In Our Feeds: poetry, why math is hard, and the Mediterranean diet for schools

In-Our-FeedsEvery Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool.  We call it In Our Feeds.  Have a good weekend!

This week’s roundup involves a proposal and a lot of poetry. And with the sun finally shining here in New York City, I guess it’s safe to say Spring is here. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to break out my Keds and eat a chocolate bunny. Have a great weekend.

I am such a sucker for this library proposal story. Big points for this guy, who wrote a book about his relationship, hid it in the Chicago Public Library, and popped the question when his girlfriend found it.

What does the Mediterranean diet tell us about school reform? The diet, rich in healthy fats, fruit, and plants, is one of the reasons why residents along the Mediterranean coast lead such long, healthy lives. This fascinating article from The Washington Post suggests that if we apply the same approach to building a school system, we may be on the path to solving many of our existing problems. Continue reading In Our Feeds: poetry, why math is hard, and the Mediterranean diet for schools

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Library of Congress names new Board members for Literacy Awards…and Dick Robinson is one of them!

dickrobinsonLibrarian of Congress James H. Billington has named a group of distinguished men and women in the field of literacy to serve on the advisory board for the new Library of Congress Literacy Awards. These awards will recognize and support outstanding achievements in the field of literacy across the globe; the first recipients will be announced this fall. And among the group of members who will administer the awards is Scholastic’s chairman and CEO, Dick Robinson!

He’s in good company, for sure. Former First Lady Laura Bush will serve as the honorary chair of the advisory board, and notable names like Caroline Kennedy, Lynda Johnson Robb, David Baldacci (hey, we just interviewed him!), and James Patterson will also sit on the Board. Check out the full list of board members here.

Congratulations to Dick and all the other Board members — we can’t wait to see who is awarded later this year!

Using poetry to ignite kids’ imaginations

academy-american-poetsAs part of Scholastic’s global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., we’ve identified organizations that work every day to see that children learn to read, love to read, and have access to books. We call them “Literacy Champions”and we want to acknowledge their hard work here on the blog in our Literacy Champions series. In this next installment, we’re focusing on one of our more recent Literacy Champions, the Academy of American Poets. 

“Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry.” – Mark Strand

Reading poems not only builds literacy skills, it lights the imagination. To introduce more young readers to the art form, in April 1996, the Academy of American Poets, the largest membership-based nonprofit organization for poets, launched National Poetry Month, which takes place every April. Continue reading Using poetry to ignite kids’ imaginations

Is it a series?

I answer a lot of questions throughout my day.  Being a librarian, that is hardly a surprise.  What was surprising to me (when I first started, especially) was the question that I get asked most often: Awaken

Is it a series? 

Recently,  I was asked this question again when the book in my hand was in fact the first book in a series.  I answered yes (it was The Raven Boys in case you were interested) and she responded with “Great, I love series.”  And you know what? I do, too. So it got me wondering: Why do we love series so much? Continue reading Is it a series?

My Skinny journey

SkinnyBooks take you on a journey. The plot, the characters, the setting…all meant to take you away.

But sometimes a book resonates so much that the actual journey begins when you finish it and go back to your real life. That was the case when I read Skinny, a young adult novel we released last year. 

Donna Cooner has written the story of Ever but in many ways, the main character might as well have been Michael. If you haven’t read it yet, what you need to know is that Ever is struggling with her weight. And it’s a struggle that’s personal to me, and I wanted to share with you why this book resonated so deeply. Continue reading My Skinny journey

Ten lessons from the best district in the country

10 lessonsWayne D’Orio, Editor of  Scholastic Administrator Magazine, is here to share 10 lessons from the best district in the country.

How did a small school district in the middle of North Carolina become one of the most buzzed about success stories in K-12 education? Mooresville Graded School District, with 5,600 students and one of the lowest per-pupil expenditures in the state, regularly draws visitors from more than 40 states and countries. It has been featured in the New York Times (which called the district the “de facto national model of the digital school”), on Fox News, and on PBS. Superintendent Mark Edwards was recently named Superintendent of the Year, while tech peers gave the district their highest honor this month. Continue reading Ten lessons from the best district in the country

‘YA authors visit. Fun for all.’ Six words or less from the Teen Author Festival

Barry Lyga, Jeff Hirsch, Ruth Baron, J.J. Howard, Maya Gold, Ayala Dawn Johnson, Elizabeth Eulberg, Paul Ruddnick, Sarah Mlynowski, Sharon Cameron, Gordon Korman, Michael Northrop, and Suzanne Weyn read from their latest works at the Scholastic offices in SoHo, NY.
Barry Lyga, Jeff Hirsch, Ruth Baron, J.J. Howard, Maya Gold, Ayala Dawn Johnson, Elizabeth Eulberg, Paul Ruddnick, Sarah Mlynowski, Sharon Cameron, Gordon Korman, Michael Northrop, and Suzanne Weyn read from their latest works at the Scholastic offices in SoHo, NY.

Last week tons of YA authors descended upon New York to participate the fifth annual Teen Author Festivals. To join in the celebration, the folks at the Scholastic offices were treated to a YA-Palooza of our very own, where 10 amazing authors came in to read from their latest works. We even got previews from a few books that haven’t been published yet! Afterward, the group moved down to the Scholastic Store where we were joined by even more authors to sign some books and to chat with us.

With so many incredible personalities in one space, we couldn’t help but have a bit of fun, so we asked each author to give us his or her “6-word memoir.” As you can imagine, we received some very creative answers! Check out what everyone had to say below:

Ruth Baron (@RuthieBaron): “Many cute dresses, more messy lunches.”

Sharon Cameron (@CameronSharonE): “Left turns can steer you right.”

Elizabeth Eulberg (@ElizEulberg): “Author with a great personality.”

Continue reading ‘YA authors visit. Fun for all.’ Six words or less from the Teen Author Festival