Here’s my springpad with recommended holiday reads that I have enjoyed. They are all available in our library. I am working on having them appear as the direct Springpad link, not sure how to do it but I’ll keep woring on it!!
View the “Hooray it’s holidays now I can read” notebook on Springpad
This would provide a great tool to keep our Year 9s engaged – the year that even girls fall away. I can’t wait to try it Creating a reading community – Goodreads. Thanks Tania for your blog
Bright ideas has a great article on ‘transmedia at work – a series of web tools that integrates the elements of narrative to create unique content based on existing (and out of copyright) properties’. In this instance it is a web series based on the novel Pride and Prejudice and it has a huge following.
Here’s a good article entitled What is a book? by Jamie McKenzie. Particularly pertinent is his point that “In order to work on a wide range of devices ranging from smart phones to iPads and laptops, format is sacrificed to generic scrolling words. While this may be
sufficient for fiction, much nonfiction reading is dramatically enhanced by the
addition of visuals.” He then gives us some examples after having published one of his books using the Apple software I-books author and declares it a game changer.
“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”
For years August Pullman, Auggie to his family and friends, has been protected by a loving family; home schooled by his mother, loved passionately by his father and fiercely protected by his older sister. However, things are about to change, as he prepares for mainstream school for the first time. As a kid with craniofacial abnormalities, he hears all the awful names kids (and adults) can come up with. He sees all the horrified looks and witnesses firsthand the “games” kids play. This warm, uplifting story had me laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes and Auggie’s inimitable strength shining through, this truly is a wonderful book. As one reviewer on Good Reads recommends: this book is “pretty much for anyone with a beating heart”, well said Wendy Darling.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
Our Year 11s are undertaking a biography/autobiography unit. I have just finished The Flamboya tree set in a Dutch Prisoner of war camp in Java during the Japanese invasion. Very moving and extremely descriptive of the harsh treatment handed out by the Japanese to the women and children. Interesting to note that the men’s camps appeared to have fared much better.