everyone should make their own book award seal

Librarians and teachers are always sharing their favorite books, so much so it is hardly necessary to ask one for a recommendation, you will get a title sometime in a conversation. I thought it might be fun for librarians, teachers or students to create their own book award criteria and seal! Canva or google drawings make it very easy to customize and create one to match your personality.  You can be dignified like the Newbery, or get a little crazy with color and graphics after you research how other books are chosen for awards and make your own criteria.

Perhaps each class can do a collaborative book seal for books they enjoy. The library could feature their picks to help others find a great read. It’s nice for students to place their seal of approval on things, why not a book they love?

the ms. p book award

And…we can even make bookmarks with our seals and name some new books that deserve it! Maybe I should start with the old books that do… the possibilities are endless. I hope you see this seal all over bookstores this year, if not maybe on a bookmark or two? Happy reading, book reviewers.

time to get appy

I found two apps this summer that I may use in the library. Truthfully I plan to play with them a lot at home but I see possibilities to use them at school, too. I like the party party app because it’s a great way to illustrate a step by step process by pointing and shooting with a phone or iPad. I showed how I made a peach shake for instance, but I thought I could use it to show making a bookmark, searching for a library book, drawing a familiar character…there could be so many things to do with this app. It was around $2.00 but I plan look for a similar app that’s free and will update this post if I find one.

Peaches and the Party Party App

also enjoyed the Color Splash app.  This is a free app that allows you to change your photo to grayscale and selectively recolor some of it. This was the first one I did, not perfectly, but it was fun to try.  I think it would be a great app to use when discussing the way artists and illustrators use specific colors in books to evoke a theme or mood. What if we took out all of the colors in an image except one? Which one is the most important to the illustration to help us understand the story? I can think of lots of fun ways to play with this app…but I might like watching this guy eat an apple the best so far.