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Styling Librarian #WhateverWednesday Alaska Glaciers

Today’s focus: Alaska Glaciers – It is fun to reflect on one thing each week that really catches my attention, entertains me, and is special enough I just have to share it with the world.

Here’s my Whatever Wednesday Randomness:  

Glaciers receeding… I already posted in the past about a movie I thought was fantastic and informative: Chasing Ice


Now I came across changes in Alaska with glaciers.
I personally saw this through the years since this is my original home state and I visited a glacier over the years that certainly changed.
Here’s the link:

http://www.snowaddiction.org/2014/06/photos-from-alaska-then-and-now-this-is-a-get-ready-to-be-shocked-when-you-see-what-it-looks-like-now.html?m=1

Here’s a few pictures:

Muir Glacier and inlet in 1895

Muir Glacier and Inlet in 2005.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Thank you again to “Eat the Book” for the Whatever Wednesday meme: http://mretome.wordpress.com David Etkin’s words: “Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. A cool quote or poster, a picture, student work, a video—you know, WhateverEnjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.”

If you enjoyed this post, please consider following my blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

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Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! Love when I get a little time to read… but sometimes I read so much that I’m overwhelmed… There’s just picture books to share today, sorry, I’ve been reading novels but… here’s a few of the books I enjoyed lately:

Celebrated this past Saturday: 

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault

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I had a fantastic time visiting a few local children’s bookstores with my sister here in Portland, Oregon during our holiday. I absolutely adored visiting Green Bean Bookstore. Wonderful place to visit, dangerous (in a good way) place to shop because there are so many fantastic things there! Also visited the fabulous bookstore- A Children’s Place- amazing. I loved sitting down in their aisles and reading picture book after picture book. And buying many as well! (Too much fun!) My thoughts on the books below are really brief…
Shall post more about both stores in my Sunday updates soon enough.

Here are some of the books I loved reading at those bookstores:

Naked! by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi - MY FAVORITE TEAM! Just loved this book, FINALLY reading it was such a celebration. I loved how many times my sister and I both laughed aloud through the book! Highly recommended. Goodreads Summary: “After his bath, the little boy begins his hilarious dash around the house – in the buff! Being naked is great. Running around, sliding down the stairs, eating cookies. Nothing could be better. Unless he had a cape…”

Ninja! by Arree Chung – Awww. Just loved how this book ended. Enjoyed the rest as well but seriously, such a special book! Goodreads Summary: “A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear—a true ninja can overcome all challenges.”

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld – Get this book. Read this book. Laugh your way through this book. Sure, I really love moose… but loved the pacing, transitions, and concepts. Fabulous illustrations as well! Goodreads Summary: “MOOSE? Yes, Moose! When a movie director tries to capture the life of a moose on film, he’s in for a big surprise. It turns out the moose has a dream bigger then just being a moose–he wants to be an astronaut and go to the moon.”

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan – Intriguing. Thought provoking. Different. Shaun Tan is brilliant. So glad this book was preordered. Goodreads Summary: “Combining humour and surreal fantasy, Shaun Tan pictures a summer in the lives of two boys. Each spread tells of an event and the lesson learned. By turns, these events become darker and more sinister as the boys push their games further and further.”

Dinosaur Vs. School by Bob Shea - HAH! Of course Dinosaur Vs. School! This reminded me of so many preschoolers who are simply in their own world and not ready for a school community. Hilarious. Goodreads Summary: “Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What’s not to like? But then, oh, no! It’s Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS!”

Help! We Need a Title! by Herve Tullet – Just enjoyed every bit. Not a ‘Press Here’ but hilarious and fantastic approach to writing a book and having your characters speak out. Goodreads Summary: “Someone has been opening this book… I think they’re looking for a story! The characters are still only sketches, there’s a setting and a few ideas about colour, but who can they turn to for the story? It’s not long until they go after the author and disturb him in the middle of his work…”

The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler – so touching. Loved the community, the story, the conclusion. Goodreads Summary: “No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.
Ruffled feathers, petty snits, minor tiffs and major huffs, insults, umbrage, squabbles, dust-ups, and imbroglios-the Grudge Keeper received them all, large and small, tucking each one carefully away in his ramshackle cottage. When a fierce wind blows through Bonnyripple, the residents are forced to rescue Cornelius and deal with their various disputes.”

Oliver and his Egg by Paul Schmid – Good to read another Paul Schmid book, different and special. Lovely ending. Goodreads Summary: “In this follow-up to Oliver and his Alligator, Oliver spots a rock on the playground. But it’s not just any rock-he’s sure it’s a dinosaur egg. And once it hatches, he has the best new friend he could ask for. They sail to a deserted island and even launch into outer space. But as great as it is to travel with his dinosaur alone, Oliver realizes that it is even more fun when all of his friends bring their imaginations along for the ride!”

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman - Beautiful and peaceful. Goodreads Summary: “Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange new islands, huge whales, and vast seas but no blue seashells. When a treacherous storm suddenly blows in, the three bears find themselves tossed about in their little boat, far from Mama. What will become of their search, and what will it take to bring them safely home?”

Maple by Lori Nichols – what a cute character to read! Goodreads Summary: “When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.”

The Numberlys by William Joyce, illustrated by Christina Ellis – Been waiting to see when this book would come out for a few years, enjoyed The Numberlys app a while ago. Loved the adaptation to book! Goodreads Summary: “Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers; Life was fine. Orderly. Dull as gray paint. Very numberly. But our five jaunty heroes weren’t willing to accept that this was all there could be. They knew there had to be more. So they broke out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and they started knocking some numbers together. Removing a piece here. Adding a piece there. At first, it was awful. But the five kept at it, and soon it was artful! One letter after another emerged, until there were twenty-six. Twenty-six letters and they were beautiful. All colorful, shiny, and new. Exactly what our heroes didn’t even know they were missing. And when the letters entered the world, something truly wondrous began to happen: Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books!”

Flight School by Lita Judge – Aww… creative way of telling this story, enjoyed the illustrations as much as the text. Goodreads Summary: “Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn’t built to soar. But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Even if he needs a little help with the technical parts, this penguin is ready to live on the wind.”

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant – THIS BOOK SHOULD BE ADDED TO YOUR SELECTIONS if you want to provide an opportunity for diversity discussion… I’d partner it with the novel The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams. Good story about a boy who loved to dress up in this tangerine dress and dealt with his classmates ridicule… loved the mom in this story. Goodreads Summary: “Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress. But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses. One day when Morris feels all alone, and sick from the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo. Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw, and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure.”

Okay, Andy! by Maxwell Eaton III – I really love this author’s creations. Read so many books by him. This one is a HILARIOUS new early chapter book. Goodreads Summary: “Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, a young coyote pup. Find out what makes Andy even crabbier! They spend lots of time not catching rabbits, falling over cliffs, and trying to decide the difference between an owl and a bear. A perfect bridge between picture books and text-heavy chapter books.”

Boom Snot Twitty by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Reenita Liwska – cute book, surprised it didn’t really stick with me well though. Enjoyed the illustrations as I always do with all pictures by Reenita Liwska.  Goodreads Summary: “Boom!
Snot… Twitty? Three unlikely friends, and three different ways of being in the world. This simplest of stories is a fable for life.”

The Worm by Elise Gravel – Non-fiction picture book – Great voice and information throughout this book about a worm! Goodreads Summary: “The second in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures,The Worm is a look at the earthworm. It covers such topics as the worm’s habitats (sometimes they live inside other animals), its anatomy (its muscle tube is slimy and gross), and its illustrious history (worms have been on earth for 120 million years). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Worm contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.”

Bugs in my Hair! by David Shannon – Yuck. Too close to home. Yuck. Brilliant book. Yuck. So it is all about lice. You’ll learn a lot, but simultaneously be itching… and thinking about it later will also make you itch.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri – HAH. I want to read this book aloud to classes! Fabulous one. Goodreads Summary: “Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.”


Birds of a Feather and Out of Sight and The Open Ocean by Francesco Pittau, illustrated by Bernadette Gervais – All three of these books are absolutely gorgeous and packed with fascinating facts. They’re large books with movable parts. They also will be your book that readers will pour over and obsessively learn random facts… fantastic books, wish I could afford the luggage space to bring these back to Hong Kong now. They’ll be on an order sooner than later for my library. Goodreads Summary for Birds of a Feather: “This lush, oversized book about birds features a variety of interactive guessing games and special features, including more than 40 lift-the-flaps and more than 15 pop-ups, plus intriguing facts about each bird, providing readers with hours of educational entertainment. With elegant, graphic illustrations, Birds of a Feather is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind.”  Goodreads Summary for Out of Sight: “In this big, beautiful, astonishing book, more than 50 animals are hiding. In elegant drawings and graphic, eye-catching layouts, Out of Sight will enthrall children with the amazing variety of the animal kingdom.” Goodreads Summary for The Open Ocean: “Guess a sea creature from its silhouette, shell, or scales— and just lift the flap to discover the answer! This lush, oversized book about marine life features a variety of guessing games and special features, and provides hours of educational entertainment. With elegant, graphic illustrations, plus intriguing facts about each animal, learning about ocean life has never been so fun or interactive.”

Don’t forget to visit your local, independent bookstores, they’re wonderful and fantastic to support!

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

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© 2013 by Debbie Alvarez of The Styling Librarian. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @stylinlibrarian or at my Styling Librarian Page on Facebook.

Styling Librarian Hong Kong Update Week 52 Two Year Reflection

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Two years in Hong Kong. What have I learned?
Here are my top 10 thoughts about life in Hong Kong:

Ready to go home. Snapped a picture with the book that entertained me while I was there. Operation Mom by Reenita Malhotra Hora.

Ready to go home. Snapped a picture with the book that entertained me while I was there. Operation Mom by Reenita Malhotra Hora.

1. Hong Kong has a fantastic medical system. I’m quite grateful to all the medical professionals I was supported by in the past year during two major health crises. Doing good now and appreciating every single day I can wake up and celebrate life.

2. You learn to adapt. Easily adapt… to most challenges. They don’t need to be cried over, they’re not worth your energy getting angry, just try to adapt. For example: you sign up for an appointment to renew your visa and after 3 hours of dealing with paperwork, waiting, reading, and waiting more, you find out that you need to repeat the process the following week to get your sideline visa as well. Ok, the process allows my family to live in Hong Kong and allows me to work here? Ok, worth the frustrations.

3. “You can find anything you need in Hong Kong.” Many told this to me, but now having lived here, I actually say this: “You can find anything you need in Hong Kong, IF you know where to look and don’t mind paying extra because of vendor shipping costs.” I’m quite grateful for all the stores that actually had what our family needed. Many Hong Kong friends know that feeling of relief when you actually FIND what you’re searching for in a shorter amount of time than you expected. The friends who gave me contacts and shopping directions at the beginning of our time here were my lifelines. Having advice on doctors, hairstylists, dentists, shopping areas, favorite places to visit with children, etc… invaluable.

4. Hong Kong provides my family with resilience. We work hard, we celebrate, we adjust to friends moving and meeting new people, we enjoy travel and we absolutely appreciate public transportation here. We can visit home and get a good dose of family and friends we’re missing while living on the other side of the world… I feel like we made a really healthy decision when we chose to move here and try out life as expats.

Minibus Ride: Minecraft book can be absorbing...

Minibus Ride: Minecraft book can be absorbing…

5. Public transportation in Hong Kong is exquisite. I commuted every day with my son to go to my old school driving myself. Often now, my son and I ride a minibus to school that’s right down the stairs in front of our apartment complex. We don’t worry about traffic, we can chat, read, and relax as we head to school. What an affordable luxury (.75 USD each way). I love riding the MTR (subway, sort of) and people watching. I amuse myself watching interactions, clothing, and listening to the constant chatter of numerous languages at once. I’ve learned to carefully read body language as a conversation in another language is going on and enjoy making up my own translation and story about the people I’m watching.

Setting up for a race.

Setting up for a race.

6. Recreation and green abound in Hong Kong. Often people think of the gorgeous cityscape, yes, I also think it is lovely but I love the beautiful green hills, mountains, and water in Hong Kong. Many friends hike at least once a week in beautiful hills. Many go dragonboating, paddling, bicycling, windsurfing, swimming, and more every weekend. There is an incredible, healthy opportunity to enjoy life in Hong Kong. Sure, I might complain about the fact that public parks don’t allow us to bring our dog inside and how we miss parks in Oregon, but honestly there are many other choices to replace those missed things.

Beach in Stanley.

Beach in Stanley. – Some polluted days you can’t see across the water…

7. Since I’ve been positive I’ll add in a downside: Air quality can totally suck. There are many places, especially my normal walking paths home, that have people lighting up cigarettes left and right, I’m completely disgusted and often wonder if I might faint from holding my breath in certain areas… The air shifts can often blow terrible pollution from over in China to Hong Kong. I honestly worry about my whole family’s health. There’s nothing we can actually do about this, just saying, air quality in Hong Kong can sometimes totally suck. I do check the air quality index regularly. I also celebrate when it rains because usually it clears up a little pollution. Sometimes the air is so laden with pollution that my eyes feel like they’re blinking grit… We have a few air filters in our apartment which are quite useful.

8. Don’t be a martyr, be the initiator, create your own support system. There are so many people packed up in this wonderful place that is Hong Kong. Each of those people are active, have commitments, but also are some of the most giving, caring, generous people if you just speak up when you’re in need. I learned how lucky I am to live in the community and have the support systems I do. *I reciprocate!!

9. You can be happy in Hong Kong. There are many ways you could be negative in a place like Hong Kong- crowds, language barriers, costs, humidity, and more… but really, Hong Kong is a darn fantastic place to live.

End of our stay at the hotel in Cambodia.

End of our stay at the hotel in Cambodia.

10. Hong Kong is enticing. It was terribly difficult to make the decision and actually follow through on moving away from home two years ago. For someone who never lived far from family and close friends, it was difficult to even conceptualize at the time what was coming. But after a year and a half, it was not too difficult to sit down with my husband and agree that we weren’t done here, we wanted to experience more, provide our son with more opportunities, travel and education alike, so I signed the work contract committing to two more years working here. It has been another half a year and we have no doubt that we made the right decision. We are quite excited about our future and opportunities that we’ll have.

So, life as an expat isn’t always perfect, positive, wonderful but boy I’m grateful for every minute. I’m still learning, growing and know there are many more things to learn in the future. What an experience.

*What’s coming up for us? School is beginning again so soon! I’ll blog about our visit to Oregon with multiple posts. We’ll be visiting China again, this time visiting Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai (finally) and spending time in the Phillipines as well… cannot wait!

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Styling Librarian Saturday Book Share Virginia Wolf

Saturday Book Share

”Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share”.

Here’s to celebrating books that strike my fancy every week!

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault – Just enjoyed rereading this picture book. This is part of a book selection program that provided me with the chance to read this again. Just such a touching, interesting story that those who deal with depression might quickly identify with… what a beautiful story about sisters, support, and communication through art. I especially appreciated the healing nature of art as well, what a powerful story. Do you ever get into a wolfish mood? Highly recommended.

 

Goodreads Summary: “Vanessa’s sister, Virginia, is in a “wolfish” mood — growling, howling and acting very strange. It’s a funk so fierce, the whole household feels topsy-turvy. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Then Virginia tells Vanessa about an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry. Armed with an idea, Vanessa begins to paint Bloomsberry on the bedroom walls, transforming them into a beautiful garden complete with a ladder and swing “so that what was down could climb up.” Before long, Virginia, too, has picked up a brush and undergoes a surprising transformation of her own. Loosely based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, Virginia Wolf is an uplifting story for readers of all ages.”

About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

FTC Required Disclosure: This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). Additionally this site is a Powells Books affiliate, and purchases made through the linked book covers may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).
© 2013 by Debbie Alvarez of The Styling Librarian. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @stylinlibrarian or at my Styling Librarian Page on Facebook.

Styling Librarian #WhateverWednesday Comics

Today’s focus: Comics  – It is fun to reflect on one thing each week that really catches my attention, entertains me, and is special enough I just have to share it with the world.

Here’s my Whatever Wednesday Randomness:  

I’m quite a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes, loved how this connection was posted about… and how the elusive Bill Watterson connected with the creative Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis.

http://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/ever-wished-that-calvin-and-hobbes-creator-bill-watterson-would-return-to-the-comics-page-well-he-just-did/

http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2014/06/04#.U5vXkJQyEph

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Thank you again to “Eat the Book” for the Whatever Wednesday meme: http://mretome.wordpress.com David Etkin’s words: “Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. A cool quote or poster, a picture, student work, a video—you know, WhateverEnjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.”

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Styling Librarian #technology My Blogging Secrets

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I recently attended a wonderful week at Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop and a topic that caught my attention was creating an online presence as a writer/illustrator. Now, I have a different experience as a book blogger but I thought I’d share a few blogging/online presence secrets since numerous new writing friends were asking… I was inspired so actually wrote up this post:

Online Social Presence Scare the Heck Out of You?

Naah, doesn’t need to… 

I’ve spent 2.5 years establishing my social presence as a “KidLit plus more” blogger and developed routines and tricks that allow me to not be burned out plus make the technology work for me vs. take all of my independent time… ready? Here they are:

1. Figure out who you are online: Decide initially about your presence, author/illustrator? Blogger? Name of blog? Catchphrase? I decided on “The Styling Librarian” with my catchphrase “I believe books are the best accessory.” – This has been a mainstay of my blog. I don’t feel like it pigeonholes me into any particular blog post.

2. Set up only a few things at first: claim your Twitter name (you can always change it later) and Facebook page. Watch YouTube videos on how to do these things if it is intimidating.

3. Make friends with online tools where one action can go to many things: (Multitask efficiently)
Hootsuite: I use this to post articles, blog posts and more to my personal Facebook, various Facebook pages, Twitter, LinkedIn… I love prearranging posts to share over a few weeks vs. all at once. I also use it to keep up with special Twitter posts by specific categories like #nerdybookclub #kidlit #tlchat #pypchat and more. I like that they can be organized and collected by a specific category vs. reading the Twitter stream.
Instagram: I use this to connect photos I’ve taken to personal Facebook and Twitter
Diigo: I archive all my favorite articles and keep track of good articles from Twitter here.
Twitter: When I “star” something, I actually am archiving to Diigo as well.
Pinterest: When I “pin” something, I also choose to share it to Twitter with a click of a box!
Goodreads: I can connect my book reviews to post to both Twitter and Facebook.
WordPress (my blogging platform): when I create a post, it is sent to: Facebook page, Twitter, email followers, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.

4. Create a blog if you want consistent communication. Decide $$/free?/pay a designer? I’ve never judged those that use free platforms vs. paid, although I do pay for this WordPress site.

5. Try at least one new technology tool a month. Make friends with it. Familiarize before moving on to the next best thing. Drop it if useless.

6. Twitter tips- it is well worth your time, each individual has a special experience – pre-set up articles to be sent there using Hootsuite. Learn who is similar to you, follow them, and retweet them. Find out which # are popular for your topic- #kidlit #yalit #titletalk…

7. Cross promote and support others- no it isn’t monopolizing/being sneaky to support others. The blogging world is supportive and appreciative. The biggest honor I’ve seen is when I meet a new blogger who lists my blog in “people to follow/blogs I watch”

8. Pace yourself. I allow 15 minutes AT MOST on Twitter. Facebook is my friend, I’m on there more for personal use but also because I follow websites and people I love and can open sites and share through Hootsuite. Experts have already blogged about their favorite resources. I personally have blogged about how to use Hootsuite, Instagram, Diigo, SMORE, and other platforms that are my favorite tools.

9. Be patient with yourself. Set only a few goals at a time for example here are a few of mine:

Blogging- 1x/week is good; 1x/month is ok although you might lose some readers…
I personally prewrite most of my blog posts around 4 weeks out. Some are the weekly posts but I prefer to have numerous prewritten posts, keeps me calm personally.
I have four consistent posts a week that I enjoy creating. I used to have six but have dropped them based on my interests, priorities, and energy.
1. Life Update/Hong Kong Update/Adventures – Sundays
2. IMWAYR – It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?
3. Whatever Wednesday – I share whatever has inspired me recently on Wednesday, almost never connects to books unless it is a book trailer.
4. Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday book share – I focus in on a special book I know I want to feature.
5. Extra posts either monthly or when inspiration strikes
-Author/Illustrator interviews
-Booklists by genre
-Booklists by IB profile/attitude words
-Technology posts
-Non-fiction book feature

10. Do not look at numbers to judge success, create for yourself, and give it at least a year. Check the top of my blog page on the right, how many blog followers are there now? I forget to check…

11. Fake it ‘til you make it, have the confidence to make it fun.

12. Find out what you can be most successful at, blogging? Twitter?

If you’re not strong at one platform (Twitter) figure out how to make it successful. I personally didn’t have time for it. I use Hootsuite and Instagram to maintain presence and then visit it once a day for 15 minutes and go to people I admire to retweet and chat with… Then at least once a week I read Hootsuite # topics to see what I’ve missed recently.

**Some ask me how much time I spend blogging. I always answer, “I don’t know”. If I track my time, it would probably bother me. I love prewriting blog posts and usually have around 8-10 blog posts ready to go for the next month, or 4 months if I’ve written a blog review for a book that will be released four months after I’ve read it.

So… those are my 12 thoughts after questions and various discussions about blogging, finding the time to blog, and balancing writing as well as a full time job and reading! :) Some of these thoughts were likely created originally by other bloggers I admire and am inspired by… but as I do as a teacher librarian, I reflected and internalized the ones I knew that worked for me. So I hope you can reflect and take away one secret tip.

Want to see more of my technology posts? Consider visiting:
Top 10 Technology Sharing Sites
Special Instagram Post
Appreciated Technology Resources
Diigo Resource Introduction
Hootsuite Introduction
Only2Clicks Introduction
Smore Introduction
Using Vine

If you enjoyed this post, please consider following my blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Reading

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! On holiday now… experiencing more opportunities to read but a little backlogged by how many books I’ve read… Probably hit at least 40 picture books and numerous novels. Shall catch up in a few weeks… here are some special shares for the day…

Celebrated this past Saturday:

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh

Precious picture books:

Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Craig Orback – 3rd grade and up – I was so excited to open this book treasure when I returned to Oregon. It was a powerful beautiful story I’d been waiting over a year to read. I paid for it through a campaign and waited for it to come out… This is a powerful Holocaust story that teaches about how you judge others sometimes on who they are vs. what their actions are. Based on an autobiography… Good book that can be shared with younger students curious about WWII and some of the tough situations people went through at labor camps and more. Goodreads Summary: “Gifts from the Enemy is the powerful and moving story based on From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography by Alter Wiener, in which Alter recalls his loss of family at the hands of the Nazis and his internment in five prison camps during World War II. This picture book tells one moving episode during Alter’s imprisonment, when an unexpected person demonstrates moral courage in repeated acts of kindness to young Alter during his imprisonment. Written by acclaimed children’s writer Trudy Ludwig, author of Better Than You and Confessions of a Former Bully, and illustrated by award-winning children’s book illustrator Craig Orback, Gifts from the Enemy teaches children in age-appropriate language about the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and stereotyping and that there are good and bad in every group of people. The accompanying questions and activities for readers provide teachers and parents with helpful direction in presenting this history and the valuable story. Gifts from the Enemy highlights how acts of social justice and kindness can change lives.”

Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael P. White- I totally missed when this book came out. Quite enjoyed reading a sequel with another great message… touching library celebration with a goal for children to have a balance of books and technology. Good for discussions with children about retirement as well. I did find the book a little weak in how it was wrapped up but was quite happy to return to the world of the Library Dragon. Goodreads Summary: “Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school’s library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.”

The Pilot and the Little Prince- The Life of Antoine De Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis – Biography – Fascinating to explore the life of a literature hero. Especially to see life through Peter Sis’s text and illustrations, just one beautiful book. Loved learning about how important flight was in addition to writing to Antoine. Quite a beautiful book, thrilled to add to the book collection. Goodreads Summary: “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France in 1900, when airplanes were just being invented. Antoine dreamed of flying and grew up to be a pilot—and that was when his adventures began. He found a job delivering mail by plane, which had never been done before. He and his fellow pilots traveled to faraway places and discovered new ways of getting from one place to the next. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts. He battled winds and storms. He tried to break aviation records, and sometimes he even crashed. From his plane, Antoine looked down on the earth and was inspired to write about his life and his pilot-hero friends in memoirs and in fiction. Peter Sís’s remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the most beloved books in the world.”

Graphic Novel Fun with Babymouse!!

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - Isn’t it wonderfully amazing that this is the 18th Babymouse book?! I love it… of course things don’t go so well for sweet Babymouse when she wants to plan the perfect birthday party… love how stories unfold in Babymouse’s world with reality taking center stage, parents not rescuing her, and things not going as well as she imagined. Goodreads Summary: “You are cordially invited to the birthday event of the year! Babymouse is having a birthday and she wants it to be BIG! Mount Everest BIG. Eiffel Tower BIG. Tyrannosaurus rex BIG. (Okay, maybe inviting a T. rex isn’t such a good idea). Will all of Babymouse’s birthday dreams come true? Will she have a five-hundred-tier cupcake? Find out in Happy Birthday, Babymouse—the eighteenth hilarious, action-packed installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series by Matthew Holm and Jennifer L. Holm!”

I treasured rereading:

Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans – All ages- What a beautiful picture book this is… Loved reading this book again. Love all the expressions, the characters, and the little changes throughout. Precious little sloth, cute little stubborn girl, and wonderful, wonderful story. Once again, recommended! Goodreads Summary: “The ingenious author of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore and a brilliant illustrator and production designer of the Coraline movie have created a hilarious, touching picture book perfect for young animal lovers. Like the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria, Sparky stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye. When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn’t good at tricks or hide-and-seek . . . or much of anything. Still, there’s something about Sparky that is irresistible.”

Snuck in a young non-fiction book – 

Swing, Sloth! Explore the Rain Forest by Susan B. Neuman - Picked out this book to accompany the Sparky wonderful picture book. Cute little book full of animals living in rain forests around the world. Goodreads Summary: “Come along on an adventure through the rain forest. Along the way, you’ll meet new friends big and small, see amazing sights, and learn all about the creatures that make their home in the rain forest. Told in simple yet lively text built with sight words and using picture icons to aid reading, National Geographic Pre-readers will enchant kids just beginning their journey with books.”

Enjoyed a novel-

The Qwikpick Papers- Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger- 4th grade and up – I think it is fascinating that this book is being rereleased and has a new life/readership with Tom Angleberger’s popularity growing. Great story to read with a funny situation- deciding what to do/what to get away with since three friends have free time on Christmas day. Their decision to visit a poop fountain? Fascinating. Loved the formatting, images, text, diary, and more- all fit together with witty, interesting flow that kept me reading. Publisher’s Summary: “Lyle Hertzog and his friends Marilla and Dave expect to spend another dull holiday passing time at the local Qwikpick convenience store. Then an article in their hometown paper catches their eye—the sludge fountain at the nearby sewage plant is being retired. With this news, the three friends decide they’re not just normal kids who don’t have Christmas plans: they’re the Qwikpick Adventure Society. Their first mission: to see the “poop fountain” before it fades from glory.
Told with the mix of journal entries, doodles, and handwritten notes that has made the Origami Yoda books so appealing, this is another great series from a master chronicler of middle school.”

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

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Hong Kong Life Update Y2 Wk51 Out and About in Hong Kong

Here's Sneaky Peeky!

Getting through the days… here’s the activities from the last two weeks before we headed to US:

At school, I wrapped up the year with various activities. I shared The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat and had students create their own imaginary friend picture. The following week we used the app Explain Everything and created little videos about invisible friends. Idea originally came from: http://ohekidstech.blogspot.ca/2014/05/1st-graders-had-unimaginable-adventure.html

Here was one of my quick examples I made in front of a class that I uploaded to YouTube, love how easy this app is!:

I’ve wandered around a few areas on my own and with friends. Took a few pictures here and there. Here’s what amused me:

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Styling Librarian Saturday Book Share The Frank Show

Saturday Book Share

”Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share”.

Here’s to celebrating books that strike my fancy every week!

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh – all ages – LOVED this book. Appreciation of family. Understanding other generation’s perspectives. Taking the risk to do what you want even if your friends tease you a little. “The Frank Show reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye, and how much fun it can be getting to know them.” I’m personally excited about this book discovery because it fits with my year 2 unit of inquiry into past generations and how they helped shape how we are today. It will be such a fantastic provocation story. Plus it is part of a new book award program that I’m promoting, so many children will be reading it! Grateful that a librarian friend strongly spoke up about this one-of-a-kind book!

Goodreads Summary: “This hilarious, offbeat picture book from the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye. Grandpa Frank doesn’t have any interesting hobbies, unless you count complaining about how everythingwas better in the old days. He doesn’t speak Italian like Paolo’s mom, or play the drums like Tom’s uncle. He’s just a grandpa. So when the young narrator of this story is forced to bring Frank to school for show-and-tell, he’s sure it’s going to be a disaster. But Frank has a trick—make that a tattoo—up his sleeve! And a story to go with it. After all, the longer you’ve been around, the more time you’ve had for wild adventures.”

About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

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Styling Librarian #WhateverWednesday Talking with Children

Today’s focus: Talking with Children – It is fun to reflect on one thing each week that really catches my attention, entertains me, and is special enough I just have to share it with the world.

Here’s my Whatever Wednesday Randomness:  

I’ve been thinking about talking with children about grief and violence. Appreciated these two posts:

Good links here for talking with children about tragedy and violence.

https://multcolib.org/blog/20140610/talking-children-about-tragedy-and-violence

and

Tease Proof Your Kids:

http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-teaseproof-your-kids.aspx

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Thank you again to “Eat the Book” for the Whatever Wednesday meme: http://mretome.wordpress.com David Etkin’s words: “Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. A cool quote or poster, a picture, student work, a video—you know, WhateverEnjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.”

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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Reading

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! On holiday now… not sharing too much.


Shared a booklist about being a balanced person this past week:
Balanced Post

Celebrated this past Saturday: 

Tease Monster (A book about teasing vs. bullying) 

by Julia Cook, illustrated by Anita DuFalla

Got lost in a few libraries and bookstores, happy day! :)

Found a graphic novel that was fascinating:

Jeff Corwin Connect presents I’m Not a Plastic Bag- Graphic Novel by Rachel Hope Allison – 2012- Missed when this book came out, so glad I came across it on the library bookshelf. Interesting premise, giving voice to the great Pacific garbage patch. Never thought about it in this light… Appreciated the hope and positive action points that were at the end of the book, I do believe small action can help. Great for environmental units, especially 5th grade for those reluctant readers who do well looking at graphic novels. (It is appropriate for other age levels as well.) Goodreads Summary: “Foreward by Jeff Corwin Based on the real-life occurrence of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of floating trash in a remote area of the Northern Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas, I’m Not a Plastic Bag tells a moving story about loneliness, beauty, and humankind’s connection to our planet. Produced in conjunction with American Forests and the Global ReLeaf programs, Archaia will plant two trees for each tree used in the manufacturing of this book.”

New Picture Books:

My Teacher is a Monster (No I’m Not) by Peter Brown – All Ages – Just loved this book. Think it is quite touching and draws readers to that idea of seeing a teacher outside the school environment. I always laugh when I get the big eyes from students who don’t quite know what to say to me outside of the school. Not certain that they all know I’m a regular human and don’t live at the school… (This hasn’t occurred as much since my son began attending the schools I teach at.) Quite fun and touching, especially accepting that teachers do need a little distance to manage a classroom. Goodreads Summary: “A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She’s loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won’t allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day… he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.”

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems – All Ages – How does he do it? Loved once again. So I loved this book because I knew it would be a book addressing that fear/worry about your close friend making other friends and leaving you behind… how Mo perfectly pulled this book off? It is Mo Willems, that is how. Loved loved loved… If all friends could balance off one another like Gerald and Piggie it would be lovely. *I loved that there were FOUR voices in this book and when my son and I read it aloud, we had fun reading some lines jointly, etc. Goodreads Summary: “Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In My New Friend Is So Fun! Piggie is having so much fun with her new friend. But where does that leave Gerald?”

There once was a cowpoke who swallowed an ant by Helen Ketteman, illustrated by Will Terry – 2014 – Fun, quick new rendition of the classic using animals from Texas… oh my- swallowing a roadrunner, armadillo and what else? Really different resolution that made my son and I both wrinkle up our eyebrows and say, “Hmm. Really, that’s pushing it!” But we chuckled all the same. Goodreads Summary: “”There once was a cowpoke who swallowed an ant– A fiery thing with a Texas-sized sting. The cowpoke panted, and his voice got higher. ‘Yippie-ti-yay! My stomach’s on fire!!'” In this Texas-styled reworking of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” a cowboy downs a variety of native Southwest creatures–a spider, a roadrunner, a lizard, an armadillo, a snake, a boar, and more–all to catch that ant! Another hilarious and vividly illustrated tale from the team behind Senorita Gordita and The Three Little Gators.”

Out for a little bit picture books:

The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier – 2010 – Loved getting into the head of a little girl who believes she’s a fairy princess, quite cute. Glad I finally got a chance to read this book. Enjoyed how the little girl emphasized that you need to find your inner sparkle… Goodreads Summary: “While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in her royal attire, practices her flying skills, and she is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn’t all twirls and tiaras – as every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are just the price you pay for a perfect day! “

Little Lost Tiger by Jonathan London, illustrated by Ilya Spirin - 2012- Loved this picture book, quite suspenseful when a little tiger is left in a safe place only to have to run away when there’s a forest fire.  Goodreads Summary: “A tiger cub survives a forest fire and is reunited with his mother.”

Kimonos by Annelore Parot – 2011 – Just loved this cute little book about little Kokeshi dolls from Japan interacting with the reader making you seek/find, lift flaps, turn out pages, and more.

Diamond Jim Dandy and the Sheriff by Sarah Burell, illustrated by Bryan Langdo - 2010 – loved reading a funny Texas story with a rattlesnake hero. First time I’ve heard about this book, quite cute… can tell it would be a fantastic read aloud! Goodreads Summary: “When a snake slithers into the sleepy town of Dustpan, Texas, the sheriff knows for darned sure that it shouldn’t be allowed to stay—even if it’s really a friendly kind of rattler. No matter if the neighborly reptile has managed to charm the customers at the local restaurant, entertain the Ladies Sewing and join the kids for playtime. After all, that’s the law of the west: NO RATTLESNAKES!
But when little Idie Mae Tumbleweed crawls her way over to dangerous Deadman’s Gulch, the rattler proves he’s one jim-dandy hero.”

Couldn’t stop reading:

Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills - Fiction, 5th grade and up (a few carefully placed b-words and a little more that reminded me of Esme Codell’s Sahara Special) – Just loved reading about the dilemma and reaction of student, her classmates, her teachers/administration and parents when Sierra, seventh grader, accidentally brings her mom’s lunch bag to work and pulls out her mom’s paring knife at the lunchroom table. Thinking she was doing the right thing, she quickly brings the knife to the office, which then activates the zero tolerance policy leading to a hearing which will decide if she’ll be expelled. Fascinating study of many different characters when they’re in personal crisis and how they rise, influence others, and guide the future… just loved this book, quite recommended, oh what a classroom conversation this book would have- just have to be careful about reading aloud a few words! :) Goodreads Summary: “Seventh-grader Sierra Shepard has always been the perfect student, so when she sees that she accidentally brought her mother’s lunch bag to school, including a paring knife, she immediately turns in the knife at the school office. Much to her surprise, her beloved principal places her in in-school suspension and sets a hearing for her expulsion, citing the school’s ironclad no weapons policy. While there, Sierra spends time with Luke, a boy who’s known as a troublemaker, and discovers that he’s not the person she assumed he would be–and that the lines between good and bad aren’t as clear as she once thought. Claudia Mills brings another compelling school story to life with Zero Tolerance.”

Stole time and picked up this novel:

The Crossing of INGO by Helen DunmoreIngo #4 – Fantasy, 5th grade and up – So this is supposedly the conclusion but really I’m certain that there’s another one I have on order, shall see how the story continues soon enough. I enjoyed this book because it didn’t become heavy handed but certainly addressed environmental issues as characters visited oceans around the globe and discussed warming and impact of pollution. It was interesting to read a political mermaid book… how politics got into a mermaid book honestly worked well and I didn’t roll my eyes and beg for it to just be over… I enjoyed seeing how things developed. It is interesting to imagine having a foot in two worlds like these characters do. Quite the entertaining series! Goodreads Summary: “No human has ever made the Crossing of Ingo – the most dangerous journey young Mer have to face. Sapphy and Conor have been chosen for this epic challenge, and the future of both Air and Ingo depends on their success. But Ervys, his followers and new recruits, the sharks, are determined to stop them – dead or alive…”

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Styling Librarian Hong Kong Update Week 50 Causeway Bay, China Club, and FOOD

New building to look out windows...

A little post for the week, we’re presently in Portland, Oregon… so I’m prewriting these posts with little bits on past week’s adventures. I will certainly share about Oregon adventures on posts soon, but want to just focus on family times and working on my personal writing projects at the beginning of the holiday.

We tried out a Groupon restaurant and then I realized I had double booked myself for the evening, had mushrooms at the Groupon place and then ran to meet a SCBWI critique writing group and have a little salmon with fascinating flavor.

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Students in the library are having a blast with loom bands almost every lunch recess. I personally love watching their talent in action. Also enjoying supporting students’ needs to have fun playing games in the library. There were many games donated including chess, chinese checkers, Risk, Mastermind, and more. We already had a strong group of students that are quite devoted to playing Top Trumps during lunch but I love how many are coming in to interact and play with one another now. Sure, there’s technology being used as well, but I find that it is balancing out pretty well which was my hope.

Enjoyed a little art around Hong Kong as well. The opportunity to see art creations is just unlimited. This time there was a wonderful Mardi Gras art display created by children in Tai Koo Shing, CityPlaza Mall.

Really enjoyed learning with Leonard Marcus presentation about What Makes a Great Picture Book GREAT. Loved learning more and more about the beginnings of picture books and how they developed and were influenced through the years. Also enjoyed visiting with the SCBWI group for dinner after the lecture with Leonard Marcus as well. We went to The China Club and it was quite an enchanting location. I couldn’t stop looking at the paintings and art creations around the whole place.

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