The Academy Awards are often described as “Hollywood’s Biggest Night,” and for good reason. The glitz, the glamour, the golden statues! And Oscar winners tend to have certain things in common: dedication to their craft, audience support, talented stylists, and a love of reading. Yup, a love of reading. A bold statement, I know, but if you’ve visited You Are What You Read recently, you may have noticed that many of our Names You Know (178 and counting!) are also past Oscar winners and nominees. And since so many movies these days are based on books, is it really any surprise that the most talented people in Hollywood know their way around a library?
Much like my fellow OOMers, I also had a difficult time putting together my Bookprint. At first, there were too many great titles that I wanted to include. Then after I selected five, I started picking them apart and finding faults: “This book isn’t intellectual enough! I know I loved this book, but I don’t remember every last detail of it so it can’t be in my Bookprint, right?”
Tracy van Straaten, our VP of Trade Publicity, stopped by OOM to reveal some amazing news…take it away, Tracy!
Something exciting happened last night, and Dav Pilkey fans, this one’s for you: the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling novel Super Diaper Baby is almost here, and the SUPER sneak preview of the book’s cover was revealed!
Super Diaper Baby 2: Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by George Beard and Harold Hutchins (the fourth grade creators of Captain Underpants) will be published on June 28, 2011—just in time for summer reading! But that’s not all…Dav Pilkey created an awesome video showing exactly how he created the book — in a breathtaking, dizzying two and a half minutes!
We’ve talked about bullying here on OOM before. It’s a subject that no parent, teacher or student wants to have to deal with but from my experience in The Scholastic Store, they almost certainly will! I have parents and teachers ask for books to help both bullies and the bullied. Morgan’s post earlier in January gave some great recommendations. Among them is a new book Warp Speedby Lisa Yee. It was featured last week in theL.A. Timesand another review says “Yee has a real gift for writing about the pain and absurdity of middle school with a gentle, low-key sense of humor.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. Warp Speed blends the seriousness of the issue of bullying with the levity you’d expect if you’ve read any of Lisa’s other books. What results is a story that promotes understanding on all sides and makes you laugh a bit along the way. Continue reading Warp Speed Ahead with Lisa Yee!→
What’s followed is a frenzy of news stories and blog posts asking such questions as: Should teachers be allowed to blog? Doesn’t the First Amendment give her the right to say whatever she wants on her blog?
The answers to both questions are easy: yes and yes. But both of these questions miss the point of what’s really at issue here.
Teachers have every right to blog, and I would argue that they SHOULD blog — to share what’s working and not working in their classrooms, to join a community and find support from other educators, and to document the realities of what’s happening inside our schools.
The issue this raises for me is about professionalism, not about the First Amendment. Would that teacher ever have gotten up on a stage in front of hundreds of people and said the same things she did on her blog? I doubt it. She has the First Amendment right to do so, but that doesn’t make it right.