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In Our Feeds: Literary postage stamps, back-to-school brain foods, and book-inspired decor

IOF-big-300x300Every Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

Time to give your home a makeover? Here are 35 book-inspired decor ideas to get you started! Perhaps you’d even like to include one of these pieces of art made from books.

According to this reading infographic, 38% of readers will finish a book no matter what. See what else readers had to say about their book habits!

We all know that kids have such an amazing outlook on life, so here are 7 life lessons pulled from kids’ to-do lists. Continue reading In Our Feeds: Literary postage stamps, back-to-school brain foods, and book-inspired decor

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In Our Feeds: Literature and leadership, beautiful book displays, and an atlas of the Internet

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 great weekend!

Happy Friday! It’s been another busy stretch here at Scholastic HQ: in addition to announcing David Baldacci’s new book and the availability of all episodes of Goosebumps and The Magic School Bus on Netflix, we’re also gearing up for Teacher Appreciation Week. In the midst of all that, here are some of the links that made their way around our office this week.

Kristen came across 20 beautiful children’s book displays, compiled by Apartment Therapy. And speaking of children’s books, our friends at School Library Journal compiled a complete listing of all public children’s book statues in the United States. Road trip, anyone? Every good road trip, of course, calls for an atlas. This week we came across one that’s one-of-a-kind: an atlas of the World Wide Web. What could be cooler than a mapping of the digital landscape?

Also in tech news, 13-year-old Ruby Karp wrote a great piece on Mashable called, “I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook”– a fascinating look at teens and their social media habits.

Meanwhile, Megan shared an interesting NPR story on libraries and video games—apparently more books are checked out of the libraries that offer kids video game access. Another favorite from NPR this week: a piece on the role libraries play on screen and in song.

Last but not least, Megan shared an article about all that literature can teach us about leadership, and Brittany suggested that we take a look at this piece on the daily routines of famous writers.

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!

In Our Feeds: Shark week, umbrella art, Harry Potter ice cream and more!

IOF-big-300x300Every Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

Everyone’s favorite week of the year has finally arrived. You know what I’m talking about, the one and the only Shark Week! These feared predators of the sea have taken over the news recently but one of my favorite shark-themed articles from the week is this ranking of the 17 chompiest sharks in pop culture, which includes memorable characters such as poor misunderstood Bruce from Finding Nemo, the classic Street Sharks and my personal favorite, Sharktopus.

Scientifically engineered marine animals aside, there were some fun links that caught our attention this week in our Twitter feeds and blogrolls. Michael found this article about a giant orb made of New York City’s snapped umbrellas, 450 seasonally discarded storm-snapped umbrellas in total! This clever work of art by husband-and-wife team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi will be floating in Inwood Hill Park for your viewing pleasure throughout the month of August.

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In our feeds: Chocolate, speaking with your hands and more!

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 great weekend!

Scent marketing is all the rage in clothing stores in the past decade. Maybe bookstores should take this up too. Evidently, the smell of chocolate boosts sales in the romance category.

We unveiled the new cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows earlier in the week. Here are 25 new covers for some other books.

A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.This article from The Atlantic tells you why!

Morgan sent this link along and now thinks it’s a good thing she speaks with her hands! It could make kids smarter.

Finally, we leave you with some Girl Power from Time! Katniss is one of their top teen heroines!

In Our Feeds: Book dresses, visualizing diversity, best opening lines and more

IOF-big-300x300Every Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

It’s Friday!  It’s always a great feeling when you can feel yourself getting close to quitting time.  Are you planning a night on the town?  If so, maybe you’ll want to consider a dress made of pages from a dictionary.  Megan found this cool set of of photos and I couldn’t believe the detail.  The front panels are even in alphabetical order!  I think she’d get along well with some of our Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners like Greg Dugdale.

Now that’ you’ve read my opening lines, have you ever thought about what makes an opening sentence inviting or memorable?  As bloggers us OOMers probably obsess over it so it was great to see this link from Morgan about authors discussing their favorite openers. Continue reading In Our Feeds: Book dresses, visualizing diversity, best opening lines and more

In Our Feeds: Jury duty, infographics, and beautiful books

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 great weekend!

The jury duty bug has been going around the office – it seems like everyone is getting summoned lately! (Megan wrote about her experience on OOM recently.) We’re all about doing your civic obligation, unless you have a legitimate reason to be excused (medical issues, etc.) Apparently, attending a an Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest is NOT an acceptable excuse, as a man in Florida learned this past week! Check out the article! (Thanks for sharing Megan!)

Speaking of juries, the jury is still out on how social media affects students’ brains. According to this article from PR Daily, research shows that teachers believe digital media can “encourage student creativity and personal expression.” So that means social media is good, right? Maybe not – “Forty percent of teachers say technology is increasing students’ likelihood of using incorrect spelling or poor grammar.”

Continue reading In Our Feeds: Jury duty, infographics, and beautiful books

IOF: Spinning statues, literary nails and literary wedding maps!

IOF-big-300x300Every Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

What books inspired Steve Jobs and Bill Gates? Find out here.

This feels like it should be something that comes out around Halloween. This article tells of a statue that is rotating on its own in the Manchester Museum.

It’s summer so you should be getting lots of practice reading maps already, right? Check out a site that lets you map scenes from literature.

Lemonade stands, computer programming, playing sports, inventing and you guessed it…reading! Here are 10 ways teens can learn something this summer!

We are all a little wedding crazy these days here at OOM, so it was no surprise to see author wedding photos come through in our feeds!

In case you ever wanted a Mockingjay on the nail of your index finger, here’s some inspiration! Loving The Fault in Our Stars nails too!

Finally, check out this article about digital libraries that are making books accessible to the developing world!