Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Geek Storytime Part 2: The Return of Fandom Starts Early



Last year I wrote about the Fandom Starts Early Geeky Storytime I did at my library. I had too much fun that I had to repeat it and hopefully get a crowd of geeky kids and parents to attend. Here's how The Return of Geeky Storytime went.


Opening Song: A Tootie Ta-this is a great song to get the kids up and moving

Opening Song: The Robot Dance by The Pop Ups (because we have to dance like robots at geeky storytime!)

Rhyme: I explained the kids that we would be talking about all sorts of fandoms and being geeky. I told them that geek meant you really loved something and asked what the things they really loved were. They said they loved playing, Batman, and video games. Then I had them recite a rhyme that made up just for our storytime.

I'm a geek, yes it's true.
I'm a geek, how about you?
There are lots of things I love do
And no one can tell me they are not cool. 
So stand up proud and shout hooray
For all the fun things we will do today.

This book cracks me up every time I read it and the kids had fun shouting out the opposites.
Song
Soft Kitty
Soft kitty,

Warm kitty,
Little ball of fur.
Happy kitty,
Sleepy kitty, Purr, purr, purr

Flannel Board: Mustache Lou-I got this flannel story from Sunflower Storytime and used it in my mustache storytime. I thought it was funny and fit my silly geeky theme.




This book is so interactive and creative I knew it would be perfect for my group.

Song: The Freeze Dance by Greg and Steve, with special appearance by Doctor Horrible-I used a picture of Doctor Horrible and told the kids about his freeze ray. Whenever he appeared we would have to freeze because he had stunned us with his freeze ray. The kids ended up using their carpet squares as shields to deflect the freeze ray-pretty creative kids!

Parachute the TARDIS: I used a picture of the TARDIS, made two copies of it and glued popsicle sticks inside to give it some weight. As I played the theme song to Doctor Who, we parachuted the TARDIS so it spun through space and time. The kids had a blast trying to shake the parachute so hard the TARDIS fell out.

It was also a Free Comic Giveaway Day thanks to our local comic book store! Each kid got two free comics!

Activity Time:

Geeky Matching Game-


-I made a matching game where kids had to match characters to their item (Gandalf to a white horse, Harry to a broomstick, Kirk to the Enterprise, etc) This was an activity that both the parents and kids had lots of fun with.

Superhero Masks and Supervillain Mustaches 


-I used our dicut to make the masks and I had some leftover mustache templates from my mustache storytime. This was the most popular activity and the kids loved making the masks.

Make the One Ring


-These were leftover from a Hobbit program Miss V and Miss A put together so I reused them for storytime. I put out markers so the kids could write their own inscription on the rings. The rings are made from spray painted paper towel tubes that were then cut up.

Star Wars ABCs

-This was also left over from a Star Wars program that Miss V and Miss A did. I used the poster of Star Wars ABCs and the death star (globe painted with chalk paint) and a Star Wars: The Clone Wars Pop Up Book.

Star Trek Colors

-I used the foam blocks that we have in our storyhour collection for a color sorting activity. I asked the kids to match the blocks into the correct Starfleet colors-Red for command (with Picard), Yellow for Security and Engineering (with Data) and Blue for Medical and Science (with Crusher).

How it Went: Overall it was a lot of fun. The crowd was smaller this year and I had eight kids attend. I did have kids that liked superheroes, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who attend this time around so that was fun. I still think there's a geeky audience out there somewhere for my Fandom Storytime-I just need to find it! I'm thinking I might try it as an outreach event and find those geeky parents somehow. I know I'm not the only one who thinks a fandom storytime is lots of fun!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Atlantia by Ally Condie Giveaway

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About the Book: Rio lives Below in Atlantia. Since the Divide, Below in Atlantia is the safest place to be. The intricate water system of tunnels and habitats makes a safe environment for the surviving humans. But Rio longs to go Above.

After the death of their mother, Rio promises her twin sister Bay she will stay Below and they can be together. But when Bay unexpectedly chooses to leave for Above, Rio is left to figure out just why Bay left. With a dangerous mentor in her aunt, Rio tries to uncover what happened to her mother and tries to formulate a plan to escape through the complex system of Atlantia to Above.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: It's hard to describe Atlantia. It's a little bit dystopian,  an underwater world setting, a story about sirens, and a little bit of mystery. It's a book that has a lot going on!

The main part of the story focuses on Rio, who is trying to find a way out of Atlantia and escape to Above where she longs to be. Things are unveiled slowly throughout about Rio's gift as a siren and as to how and why the Divide occurred and how Atlantia was formed. If you're a reader who wants all the information up front, you're going to have to be patient because things are uncovered bit by bit. Hints are dropped throughout and things mentioned and then layers are added to the story to slowly answer the questions Rio and the reader have.

Rio is a siren, as is her aunt and sirens are one of the miracles of Atlantia. I really liked the siren lore and aspects of the novel and it was unique without feeling like a paranormal. I think even readers who typically shy away from novels with magical creatures would find these sirens to be engaging and very human.

The plot is interesting and the story is engaging, but it does have a bit of a slower pace, which might surprise some readers, especially fans of Matched. The writing is rich and detailed though and Atlantia is an interesting world to uncover.

The great thing about Atlantia is that it's a stand alone novel-yay! Don't worry about having to commit to a series-it's all right here in one book.

Would you like to win a copy of Atlantia? One lucky reader will receive a signed copy thanks to Penguin Books for Young Readers! Leave a comment below to enter.

-One entry per person
-Contest ends 10/28
-US Address only Please
-Age 13+

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MLA: Need to Know Teen Lit 2014

I am very excited to present on Need to Know Teen Lit (and some Middle Grade!) at the Missouri Library Association Conference. Here is the list of books I talked about. Let me know if you have any others to suggest!

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"The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park":
I’ll Give You the Sun
Maybe One Day
Say What You Will
Side Effects May Vary

Zac and Mia

Other John Green and Rainbow Rowell connections:
Althea and Oliver (Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Eleanor and Park)
The Drowned Forest (Looking for Alaska meets Stephen King
Let’s Get Lost (Paper Towns)
Love and Other Forgien Words (for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell)
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy (for fans of John Green
All the Bright Places (out in 2015)
Everyday Angel ("John Green for middle grade with a touch of magic")

Teen Written Memoirs:
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek
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This Star Won’t Go Out
Laughing at My Nightmare
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarassingly, a True Story

The Books:
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
The Crossover by Kwami Alexander
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Life of Zarf: The Trouble with Weasels by Rob Harrell
Loot by Jude Watson
The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
My True Love Gave to Me by various authors
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Saving Lucas Biggs by Marissa de los Santos and David Teague
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Sekret by Lindsay Smith
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Sisters by Raina Telgemeir
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
The Tyrant's Daughter by J. C. Carleson
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts

ALSC Blog: Block Party!

Today I'm over at the ALSC Blog talking about our successful summer program of Block Parties! Come check it out!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Author Guest Post: Julie Sternberg PLUS GIVEAWAY

Please welcome author Julie Sternberg to the blog! Julie writes very funny books for middle grade readers and they include fantastic illustrations. I asked Julie to talk about what it's like working with an illustrator with her books since her books are such a big combination of pictures and text.
Credit:Meredith Zinner

I am embarrassed to admit this, but here goes:  I did not instantly love the illustrations for my first book, LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE. 

I love them wholeheartedly now. I can’t imagine better ones.  And a framed copy of this one is the first thing I see when I walk into my apartment. It makes me very happy:


But, in the beginning, I found the illustrations jarring, for this reason: Although the PICKLE JUICE story is fiction, it is based on a moment in my life; and I had a clear picture in my head of most of the characters. The book’s immensely talented illustrator, Matthew Cordell, has never met me (authors and illustrators don’t typically meet) or the people I had in mind when I wrote the story. The illustrations show his vision of the characters, not mine. That can be hard, especially for a first-time author. 
But I adjusted! Matt made it easy for me, with pictures like these:  

I skipped the startled phase with Johanna Wright’s illustrations for FRIENDSHIP OVER, the first book in THE TOP-SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE series. I’d gone through the process before, and the story and characters are farther removed from my life. So it was easier to simply enjoy Johanna’s vision.  
Our process for the FRIENDSHIP OVER illustrations was particularly fun for me, too. Usually authors are urged to include very few, if any, art notes for the illustrator. The general rule is that an art note is only appropriate if the text requires a particular image—and one that isn’t clear from the text itself. (For example, the author might want to make a joke that the text sets up and the illustration finishes. In that case, an art note can set out the punchline for the illustrator.) 
I can’t remember including a single art note for Matt. But, in FRIENDSHIP OVER, Celie is supposed to be drawing the pictures in her diary. They are very much a product of her thinking. So I was able to include many art notes, saying, essentially, this is what Celie wants to sketch here. It was astonishing how well Johanna translated those notes into pictures that absolutely could have been drawn by Celie herself. 
Just as one example:  The art note said, “insert dispirited doodle by Celie, maybe of a very small Celie on very large sofa,”and Johanna drew:

I want to emphasize that I have NO visual artistic ability. I struggle with bubble letters (particularly S and N). Yet all of my stories have been enhanced by remarkable art. I feel very, very lucky. 

Follow Julie's blog tour for Friendship Over:
Mon, Sept 29
Mother Daughter Book Club
Tues, Sept 30
5 Minutes for Mom
Wed, Oct 1
Sharpread
Thurs, Oct 2
KidLit Frenzy
Fri, Oct 3
The Hiding Spot
Sat, Oct 4
Booking Mama
Mon, Oct 6
Ms. Yingling Reads
Tues, Oct 7
GreenBeanTeenQueen
Wed, Oct 8
Great Kid Books
Thurs, Oct 9
Teach Mentor Texts
Fri, Oct 10
Unleashing Readers
Sat, Oct 11
Bermuda Onion

Want to win a copy of Friendship Over? Leave a comment below!

One entry per person, contest ends October 14, ages 13+, US address only, contest thanks to Blue Slip Media


Monday, October 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Can I Come Too by Brian Patten, illustrated by Nicola Bayley


About the Book: A young mouse sets out on a grand adventure to discover the biggest animal in the world and makes new friends along the way.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Can I Come Too is a sweet and charming cumulative picture book perfect for preschoolers. The little mouse wants to discover the biggest animal in the world and spends the day meeting new animals and discovering bigger and bigger animals along the way.

The illustrations are gorgeous and are sure to inspire readers to pour over the pages and take in all the details. The text is simple enough for young readers but engaging enough for older readers to join in.


I love how the author deftly includes some science into the text. What animal is the biggest animal in the world? What animal will be next-it has to be larger than the animal we just met. It's a great way to get kids thinking about animals and their size. Pair this one with Steve Jenkins Actual Size for a fun filled animal science storytime! 

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from finished copy sent by publisher for review

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blog Tour: The Rise of Aurora West and EXLUSIVE ART by David Rubin




About the Book: Monsters are plaguing Arcopolis and children are not safe. Haggard West is the hero that is trying to take them down and he has an apprentice: his daughter Aurora West. Aurora discovers that the monsters may have something to do with the mystery behind her mother's death and if she can unlock her childhood memories and remember her imaginary friend, she might be able to piece it all together. All she has to do is survive Sadisto and his murderous gang long enough to uncover the past.

GreenBeanTeenQueen: The Rise of Aurora West is set in the same world as Battling Boy but is a prequel to that graphic novel and stands on its own. No prior knowledge or readership of Battling Boy is required, but I'm sure readers will want to pick up Battling Boy after finishing this one! The story is fast paced and is a bit dark with an everyday hero out to fight monsters in a dystopian future.

The Rise of Aurora West is a graphic novel with lots of adventure, mystery, family drama and secrets, an awesome hero on the rise and a fantastic father/daughter relationship. Add in some pretty creepy monsters, a city with no hope, and a a bit of archaeology and you've got one action packed story that is easy to get lost in. This is part one of a two volume series and I can't wait to get my hands on the next part of Aurora's story! If you have graphic novel fans who enjoy adventure and hero stories, be sure to add this one to your shelves.

Check out this exclusive art from David Rubin featuring one of those creepy monsters-seriously, I would not want to run into this guy!



Be sure to follow the tour and check out more original art from David Rubin!
Wednesday, September 24th – Bunbury in the Stacks http://bunburyinthestacks.com/
Thursday, September 25th – Green Bean Teen Queen http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.com/
Friday, September 26th – The Book Rat http://www.thebookrat.com/
Saturday, September 27th – The Book Wars http://thebookwars.wordpress.com/
Sunday, September 28th – Fly to Fiction http://flytofiction.blogspot.com/
Monday, September 29th – Panel Patter http://www.panelpatter.com/
Tuesday, September 30th – Finding Wonderland http://writingya.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, October 1st – Fleen http://fleen.com/
Thursday, October 2nd – Beth Fish Reads http://www.bethfishreads.com/
Friday, October 3rd – Supernatural Snark http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com/
Saturday, October 4th – Book Sake http://booksake.com/

 Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher for review


 
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