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ALA Youth Media Awards
NC Wise Owl- InfoBits
KYTE Learning Challenge featuring Google's Be Internet Awesome and Interland
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Volume 2, Issue 20
ALA Youth Media Awards 2019
Above: Conference attendees anxiously await the announcement of this year's award recipients.
The American Library Association's annual Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday, January 28, 2019. Winners were selected by committees of dedicated librarians across the United States. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) presented awards for outstanding contributions to children's literature, including the renowned Caldecott and Newbery Medals. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) presented awards for excellence in young adult literature, including the Morris and Printz Awards.
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The Newbery Medal is given annually to the most outstanding contribution to children's literature. This year's selection was Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina. This coming of age middle grade novel revolves around the difficult challenges and changes that come during middle school. Learn more about this book on Meg Medina's blog.
The Caldecott Medal is given annually to the most distinguished picture book for children. This year's selection was Hello LIghthouse by Sophie Blackall. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, a lighthouse and its keeper weather many seasons together before the keeper must move on. The beautiful lighthouse remains and continue s to light the way for all those who cross its path. Check out the School LIbrary Journal review here.
The Printz Award is given annually for excellence in literature written for young adults. This year's selection was The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. This powerful story written in verse gives significant meaning to finding one's voice and strength. Check out the School Library Journal review here.
The Morris Award is given annually for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. This year's selection was Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. This book artfully depicts the power of friendship and the need to understand one's true identity. Read an excerpt from the book here.
Are You Using InfoBits?
InfoBits also offers a range of books and articles to support every learner. Teachers can easily differentiate resources by referencing the content level of each text.
If you are looking for a great elementary resource for research, check out InfoBits, available through NC Wise Owl.
Welcome to our Kyte Challenge! Each week in Media Weekly we will highlight a Kyte Learning course. You (alone or with colleagues) can learn a new skill a week while you add up CEU credits!
It's easy to use and a great way to get one on one feedback for student comprehension. Click on the Kyte link and use your DCS login and password.
This week's challenge is to learn about Google's Be Internet Awesome and Interland. This is Google's resource for helping students learn about digital citizenship. There are many free resources available, and this course helps teachers learn how to use them effectively to promote the safe and ethical use of digital tools.
InfoBits works with Google Classroom, so you can easily post assignments and announcements. Sharing information with students is easy and efficient.