Resources for Banned Books Week 2018

Have you heard about Banned Books Week? Started originally in 1982, the week seems to grow in popularity (and in viral advertising) each year! Here’s a quick summary, from the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom: Banned Books Week 2018 is September 23-29. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, […]

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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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Cville OneBook

I am so excited to share that St. Anne’s-Belfield School will be a community partner with Cville OneBook this year! As a member of the Cville OneBook Committee, I am so excited about the opportunity to use a story to bring the Charlottesville community together for reflection and discussion. Let me tell you a little […]

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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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Resources for Talking to Children about Charlottesville

“She asked me, ‘Mom, do they hate me?‘ I mean, how do I answer that?” Last night, I ran into a parent, and we took a moment to rest together and share the weight of our heavy hearts. This will be my fourth year teaching her children, and as we have served on committees and […]

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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 Summer of 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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Learn to Learn Computer Science Institute

Learning to learn. It’s a strange concept, isn’t it? It’s easy to think that learning is something we just do – no effort required. After all, babies are learning every second their eyes are open, learning to echo facial expressions or sounds before they even realize it. Three year olds learn about the world around them so […]

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Digital Literacy and Fake News with Library 2.0

I’m excited to have collaborated with Kim Wilkens to present Foiling Fake News wth Fourth Graders at the Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference. The theme for the conference was Digital Literacy and Fake News, so our three-week unit with St. Anne’s-Belfield School fourth graders busting fake news online was be a perfect fit. We spoke with […]

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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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