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Batch of Blogideas Bookmarks

My Delicious site continuously fill up with great links that don’t necessarily merit a post of their own, but that readers of this blog might enjoy. Here are a few of those.

Mad Libs are one of those few fun and educational activities that can be done by yourself or with a whole class. There are several copy-cat sites on the net, but It’s a Mad Libs World wins out for the definitions that appear over the parts of speech when you hover over them, rather than being elsewhere on the site.

Wordies may enjoy Word for Word, Ben Zimmer’s insightful examination of the thesaurus and its founder Peter Mark Roget, who, according to Zimmer, “intended for his readers to immerse themselves in the orderly classification system of the thesaurus so that they might better understand the full possibilities for human expression”.

In an perfect world, research assignments would be student-led, when that spark of curiosity is allowed free rein to seek answers posed by the students themselves as is idealistically mandated in Alberta Learning’s Focus on Inquiry document. Kevin D. Washburn offers Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning to help facilitate this optimum method of learning.

On the front page of Read Kiddo Read, author James Patterson warns parents that their children could fall two years behind in school over the summer. To assist parents and the rest of us who want to encourage reading, Patterson has assembled a terrific site with reading lists arranged by age group along with interviews and occasional contests.

Google supports current system of copyright protection by removing 250,00 links per week from searches at the request of copyright holders.

Stories, games, history and more will delight fans on Just-Pooh.com.

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Seeking New Favourite Authors for Yourself or Other Readers?

Literature Map is a wonderful tool to search for a new author to read while you wait for your favourite to publish their next book. It is also a great way to expand on a popular genre or type in your collection.

“You type in an author’s name, and the screen fills with names of many authors. The placement of each author is based on how similar the writing is to the author you typed. It is hard to explain because it is very visual. You can use it for all ages. It is a lot of fun to watch the author’s names move across the screen every time you type someone new in the box. ” (source)

This is a screen shot of the results of a search for Ellen Hopkins, a popular author with my high school students. Click the image to enlarge and then go to Literature-Map to try it for yourself. Pretty impressive.

Discovered at Tales From a Loud Librarian along with some other great online resources in the post “Need Help Selecting a Book?”


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Sunday Surfing Selection: Reading Lists and Recommendations (Readalikes)

Beginning with my favourite, this weeks link dump pulls together great places on the internet to explore books.

I would love to hear from you if you have a favourite place to go to find the next book for you, your patrons or your students to read. Please share the link in the comments or email me via the form in the sidebar, and I will add your recommendations to the post.

Literally hundreds of lists are available at Goodreads Listopia. Generated by readers, lists range from the “Best Books of the 20th Century” to “Big Fat Books Worth the Effort“. You can see at a glace how many books are included in the list and how many voters have weighted in. The lists are dynamic as readers continue to rate books and vote for their favourites, but I suspect that Sendak, Seuss, Silverstein, Carle & Brown remain near the top of the Best Children’s Books list. Clicking on any books will take you to that book’s Goodread’s page with book info, images and reader reviews. It will also recommend other books like the one you clicked on.

Powered by Bowker’s Books in Print® database, Bookwire includes print, e-books, audio books and more. Category pages include bestsellers, author pages with biographies and bibliographies.

Teacher Book Wizard: “Find and level books with Book Wizard. Plus, get booktalks, lesson plans, author studies, videos, and discussion guides.”

Ocean County Library’s Teen Zone booklists: an extensive set of lists by topics like “What Does a Dead Guy Have to Say: Books About Forensic Science”, “Rebel Reads: Books about teens who dance to their own beat” and “Keeping it Real: Urban Lit for Teens”.

Nancy Keane’s Read Alikes wiki: good list of readalikes for kids by title.

Anniston Library’s Readalikes page gives recommended authors to read based on author, series or genre. (Adult)

Hennepin County Library – Readers Online Searchable database of subjects and genres as well as an if you like… page.

Fiction db: updated searchable database of 270,000 titles.

YALSA’s 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults: Juried list of American titles.

School Library Journal: Kids Comics for the Win!

CCBC : Graphic Novels for Libraries: Recommended Titles for Children and Teens


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