Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Reading Technology: Best Books for Tweens [iPad App]

This app is becoming popular to my middle graders most especially to my book lovers.  They can find titles that interests them.  I can also find good titles for our collection.  Book summary is available, ratings from readers can be viewed, you can create your own personal wishlist and recommended titles by age level. It's easy to navigate the app.  It would have been nice though if they can include a sample page or illustration of each title. Overall, it handy and helpful.  Oh, and it's FREE!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

YA Fiction: Insurgent

Coming Soon to theaters!!!


The Divergent Series Book 2
Synopsis: As war surges in the societies around her, Tris must continue trying to save those she loves and herself while grappling with questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. The plot contains graphic violence.(credits to Accelerated Reader)

A young adult fiction that tackles about social issues, family and relationships.  If you like The Hunger Games, you will truly enjoy this series too.  Let's see if the movie is comparable to the book.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Book List: Aung San Suu Kyi

"The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear."

Aung San Suu Kyi A Portrait in Words and Pictures
by Christophe Loviny
For this Women's Month, I pick this biography of one of the living hero of Burma for my own reading.  This book tells how she was raised by a tough mother after her father was assassinated.  She was trained how to be strong willed, disciplined not knowing that she'll be leading her people where his father left off.  This is an interesting read for anyone who is into history. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

International Book Giving Day 2015

The first time I proposed this activity to the Primary, the idea made me nervous as it might not be supported by the EMT.  But I stand corrected and they actually love the idea.  The International Book Giving Day falls on Valentine's Day, the school has another reason to celebrate love by giving and sharing experience by reading.

In just 2 days of placing the boxes around the school, we received 5 boxes of books with a bag of children's toys.  

I hope their little hands will get occupied browsing over the books we have collected from our generous teachers, pupils and parents.

Oh, me and little boy left books at the mall waiting for someone to get inspired reading it.  We are trying to teach him to live by the principle "always be a blessing to others even in our own small way".

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kate Greenaway 2015 Shortlist

Are you looking for great finds for UK books for your library?  Check this list out.  I'm glad I was able to buy some of the titles so I can make a reading list for this shortlisted for Kate Greenaway medal for 2015 to entice my Secondary students with these amazing titles.

My Brother’s Shadow Us Minus Mum Apple and Rain The Company of Ghosts The Year of the Rat Tinder Monkey and Me Cuckoo Song The Fastest Boy in the World When Mr. Dog Bites Buffalo Soldier Scarlet Ibis The Middle of Nowhere Hello Darkness More Than This Trouble Smart: a Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective Grasshopper Jungle Picture Me Gone 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

International Book Giving Day

January is almost over, how time flies!  It's love month and "Book Giving Day" that is.  This kind-hearted activity is really a good opportunity to show what love means - love for others.  It's time to browse your book shelves at home and see if there are titles you are done reading and would love to share with someone else.  It doesn't need a big preparation, you can simply place a ribbon and insert a simple bookmark about this very special day and leave in a pubic place (bus terminal, food court, hospital, reception, mall, bus, park). 

I started this last year and left some books at a waiting area near a language school and in a taxi, I can only hope that someone took and read it.  I might not know the result of this act but I am pretty this will inspire someone, somehow.

This year, I am making the act a little bigger and spreading the good deed together with our school.  I presented the idea to our Primary Literacy Co-or, asking pupils to bring their old books on the week before 14th February.  The Library will collect, pack and donate it to a foundation. We contacted a number of groups that are interested and are near to our school.  It will not be mandated but anyone who is generous to give, will receive a bookmark designed by Anna Walker.  It's a free template from the group who organized this wonderful deed.
For me and my LO, this deed will continue this year.  I will ask him to choose a few titles from his bunch of books at home and wrap with ribbon and place the book template on top about the special day and leave somewhere, most likely at the mall.
This random act of kindness has been going around in some countries for quite some time now and now I am helping them to spread the good deed in my own special way.  As our Literacry Co-or said, this is an "act of admiration".

We don't need big, grand ideas (though it would be nice).  We just need to care for others and the world could be so much better. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

eBook: Stopover Tokyo

Are you planning to go to Japan, particularly Tokyo?  Are you a first-time traveler to Tokyo? Are you familiar with Japanese customs?  Do you know where are the best places to go?  Well, check this out.  This ebook will give you general information that is truly helpful for first-time travelers in Tokyo.  It gives you the best places to go to, to maximize your trip.  It gives you sample itineraries, customs that must be remembered...this ebook is all that you need. 

This ebook will save you penny from buying those heavy, big, expensive travel guides!

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