the database to be a better resource then ever. We are diligently working through feedback and already tweaking things to be even better.
We'll be at Booth 2619 at ALA in Chicago later this month; please do stop by to say hello, give us your thoughts on Version 2.0, and maybe win a ticket to join some of the CLCD team at the Newbery Caldecott Banquet. Hope to see you in Chicago!
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