May 16, 2011

Book Talk Tuesday

Let's hope Blogger doesn't delete this baby!  I have been searching the web for a great place to post book reviews for librarians and teachers to use in the classroom. Well, I am going to try hosting my own Book Talk Tuesday! I invite teachers, moms, dads and librarians to link to a recent book talk or book review that can be used by others.

My rules?
1. All content must be appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
2. Websites that you link to must be child friendly since lots of kids visit this site and if they click on your link, I want it to be appropriate for them.
3. Positive reviews only, please... we only spread love here at The Lemme Library!
4. Books must be available in The US. (you are welcome to link to ARC reviews)
5. I reserve the right to remove any reviews that don't meet criteria 1-4.
In the link title field, be sure to include the title of the book you are reviewing and your site name. In the URL field, please link to this specific post that contains the book review (That way people don't have to scour your blog looking for it!)
Okay, this week, when you leave a comment, tell us about the job you hold and how that impacts your blog.I'll go first: I am a librarian at a K-6 school in Iowa City.  I started this blog to keep track of the books I have read.  There are days when all good books vanish from my brain, and I have a horrible time doing any reader's advisory.  Now, I can turn to my blog or send a student to my blog in search of a great book.  I also include projects and student art, as well as things related to my job that amuse or astound me.  I hope that someone besides me is reading this ting!  How about you? 

1.A Tale Dark and Grimm (ICPL)11.Caroline Starr Rose21.The Duchess of Whimsy (Smithville Elementary Library--@ seslibrary)
2.Mr. Schu12.Deep In The Swamp (Jen V-@ Mentor Texts)22.Horton Hears a Who! (Children's Books to Love)
3.Warp Speed (pageintraining)13.liblaura523.New Wordless Books
4.Make Way for Ducklings (Read Aloud Dad)14.Diamond Jim Dandy & The Sheriff (ECS Library)24.Mattei Book Bits
5.I Saw Esau, Mercy Watson, I Broke My Trunk, Nutshell Library (Lit Lad)15.The Legend of the Golden Snail (ECS Library)25.Carrots Grow Underground (Wrapped In Foil)
6.Mercy Watson (A Window to the World)16.Irene Latham: Okay for Now, Sparrow Road26.The Wednesday Wars (Great Kid Books)
7.The Giraffe and Pelly and Me17.Mindi 27.Books Dogs and Frogs (A Long Walk To Water)
8.Chris (@book_ dads)18.Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool28.SQUISH: Super Amoeba (Jen Robinson's Book Page)
9.Dave the Potter (proseandkahn)19.The Throne of Fire (Kidsmomo)29.Middle Grade Reads
10.GUYKU (Bigfoot Reads)20.Monsoon (Picture Books & Pirouettes)


  1. I am a part-time school librarian at a K-4 building in southeastern WI. I started my position right after winter break so I have a lot to learn! I do not have as much time to promote books at my job as I would like so my blog is one way to do that. It also encourages me to read wider than I might otherwise do and I can link the reviews to my building teachers.

  2. I am a stay at home mom - so a lot of the books are related to those I read to or with my children. I have a Masters in Children's literature and started my blog to stay connected with the children's literature world beyond the books I read with my own children.

  3. I'm an unemployed military wife and mom(no one is hiring music teachers in Detroit). Not working gives me lots of time to read. My daughter helps me review books (and helped with this weeks review).

  4. I've been reading and enjoying, Kelly. Thank you for hosting this.

    I've been blogging for about 3 and a half years. I started after I left a tenured position at a K - 8 school to move to a middle (5 - 8) school. I was the webmaster at my old school and had pages and pages of annotated reading lists. On my school's site, I annotated without offering criticism. I had been considering blogging, where I would be more critical, but hadn't quite gotten around to it. Then, the new webmaster completely redesigned the site and my pages (ten years of work) were gone in a click of a button.

    My blogging is personal. I don't publicize it among my students. I have the school's web page for my lists. The teachers know about it. I experience a similar brain freeze whenever anyone asks, "What've you read that's good lately?"


  5. I’m Violet and I’m a telekinetic puppy who likes to read and to tell other readers about good books I’ve read. GUYKU is a really good book and it will make you want to write haiku. Good-bye.

  6. I am a Middle School Library Media Specialist. My students blog about the books they have read. We have had a lot of fun this year reading books and talking about them!

  7. I'm a mother and a former teacher turned author. So glad you're doing this, as I've just started a new feature at my blog about new historical fiction titles that would work perfectly in the classroom.

    It looks like I didn't link properly. Sorry about that. The book is THE YEAR WE WERE FAMOUS by Carole Estby Dagg.

  8. Hi, Kelly! Great idea! What a great way to share blogs/reviews/ideas. :)

    I'm a hearing itinerant teacher. Originally, I was reviewing books on my personal blog but I think my friends were tired of all the reviews (or saw how much I loved books) and they suggested I start a book blog.

    My students are generally delayed in language development due to their hearing loss. I love to use books to work on developing their literacy skills such as vocabulary, reading,writing, listening, speaking, and viewing. It's rare that we read a book just for fun...I always have some kind of ulterior motive! My blog lets me explore books and record my ideas for how I might use a book. I love the feedback I get from others with ideas for how to use a book I have reviewed.

  9. I'm a k-8 librarian - I recently started a blog about books I share with kids and what I love about them. I feel immensely lucky that reading great books and sharing them with kids is part of my job. What better reward than to share a book with a student and to have them respond with "can I check that out?"

  10. I never can decide on just one book! I hope it is ok that always post more than 1!

    Well, I am PreK librarian at the Early Childhood School in Frisco, Texas. Yeehaw! I serve over 800 students between the ages of 3 to 5. I blog because I want to contribute in positive ways to lives of the families I serve. One of the best things parents can do for their kids is to read to them every day!

    Many of the children I serve are economically disadvantaged and/ or have disabilities. I want our library to be a place they can get books from, read, and learn!

  11. I'm so pleased to be a part of Book Talk Tuesday... thanks so much for hosting. I'm an avid reader and author who thinks librarians are the most awesome people ever! I blog about the writing life, books, adventures and the wonders I encounter every single day. I'm also constantly on the lookout for books to put in the hands of my three sons, ages 11, 14 and 16.

  12. I have been a seventh grade language arts teacher in a Chicago suburb for 17 years. I love that my job requires me to read LOTS of young adult/middle grade books and to talk to kids about what we're all reading. What could be better?

  13. Hi, Kelly. Thanks for hosting BTT again! I'm actually a science writer at a nonprofit global health and development organization. The way my job most affects my blog is by taking up all my time so I can't blog as often as I would like :) When I'm not at my regular job, I am trying to fit in my creative writing, and I love spending time at our local library and reading to my two girls. That part of my life has a much more positive impact on my blog!

  14. I'm the librarian at an elementary school in Central Texas that serves about 400 students in grades 3-5. My blog is a place for me to connect with teachers, students, and parents in my district. Most of my posts are updates about what my students are learning and doing in the library, so I especially like to use the blog as a place to provide links to resources that connect to or enrich the books we've been reading lately.

    Thanks for putting this together, Kelly! I'm really enjoying reading everyone's posts! :)

  15. I'm a stay at home mom and I use my website to share my love of reading with my child. It's also good for me because I've had to learn quite a bit about the internet and just having my own project, something I built myself is nice. I'm really loving it and I'm finding such a community of children's book lovers out there!

  16. I am the Elementary school librarian at an international school in Budapest, Hungary.

    My blog (Try Curiosity!) is a way for the parents and teachers at our school to see what's happening in the library each week. I am also starting to post book talks there (thanks to you, Kelly)

    Our library website is the kid-friendly hub of the library, where students go to find resources, games, and book trailers.

    Thanks for hosting this, Kelly!
    Sarah Ducharme

  17. What a great idea to explore our backgrounds, Kelly. It is so fun to see what brings everyone here.

    I am a trained scientist, but I'm currently a stay-at-home mom who loves to promote literacy. I started my Wrapped in Foil blog because I was interested in writing for children, but as it evolved, I realized I was much more excited about reading. Who knows where it will go from here. :-)

  18. Kelly, I love hearing from each person, and a little more personal perspective. That's part of what makes reading blogs so meaningful to me, connecting the recommendations with people who are passionate about books.

    I am a K-5 school librarian in Berkeley, CA at a public school. I've been writing my blog since Dec 2008. I was inspired by a session at CSLA (California School Library Assoc.) conference on Web 2.0. I've loved the opportunity to reach out to a wider audience of parents.

    I also like having something that's my own. I'm still amazed, horrified at Brenda's comment how years of her work disappeared at her former school when they redesigned the website. I like the blog being my own, regardless of where I work.

  19. I'm the odd girl out here, I'm a public librarian. I do youth services and blog about programming and collection development.

  20. I'm a K-12 Librarian in small town Iowa. I don't have time to blog, but I love reading others!

  21. I just wanted to add a comment here to mention thanks for you very nice ideas. Blogs are troublesome to run and time consuming thus I appreciate when I see well written material. Your time isn’t going to waste with your posts. Thanks so much and stick with it No doubt you will definitely reach your goals! have a great day!