Virginia Festival of the Book 2018

Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at the Virginia Festival of the Book’s big kickoff event, the Read & Lead Lunch. I shared my experiences with the Festival of the Book in the classroom, and the impact that I have seen the festival have on my students. As this was a closed event, I […]

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The 12 Days of Tech-Mas 2017

Those few short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas… does anyone do their best work at this time? If my own distraction and forgetfulness are any indication, we are all struggling to hold it together under the twinkly lights. With our six-day rotation cycle at St. Anne’s, I only get to see students in the library three […]

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Second Annual Picture Book Month Celebration

  Tis the season to celebrate the things that bring us together and give us joy – and for our community here at St. Anne’s-Belfield school, picture books are at the top of that list! Every year, the international reading community comes together during the month of November to celebrate Picture Book Month. This unofficial […]

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[Updated] Resources for Talking to your Child about Death, Loss, and Grief

Many children lose someone that they love early in their lives. It is hard to watch a child in pain, and even more difficult to help heal the heart of someone you love while you, yourself, are hurting. Whether the loss is of a parent, grandparent, friend, or beloved pet,  understanding death, its permanency, and […]

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Hurricane Harvey Book Club

Since the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, thousands of students in Texas have not been able to return to school. When they do go back, many will have lost their classroom, school, and public libraries. As part of an ongoing desire to teach our students empathy and the importance of community service, 4th grade teacher McKenzie […]

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Words Matter: 2017 Picture Book 10 for 10

Does it feel sometimes like we live in a world where words are shared without much thought to their consequence? Educators have the opportunity to teach students just how powerful their words can be. Now more than ever we want our children to know that words matter. Words can build up or tear down, and […]

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The Slow Season

I need to confess something: I have barely picked up a book all summer long. Instead I have filled my days with friends, sipping cool drinks and brushing mosquitos away as the smoke from the grill tumbles skyward behind me. I have flown across oceans, hiking up mountains to discover waves thrashing the bases of […]

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Coming Soon: 2017 Books on Bikes Bike Parade

You’ve heard me talk a lot on this blog about Books on Bikes (no really… a lot). It combines my very favorite things: books, exercise, popsicles, and the Charlottesville community. Biking with the Books on Bikes team is the best part of my summer every year, and I’m so excited to be introducing this amazing project to […]

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Family Connection: The “Childhood Book”

The other day, a sixth grader approached me when I was standing at the circulation desk. “Have you read Mountain Dog?” He asked. Students approach me about books like this all the time. It’s my favorite part of the day. Sometimes it’s to talk about how much they loved a book – sometimes it’s to […]

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