Week 3 Mid-Week Update: Melinda Awards, the Oscars of YA Lit

28 01 2011

Quick!  Check this list to make certain that the Melinda Awards books you’ve selected truly are the Melinda Awards books for this year — That’s the Eva Perry short list of ten books plus the four Printz winners this year for a total of 14 books.

Believe me, I’m all for choice and would give complete freedom to choose if there were not a higher purpose – that purpose being that our sister teen book club read 450 books last year and short-listed ten for us.  We will meet with them (actually and/or virtually) on Feb. 18th for this huge Oscars-like award program to discuss our award-winning books (we’ll vote on Feb. 14) and theirs as well as the official Printz Award winners for this year.  Please contact me if you have questions.

Hope you’re making time to enjoy the bookcasts.   The only drawback is that there’s really no place to add rave comments except YouTube and many of you followed my advice to turn off comments there because of the lack of civility.  A model that Frederik has demonstrated that works great is to embed your bookcast in your blog.  Take a look at “Keep Calm and Carry On” A tip to WordPress bloggers:  To embed YouTube video, simply copy the url and paste into your blog.  It works!  Anyone got tips for Blogger?

Bookcast embedded in blog

Heads-Up!!!  Looks like a great opportunity!

Crafting Freedom Workshop – “Crafting Freedom: Black Artisans, Entrepreneurs and Abolitionists of the Antebellum Upper South” is a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop. Classroom teachers as well as media specialists, administrators, substitute teachers and others are eligible to apply to attend. Selected participants get a $1,200 stipend to cover expenses; seminars by top scholars, teacher mentors and artisans; free classroom-tested media and materials; and tours to off-the-beaten track historic sites and archives. The workshop will be offered twice: June 16-21 and June 23–28. For complete details, including an application, visit http://thomasday.net/crafting-freedom-workshop . Applications should be postmarked no later than March 1.

Enjoy your weekend!  See you in the Bookhenge on Monday night at 7 pm ET!




2 responses

31 01 2011
mary lee

trying to get back to the site in order to participate. frustrating, but i won’t give up.

31 01 2011

I’m so sorry you missed the class, Mary. We had the best time tonight watching bookcasts and taking a field trip to StoryWorld. Did UStream work for you? That’s always an option if Second Life fails. Give me a time and I’m happy to try and help with Second Life. Don’t want you to miss this!

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