🏀Books for March Madness 🏀

Let’s face it, remote learning has been a drag for most of us. There are a lot of negatives. However, I am not here to discuss them. I am here to share a positive experience that has me and my students smiling.

Typically in library, I spend time teaching lessons about the Dewey Decimal System, how to find books in a library, fiction/non-fiction, digital citizenship, research skills and a whole range of other topics. Although those things are sometimes woven into our Zoom sessions, and are no doubt important, I have been spending a good deal of time on one of a librarian’s most important jobs – instilling the love of reading and listening to books. The best way to draw them in is by reading to them.

Some kids don’t spend any time reading outside of material that is required for their school work. Likewise, some kids have never had the opportunity to sit down with a parent to share the joy and intimacy of reading a story together. During our weekly Zoom meetings, I have been sharing my favorite books on timely topics with them and we couldn’t be happier.

This month is the beginning of “March Madness,” the enduring term for the men’s NCAA championship tournament. Regardless of whether you like basketball, I bet you can walk away from these two read alouds happy that you have taken just a moment to sit down, forget about the world around you and learn a little bit about the history of the game.

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Glass Invented Basketball (in 1891) is the story of how a determined teacher inadvertently invented one of the most popular games in America.

Girls are ballers, too. Read Wilma Rudolph’s story about how she battled Polio and eventually made her way to the Olympics, becoming the fastest woman on earth in 1936.

Check out these other fun links to keep your head in the game:

🏀 Stomp Makes Basketball Music with the Harlem Globetrotters

🏀 The Swish Machine: 70 Step Basketball Trickshot

🏀 MVP | Animated Short Film Inspired by Kobe Bryant

🏀 Dear Basketball | Academy Award Winning Tribute to Kobe Bryant

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30 Second Book Review: The Witches Graphic Novel

If you know me, you know that Roald Dahl is one of my very favorite authors. You’ll also know that I LOVE graphic novels. When I heard that Witches was going to be adapted to graphic novel format, I just may have squealed with delight.

French illustrator, Pénélope Bagieu’s adaptation was published in September 2020. See my 30 second book review for my thoughts on her book.

Coincidentally in October 2020, HBO Max released a The Witches remake of the original 1990 film. It stars Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch. Although I didn’t hate it, I recommend watching the original if you prefer a movie that actually follows the the author’s original story. Besides, Angelica Houston makes a much more believable Grand High Witch.

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France: Viola! These Books Will Take You There.


“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty,

and in the point of Life.”

Thomas Jefferson

During the summer of 2010, I was preparing myself and my family, including my children who were 5 and 3 at the time to take an adventurous road trip across Germany. As a librarian, it only seemed obvious that books were the place to start. That tradition has stuck with us and even though my kids are teenagers, I begin researching and reading oodles of picture books, chapter books and non-fiction to and with my children.

In 2018 our travels took us on another road trip that included 5 delightful days in Paris. Here are some of the books that set the stage for our adventures. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

⚜️ Heather