James Patterson’s site includes much more than just book recommendations for children and teens. (Yes, this site is the best-selling author James Patterson’s creation.) It is an amazing site: extremely useful for librarians, teachers, and parents.


Common Sense Media, eSchool News, BWi’s Title Tales, and Transliteracy

Thanks to the “geniuses/counselors” at the Danbury Apple Store for an excellent, FREE, movie-making camp for my oldest son and one of his buddies this week. They even provided parents with a free program about how to use the parental controls feature on Macintosh computers. Another tip I learned from Valerie diLorenzo (yes, there is ¬†another Valerie diLorenzo who did the instruction for parents and then she helped out with the camp too) was Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media gives reviews of all sorts of media (movies, games, Websites, TV, music, books, etc.) I like their Ten Common Sense Beliefs too. Our children/tweens/teens will use all sorts of media throughout their lives. As a teacher and a parent, I feel it is imperative that, as best as we possibly can, we teach them how to be safe and make good choices when using media.

eSchool News is offering a free one-year subscription to educators. (I signed up to receive this at the Rumsey Library.) eSchool News provides “Technology News for Today’s K-20 Educator.”

Marissa Ciullo, Children’s Librarian in CT, recommends¬†BWi’s Title Tales. She found out about it from Linda Williams (of Willimantic Library Service Center–another of my favorite people/libraries). Ciullo writes about BWi’s Title Tales:

“BWI sells books, but you can join and still use its book review service for free. . . The service is called Title Tales. . . . You can search for a specific title or by subject and find books that have been published in the past few years. Many of them have several reviews from places like Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly, which you can compare all at once. It’s extremely useful!”

What is transliteracy?